Review: The Concise Beatles Complete

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans,

Today I wanted to share with a review of one of my go-to books when I just want to play some tunes and have a fun jam session on my piano at home.

I love the Beatles, and I’m sure many of you do too. If you are a Beatles fan you must own a copy of The Concise Beatles Complete. This is one of the best collections of Beatles songs in a simple to read and play format.

Each song is written in a lead sheet style. This means you have a melody written in treble clef with the lyrics and the chord symbols printed above the melody. The rhythms are simple to read because they are very close to being as accurate as the recordings but not as accurate as the more famous The Beatles: Complete Scores collection, which is much more difficult to play from as a solo pianist.

This collection has 184 of the most popular Beatles songs which are arranged in the book in alphabetical order so you can find them easily. Here are the contents of the book:

  • A Day In The Life
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Across The Universe
  • All I’ve Got To Do
  • All My Loving
  • All Together Now
  • All You Need Is Love
  • And I Love Her
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
  • Another Girl
  • Anytime At All
  • Ask Me Why
  • Baby You’re A Rich Man
  • Baby’s In Black
  • Back In The U.S.S.R.
  • Because
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
  • Birthday
  • Blackbird
  • Blue Jay Way
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Carry That Weight
  • Come Together
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Day Tripper
  • Dear Prudence
  • Dig A Pony
  • Dig It
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  • Doctor Robert
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • Don’t Pass Me By
  • Drive My Car
  • Eight Days A Week
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Every Little Thing
  • Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  • Fixing A Hole
  • For No One
  • For You Blue
  • From A Window
  • From Me To You
  • Get Back
  • Getting Better
  • Girl
  • Give Peace A Chance
  • Glass Onion
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Good Day Sunshine
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Good Night
  • Goodbye
  • Got To Get You Into My Life
  • Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  • Hello Little Girl
  • Hello, Goodbye
  • Help!
  • Helter Skelter
  • Her Majesty
  • Here Comes The Sun
  • Here, There And Everywhere
  • Hey Bulldog
  • Hey Jude
  • Hold Me Tight
  • Honey Pie
  • I Am The Walrus
  • I Call Your Name
  • I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party
  • I Feel Fine
  • I Me Mine
  • I Need You
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • I Should Have Known Better
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • I Want To Tell You
  • I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  • I Will
  • I’ll Be Back
  • I’ll Cry Instead
  • I’ll Follow The Sun
  • I’ll Get You
  • I’m A Loser
  • I’m Down
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
  • I’m Looking Through You
  • I’m Only Sleeping I’m So Tired
  • I’ve Got A Feeling
  • I’ve Just Seen A Face
  • If I Fell
  • If I Needed Someone
  • In My Life
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • It’s All Too Much
  • It’s Only Love
  • Julia
  • Lady Madonna
  • Let It Be
  • Little Child
  • Long Long Long
  • Love Me Do
  • Love You To
  • Lovely Rita
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • Martha My Dear
  • Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  • Mean Mr. Mustard
  • Michelle
  • Misery
  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • No Reply
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  • Not A Second Time
  • Nowhere Man
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Octopus’s Garden
  • Oh! Darling
  • Old Brown Shoe
  • One After 909
  • Only A Northern Song P.S. I Love You
  • Paperback Writer
  • Penny Lane
  • Piggies
  • Please Please Me
  • Polythene Pam
  • Rain
  • Revolution
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Run For Your Life
  • Savoy Truffle
  • Sexy Sadie
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  • She Loves You
  • She Said She Said
  • She’s A Woman
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • Something
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Sun King
  • Taxman
  • Tell Me What You See
  • Tell Me Why
  • Thank You Girl
  • The Ballad Of John And Yoko
  • The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
  • The End
  • The Fool On The Hill
  • The Inner Light
  • The Long And Winding Road
  • The Night Before
  • The Word
  • There’s A Place
  • Things We Said Today
  • Think For Yourself
  • This Boy (Ringo’s Theme)
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Two Of Us
  • Wait
  • We Can Work It Out
  • What Goes On
  • What You’re Doing
  • When I Get Home
  • When I’m Sixty-Four
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
  • Wild Honey Pie
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Within You Without You
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Yer Blues
  • Yes It Is
  • Yesterday
  • You Can’t Do That
  • You Like Me Too Much
  • You Never Give Me Your Money
  • You Won’t See Me
  • You’re Going To Lose That Girl
  • You’ve Got To Hide
  • Your Love Away
  • Your Mother Should Know

This collection is great also for analyzing the harmony behind the Beatles songs if you know how to convert chord symbols into functional harmony, a skill which I will be teaching to my new upcoming academy students.

If you own a copy of  The Concise Beatles Complete or have a better Beatles collection you would like to share with the One Minute Music Lesson community leave me a note in the comments below.

Until next time: Practice Smart, Not Hard.

Leon Harrell

 

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