If you sit down and really think about The Beatles… the songs, the hits, the style, the musical influences… it is a bit… mind-blowing. I would venture to say that for many of us there is not a single Beatles song we have not heard at least once. That is remarkable. Actually it is astounding and something that has never been, nor ever will be repeated. There will never be a band as big and as far-reaching as The Beatles. As much as we could use that now, it simply cannot be recreated.
Part of it was timing and history and where the world was at that particular point in time, but Beatlemania took the world by storm because of the genius and the songwriting, first and foremost. As composers, Lennon and McCartney are certainly up there with Mozart and Beethoven. While my daughter may not yet know Beethoven’s Fifth, she knows a Beatles tune when it comes on the radio! John, Paul, George and Ringo… four lads from Liverpool who would forever change the universe, musically, socially, politically, aesthetically and whatever other “ly” you can think of.
Here is the UK album line up… As much as I am loath to admit it… especially considering how much I spent on Beatles CDs including box sets… the remastered albums are worth it. I am picking seven of these… and Sgt. Pepper has already been featured.
Please Please Me (1963)
With The Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Beatles for Sale (1964)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The Beatles (aka the White Album) (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)
Let It Be (1970)
The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
This is the third studio album and serves as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, directed by Richard Lester. It was released here in 1964 with tracks in a different order than the UK release… still not sure why they did that. When the CD came out, the original UK version was restored. Confused yet? We’ll discuss the UK version here.
This the first Beatles album to “feature entirely original compositions… and the only one where all the songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.” Usually they would each write an equal number of songs, many on their own, but this one is definitely Lennon-dominated. It is also “the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape.”
The movie was a fun and silly comic romp filled with great music and was the main influence on The Monkees TV show. It is also “credited with having influenced 1960s spy films.”
The first seven songs were used in the film, the other six were written for the film, but not used… But almost every one of the songs is a classic…
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“I Should Have Known Better”
“If I Fell”
“I’m Happy Just to Dance with You”
“And I Love Her”
“Tell Me Why”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Any Time at All”
“I’ll Cry Instead”
“Things We Said Today”
“When I Get Home”
“You Can’t Do That”
“I’ll Be Back”
The movie and the album do a great job of capturing Beatlemania and one realizes that not even the Bieber can get crowds into quite this kind of frenzy… at least a deserved frenzy! Many of the bands and artists nowadays are manufactured and pre-fabricated… but the Beatles were the real deal… the true and original Fab Four!
Not a bad way to start the week!