Of the sixteeen tracks that comprise The Essential Beatles, all but one cracked the Australian Singles Charts 'Top 3'; the sole exception being With A Little Help From My Friends.

1. Love Me Do - #1
2. Boys - #2 (EP - Requests)
3. Long Tall Sally - #2 (EP - Requests)
4. Honey Don't - #1
5. P.S. I Love You - #1 (EP - All My Loving)
6. Baby You're A Rich Man - #1
7. All My Loving - #1 (EP - All My Loving)
8. Yesterday - #3
9. Penny Lane - #1

1. Magical Mystery Tour - #2
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - #1
3. With A Little Help From My Friends - N/A
4. All You Need Is Love - #1
5. Something - #1
6. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - #1
7. Let It Be - #1

Source:
TOP 40 RESEARCH 1956-1994 - Jim Barnes and Stephen Scanes - 3rd Edition
(Compiled from New South Wales music-chart information)

EMI Australia asked EMI UK for a stereo mix of Penny Lane (EMI Australia apparently requested the stereo mix prior to Germany's issue of Magical Mystery Tour - which was released before The Essential Beatles), yet still used the mono mix of Baby You're A Rich Man.

Long Tall Sally has reversed channels.

Penny Lane runs slow with a noticable "warble".

All labels have the matrices reversed, ie YAPAX1071-B on side 1 and YAPAX1071-A on side 2.

Also issued through the World Record Club as part of the August 1980 released Superstars of the '70s boxset.

THE ESSENTIAL BEATLES
TVSS8 (STEREO)
RELEASE DATE SIDE 1 MATRIX SIDE 2 MATRIX PARTS
2 Feb 1972 YAPAX1071-3 YAPAX 1072.2 cp AU
2 Feb 1972 YAPAX1071-3B YAPAX 1072.2 cp AU
2 Feb 1972 YAPAX1071-3B YAPAX 1072-2B AU
2 Feb 1972 YAPAX1071-3 YAPAX 1072-2C AU
2 Feb 1972 YAPAX1071-3B YAPAX 1072-2C AU
Aug 1979 YAPAX1071-3B YAPAX 1072-3 TVSS 8 AU
~1982 YAPAX 1071-3C YAPAX 1072-3 TVSS 8 AU
It appears that a few lacquers were cut for initial pressing.
MATRIX INFORMATION

Machine Stamped - Hand Written
ORIGIN CODE CIRCULATED SLEEVE DETAILS
AUST A1 Feb 1972
SLEEVE INFORMATION
APPLE
AUTVSS8S1
2 Feb 1972
BLACK 1-BOX A
AUTVSS8S2
1982
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