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The Beatles



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4 stars Collection of Beatles singles, early EPs, and album tracks.

In North America, instead of releasing the UK albums, Capital Records created new albums by mixing Beatles singles with some album tracks and early EP tracks ("Long Tall Sally" was released on an EP of the same name in the UK at the time). In the US, this album was released as the Beatles second album (as the title implies), even though it was nothing of the sort in the UK. In Canada (where I am from), the first UK album (Please Please Me) was released as is but with a different names ("Twist and Shout"), but after that they also followed the practice of dividing up the album with single tracks. But because they had already released the first album, the tracks on the early subsequent albums could not be the same ones as those released in the US, which meant that for some of the Canadian albums the song lists were different from both the US AND UK (!). This is one of those albums. In Canada, this album could not be called the "Beatles Second Album" because a few albums had already been released (the Canadian version was released later than the US version) and so this one was released under the name "Long Tall Sally". The track list is very similar, but instead of "She Loves You" (which appears on this US album), the Canadian version contains "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and instead of "Thank You Girl" (which appears on this US album), the Canadian album contains the song "Misery". Finally, instead of "Money" (which appears on this US album), the Canadian version has "I Saw her Standing There" (despite the fact that this song already appeared on "Twist and Shout"). Despite this 'butchery' (as the Beatles depicted later on the US album Yesterday and Today), the songs are actually quite good on both collections. It is difficult to rate this as an album, but when pressed I would have to give it 7.9 out of 10. With the Beatles flows better, but one can't deny the quality of the tunes here.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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