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EARLY BEATLEMANIA AT IT'S PINNACLE - REMASTERED IN STEREO,
This review is from: A Hard Day's Night (Audio CD)
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. The "non-film" half of the album includes such quality songs as the John's gentle "I'll Be Back", the countryfied "I'll Cry Instead", the previosly mentioned and wonderful "Things We Said Today" & the hard rock of "You Can't Do That". Any of these songs could have been "A" sides and been hits in their own right.
As a starting point to the Beatles this would fill the bill and leave you wanting to investigate more.