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A Hard Day's Night [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0025KVLS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Hard Day's Night (2009 - Remaster)
2. I Should Have Known Better (2009 - Remaster)
3. If I Fell (2009 - Remaster)
4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (2009 - Remaster)
5. And I Love Her (2009 - Remaster)
6. Tell Me Why (2009 - Remaster)
7. Can't Buy Me Love (2009 - Remaster)
8. Any Time At All (2009 - Remaster)
9. I'll Cry Instead (2009 - Remaster)
10. Things We Said Today (2009 - Remaster)
11. When I Get Home (2009 - Remaster)
12. You Can't Do That (2009 - Remaster)
13. I'll Be Back (2009 - Remaster)

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BBC Review

There may be more inventive Beatles records – Sgt. Pepper’s, for example – and there may be lusher ones – Abbey Road, for one. But no one Beatles album better encapsulated the essence of the band than this one.

A Hard Day’s Night not only captures The Beatles at the peak of Beatlemania – the most exciting time in pop music up to that moment, and arguably ever since; when continents fell and music was changed forever – but also sees them perfecting the art of pop. You may have Beatles songs that you prefer, or songs that mean more to you, but nowhere were the group more consistently brilliant than on this soundtrack.

Where the film emphasised just how popular and bizarre their fame was, the accompanying album showed us just why this had happened. The title-track – with surely the most surreal name ever for a number one song – dazzles in a way The Byrds, The Monkees, The La’s and a hundred other janglers never could, while And I Love Her proved that the band could write melodies better than anyone else. Even the song they let George sing, I’m Happy Just to Dance With You, is fizzier than actual bubbles, while Lennon’s vocal (and rhythm solo) on You Can’t Do That saw him trounce The Rolling Stones for sheer snottiness.

This was the first and only Beatles album to be entirely composed of Lennon/McCartney songs, and that unheard-of-in-1964 cockiness shines through. Even the wistful songs – Things We Said Today and I’ll Be Back – were more confident than sad. This is, next to the White Album (a very different kettle of fabs), my favourite Beatles album, and has been ever since I heard it. The exuberance of the 1960s, the genius of The Beatles, and the total unstoppable confidence of the best band in the world realising that they were the best band in the world, are all contained here. Essential.

--David Quantick

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Brilliance 30 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
A Hard Day's Night is my favourite Beatle's album. The opening chord, one of the most recognisable in pop music, sets up an album which is full of classic tracks. The harmonies between Lennon and McCartney work perfectly throughout the album. The use of the harmonica on 'I Should Have Known Better' suits the song perfectly. George's guitar work on 'And I Love Her' helps make the song one of McCartney's best ballads. The tracks which did not appear in the movie are still great Beatle's songs. 'I'll Be Back' is a beautiful, thoughtful Lennon track which ends the album in style. The album stands the test of time and remains a classic.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A joyous album - the first Beatles album with no covers. The first album to be recorded with 4-track tape machines which allowed more intricate arrangements (eg vocals on If I Fell and I'll Be Back). The song content is still of the boy meets girl / girl wrongs boy/ boy wrongs girl variety - but is melodically and harmonically more sophisticated than the band's 1963 output. So five stars for the music!!

Now for the re-mastering. The sound is bigger and much better than the 1987 mono cd and definitely less harsh. But it's not as good as it could be. (Possibly the limitations of cd sound quality??) The title track lacks ambience and there is an "artificial" feel to some of the songs - as if the sound is a bit constrained and can't "breathe" (eg the title track and I'm So Happy Just To Dance With You). I have a vinyl copy of the album with the 60's stereo mix on it which doesn't have any of these problems. But it is a bit scratchy....and I'm not keen on hearing scratches!

I've not heard the new mono re-master...but I do think A Hard Day's Night is the only album of the first four that DOES cut the mustard in stereo. The 2009 remaster is definitely worth buying....AND listen to Ringo hammering the cowbell on You Can't Do That. Inspired!!!

..And for those people moaning about the stereo field placement on many of the 2009 remastered Beatles albums....The albums have NOT been re-mastered from the MASTER tapes [where it is easy to shape the sound of individual voices and instruments and move things arround in the stereo field]. The remastering process has used the MIXDOWN tapes [the tapes used to press the records in the 60's AFTER all the mixing and stereo placement decisions had been made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not hard to listen to and to love. 1 Dec 2008
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album is a light hearted album from The Beatles, and is their first one to consist solely of their own compositions. It was the soundtrack to their film of the same title, and it was released at the height of Beatlemania.

This album is one that most people will know, and it's probably one of the most popular because it's so upbeat, catchy and well-known.

The title track, A Hard Day's Night opens the album, and there is not a lot I need to say about this one as everyone and their dog knows it. A good song which although it's played a lot, never grows old.

I Should Have Known Better makes me think of the scene in the film where the lads are on the train, and it's a favourite song of mine from this album with a catchy song, great riffs and a welcome addition of the harmonica.

If I Fell is more of a ballad/love song and it's another one which is easy to learn the lyrics to and sing along with.

I'm Happy Just To Dance With You is George Harrison's contribution to the album, and it's probably his most pop-sounding Beatles track.

And I Love Her is a fairly well known and yet somewhat understated love song.

Tell Me Why, when you see it on the film or in general, performed on stage, it's just how I imagine it; it's one of those songs that sounds very catchy and verging on a showtune.

Can't Buy Me Love is another song which needs no introduction. Again, played a lot but very catchy nonetheless.

Any Time At All is a demonstration of the shouty, screamy vocals John Lennon became famous for, and it's another favourite track of mine; it's upbeat despite sounding quite heavy in the instrumental delivery.

I'll Cry Instead is yet another infectiously catchy track and upbeat despite the title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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To set the scene here: 1964 was an amazingly, ridiculously busy year for the Beatles..they achieved many goals and set standards that had many other lesser bands riding their "British Invasion" coat tails for years to come.
After conquering the USA, A Hard Day's Night was probably the crowning achievement of the year.

This 2009 CD Stereo remastered version sounds amazing and is a huge improvement on in it's shrill sounding 1987 Mono CD counterpart. As others have said the music has room to breathe and it sounds much fuller. This album included a couple of firsts for the Beatles - It was the first LP of ALL Original material written by Lennon-McCartney, the first purpose-written record & the first not to feature a Ringo lead vocal. From that distinctive opening chord on the title track, the album doesn't let up in quality and depth. Though I had only ever heard the film half of these songs and the previously issued single B-sides (Things We Said Today & You Can't Do That) as a 6 going on 7 year old in 1964, this was pretty much the soundtrack to my life back then. This is probably the most consistently excellent album of their "early period". There is some rocking toughness such as on the title track, I Should Have Known Better, Can't Buy Me Love, Any Time At All & You Can't Do That. Bear in mind that the lads were so prolific that they had also recorded an all-new 4 Track EP "Long Tall Sally" which was released around about the same time. It was arguably the best EP ever recorded!

We have a sophisticated, beautifully produced album that stands alongside the likes of "Rubber Soul", "Revolver", "Abbey Road" & "Sgt. Pepper" as a masterful recording of some great & memorable songs.
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