So many astonishing aspects of modern-day discourse have changed in the last 40-or-so years, that what people had before us can seem so disconnected and strange to the people of society now. I find this to be especially true of musical choice, where many of the songs published before us have a distinct sound, even feel to them. Beatles For Sale acts as a looking glass into the '60s, as the album was not over-popularized and thus shows the audience the sorts of music that were published at the time of its release. The album is very happy-go-lucky and has that early Beatles sound: especially in some of my favourites from the album, "No Reply," "Eight Days a Week" and John's vocal redemption- "Mr.Moonlight." Because it was still an early album, the music style is very consistent as a whole, and although this may not be viewed as a good thing for those who do not enjoy the early Beatles, I personally found this album to be more experimental and fun compared to others like "With The Beatles." If you enjoy that early 60's sound, then you would more than likely love Beatles For Sale. I would highly recommend anyone give this album a listen. 5/5
@ShowMeTheMonet! of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Originally released back in 1964 - "Beatles For Sale" would be the 4th studio album from Britain's "Fab Four". And, of course, this album proved to be even more fuel to fan the fire of the accelerating phenomenon that was known as "Beatlemania".
Sandwiched in between the release of "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" - "Beatles For Sale" not only reached #1 position on the record charts (on both sides of the Atlantic) in no time flat - But, it also remained in the top 20 position for close to a year.
This reissue CD contains all original 14 tracks (8 of which were an exclusive songwriting collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney).
(*Be sure to check out the vintage "Eight Days A Week" music-video*)
A somewhat disappointing album. Its classified as early rock'n'roll, but sounds closer to country music. Most of the songs are rather bad. My favourites were tracks 2, 8, and 9.
This is the first great Beatles record, and we folks in North America had to wait until 1997 and this re release to hear it. Most of the Beatles stuff was re configured from it's British releases to fit our listening patterns here in N.A or more likely some Capital records bigwig idea of what would sell. If you still have the old copies, pick up the re released stuff to hear how much better the original releases were.
Decent enough album. This is early Beatles of course but still good. One of two numbers seem to have a country feel to them, especially when Ringo is involved.
I just listened to "Please Please Me" (released 2 years earlier) right before this, and it was amazing how far the Beatles' songwriting and musical skills had advanced in such a short time.
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