This double album features 26 tracks by the Beatles, from the first half of their recording career (1962-66). It was originally released in 1973, alongside it’s counterpart that covered the years ‘1967-70’ (see 1967-1970 [The Blue Album ] or The Beatles 1967 - 1970 [VINYL ]). Only songs written by the Beatles themselves are included (so, for instance, such covers as “Twist and Shout” are omitted). This compilation is often referred to as the “Red Album”. Its cover photo is similar to that as appeared on the group’s first album, “Please Please Me” (1963) – and is from the same photoshoot (with Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr looking down over the stairwell inside EMI studios). This album was issued on CD (in a double jewel-case) for the first time in 1993. It was re-released on CD (in a slim card case) in digitally remastered format in 2010. And it was re-issued on vinyl in 2014 (with the artificially created stereo mixes of "Love Me Do" and "She Loves You" replaced by the original mono versions).