CDP 548287 All The Best
previously released material
Released on November 2, 1987
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #62 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD
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CDP 548287 cover
[high resolution gatefold scan]
 

T he wonder of it all, baby. Of course, I’ve heard most of these a gazillion times already, but this is one history lesson I don’t mind repeating. About once a decade, McCartney’s beneficiaries, Capitol and EMI, take stock of his portfolio with a new compaulation. Wings Greatest was the first of these, which served a genuine purpose by compiling nonalbum hits like “Junior’s Farm,” “Mull of Kintyre,” “Live And Let Die” and “Hi Hi Hi.” All The Best repeats those hits, saying goodbye to “Hi Hi Hi” but adding its B side, “C Moon,” in the bargain, and extending the kindness to “Goodnight Tonight” and the live version of “Coming Up.” At least, that was Capitol’s idea. Parlophone reswizzled the selection, swelling the set to 20 tracks on the double elpee version, and adding “We All Stand Together” and the recent “Once Upon A Long Time Ago” instead. I would have liked it if the US version had included the latter, maybe “Maybe I’m Amazed” too, if I had more money, hair, grouse grouse grouse. Really, what Capitol and Parlophone have clipped from the garden makes a lovely bouquet in any order. The Eighties selections are disappointing (we all know “Take It Away” is more fun than “Ebony and Ivory,” for example, or that “Getting Closer” is better than “Goodnight Tonight”), but the lone inclusion of “No More Lonely Nights” nearly atones for those miscues. Soninha was singing this yesterday, recounting how she loved this song as a girl, and it’s a testament to the universal appeal of Sir Paul and love and music and the freedom of radio waves, all of which might be said about All The Best as well.

CDP 548287 lyric gatefold CDP 548287 back sleeve
CDP 548287 lyric gatefold CDP 548287 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. JET
  2. BAND ON THE RUN
  3. COMING UP
  4. EBONY AND IVORY
  5. LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID
  6. NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS
  7. SILLY LOVE SONGS
  8. LET 'EM IN
  9. C MOON
  10. PIPES OF PEACE
  11. LIVE AND LET DIE
  12. ANOTHER DAY
  13. MAYBE I'M AMAZED (*not on CD)
  14. GOODNIGHT TONIGHT (*not on CD)
  15. ONCE UPON A LONG TIME AGO
  16. SAY SAY SAY
  17. WITH A LITTLE LUCK (*not on CD)
  18. MY LOVE
  19. WE ALL STAND TOGETHER
  20. MULL OF KINTYRE

    Capitol track listing
  21. BAND ON THE RUN
  22. JET
  23. EBONY AND IVORY
  24. LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID
  25. NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS
  26. SILLY LOVE SONGS
  27. LET 'EM IN
  28. SAY SAY SAY    (Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson)
  29. LIVE AND LET DIE
  30. ANOTHER DAY
  31. C MOON
  32. JUNIOR'S FARM
  33. UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY
  34. COMING UP
  35. GOODNIGHT TONIGHT
  36. WITH A LITTLE LUCK
  37. MY LOVE

    All songs written by McCartney unless noted

CREDITS

PAUL McCARTNEY -- photography
LINDA McCARTNEY -- photography
Michael Ross/Normal Service -- art direction & design, illustration
Bush Hollyhead, Paul Leith, Ainslie Macleod, Willie Ryan, David de Silva, Ian Wright -- illustration
Maggie Campa, David Dagley, Chalkie Davies, Robert Ellis, Graham Hughes, Trevor Jones, Tim O'Sullivan, David Thorpe, Mark Vigars -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 2, 1987 Parlophone 2LP/CD*/CS P/CDP/TCP MTV1 gatefold cover, lyric sleeves
US December 5, 1987 Capitol 2LP/CD/CS CLW/CDP 5/C4W 48287 lyric sleeve
AUS'L/BRA/FRA/NET 1987 Parlophone 2LP/CD* 748507-1/CDP 7 48507 gatefold cover
CAN 1987 Capitol 2LP/CD/CS CLW/C2/C4W 48507 gatefold cover
COL 1987 EMI 2LP E2S17 gatefold cover
CZE 1987 EMI/Supraphon 2LP 11 0791-1 gatefold cover
JPN 1987 EMI/Odeon 2LP RP15-5545/6 gatefold cover
JPN 1987 EMI CDPRO TOCP-50121 promo
JPN 1987 EMI Toshiba CDPRO TOCP-65517 promo
MEX 1987 EMI 2LP SLEMB-1489 gatefold cover
SPA 1987 EMI 2LP 748507-1 gatefold cover
VEN 1987 Capitol 2LP 25845/6  
YUG 1987 Jugoton 2LP SPAR 79105/6  
JPN 1991 EMI/Odeon CD TOCP-6117 gold disc

 

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