M. Norman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (57 of 66)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,749,556 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 66
Rubber Soul ~ The Beatles
Rubber Soul ~ The Beatles
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
First of all ....the music! Apart from the Ringo song (What Goes On) the rest of the album is pretty damn good (I even like the Lennon throw-away Run for Your Life because his vocal is SO good!!). It's a pretty big jump in quality from the previous HELP! album and there's more sophistication. Drive My Car, Norweigan Wood, Nowhere Man, Think for Yourself, Michelle, In My Life, If I Needed Someone are all superb - and for most other bands all of these could have been singles. But as The Beatles released the double A sided We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper single on the same day as Rubber Soul, NONE of the tracks off the album were released as singles in the UK.

Now for the… Read more
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ~ The Beatles
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
First of all...5 stars for the music. But for me the digital re-mastering of the stereo version (I've never heard the mono mix) has taken away Sgt Pepper's soul and charm for the most part. Yes - the sound is bigger with a bit more definition. But the bass is way too prominent (the 1987 cd and my stereo vinyl copy from the '70's have plenty of bass. It's the early Beatles albums that suffered with lack of bass). Individual voices and instruments sound clearer and fuller but somehow they don't gel particularly well. Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds sounds too clinical. With a Little Help From My Friends and Good Morning Good Morning don't swing like they should. The The guitar solo on Good… Read more
A Hard Day's Night ~ The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night ~ The Beatles
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more