Like Mr Trantor I have owned this on Vinyl, cassette (the wonderful false stereo version!) , CD and shortly Ill be buying the remaster. I even considered the 8 Track version once....It was my first ever LP so yes I'm bound to feel a bit rose tinted. However this is not mere nostalgia .This is the one where it started to come together and would lead to the unstoppable Hard Days Night next. For most bands the Difficult Second Album means you have run out of ideas and you wonder where do you go from here because the record company want something fast - for the Beatles, it just meant you just made a better one than the first.
To put its release in context , this is the course the one that came out the day that Kennedy died and the day before Dr Who started on TV. The world was waiting for an uplift . Boy, did it get one from this.
Anyone who thinks the only good track is All My Loving ( a sweet pop frolic that in essence defined the public persona of Paul as Sir Thumbs Aloft forever - it's bursting with energy and probably the most played song ever on Family Favourites I seem to recall!) should stick to the Blue and Red albums . Your CD Collection is probably 90% greatest hits collections anyway. For those of us who want to delve beyond the obvious there is much greatness here.
Stunning early Motown covers Devil in Her Heart, Smokey's You've Really and of course the simply matchless Marvelettes' Please Mr Postman and Barrett Strong's Money nestle alongside some of the best songs by all three writers.
Hold Me Tight is simply one of the singing highlights of Paul's entire career.
Till there Was You from The Music Man plays to the MOR radio of the time - bordering on cheesy but the band plays it so well I don't mind , the blistering It Wont Be Long , the vastly under rated All I Gotta Do and topping them all one of the cleverest songs ever written - Not a Second Time .
If memory serves this is he one that had the music critics comparing them to Beethoven and they are quite right. It simply plays with the matching of words to melody in a way like no other song I have ever heard . It was covered superbly by Robert Palmer in the 80s. George's debut song Don't Bother Me is a Latin tinged groove and as always it's George's songs that bring out the best in Ringo.
The only downer is Roll over Beethoven which doesn't have quite the attack it should with George ( as opposed to the stage set with John ) on lead vocal.
Even now it is full of fire , enthusiasm and an effortless confidence that still wipes the floor with 98% of all other music ever made
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