Having just bought my first CD burner, I decided to 'make my own' 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 discs. I compiled it from the regular Beatles CDs, and it became very clear that the official CD releases of these sets is an absolute rip off. I never bought the official CDs.
First of all, I fit the entire RED album on disc 1. After YELLOW SUBMARINE there was enough room for STRAWBERRY, PENNY, LUCY and A DAY IN THE LIFE. I found that putting LUCY and A DAY before SGT and LITTLE HELP was beneficial for the timing. Disc 1 ends with A DAY, which seems to belong at the end of a disc anyway. Disc 2 opens with SGT PEPPER, HELP FROM MY FRIENDS and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. At this point the rest of the original running order was used.
In order to fit the rest of this set on disc 2 I had to omit 2 songs from the track list. Although there really wasn't anything I was happy to remove, I decided to axe OB LA DI and OCTOPUS'S GARDEN.
The overall result is that 52 of the 54 tracks fit on two CD's. RIP OFF. EMI Records, well aware that nearly 80 minutes fits on a disc - opted for making it unneccesarily EXPENSIVE by makeing it a pair of 2 CD sets. BOOO!!!
I say they should scrap the current RED & BLUE albums, and release an expanded edition as a 3 CD set. Add about 65 minutes worth of additional material, and sell it for a list price of $36.98. The title could be changed to 1962-1970.
What songs would you add? I would stay with the "no cover songs" approach. Among the songs that deserve to be included are: HEY BULLDOG, IF I NEEDED SOMEONE, DEAR PRUDENCE, BLACKBIRD, I SAW HER STANDING THERE and IF I FELL, to name just a few...