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The Beatles



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4 stars Fantastic Rock Classic.

This album, with an average score of only high 2s here on PA, is clearly not getting the respect it deserves. On this album the Beatles really rock, and introduce some really compelling early songs, showing why they quickly became adored throughout the Anglo world. It starts off with the excellent "It Wont Be Long", which easily could have been a hit single (they didn't put their singles on the UK albums, as the practice at the time was to release singles and albums separate from one another on the assumption that people would buy both and would not want to buy the same song twice. This assumption held in the UK, but not in the US where people had more disposable income and did not mind buying the same song in both the single and lp formats). "All My Loving", and "Hold Me Tight" are also classic Lennon-McCartney tunes (with the former getting significant radio airplay in its own right). "I Wanna Be Your Man" is a song the Beatles gave to the Rolling Stones for one of their singles, but the version is the much better version. This album, like the previous one, also contains a number of cover tunes, with notables including George singing "Roll Over Beethoven", "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Money". Many people now only know the Beatles versions. Chuck Berry earned a lot of money from having the Beatles cover selected songs like "Roll Over.." All in all, a classic rocking and fun album. In the US the album "Meet the Beatles" was released with the hit single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" added at the beginning, and a number of the other tunes (including "Money") kept off the album, breaking up the flow. The original UK version works better. I give this album 7.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is the lowest score for squeeking into the 4 PA Star rating.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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