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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant early album, 13 Feb. 2004
This review is from: A Hard Day's Night (Audio CD)
This was the first Beatles album to contain exclusively original material. There are no George Harrison songs either - John and Paul wrote all the songs here. The first seven songs were featured in the film (including Can't buy me love, which had already been a hit) while the remaining six were also written for the film but were not used in it. Thus, only twelve of the thirteen were new recordings, although the other track was making its album debut here.
Apart from Can't buy me love, the album yielded just one other Beatles hit - the title track. However, several other songs here have retained their popularity, helped by some quality cover versions. I've heard excellent covers of I should have known better, If I fell, I'm happy just to dance with you, And I love her and Things we said today as well as the two hits, some of them in several different styles.
This is, perhaps, the strongest of the early Beatles albums prior to Rubber soul. If you are interested in the early part of their career and you want more than is available on the red album 1962 - 1966, this is essential.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 19:59:53 BDT
E. J. Ryan says:
Since when does a Beatles song get rated according to how many covers of it are done? Covers were done because of the quality of the Beatles, not the other way around. We're not talking about Dylan here.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 09:20:23 BDT
Covers of whatever songs, if they are of songs that were old at the time of being covered, take the music to future generations. If you study the history of popular music, you will see that there were some artists who were very successful in their time but faded into relative obscurity, but others, sometimes less successful in their time, sustained a greater longevity. There can be any number of reasons for this, but I have noticed that covers are one of those reasons.
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