Personally I don't really mind it; I actually think the melody is quite OK, but the rhyming is very awkward, for instance "Just the sight of you makes night time bright, very bright". Or what about "When you sigh, my, my inside just flies. The latter is quite a catchy showcase of his sense of melody.
There's a fine solo too. In the better end of the spectre we have Lennon's Motown pastiche "You're Going to Lose That Girl", complete with call and response vocal harmonies and a harmonically interesting middle eight. Another great moment is Harrison's lead guitar. First of all it contains the Beatles' first truely great lyrics with a virtuose use of rhyming and a very visual imagery from the point of view of the song's protagonist. The song is also open for interpretation, and some have suggested that its topic about feeling stigmatized because of ones love life "Everywhere, people stare", "I can see them laugh at me" and so on is actually about what it was like to be homosexual in those years.
It's a very touching song with a rather sad mood. Whether or not the acoustic arrangement really fits the song is another question. I am personally undecided on that. And then, finally, there is "Yesterday", one of the most beautiful songs ever written. So much has been said about it, that I risk repeating a lot of things here.
But the melody is simply flawless. Spanding over an octave plus a minor third, it also fits perfectly with the lyrics. We start at "home" the basic note and then move "far away", and then back towards home again as the troubles are suddenly "here to stay".
It's ironic that the music was written first, but I guess Paul McCartney knew what kind of words would fit well into the song. And then there is the gorgeous string quartet that really underlines the sadness in the song.
It also showed that Beatles songs didn't have to sound a certain ways, thus foreshadowing the more varied arrangements of their later work. So on one side we have great sublime songs like "Yesterday", "Help!
Some songs signal a standstill for the band while others signal progress and musical adventure. That makes it incredibly difficult to judge the album as a whole.
In the end, Help! The hysteria and pressure was beginning to take its toll on the Beatles, and Beatles For Sale really shows. For a start, just look at the album cover.
None of them look happy. On the flipside they almost look frightened as if someone was threatening them with a gun. The fatigue and time pressure produced what is generally considered one of their weaker outputs. It is not their worst album - that award clearly goes to the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, if calling that an album even makes sense - but it is just not very convincing judged by the Beatles' standard. That being said, there are still some really good songs on it, and some that are even pointing forward.
Is it subtle? Not really, but on the other hand it feels honest. But clearly the main focus for the Beatles was still the music. None of the songs are as original as those found on A Hard Day's Night, but the best of them are still very engaging. Getting back to "I'm a Loser", the song's ambiguous harmonic base, and especially the dramatic melody, chords and playing in the chorus really underline the sense of despair felt in the lyrics.
The finest moment in the song is probably the energetic middle eight "If I were you, I would realise etc. An interesting musical feature of the album is the inspiration from country and western in some of the songs, probably a result of the US part of their world tour. At this point of their carreer, John Lennon seems to have been the main driving force, with Paul McCartney standing somewhat in the background. Most of the hit singles in and were Lennon's. McCartney does have some pretty solid songs on the album though.
But it is a good band performance, and the "sunrise" fade-in deserves all the praise it can get. Charming enough, but all in all not very memorable, and actually it was a very early number which he brought up for this album - another sign of the preassure they were under.
His best song on the album is "What You're Doing" which has a very intense, almost angry melody, suggesting that the song was written out of inner necessity according to Ian Macdonald it was reflecting a crisis with his then girlfriend Jane Asher.
The song is a hidden gem, and one of the more accomplised tracks on the album in terms of production; there's a very effective use of the piano for instance. Then there are the covers which are of very mixed quality. Moonlight" is often regarded as the worst of all Beatles recordings. Personally I don't mind it that much, but it does sound a bit unfinished, and all in all it is rather boring. I quite like the organ sound though, and I actually think it works better than the two Carl Perkins covers.
All of the proper studio albums are here, along with both parts of the fantastic "Past Masters" collection of rarities.
All are lovingly presented in the best possible sound. Next, the booklets are well done. Each album's booklet features great photography, with dates and places for each photo, and come with lengthy historical and recording notes.
George Martin's comments one each album are particularly interesting to read. Last, they throw in a bonus DVD with a mini-featurette of each album.
The whole thing totals less than one hour, so it is pretty thin really, but nevertheless enjoyable. These are their four best albums and cover each of their stylistic phases well.
Every kid should have the chance for a Beatles obsession phase and experience the days when music was special. However, the packaging of this boxset is quite bizarre. While most boxsets allow you to select an item without disturbing the others, this set makes you do a bit more work. Let me describe the experience of opening the box for the first time. Upon removing the dust sleeve, and opening the magnetic 'door' of the box, two albums beam up at you: 'Please Please Me' and 'Magical Mystery Tour'.
These appear to be stacked on top of the other albums, and these two stacks are held in place by the packaging of the box itself. You're wondering exactly how to remove the stacks, when you notice a small black ribbon to the right of each stack. You investigate by pulling this ribbon, and sure enough, the albums appear to rise out of the box.
The collection comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and 'Magical Mystery Tour,' which became part of The Beatles' core catalogue when the CDs were first released in In addition, the collections 'Past Masters Vol. I and II' are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs.
This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc. These 14 albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will also be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set. Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. With the exception of the 'Past Masters' set, newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album.
Had a little tidy up of Beatle album and single webpages. And am now in the process of smartening up Paul's single details with bigger better scans and amended info. Added scans, detail and information of the latest freebie c. Another couple of boots I've had a while! A couple of boots I've had a while and should have put information up one I've had for years! See Get Back See Rehearsals at 3, Savile Row. JPGR is not at all interested in cataloging downloads, but there a couple of new DVD issues which are worth representing.
Strictly speaking these are bootleg issues, but, are distributed free and have not yet appeared on silver pressed discs. Added a couple of things I've had for ages one for years and never got round to cataloging. Added scans, detail and information of the first Capitol Albums boxset had it years, never got round to opening it!
Added digital download mentions of all the tracks that entered the "Singles" chart in An update from the Get Back numbering system I had been using until I bought the more complete edition last year.
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