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The Beatles



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4 stars The Beatles first album is a very good one in the catalogue. Although this is 'pop' or whatever you want to call it (no side-long suites here!) the music is innovative, lively and enjoyable.

The Beatles themselves are not really musicians, as such, but music fans. At least, that is the way I think of them. Listening to their albums, often it becomes evident that they are not the worlds' best musicians or the like, but they LOVE music. Here, they are trying to pay tribute to the music they love and enjoy, from Girl Groups such as 'The Shirrells' to rock 'n' roll covers and their own brand of vocal group / guitar pop.

There is a sense of excitement in this record, and a raw, youthful energy. Very vibrant, but underneath all the joyous pop of Boy meets Girl, many of the songs have little nuances. Some songs have very original melodies, some songs have eerie, wailing harmonica and there are some interesting chord changes as well.

They have done a haunting rendition of 'A taste of honey', which is enjoyable, and different. I have always liked the heartfelt 'Ask me why', with some excellent guitar playing. The cover of 'Twist and shout' is exuberant rock 'n' roll, John Lennon delivers 'Anna, go to him' with such passion you wouldn't realise he didn't write it! The melodious 'Do you want to know a secret', delivered with devotion by George Harrison, is also a favourite. All the songs are good, however my favourite is 'There's a place', with it's eerie chord changes almost unsettling harmonica, with tonnes of echo added to it.

So the Beatles' first album, Please Please Me, is engaging, enthusiastic, full of beautiful melodies and is quite original, sometimes.

Brendan | 4/5 |


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