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Should be on all classic album lists,
This review is from: A Hard Day's Night (Audio CD)
This is the first Beatles album to consist wholly of self-penned material at a time when probably only Bob Dylan could boast the same. Moreover, it sounds almost like a greatest hits collection, such is the consistently high quality. You'll do well to find as formidable a set of songs as this by just about any other artist. As such, 'A Hard Day's Night' shouldn't be forgotten when thinking about all-time best albums. These are the sort of studio creations that made The Beatles the best in the first place.
The title track and 'Can't Buy Me Love' are the flagship tracks, but try finding anything less than stunning amongst the rest. 'When I Get Home' and perhaps 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' are the only instances I can find. The latin-flavoured 'And I Love Her' shows their mastery of the slow pop song as does 'If I Fell'. 'Things We Said Today' is bewitching and 'You Can't Do That' is a gutsy John Lennon song. 'Any Time At All' might be described as a production line Beatles song, but this is a production line that produces Rolls-Royces. An irresistibly enjoyable half-hour.