The compilation is expected to be in the shops later this year, following on from the release of a tell-all book...

THE BEATLES are set to release a Greatest Hits album in late October, just weeks after the band’s long-awaited autobiography.

The album will be a 26-track single disc which will include the Fab Four‘s career-spanning biggest hits from ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘Hey Jude’.

A source close to the remaining three Beatles denied that the record was an attempt by The Beatles‘ label EMI to cash in on an renewed interest in the band that the book will bring.

“It’s been planned for a long, long time,” he said. “EMI have been pushing it for a while.”

The album is expected to outsell Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, which holds the record for biggest-selling album of all time, having to date sold 45 million copies worldwide.

Meanwhile, ‘The Beatles Anthology’ will be published on October 5. The three remaining BeatlesPaul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – alongside John Lennon‘s widow Yoko Ono – are said to have spent six years putting the book together. It will be a warts-and-all look at the world’s most famous band.

As Geoff Baker, Paul McCartney‘s official spokesman told nme.com last month, “It’s the truth, the complete truth… it’s the whole band who have put this together. Nothing has been left out, except the bollocks.”

The book is expected to sell upwards of 20 million copies.