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It goes without saying that the Beatles were one of the most important, influential and progressive bands in the history of rock and pop music. There are many places on the Internet where a full biography may be found, and their history has been covered so many times that here we consider only their place as a progressive band.

The music of the Beatles was notable mainly for the songwriting partnership of Lennon/McCartney, which bucked the trend of bands going to songwriting houses for their material and helped to convince other bands to write their own songs. On their earliest albums, it was the quality of the Lennon/McCartney songs that stands out from the covers that were also included.

The other aspect of the Beatles music that remained a constant throughout their carreer as a band is the wide range of influences and styles that they assimilated into their own. Their hunger for experimentation in style and sound was to last and expand right up to their swansong album, "Abbey Road".

A frequent speculation is that it was the Beatles who finally swayed Bob Dylan in 1964/5 to use electric instruments, and in so doing brought about the fusion of folk and rock that would lead to the development of psychedelia, via the Byrd's "Eight Miles High" and the San Francisco music scene, "Swinging London" and other movements. In fact, many other factors led to the rise of those cultures, but the importance of the Beatles' music should not be overlooked.

The influences were mutual; The Beatles and the Byrds particularly not only exchanged a number of ideas, but also met several times - including one notable occasion which included Bob Dylan and Peter Fonda that resulted in the song "She said, she said" ("Revolver"). It was Roger McGuinn of the Byrds who turned George Harrison onto the sound of the sitar and led George to have lessons from Ravi Shankar.

Harrison also adapted the riff from The Byrds' "Bells of Rhymney" to write the song "If I Needed Someone", dedicating the song to Roger McGuinn who wrote it, and used the sitar in "Norwegian Wood", both songs appearing on the "Rubber Soul" album, an album that contains so many song writing styles that it can be difficult to believe that it's all the same band. "The Word" particularly seems to herald the off-beat musical and rhythmic style that would be prevalent in psychedelia, and the wider-ranging folk-like feeling and more introspective lyrics in many songs reflects the impact of th...
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THE BEATLES discography


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THE BEATLES top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.04 | 399 ratings
Please Please Me
1963
2.90 | 376 ratings
With The Beatles
1963
3.53 | 437 ratings
A Hard Day's Night
1964
2.77 | 376 ratings
Beatles For Sale
1964
3.43 | 456 ratings
Help!
1965
3.91 | 658 ratings
Rubber Soul
1965
4.38 | 845 ratings
Revolver
1966
4.32 | 956 ratings
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1967
4.13 | 676 ratings
Magical Mystery Tour
1967
4.17 | 744 ratings
The Beatles [Aka: The White Album]
1968
2.54 | 363 ratings
Yellow Submarine
1969
4.47 | 925 ratings
Abbey Road
1969
3.29 | 531 ratings
Let It Be
1970
3.51 | 191 ratings
Let It Be - Naked
2003

THE BEATLES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.85 | 37 ratings
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl
1977
1.86 | 21 ratings
The Beatles Live! at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962
1977
3.12 | 56 ratings
Live at the BBC
1994
2.11 | 9 ratings
Last Night In Hamburg
1999
3.10 | 10 ratings
On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2
2013

THE BEATLES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.63 | 51 ratings
A Hard Day's Night
1964
3.18 | 44 ratings
Help!
1965
3.15 | 8 ratings
The Beatles At The Shea Stadium
1966
3.82 | 72 ratings
Yellow Submarine
1968
3.92 | 34 ratings
Let It Be
1970
2.99 | 37 ratings
Magical Mystery Tour
1978
5.00 | 2 ratings
Ready Steady Go! The Beatles Live
1985
4.50 | 10 ratings
The First U.S Visit
1991
5.00 | 3 ratings
Video Collection
2003
4.09 | 4 ratings
A Long And Winding Road
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
In Washington D.C, Feb. 11th, 1964
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Beatles With Tony Sheridan - The Beginnings In Hamburg
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Destination Hamburg
2007
5.00 | 2 ratings
Turn Left At Greenland
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
In Performance
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
Yesterday
2008
2.00 | 7 ratings
The Beatles At The Budokan
2008

THE BEATLES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.70 | 10 ratings
Introducing The Beatles
1963
2.14 | 23 ratings
Meet the Beatles
1964
1.90 | 14 ratings
Something New
1964
1.55 | 14 ratings
The Beatles' Story
1964
3.82 | 17 ratings
Beatles '65
1964
2.78 | 21 ratings
The Beatles' Second Album
1964
2.32 | 36 ratings
A Hard Day's Night (US version)
1964
2.16 | 6 ratings
The Beatles' First
1964
2.77 | 35 ratings
Rubber Soul (US)
1965
2.35 | 32 ratings
Help (US version)
1965
3.40 | 10 ratings
The Early Beatles
1965
3.69 | 13 ratings
Beatles VI
1965
3.35 | 24 ratings
Yesterday and Today
1966
2.35 | 10 ratings
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (But Goldies !)
1966
3.40 | 27 ratings
Revolver (US)
1966
3.70 | 42 ratings
Hey Jude
1970
3.28 | 98 ratings
1962-1966
1973
3.75 | 109 ratings
1967-1970
1973
3.20 | 18 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll Music
1976
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Beatles Tapes (From The David Wigg Interviews)
1976
4.00 | 19 ratings
Love Songs
1977
4.10 | 10 ratings
Rarities
1978
4.88 | 8 ratings
The Beatles Album Collections
1978
3.13 | 5 ratings
The Beatles Ballads
1980
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Beatles Box
1980
2.40 | 6 ratings
Rarities (US version)
1980
5.00 | 5 ratings
E.P. Collections
1981
5.00 | 2 ratings
Hear The Beatles Tell All
1981
5.00 | 3 ratings
The Beatles Talk Downunder (1964)
1982
5.00 | 5 ratings
The Beatles Singles Collections
1982
2.13 | 4 ratings
The Complete Silver Beatles
1982
5.00 | 1 ratings
First Movement
1982
3.25 | 4 ratings
Reel Music
1982
3.19 | 8 ratings
20 Greatest Hits
1982
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Beatles Mono Collection
1982
5.00 | 6 ratings
The Collection
1982
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Beatles Original Mono-Record Box
1986
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Beatles On Compact Disc - Help / Rubber Soul / Revolver
1987
2.11 | 9 ratings
The Early Tapes of The Beatles
1987
3.46 | 72 ratings
Past Masters Volume 1
1988
4.04 | 75 ratings
Past Masters Volume 2
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Conversation Disc Series
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Talk Downunder Vol. II
1990
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Silver Beatles - Original Decca Tapes and Cavern Club Rehearsals 1962
1991
2.89 | 66 ratings
Anthology 1
1995
3.90 | 72 ratings
Anthology 2
1996
3.66 | 69 ratings
Anthology 3
1996
5.00 | 1 ratings
Words Of Love
1998
3.37 | 42 ratings
Yellow Submarine Songtrack
1999
5.00 | 1 ratings
Magical And Mystical Words
1999
5.00 | 1 ratings
Things We Said Today
2000
3.91 | 86 ratings
The Beatles '1'
2000
5.00 | 1 ratings
Big Beat Box
2001
4.36 | 11 ratings
Capitol Albums Vol 1
2004
4.40 | 10 ratings
Capitol Albums Vol 2
2006
3.02 | 77 ratings
Love
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Beatles - 1967-69 - Acoustic Submarine
2006
4.88 | 41 ratings
The Beatles In Mono Box Set
2009
4.65 | 63 ratings
The Beatles Stereo Box Set
2009
4.73 | 40 ratings
Past Masters (Remastered)
2009
4.23 | 32 ratings
The Beatles 1962-1970
2010
3.75 | 4 ratings
Anthology Highlights
2011
2.53 | 6 ratings
Tomorrow Never Knows
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Bootleg Recordings 1963
2013
4.50 | 4 ratings
The U.S. Albums
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Meet the Beatles! [also known as: The Japan Box]
2014
4.75 | 4 ratings
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THE BEATLES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.65 | 8 ratings
My Bonnie
1961
2.96 | 17 ratings
Love Me Do
1962
2.70 | 14 ratings
Please Please Me
1963
2.55 | 13 ratings
From Me To You
1963
3.68 | 16 ratings
She Loves You
1963
3.00 | 14 ratings
I Want To Hold Your Hand
1963
2.80 | 5 ratings
The Beatles Christmas Record
1963
3.62 | 13 ratings
Twist And Shout
1963
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Beatles Hits
1963
3.20 | 5 ratings
The Beatles No. 1
1963
2.84 | 10 ratings
All My Loving
1964
3.14 | 9 ratings
Long Tall Sally
1964
4.00 | 7 ratings
Extracts From The Film A Hard Day's Night
1964
3.67 | 3 ratings
Extracts From The Album A Hard Day's Night
1964
2.68 | 10 ratings
Beatles For Sale
1964
3.67 | 3 ratings
Souvenir of Their Visit to America
1964
3.67 | 3 ratings
Four By The Beatles
1964
3.64 | 14 ratings
Can't Buy Me Love
1964
3.71 | 14 ratings
A Hard Days Night
1964
3.64 | 14 ratings
I Feel Fine
1964
3.10 | 11 ratings
If I Fell
1964
2.67 | 3 ratings
Another Beatles Christmas Record
1964
4.00 | 14 ratings
Ticket To Ride
1965
3.93 | 15 ratings
Help !
1965
4.07 | 15 ratings
Day Tripper
1965
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Beatles Third Christmas Record
1965
3.33 | 3 ratings
4 By The Beatles
1965
3.33 | 3 ratings
Beatles For Sale No. 2
1965
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Beatles Million Sellers
1965
3.40 | 11 ratings
Yesterday
1966
4.15 | 13 ratings
Nowhere Man
1966
3.57 | 18 ratings
Paperback Writer
1966
3.81 | 23 ratings
Eleanor Rigby
1966
2.14 | 3 ratings
Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas
1966
4.91 | 30 ratings
Strawberry Fields Forever
1967
3.60 | 20 ratings
All You Need Is Love
1967
4.07 | 20 ratings
Hello Goodbye
1967
2.29 | 5 ratings
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
1967
4.05 | 27 ratings
Magical Mystery Tour (UK Version)
1967
3.38 | 18 ratings
Lady Madonna
1968
4.32 | 29 ratings
Hey Jude
1968
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record
1968
4.19 | 21 ratings
Get Back
1969
3.23 | 20 ratings
Ballad Of John And Yoko
1969
3.28 | 20 ratings
Something
1969
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record
1969
3.18 | 14 ratings
Let It Be
1970
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Beatles Christmas Album
1970
3.50 | 2 ratings
From Then To You
1970
3.68 | 10 ratings
Yesterday
1976
3.83 | 12 ratings
Back In The U.S.S.R.
1976
3.33 | 6 ratings
Twist And Shout
1977
3.98 | 20 ratings
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends
1978
3.75 | 4 ratings
Movie Medley
1982
2.86 | 7 ratings
Love Me Do
1982
3.50 | 4 ratings
Baby It's You
1995
3.97 | 15 ratings
Free As A Bird
1995
4.03 | 11 ratings
Real Love
1996
4.00 | 7 ratings
Yellow Submarine Songtrack Sampler
1999
4.40 | 5 ratings
Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows (promo)
2006
2.80 | 5 ratings
Love (promo)
2006
3.75 | 4 ratings
Help! (7 Song Radio Sampler)
2007

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3.43 | 456 ratings

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4 stars By the mid-60s BEATLEmania had taken hold of the entire planet after the British Invasion of the Americas was complete and the Fab Four couldn't pump out enough product fast enough to satisfy a rabid public obsessed with their favorite mop top rock icons. After the film "A Hard Day's Night" proved to be a smashing success, there was little doubt that THE BEATLES would continue their musical comedy-adventures in cinematic form for as long as they could get away with it. The band wasted no time at all conceiving a sequel in the form of HELP! which saw THE BEATLES moving away from the lo-fi antics of their first film into a multi-color high budget blockbuster type of production that was shot in a variety of exotic foreign locations. While "A Hard Day's Night" was based on the BEATLEmania craze that was unfolding around the Fab Four and their reactions around it, HELP! on the other hand took liberties in setting up a contrived plot about an Eastern cult that needed to sacrifice a woman to the goddess Kaili but realized that she was not wearing the sacrificial ring which somehow got sent to Ringo Starr in a fan letter.

The movie unfolds by a series of cartoonish antics revolving around the evil cult following THE BEATLES in order to regain the lost ring so that they can carry out their ritualistic practices. While i could go on about the movie in great length, the subject of this review is the accompanying musical soundtrack which in accord with the year of 1965 varied depending upon which side of the Atlantic you resided, not to mention that the film soundtrack is quite different than the album of the same name. One quick mention about the movie itself is the fact that the film HELP! seems to be the first taste of exotic Eastern musical influences for THE BEATLES and not (as commonly believed) with George Harrison's sitar playing on "Norwegian Wood" on the "Rubber Soul" album. The film goes as far as to include an instrumental version of the song "A Hard Day's Night" played by an Indian band with an exotic Eastern flair and the film itself is peppered with sounds and fashion styles from the Indian subcontinent that obviously permeated George Harrison's senses enough for him to delve deeply into the music and philosophy.

While this review is primarily concerned with the UK version of the album that took only seven songs from the film score and added seven more tracks for a total of fourteen, the differences between the UK album that is seemingly just another BEATLES release and the official soundtrack score that appeared in the US is worth mentioning. Firstly, the US version only included the tracks "Help!," "You're Going To Lose That Girl," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket To Ride," "I Need You," "The Night Before" and "Another Girl" also from the UK album. The remaining tracks are from the George Martin Orchestra which were primarily used as background music for various events in the movie such as "The Chase," "The Bike Riding Scene" and so on. The UK album (which has rightfully become the official version) contains the aforementioned BEATLES tracks with seven more BEATLES tracks including the huge hit "Yesterday." While the tracks shared between the UK and US versions showcase the powerhouse songwriting skills of the McCartney / Lennon machine (with a Harrison track in the mix), the second set of songs show off lead vocal spots of each member. While the weakest of the bunch (as is usually the case) is Ringo Starr's "Act Naturally," all the other members strut their styles ranging from Lennon's skiffle origins showing in the Larry Williams cover "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," McCartney steals the show with his solo guitar and vocal performance on "Yesterday" that added a symphonic string section.

HELP! was very much a step forward for THE BEATLES by not only cementing their status as film stars but by expanding the band's sound significantly by adding new instruments, richer textures and a more diverse palette of songwriting styles with an extra emphasis on keyboards and acoustic guitar. George Harrison was also allowed to shine again after a two record absence with his tender ballad "I Need You" as well as "Tell Me What You See." As far as commercial success was concerned, HELP! continued to keep THE BEATLES in the number one spot across the globe with a stream of hit singles and a firm declaration of true artistic development. The album cover has an interesting story as well with the Fab Four donning oversized button-up shirts with their arms pointing in various directions. The idea was to spell the world HELP in flag semaphore but because the actual results weren't visually pleasing, the design created a random set of letters that spells out "NUJV" with McCartney's left hand pointing to the Capitol logo. The effort into the music of the days at every angle is quite amazing sitting here in the 21st century.

HELP! possibly may not rank at the top of anybody's favorite BEATLES album simply for the fact that they would only continue to better themselves in every aspect of creativity but HELP! is a vital transitional stage in the Fab Four's career as it proved without a doubt that the band could expand their creative edge beyond the simple pop rock and cover tunes that they had been churning out since their formation. While HELP! also showed the band reaching out into new arenas in the world of cinema, it more importantly created the moment when the East / West cross-pollination ideas were implanted in the band's psyche and would only continue to gestate until the classics that would follow. Standing alone, HELP! is a beautiful assortment of cleverly written pop rock performances with each member shining like never before. While the film itself was a little goofy in its premise, the music that revolved around the film more than stands on its own two feet well over 50 years from its initial release. After the lackluster rush job of "Beatles For Sale" that seemed to show a band having peaked and ready to fizzle into obscurity, the cry for HELP! was answered with this showcase of BEATLES powerhouse melodies and creative prowess. HELP! is a resoundingly excellent batch of classic BEATLES tracks that have aged quite well.

 Love by BEATLES, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.02 | 77 ratings

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Love
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This cd was a collaboration between Geroge Martin and his son Giles when they were asked to work for the Cirque du Soleil. They have created this soundscape using any sound from the original Beatles multi-track tapes. The used sound to combine some songs or use the sound of songs to go in other songs. The results are impressive especially in 5.1. It's about an hour and a half medley that can be listened like one song with not much pause between songs. The sound is all over the room and is a new experience to hear those songs that we all know for a long time. I could hear some heavy parts that I never heard on the old versions. This is a soundtrack for a film with a nice choice of songs, the more accessible ones and the more experimental ones from the latest albums of The Beatles. This cd could serve as a introduction to the band and in that case, you can be satisfied with the stereo cd, but if you want to hear the Beatles songs with new arrangements and in surround, you need the DVD-audio. This is more than a simple and easy compilation of the bands greatest hits, it's more than 2 years of hard rock with the collaboration of many people to brings this to the public.
 Rubber Soul by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1965
3.91 | 658 ratings

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Rubber Soul
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Probably the Most Musical of the early (pre-Sgt Pepper) Albums.

Despite being put together quickly back in 1965, this album is surprisingly musical. While all Beatles albums have withstood the trials of time, this album is notable for having virtually of the songs remain strong after 50 years and 1000+ listens. There isn't a single bad, or even slightly mediocre, song on this album - every single song is excellent. And diverse, including rockers (Drive My Car), poetry (Norwegian Wood), veiled social commentary (Girl), classic love song (Michelle), hippy statements (the Word), and even jealous warnings (Run for Your Life). "If I needed Someone" is one of George's best songs from the early period. Like 'Help' this album is often overlooked by those more focussed on the later Beatles, but 'Rubber Soul' deserves a special place in the history of pop music. It is a very strong musical album. I give it 8.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 stars.

 The Beatles Live! at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 by BEATLES, THE album cover Live, 1977
1.86 | 21 ratings

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The Beatles Live! at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

2 stars Great performances, poor sound quality.

This is a bootleg-quality recording of the Beatles playing live in the Star Club in Hamburg, before they released even their first single. The performances are high-energy and a lot of fun. Although they play some originals, the majority of tracks here are cover tunes, some of whom would not grace any of their subsequent albums. So, this is a worthy archive just for that. Also, while some of the covers are a bit cheesy or intentionally humourous (like "Your Feets Too Big", "Lend Me Your Comb", and "Besame Mucho"), others really rock (eg "Kansas City", "Hippie Hippie Shake", "Be Bop-a-lulu"). There are also some covers we are used to ("Roll Over Beethoven", "Long Tall Sally") but I would not say they are any better than the studio-recorded versions. Unfortunately, the sound quality is poor, making this only for true fans.

 Help! by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1965
3.43 | 456 ratings

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Help!
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Classic early Beatles.

Often overlooked due to the novelty and celebrity attached to the movie of the same name, this album is one of the more musical and lyrical of the early Beatles albums. Of course, the original (UK) album contains "Yesterday", one of the most covered songs in history, for a good reason. But it also contains wonderful musical songs like Harrison's "I Need You", John's "Its Only Love" and Paul's "I've Just Seen a Face". And of course, the title track is not only a great song, but made it acceptable in commercial music to admit depression and cry for help, continuing on from John's "I'm A Loser" on 'Beatles for Sale". If only Paul's rocker "I'm Down" (originally the b-side of the Help single) were included on the CD release of this album. Get this UK version, not the US version, as half of that album contains mundane film score music from the movie, and only half of these songs. I given this album 8.5 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars (although I admit it is not 'progressive rock', so only if you like the early Beatles!).

 Beatles For Sale by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1964
2.77 | 376 ratings

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Beatles For Sale
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Underrated!

Of all the Beatles albums listed here, this is the most underrated. Indeed, I have hard time believing the low average score. This album contains a number of really important early songs. The first three on the (UK-released) album are amazing, very musical songs ("No Reply", "Baby's in Black" and "I'm a Loser"). The latter song ("I'm a loser") in particular is notable for being one of the first commercial rock songs in which the singer calls himself a loser! Coupled with songs like "Eight Days a Week", "Words of Love" and "Ill Follow the Sun", and a number of covers that the Beatles had played for a long time, this represents an important album in rock history, but also one of the more musical early Beatles albums. It is, like Hard Days Night, Help and Rubber Soul, among the early albums that one can play all the way through on multiple listens, although it is not quite a as good as the latter. I give this 8.0 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 stars.

 A Hard Day's Night by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1964
3.53 | 437 ratings

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A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars All Originals Now.

For their first feature film, the Beatles composed all original music. The UK album contains all the songs used in the film, but a number of others. They are all excellent. The title track is a classic, and garnered huge radio play, and "And I love Her" grew to be one of the fan favourites. "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title track were also released as single - the first times that album tracks also came out as singles, and despite the assumption (largely correct) that UK buyers didn't like buying the same song twice, people still did. "Things we Said Today" and "I'll Be Back" are among the best non-film tunes, and "You Can't Do That" is one of the first tunes to reveal Lennon's self-admitted jealous side and acerbic lyrics. This is the better version of the album, as in North America only the actual film score was released - and so fewer Beatles tunes but also the instrumental orchestral pieces that were recorded by George Martin and used in the background of the film. So, get this UK version! I give this 8.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 stars.

 The Beatles' Second Album by BEATLES, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1964
2.78 | 21 ratings

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The Beatles' Second Album
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

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.

 With The Beatles by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1963
2.90 | 376 ratings

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With The Beatles
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by Walkscore

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.

 Please Please Me by BEATLES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1963
3.04 | 399 ratings

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Please Please Me
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Review by Walkscore

3 stars Album that Started it All.

While the sound quality and composing style can definitely be dated to the early 60s, the appeal of the fab four shines through on their debut album. This album was released in the UK, and also in Canada under the name "Twist and Shout" with the exact same running order. In the US, unfortunately, like many of their other pre-1967 albums, it was not released as such and instead cut up into numerous other albums (found in the compilations section here) with songs from singles and EPs. On this album we find the Beatles recording a number of the cover tunes they had been playing live, as well as some of their early compositions. "I Saw Her Standing There" is one of the highlights of the latter, while "Twist and Shout" is a highlight of the former - with John providing a particularly notable vocal with his unique voice (the kind of vocal sound he later attained on "Revolution" - still one of the most identifiable singers in the lexicon of rock music). While some of the tunes on this album are fairly pedestrian filler ("Anna", "Ask me Why") the album sticks together as an excellent example of early 60s short rock/pop, at which the Beatles were masters. On later albums they would further develop their writing skills though. This album garners 7.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

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