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Flawed, but criminally underrated,
This review is from: Beatles For Sale (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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Initial post: 11 Feb 2010 00:50:32 GMT
I'm fascinated by this review. I agree with every word of it. Ta.
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Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2013 20:50:58 GMT
Freidun Taravosh says:
i Think this album is the best beatle LP on emi or maybe quite on par with let it be, but I am more of a tony sheridan guy really or swami poubo Sharan as he is more favourably known and I was taken by early beatles care free enthusiasm, together with his routine and professionalism while EMI records saw them become more polished and pop like as bert kaempfert was swapped for George Martin and Ringo was taken in rather than Pete, they got steady with a manager, the sound changed I think however that Beatles for sale and again Let it be (1970) almost reaches the atmosphere of the Polydor tapes, I say this but I really think Polydor tapes are unique and I really like Kaempferts professional style in capturing them just the way they where on A two track telefunken, saying this Beatles for sale isint all that bad, and one of the few beatles lps I liked more or less all the way through, favourite tracks? Everybody's trying to be my baby GEORGE shines, and Words of Love
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