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Beatles For Sale [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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"The story began in Harold Macmillan’s “never had it so good” ’50s Britain. It should be fiction: four teenagers with no more than eight O’Levels between them, running and biking and busing and busking all over Liverpool in search of new chords and old guitars and half-decent drum kit and any gig at all.

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0025KVLSI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beatles For Sale Documentary
2. I'm A Loser (2009 - Remaster)
3. Baby's In Black (2009 - Remaster)
4. Rock And Roll Music (2009 - Remaster)
5. I'll Follow The Sun (2009 - Remaster)
6. Mr Moonlight (2009 - Remaster)
7. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (2009 - Remaster)
8. Eight Days A Week (2009 - Remaster)
9. Words Of Love (2009 - Remaster)
10. Honey Don't (2009 - Remaster)
11. Every Little Thing (2009 - Remaster)
12. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (2009 - Remaster)
13. What You're Doing (2009 - Remaster)
14. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (2009 - Remaster)

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BBC Review

As has been noted before, on the cover of Beatles for Sale the band looks, frankly, knackered. And with good reason, too: this was not only their fourth album in two years (and their second in one year), but it had been somehow slotted between touring America several times and making two movies. Its excellence in these circumstances rather makes the time taken between albums by the likes of modern heavyweights – Coldplay and U2, for example – seem like eons. And if from time to time John, Paul, George and Ringo don’t sound as chipper as they did on, say, She Loves You, well… you can’t really blame them.

There’s the full surge of Lennon’s unhappiness in songs like No Reply, I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party and the pretty blatantly spelt-out I’m a Loser. Several of these songs, such as the mad waltz that is Baby’s in Black, bear loud witness to the fact that The Beatles were spending an awful lot of time trundling around the United States, listening to country stations (and thank goodness, as a Beatles album inspired by mid-60s British radio would be an awful thing). Some songs here are covers – the band simply didn’t have time to write enough original material – but, surprisingly, instead of being limp filler, oldies like Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! and Mister Moonlight are roaringly strong. In fact, the most notable track here – apart from the USA-only single Eight Days a Week – is Lennon’s brilliant, throat-ripping version of Chuck Berry’s Rock and Roll Music, while George Harrison’s comparable love for Carl Perkins makes his cover of Honey Don’t a complete delight.

Beatles for Sale is a transitional album, the group learning their way around studio and becoming more sophisticated. Rubber Soul would see them make another great leap forward (and drop the covers again), but this is a joyous, inventive and exciting album. Especially considering the circumstances it was made in.

--David Quantick

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles STILL For Sale 17 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
So much has been written about the Beatles' music, that I'm going to review this CD on a personal level. I'm time travelling back to 1964 when I was 13. It was Christmas time and I had just seen my first view of a girl in a mini-skirt and white boots as I trudged through the miserable weather in Clacton-on-Sea to buy the latest Beatles single, "I Feel Fine". In the shops I saw the new Beatles LP, "Beatles For Sale" but being a schoolboy they weren't for sale to me as I couldn't afford it. After several not too subtle hints about what I would like for Christmas, I remember the joy of receiving the disc at last. All over the festive season that LP was played so many times that it drove other people mad. In later years I was disappointed that the CD release was in mono only as I was so used to hearing the album in that format. At last, after 45 years (ulp), I can hear this great music again, remastered in stereo for the first time. Not only are the songs so good and still sound fresh, but it takes me back to that dismal out-of-season seaside town where the Beatles helped to make Xmas 1964 so memorable. Hard to pick favourite tracks, but as a Paul McCartney track I'd go for "I'll Follow The Sun", and John Lennon would definitely be I'm A Loser". Some things in life should be preserved and shall never die.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem in stereo 9 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
In the 1990s when I started replacing my collection of Beatle LPs with CDs, I was most disappointed to find that their first 4 albums (including "Beatles For Sale") were only available in mono. So when the remastered versions were released in stereo, I just had to buy "Beatles for Sale". Was I disappointed? Definitely not. The songs are still terrific, but sound even better. The only duff track is "Mr Moonlight" - and no amount of tinkering can make that into a good track. Perhaps "Leave My Kitten Alone" (now on Anthology2)should have been put on the original album instead. In fact, on this remastered version perhaps "Leave My Kitten Alone" could have been included as a bonus track together with "I Feel Fine" and "She's A Woman" the a and b side of the single that was released the same time as the original LP for Christmas 1964.
The stand out tracks for me are "No Reply", "I'm A Loser" and "Eight Days A Week",all of which were considered as singles before John came up with "I Feel Fine". In fact they are all outstanding tracks - including the covers (apart from "Mr Moonlight"). My favourites of the covers are "Words of Love", "Rock and Roll Music" and "Kansas City".
This album is rated by many as the worst Beatles LP. But it is still a Beatles album, and that means that if it had been released by any other group of the time it would have been regarded as their best.
Or am I just listening through rose tinted ears?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but criminally underrated 16 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
This one never makes those 'Top 100 Albums of all time' polls - perhaps deservedly so, but usually on the basis of that well worn cliche about 'product churned out for the Christmas market' That may be true, but find any other band who could 'churn out' something of this quality with such a punishing work rate, whilst trying to cater for the demands of an adoring world. The Beatles were knackered by the end of 1964, let's not forget, they didnt just appear suddenly at the end of 1962, they had been touring relentlessly for many (penniless) years previous. So yes the covers may be a little hit and miss, the lyrics a little cynical and weary (something they are subsequently praised for on The White Album), but this is still a minor work of genius, and way way better than some of the so called efforts of more modern bands, eternally indebted to The Beatles, who cheerfully leave three years at least between albums and tours. Contractual obligation product at it's absolute best. Worth investigation, with a superb sleeve photo too, and one of my favourite Beatle albums of their earlier period.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight is such an exacting science !! 11 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have read a lot of the reviews of this album by astro-physicists and marine biologists studying the ancient history of 1960's music, and noted their quaintly officious tones about this being the worst Beatles Album ever.
Well, it may not be their best, but it was recorded when such luminary critics were probably not even born !!
I was part of that era, and bought it when it was still only available on vinyl (remember, all those grooves revolving around at 33 r.p.m. ??), and I still listen to that music with an 18 year old's excitement & wonderment !!
The music wasn't contemporary rocket science, but the performances were, and that's what made them great.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now a pleasure to listen to 4 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having bought the original 1988 full collection of CD's in that rather nice wooden box, I started delving into a selection of Beatles albums I'd never heard before. Despite the superb opening track on 'For Sale' I quickly relegated the whole CD to the bottom of the heap. Yes, it is an old album, but the sound of this CD in particular was exceptionally bad, mushy and quite difficult to listen to/enjoy, as has been said before.

Now the remastered version. Well,the difference is astonishing. The old mono version has been replaced with the strange stereo mix of the 60's ( don't worry, the vocals are central and I quite like this myself even through a pair of decent headphones ) but the clarity and general 'punch' of the music is the real highlight. 'Rock and Roll music' for example feels like a virtually new track and the fact that you can now hear the drums is testiment to how bad the original CD was.

Overall, the percussion is louder and crisper, hidden pianos are now heard and the bassline is more prominant, driving what is a very good selection of songs along.

Not the best Beatles album, everyone will have their favorite but with this new sound, this is well worth another listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD
Published 19 days ago by sandyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles
A present!
Published 20 days ago by Crispin Flagstaff
5.0 out of 5 stars just gotta love it and admire their genious talents
What is there to say? Early Beatles, just gotta love it and admire their genious talents.
Published 23 days ago by Mogens H. Soerensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but very good
some of the tracks on this album are gems no reply most blokes can relate to the words of that song and eight days a week is a full blown classic i can remember walking home after... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blocker
4.0 out of 5 stars On a Conveyor Belt
It was almost as if the Beatles were on a conveyor belt. Another 14 songs weighing in at 35 minutes - under three minutes a song. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Stiil 1000 miles ahead.
Even when having to resort to old live favourite such as 'Mr. Moonlight' and 'Kansas City' The Beatles still left other groups at the staring block. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. CSCollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia/memories.
Received intact, in good condition, and at a price I could afford. Who could argue with that?
I am very pleased!
Published 3 months ago by Brian Mirfin
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE FAB FOUR' 'MUSIC LEGENDS'
Thought it about time I dug out a few of my 'Beatle' albums, this album was their
fourth album release. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rbmusicman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beatles still sounding great today
A great album that takes me back to my childhood, I used to own the original vinyl but lost somewhere over the year ,so re-mastered this sounds great
Published 4 months ago by david lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD AT ALL
Published 5 months ago by STAVROS K
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