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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: The Beatles / Audio CD released 1998-11-01 at Parlophone

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      19.10.2013 11:38
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      Beatles still in mop-top mode, but as always, superb!

      All songs written by/credited to John Lennon & Paul McCartney A Hard Day's Night was The Beatles' third studio album, shooting straight to no.1 in the UK in July 1964, with the single of the same name also instantly and simultaneously rocketing to the top of the charts. However, Can't Buy Me Love, taken from A Hard Day's Night, managed to beat the album to no.1, making that envied chart position in March of 1964. Many of the tracks were used in the band's first feature movie.....also entitled A Hard Day's Night. Both the album and the film were riding high during the summer and autumn of 1964, as although only two years into their 'proper' recording career, The Beatles had by this time pretty much taken over the world and were viewed, especially by teenagers, as doing no wrong. I do believe that A Hard Day's Night is the only one of the Beatles' albums where all the songs are written by Lennon & McCartney, with no offerings from George or Ringo, and no cover versions. Looking back, it has always appeared to me that at the time this album was at its height of popularity, John and Paul seemed to be gelling and firing away at their best, working perfectly together. However, as I always point out, they mostly wrote their songs pretty much independently of one another, and a general rule of thumb is that whoever takes the lead vocals on any given song is the one who wrote it. It was Lennon who had the upper hand with the content on A Hard Day's Night, writing most of the songs, although McCartney does have a reasonable input. As had become the norm, Lennon & McCartney were able to bash out decent collections of songs almost on demand - bearing in mind that the band's popularity was so intense at the time, the fans were constantly baying for their next album - the mop-tops never seeming to crack under what must have been intense pressure. It just seems as though they had a continuously overflowing wealth of music inside their heads which they could draw upon and use at a moment's notice.....and, those on A Hard Day's Night album are no exception to the rule. Although the larger part of the material on this album is provided by Lennon, Paul McCartney's offerings are strong, especially the haunting love ballad, Things We Said Today, which has over the decades become an easy-listening all-time standard. He also bashes out a decent rock'n'roll/R&B flavoured track in the shape of Can't Buy Me Love....which by far is the liveliest track on the whole album. His song And I Love Her is a soft love ballad which allegedly was dedicated to Jane Asher, who was his girlfriend at the time. I must confess that it isn't one of my all-time favourite love songs, but it fits into the album perfectly. In later years, a body of women declared that they found Lennon's song, You Can't Do That, somewhat offensive as the lyrics are very much about a guy demanding that his girl behave in exactly the way he tells her to. I don't think some of the women who objected to this song were really looking underneath the surface of where Lennon was coming from, and were unable to see that the lyrics convey a deep sense of insecurity. However, I agree that the lyrical content perhaps nowadays would be considered unacceptable, but I still think it's a darned good song with Lennon's edgy voice almost rasping out a great tune. There is that Lennon occasional slight tendency towards using a little cryptic language, shown in the title track....A Hard Day's Night. We are all now probably street-wise and savvy enough to immediately understand that he is referring to a night shift worker coming home to his lover in the morning, but back in those perhaps more naïve times, it was considered a very clever play on words. My favourite track on the whole album is probably I Should Have Known Better, in that it has what at the time came across as an interesting and unusual tune. Of course it has all the hallmarks of a typical Beatles' mid-1960s pop offering, but containing something slightly out of the ordinary. My least liked track on A Hard Day's Night, although I still love it, is probably When I Get Home. For me, it doesn't quite have the 'grab' feature that the other songs do. However, the album wouldn't sound right without it. All through the A Hard Day's Night album, I hear traces - stronger in some tracks than in others - of what I call the vaguely Irish influenced Mersey sound. It isn't easy to explain exactly what I mean, but it is a quality to the songs....especially those written and sung by John Lennon....that carries a very slight lilt of something Celtic, and bearing in mind there was (probably still is) a large Irish population in Liverpool and what with Lennon's father being Irish, that's what I put it down to - Lennon kind of, whether consciously or subconsciously, injecting the spirit of his ancestry into some of his music. If I were producing A Hard Day's Night, the only thing I'd probably change, and very slightly, is the order of the tracks. I'd move And I Love Her from fifth position on the album to the end, and shift I'll Be Back into its place. Many hardened Beatles fans may see that as an unwise move, but to me the album would make more sense in that order. However, such is a minor blip in an otherwise perfect collection of Beatles' pop songs, it being something which is very subjective to me. A Hard Day's Night is an admiral and very rewarding collection of decent, high quality pop songs that have largely gone down as classics over the years. I can't say whether it is the best Beatles' album....well it's certainly not the worst....as it is almost impossible to make comparisons, due to the speed with which they evolved and mutated as a band. For instance, A Hard Day's Night can't be compared to, say, Revolver, as the content is coming from a completely different place within the minds of The Beatles. All of the tracks on A Hard Day's Night are well-performed and played, obviously with a huge helping hand from the band's producer, George Martin. However, Lennon & McCartney had to provide the material to begin with, and I'm sure George Martin would agree that is where the root of the talent lies on this easy to listen to, mostly genial, basic, but very well-written collection of songs. You haven't got it in your music library? Why not? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At the time of writing, the album of A Hard Day's Night can be purchased from Amazon as follows:- ON CD (Remastered):- New: from £5.42 to £85.00 Used: from £6.17 to £24.00 Collectible: only one copy currently available @ £34.99 (appears to be used) ON VINYL:- New: from £13.81 to £90.00 Used: from £13.98 to £33.02 Collectible: only one copy currently available @ £79.99 (appears to be used) Some music albums on CD and vinyl on Amazon are available for free delivery within the UK, but where this doesn't apply, a £1.26 charge should be added to the above figures. Thanks for reading! TRACKLIST:- A Hard Day's Night I Should Have Known Better If I Fell I'm Happy Just To Dance With You And I Love Her Tell Me Why Can't Buy Me Love Any Time At All I'll Cry Instead Things We Said Today When I Get Home You Can't Do That I'll Be Back ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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        22.10.2011 15:12
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        An Album with potential, but let's itself down

        Following the success of "with the Beatles", the band thought they would try their luck in conquering the US. It certainly wasn't an easy start, George martin took a copy of "please please me" to capitol records and got the rather surprising response that they didn't think this band would go anywhere, dramatic irony anyone... so independent label Vee jay took them on board and released it, it failed to hit America's billboard top 100, similarly neither did "From me to you" or "She loves you". George Martin knows how important breaking America will be to the group and flys to new york in a last ditch attempt to salvage a deal with Capitol records, holding in his hand an advance copy of "I want to hold your hand", Capitol love it and agree terms, as well as this he got the Beatles the top bill on the Ed sullivan show in consecutive weeks. Between this time, broadcaster CBS shows a beatles bio, and a 15 year old girl in washington becomes an instant fan, writing to her local DJ to play them on his show. Failing to get a copy of the latest track, he gets a friend working for british airways to bring it over, the song was a big hit, although it caused controversy as it hadnt yet been released by Capitol. DJ's began passing it around and soon the beatles were being played non-stop, desperate to make the most of a bad situation the song was rush released with "saw her standing there" as the B side. It became the fastest selling british single in America ever with 600,000 in it's first few months. With this the first Beatles album in America was released called meet the beatles, staying at top spot for 2 months, before being followed by Vee Jays release of introducing the beatles which went to No.2. Beatlemania had hit hard, as 3,000 fans waited at the airport for the Fab Four to touch down at JFK. The Ed sullivan show recieved 50,000 applications for it's 500 seater studio, and 7.5 million people watched on at home. Following this they performed at new york and in washington, both selling out. In all meet the beatles sells 2.5 million copies and the advance orders for the new track "can't buy me love" hit 2 million, this leads to them earning a gold disc within the week of it's release. And with that the beatles head back to london, to take part in filming the yet unnamed " A hard days night" film. The film is based on 24 hours in the life of the beatles and of course this is the soundtrack album. Released on july 10th 1964, a hard days night included 13 tracks, all written by the beatles themeselves unlike previous albums. The first is , A hard days night. Created by Lennon one night and written on the back of a birthday card, this opening track starts with an individual chord from george harrison, that has probabley never been used for any other song since, it's powerful and makes the song instantly memorable and recognisable. From then on , the song encapsulates everything the beatles in the 60's were, lots of upbeat drumming, guitar strums you cant help but nod your head to and catchy lyrics. The lyrics turn more risqué in this song with lines such as "You know I work all day to make me money, to buy you things, and it's worth it just to hear you say, im gonna give you everything", but it keeps it's innocence and fun and the vocals are clear, albeit the notes aren't as strenuous as other songs, although the bridge is given to paul, as lennon couldn't quite get the notes. Overall it's a very strong start to the album, and a great opening track. I should have known This track is credited a lot to bob dylan whom the group, or rather Lennon especially fell in love with. We also see a last goodbye to Lennon's harmonica, which doesn't appear in any other of the beatles song. And it is his harmonica playing that introduces it, followed by a string of long notes from Lennon showing his ability, however these are done too often and the song loses it's nice feel as it feels like it's slowed and dragged, with the band playing to the length of his voice and not the song, and actually there are parts of the song where his attempts falter, with one note rising, breaks up and doesn't sound right at all. The guitar keeps a steady beat but isn't anything special, and the lyrics to aren't anything to shout about. Really this song is all Lennon and it just doesn't work. If I fell A slow and well built track, sung between Lennon and McCartney theirs good harmonisation in their voice is very well done. The drum beat and guitar give a nice beat, with the lyrics being a simple love song that works. A nice part of the album that shows in some cases, less is more. Im happy just to dance with you Going back to the style of Hard day's night, this is a rocking track which from the off shows the instrumental side of the band. The guitar and drums compliment each other brilliantly as they play against each other, giving a catchy beat. The lyrics flow and are simple, and really it's a confidence boost for Harrison who wanted to try and increase his singing ability and chance to compose. Lennon said "he never would of sung it himself" but I think this is quite a good track and a classic of times. I love her A very slow track which has a bit of a Spanish feel, McCartney leads a nice piece of lyrical writing with smooth vocals. The guitar makes this track with well timed strumming which sets the tone and make it seem like a heartfelt performance. It's a nice song, but i think it's down to taste more than anything here as some love it and some hate it. Tell me why A return to upbeat, and the same formula as the others, quick chords at the beginning and a nice drum roll, Lennon jumps in to lead the vocals as theirs a good chance your head is going from side to side. The song is repetitive but it has a great sing a long aspect which makes it fun. The vocals are a little hit and miss in the middle section, especially the bridge. The song may well have deeper ties, with it believed to have been written about Lennon's wife, but overall it's a good addition to the album. Cant buy me love The top track of the album, if someone wanted the best example of the beatles in the early 60's, this is it. Picking up what they learnt with A hard days night and tell me why, Cant buy me love is the creation. It's the best mix of rolling guitar chords, well paced breaks and vocals that you can find, Ringo's drumming is consistent and Lennon's voice even lets go in a call back to twist and shout. The best track of the album and worthy of it's success. Any time at all The beatles are hitting their stride with Anytime at all, the same rhythms are used as in previous upbeat tracks but just taken down a little and a lot more focus on the guitar, with the middle section being a mix of piano and guitar to fill the gap. The song is repetitive and the lyrics are easy to forget amidst all the "Anytime at all's" but the vocals are good and so it's a nice filler track. I'll cry instead Another song with deeper meaning for Lennon, this song was stated to be a call for help from John's wife, the pressures of being a star were starting to have an effect on his ability to have fun and it was massively stressful. The song itself is very country style, and has a good beat, the lyrics are meaningful when the story behind it is known, for example "Dont want to cry when theres people there, I get shy when people star". Things we said today A dark sounding song, the acoustic guitar creates a sombre mood. McCartney uses his voice well to make the song passionate and harmonisations with Lennon are spot on, the song kicks up into a rock style in the chorus before dropping back, the change helps the song speed up and keep things fresh. But it doesn't feel like it fits the rest of the album and maybe a little more filler than anything else. When I get home A simple rock and roll song, influenced by Lennons love of American soul music. It's a good track for john, his voice sounds good and he keeps it in check with a few notes that could of got away from him. Theres a nice beat and generally good feel to the song. You can't do that Another song about Lennons troubles, The songs backing isn't anything special and doesn't stand out at all, the emphasis is all on John's voice and it is a dark song filled with jealousy and paranoia. It's one that doesn't suit the mood of the album and not one of the best tracks. I'll be back A slower and depressing song finishes off the album, it's a weak track and it seems like their pushing material in to make up numbers, nothing in the track stands out and overall it's limping over the finish line of an album which did have potential. But it is the start of the Beatles turning darker and slowly turning away from their pop image and wholesome act. A hard day's night is available on Amazon for £9, although i would say from this album it's worth just downloading the upbeat tracks.

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          05.06.2011 18:36
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          A collection of brilliantly constructed pop masterpieces that are stunningly beautiful and catchy

          This album was the first original Beatles album I bought and had heard. Before then I had only delved into their 'greatest' hits, which for me only skim the surface of, in my opinion, the greatest band in the history of popular music. I was young, and hungry for more Beatles music, and I don't know why I bought this one first, it may have been that I had heard, I Should Have Known Better, a few times beforehand. Looking back, it was exactly the right Beatles album to buy first, as it breaks you into the whole new world which is a Beatles Album and has a good all round coherence whilst still retaining the vibrance of their early style. As Beatlemania was reaching its peak, The Beatles were reaching another of many peaks in their songwriting ability. The overriding quality and endurance of this album is that it only contains songs written by Lennon/ McCartney. No covers, no songs by George and certainly none by Ringo. George does sing lead on one of the songs: 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You', but Ringo sings lead on none of them, which is unusual because, there is always a 'Ringo' track on every album, either written especially for him or written himself. The bulk of the album was written on the French leg of their 1964 tour, and the songs retain the sense of urgency and energy that propelled them along as they continued to dominate British and world music in that year. Although every song is strong and well written, there are some on this album that are amongst some of the best songs ever written. Of course, the two massive singles on the album, A Hard Days Night and Can't Buy Me Love are fantastic and, in a Hard Days Night, reveal Ringo's great talent of coming up with a quirky song title, there are songs such as And I Love Her, If I Fell, Things We Said Today and I'll Be Back which simply transcend any songs from any era of any time, such are their beauty, creativity and emotional qualities. Those four songs imparticular reveals both Lennon & McCartney's gift for writing beautiful and sensitive love songs, which may surprise Lennon fans more than McCartney fans. Even the 'fillers' which on anyone else's album would be considered single worthy, such as I'll Cry Instead, Tell Me Why and When I Get Home hold a creativity and stability melodically that is the hallmark of a great band. In short this is an album to study if you want to write the perfect pop song as it has every emotion and great song structure which is essential for pop songs. I think what struck me when I first listened to this album was that the songs are so intensely catchy, but quite intricate at the same time. That's the key to so much of the Beatle's work, the strength of melody matched by world class musicianship. If you're thinking about buying a new Beatles album, or you're new to the Beatles and wondering what your first album should be, I would recommend you try A Hard Day's Night, the perfect introduction to one of the musical revelations of our time, and a great springboard into their later work, which obviously builds upon the songsmithing in this album. I hope you love it and get as much joy out of it as I have over the years.

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            If you like the Beatles, buy it. If you don't, you will after you buy this

            As a Beatles fanatic, what I'm about to say is serious and well thought out. This is my favourite Beatles album. Clearly the Beatles created music of the highest quality from the beginning to the end of their time together, from early days of "I Saw Her Standing There" to the Abbey Road medley and "Come Together. This album lands you only three LP's into their career but their first album full of original material, and the only Beatles album comprised fully of Lennon-McCartney composed songs (thirteen to be exact). The album starts with the number one hit "A Hard Day's Night" and it doesn't really step far away from that level of absolute quality as it continues. The amazingly catchy Lennon track "I Should Have Known Better", the McCartney favourite "Things We Said Today" (written about Jane Asher whilst they were relaxing on a boat with Ringo+1), or the Harrison sung "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" never fail to get you singing along. Then there's the slower "If I Fell" with some of the most impressive harmony vocals ever recorded and "And I Love Her" which is still a hit at Paul McCartney concerts over forty years later. If you're a fan of any of the Beatles work, you're sure to love this album. If you're not, then buy this and you will be!

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            The first must-buy Beatles album!

            The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964) Producer: George Martin A Hard Day's Night I Should Have Known Better If I Fell I'm Happy Just to Dance with You And I Love Her Tell Me Why Can't Buy Me Love Any Time At All I'll Cry Instead Things We Said Today When I Get Home You Can't Do That I'll Be Back Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is The Beatles' third album and a soundtrack to a film of the same name, which starred the Fab Four in the leading roles. Thankfully, this isn't a concept album, and the songs have nothing whatsoever to do with the film. So you don't have to have seen the movie to appreciate the accompanying album, which is easily The Beatles' best early material. Of course, A Hard Day's Night is a notable recording in The Beatles' career for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is their first record to contain all Lennon/McCartney originals, with not a cover version in sight. In the past, due to the wavering quality of their originals, this wouldn't have been an advisable step to take. Fortunately, this is The Beatles' first major step up in terms of song-writing quality and the album is more than capable of sustaining your interest over the duration of its thirteen tracks, of which there is not a dud in sight. The second point worth mentioning - which goes hand in hand with the aforesaid improvement in song-writing - is that The Beatles have progressed a great deal as musicians, and a notable mention must go to George Harrison's fantastic guitar playing, which still manages to sound incredibly fresh, more than 40 years after it was caught in action. The final confirmation of A Hard Day's Night classic status is the small matter of it including a couple of the band's all time greats, my favourite being And I Love Her, but more on that later. George Harrison's distinctive 12-string guitar opening chords break the silence on the opening title-track, which has managed to hold its appeal with both the hardcore and casual fans over the years. Lennon and McCartney sound revitalized and excited to be playing a full album of originals, their vocal performances harmonising beautifully. The harmonica-driven I Should Have Known Better perfectly sums up the blissful state of helplessness one is subjected to after falling madly in love, "I should have known better with a girl like you, that I would love everything that you do, and I do!" I always get so wrapped up in the idyllic lyrics that I tend to forget about Lennon's sincere vocal performance, which sees him wringing every last ounce of emotion from his vulnerable heart. Mentioned at the outset, McCartney's scene-stealing performance on And I Love Her casts a shadow over the entirety of the band's early material. Whether it's down to McCartney's flawless vocals, the subtle instrumentation, or perhaps a combination of the both remains unfound, but the song possesses a tranquil allure, which cannot be denied. Then there's the small matter of it being one of the most superlative love songs ever written. My friends, have you ever been in love? You can practically simulate a lifetime of devotion with a perfect partner through listening to And I Love Her, such is its influence over the heart-strings. The album is largely acoustic but nowhere more so than during Things We Said Today. The way the instrumentation ebbs and flows is wonderful, as it weaves in and out of the verses and chorus. The quality of the chord changes and McCartney's double-tracked vocal performance is best seen on the recent Beatles Remasters, where each slight nuance is accentuated and given the attention it so rightly deserves. The closing I'll Be Back is indebted to a flamenco style of guitar playing, whilst it features one of the record's most poignant lyrics, "I love you so... I'm the one who wants you! Yes, I'm the one who wants you!" Simple words, you see, but the way Lennon reveals them is fresh and exciting. I'll be back indeed, just keep on knocking out these winners. Paving the way for a far more successful career than their two previous albums had hinted at, A Hard Day's Night successfully marks the transition from The Beatles being a boy band to them becoming a rock band. Later albums would eventually flesh out the ideas featured here and The Beatles would become a far more 'serious' band, but there is something extremely agreeable about the fun and carefree nature of A Hard Day's Night. Enjoy The Beatles' first classic album. 8.5/10 Daniel Kemp Read more reviews at www.danielkempreviews.co.uk

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              Do not hesitate to buy this album

              "A Hard Day`s NIght" was the first and only album to feature all Lennon/McCartney songs and for that reason amongst others it stands out as the best of their early offerings. It was the album of the film as they say but it was much more than that, it was a "tour de force" at the time. Just when the critics wanted the fab four to fail they pulled an absolute cracker out of the bag, so good that they had the majority of their Christmas album left over (Beatles for Sale) which was not too shabby in itself. It starts off with "I Should`ve Known Better" which was predominately John An up-tempo start, Just a pop song, well written, arranged and sang. They had few of the fancy tricks they employed in later albums. Next comes "If I Fell", one of the best ballads that John wrote whilst with the Beatles (let`s face it he didn`t write that many). Its a definite pre-cursor for "In My Life". I love this song, if your a bloke try singing it to your other half and watch her melt!! The worst track on the album is the formula driven "I`m Happy Just To Dance With You" sung by George. By no means a bad song but one has to be the worst on the album. Paul gives us another superb ballad with "And I Love Her". Paul said he liked the idea that the title came mid-sentence. Paul and John sing on the next song "Tell Me Why" which is a typical toe-tapper. There`s not much you can say describe this type of song but when you listen to it you know its quintessentially Beatles. One of the the famous ones next as it was a number one hit: "Can`t Buy Me Love", nothing clever, but this is what made the Beatles great in the early days because they churned out brilliant feel-good pop songs. They were the West Life of their day but somehow I don`t see Shane and the boys producing a "Sergeant Pepper". Ringo "wrote" the title of the next one after a a long recording session saying "That was a hard day`s night that was". The song became the title track for the Beatles first film and is famous for its opening chord. Everybody knows this track and again it is typical of their work at the time. "Any Time At All" is a blusey number much in the same vein as "It Won`t Be Long" from an earlier album "I`ll Cry Instead" was over-looked for the film-track, but it is a good number and it shows early signs of Johns introspective writing. Paul sings on the next one "Things We Said Today". This is a stand-out ballad and much more sophisticated than anything he had come up with before. This song would grace any Beatles album. The Beatles give us a Motown tribute with "When I Get Home". "You Can`t Do That" is another belter from John. Another good pop song. The last track on the album is another John number "I`ll Be Back" and is again has a bluesy feel to it. This album ranks amongst the best that the Beatles produced. Its no coincedence that John is the main writer on most of the songs. It is typical of the band`s style at the time and about 8 out of 13 would have made the top spot in my opinion. If you want to know why the Beatles were so popular in the early days this album will give you the answer. I would advise anybody to buy this album, not just Beatles fans. Everybody in the country was a Beatles fan in 1964 remember, this is timeless material. Enjoy!

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                The Beatles' best early album. Which already makes it one of the best of all time, really

                In my opinion, A Hard Day's Night is the pinnacle of the Beatles early records. Their third album and the first to feature entirely original compositions (a novelty in 1964), here the band can be found justifying their position as the most popular band in the world with a sparkling set of peerless pop songs. Prepped as a soundtrack to the showcase film of the same title, the album zips by in just over 30 minutes, successfully conveying the sense of fun pervasive in the movie. The title track and songs such as 'I Should Have Known Better' and 'Tell Me Why' show this approach in full effect, jubilant harmonies and peppy, bright arrangements create a joyous whole. What makes the album more remarkable then, is that its brief running time also includes detours into other moods. The taut 'Things We Said Today' brings a sense of urgency to proceedings, remaining a firm favourite of the band years after. Likewise, 'If I Fell' may be founded on a bedrock of sweet vocals and delicate instrumentation, but the poignancy of its lyric, one of the first to reflect on the band's personal lives, illustrates a new depth to the band's songwriting. Being the first Beatles record to feature purely Lennon-McCartney tunes would be enough to give this album its space in the history books. The fact that it's also a fantastic pop album bursting with tunes and life, an album that saw the band stretching their wings to new musical territory while retaining that catchy immediacy that endeared them to so many, lifts the album above a mere period piece into an essential music collection staple.

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                The Beatles' first soundtrack!

                When The Beatles first signed up to star in their first motion picture 'A Hard Day's Night', one thing was obvious: Lennon and McCartney would be working overtime in the recording studio compiling tracks for an album release! And indeed they were as the soundtrack to their first movie contained 13 songs, some of which were used in the movie and some which were just thrown onto the CD for the hell of it. One of the most iconic things about the album itself is its title: as explained on The Beatles Anthology DVD set, by Sir Paul, Ringo Starr was one of those fellows who constantly got mixed up with his words. One night, after a busy day of filming, the drummer apparently slumped into an armchair proclaiming 'that's been a hard day's night' and that's how the title for the movie and indeed the title song were born. It's a cute little story but whether it's true or not is questionable as there are reports that Lennon used to say that upon coming off stage in the bands early days in Hamburg and way before Richard Starkey joined the soon to be Fab Four. To be fair, in many ways, the album 'A Hard Day's Night' isn't the best album the band ever made; still green and limited in terms of their song writing (freedom and experimentation of weed wouldn't really play a part in their music until it came to write songs for their second film, 'Help!') so it's unfair to expect this release to be as colourful and spectacular as something like 'The Magical Mystery Tour' soundtrack which was certainly an extension of the psychedelic vibes sought in 'Sgt. Peppers'. Being the third album ever released by The Beatles, it followed a similar formula that had previously been explored, mainly the use of guitars, drums and harmonies in order to create its trademark sound. It's apparently the only album in the bands history where all of the songs are credited to Lennon/McCartney which considering in the beginning the group would cover a lot of their favourite artists tracks, such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Smokey Robinson, marks a real milestone in the bands career. Also, this soundtrack was a bit before Harrison had enough confidence in his own song writing abilities for them to be thrown onto any of the bands album releases. However, George isn't just included on the album as the bands lead guitarist but he also makes credible vocal contributions on many of the tracks, even taking the lead on one of Lennon's compositions. Oh and what about Ringo? He didn't get a chance to grace us with his wonderful singing...thankfully! 'WHEN I'M HOME, EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE RIGHT...' (Lyric from 'A Hard Day's Night') With the title track opening the album, it's practically impossible not to think of the opening scenes of the film - who can forget the lads running away from trillions of screaming fan-girls? Seeking a powerful way to begin the album was tricky business; an up-tempo number was undeniably on the cards and to really break into the urgency of the bands dash from cars to a train, the impressive opening chord - provided on a 12 stringed guitar by Harrison - began both the soundtrack and the film. 'A Hard Day's Night' is mainly a Lennon composition who, after hearing Ringo's 'malapropism' (if that story is indeed true), raced home to start work on the song - there was said to be a little bit of competition between him and McCartney as to who could come up with the movie's title track. One of the best things about 'A Hard Day's Night' is its catchy, energetic tune which is elevated by the story of a guy who can't wait to see his girlfriend after a hectic day away from her. It's a great opening song as it really throws the listener into the soundtrack with its unyielding euphoria and as a song it's massively important in terms of attracting an American audience; after a string of hits with upbeat tracks such as 'She Loves You' and most famously 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the band needed to stay on top of their game across the pond, even if some might argue it was at a cost of their creativity by releasing another rocky love jingle instead of a slower, less attention grabbing ballad. With harmonicas gracing the sound waves, the second track on this album, 'I Should Have Known Better' is a cheery little number about the rush of falling in love all too quickly, although the boy in question should have possibly known better than to fall head over heels too soon and with that particular girl. It's all lovely and idealistic; the boy is certain that the girl will be infatuated with him too and it ties in well with the idea expressed by Paul that in the early days, the Beatles wrote songs as subliminal messages to their lady fans to buy their records - how sneaky of them! 'I Should Have Known Better' is primarily a Lennon creation so he sings the lead vocals and he makes a wonderful job of this; his voice has a astonishing, raspy quality to it and makes the track seem to epitomize the haste of falling in love very well. Like many of the bands earlier tracks, the lyrics aren't overly complicated, and 'I Should Have Known Better' is a little repetitive, it has to be said, but it's certainly a fantastic addition to the album because it's so uplifting and I never tire of listening to it. 'If I Fell' is one of the few ballads where Lennon really steps out of McCartney's shadow in terms of writing incredibly touching love songs. Said to be a favourite of Kurt Cobain's (Nirvana apparently used to play this song if the electric failed in their venues as it's an acoustic song) 'If I Fell' is about a person's uncertainty and unease of falling in love after some pretty bad experiences beforehand. I like the fact that it was just a Lennon/McCartney vocal effort - if Harrison (or heaven forbid Ringo) had joined in, I think the track would have lost a lot of its effortless affection and would have sounded a bit too overcrowded, overpowering the slow acoustic guitar melody, which in itself is lovely. 'If I Fell' is a real highlight of the soundtrack because it's just so pleasant to listen to and unfussy, although - if you wanted to be mega picky - some may claim it to be a little bit too similar to a widely recognised Beatles track later on... 'I DISCOVERED I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU' (Lyric from 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You') However, 'I'm Happy Just to Dance with You' really highlights just how limited the bands storytelling was during the early days. Another pleading love song, written by Lennon but sung by Harrison, is cutesy but the backing harmonies seem to be added in an effort to make it sound a lot different to track number two, 'I Should Have Known Better'. Instead, the backing vocals clash terribly with the lead vocals and detract away from the questioning of the lyrics greatly. It's another upbeat number which contrasts with 'If I Fell' greatly but after such a pretty ballad, it's weakness in terms of being a bit of a half-arsed love song is even more apparent. If 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' had appeared a little later on, it may have been saved a little although I do like the change of lyric from 'I'm happy just to dance with you' to 'I've discovered I'm in love with you' at the end which is a quirky little touch that many of the Beatles earlier love songs didn't tamper with as the lyrics were normally repeated in terms of chorus' and middle-eights without their being a massive change. Why didn't Lennon take the lead vocal on 'I'm Happy Just to Dance with You', I hear you cry? Apparently, he claimed that he could never sing it himself. Perhaps it wasn't quite sarcastic enough for him... Giving McCartney a chance to express his loving tendencies, 'And I Love Her' is the fifth track on the soundtrack and one of the most well known ballads by The Beatles. Like 'If I Fell', its simplicity is the key here and I particularly like the guitar bit in the middle where the singing stops and it allows for George to show off his skills; Harrison is a bit of an uncelebrated icon as far as guitarists go and on tracks like 'And I Love Her', although it's not a raging guitar riff, it would still have taken a lot of skill and timing to make the tune match the singing in such a way. Unlike 'If I Fell', 'And I Love Her' is a solo vocal effort from McCartney and it suits the mood of the song so much better as it seems to be more of a personal address to a lover. Paul's vocals on here definitely deserve a round of applause; clear and not too falsetto-like, they sound beautiful against the straightforward use of instruments, making 'And I Love Her' one of McCartney's best outings on the 'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack. 'And I Love Her' is quite similar to 'If I Fell' but the difference lies in the fact that it's already an open admission that someone is madly in love with another, rather than the questioning of falling in love, in spite of the facts that the gentle acoustic guitar is the framework for both songs. Although 'And I Love Her' really is the epitome of a McCartney love song, with there being a complete focus upon the lady of his affections, some of the imagery before the chorus is quite different. Although Sir Paul maintains that he wrote the song entirely on his own, some of the imagery seems to be a little less fitting with the rest of the song: 'bright are the stars that shine/dark is the sky/I know this love of mine/will never die' stands out a little and regardless of who wrote it, I like this section the most out of all of the song because it breaks up the rest of the song and stops it being as straight forward as a repetition of 'I love you'. 'Tell Me Why' is another Lennon track, written about a suspicious lover who is trying to get back into his girls good books. McCartney later saw 'Tell Me Why' as a song based upon arguments between John and his first wife, Cynthia; if you listen and interpret songs like 'Norwegian Wood', it appears as if Lennon was anything but faithful to his first wife, and this was before he'd even set eyes on Yoko Ono! It's a nice little number but that's as far as it goes; the music, which seems to be a lot bluesier than anything else thus far on the soundtrack, seems to overwhelm the lyrics too much and makes the song seem a little bit insincere. If you look at the lyrics separately, it's really apparent that the song is about the desperations of a lover who is learning as he goes along in his relationship but this is lost against the build up of vocals and the crammed guitars, which is a real shame as it could have been one of the soundtracks best tracks. 'I DON'T CARE TOO MUCH FOR MONEY, MONEY CAN'T BUY ME LOVE' (lyric from 'Can't Buy Me Love') Although 'Can't Buy Me Love' is a well known and perhaps well liked Beatles track, it's one that I've never really cared for. It has a fun beat to it, being another up-tempo track and all, but it just doesn't impress me all that much as I find the lyrics a bit corny. Mainly a McCartney song, 'Can't Buy Me Love' is rather ironic considering the legends recent divorce from Heather Mills as the song talks about how money is a great thing but it can't always buy happiness. The little scream from Paul in the middle is rather sweet and takes the song back to the groups rock 'n' rolls days but it's hardly one of my favourites on here as to me it's missing something of star quality that many of The Beatles' songs normally have. It all seems a bit disjointed somehow - the guitar solo in the middle almost seems like an accident and, to me anyway, it just doesn't 'fit in' well with the rest of the song. Having said that, 'Can't Buy Me Love' is a fun little number and perhaps a welcomed break from the ballads of the album...well, that would be the case if you don't like ballads! 'Any Time at All' seems to be a bit of a cross between 'Tell Me Why' and 'Can't Buy Me Love' because it's a track that is heavily instrumented. Although in contrast to 'Tell Me Why' it's a song about making a lover happy when they are down instead of begging for forgiveness, it seems to have a better vibe to it, allowing John to really show off his sometimes gravelly vocal performance. 'Any Time at All' is the first of the tracks on this album not to have been included in the film 'A Hard Day's Night' but this one may have been a more appropriate choice for such scenes in the film when Ringo gets Police-knapped (it's a long story, kids) and is in need of someone to help him out, which would have perhaps suited the mood of the scene better than the title track did. 'Any Time At All' is catchy and quite bubbly but overall, a bit over the top and hardly innovative. 'I'll Cry Instead' seems to be quite similar in nature to 'Tell Me Why' as it seems to be a direct response to Lennon's deteriorating relationship with his wife Cynthia; although adored by millions of women, John could seemingly never make his lover happy, something which he was said to find extremely hurtful and frustrating. As the shortest song on the album at 1.44 minutes, 'I'll Cry Instead' never really delved deep within the relationship that was said to be strained but it's easy to get the impression by John's defiant vocals that the affiliation would be staying on that same level for some time. It's odd that the song wasn't sung in a more delicate way as the topic of the song and its title indicates a certain weakness from the male in the relationship, something which is certainly lacking from Lennon's vocals. Not as emotional as you would expect or indeed hope. Another McCartney song from the soundtrack 'Things We Said Today' seems to be another ode to his then girlfriend, Jane Asher; the majority of the early Macca ballads were said to be written about the actress who, although he was besotted with, the two of them failed to have a flawless relationship because of different ideals and working commitments. In spite of Paul's rumoured commitment issues, the most striking thing about 'Things We Said Today' are the lyrics which seem to be looking back on the past and remembering times gone by, showing that McCartney's song writing was not always stuck in the present, like on 'And I Love Her' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'. I was a little shocked to learn that the vocals had been double tracked on this song; double tracking is a device that many bands use in order to give either the instruments or vocals a more powerful sound and the application is often added in post production. McCartney's vocals on 'Things We Said Today' seem to be spot on and it's only in a couple of places within the song, particularly at the chorus, when it's apparent that a double tracking device has been used. 'Things We Said Today' is one of the more adventurous tracks on the album because it seems to have a more sombre feel to it, as if looking back at the past isn't always a forgiving experience. The harsh strumming on the guitar gives a real bluesy type feel to the track as well and emphasises McCartney's very clear vocal effort. Going back into Lennon territory, 'When I Get Home' is really in stark contrast with the un-muddled sounds of 'Things We Said Today'. Although I normally like John's vocals and song writing, 'When I Get Home' seems to be a bit clichéd, and seems to be a cornier version of 'A Hard Day's Night' as the topic - like the opening track - is all about a guy wanting to get home to see his girl. And I thought the John and Cynthia marriage wasn't a blissful one? In spite of normally loving it when John, Paul and George harmonise together, on 'When I Get Home', it just didn't work as it all sounded a bit out of place and messy. This one is certainly not an overtly memorable track from the disk as it's just too over the top and boarder line insufferable. Perhaps it was the bands earliest attempt at 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da'! 'I'M GOING TO LET YOU DOWN AND LEAVE YOU FLAT' (Lyric from 'You Can't Do That') 'You Can't Do That' hosts a similar kind of rocky sound like its predecessor although the twelfth track seems to be more structured and interesting to listen to. The breaks in the chorus where Ringo gets a second to really belt out the drums makes a nice change and adds a different flavour to the song...well it's an improvement on Starr attempting to sing anyway! Not delving too deeply into Lennon's personal affairs (pha! Like she hasn't been doing that before now, ya'll thinking) it seems to be another autobiographical track, threatening his happy married life because of straying thoughts and the premise that he won't be able to satisfy his lover, instead breaking their heart and letting them down. I quite like 'You Can't Do That'; it's punchy, has a good, old school rock 'n' roll vibe to it and really shows Lennon's raspy vocals off to their unique best. 'You Can't Do That's is rather similar to The Beatles' cover of Barrett Strong's 1959 song 'Money (That's What I Want') with its plonking piano opener and is one that I just can't get out of my head for days after listening to it! Definitely one of the albums best tracks in terms of letting the guitars, drums and vocals each have their moment to shine. Concluding the album is the slightly slower and less rocky song 'I'll Be Back', which has a similar tune to 'Things We Said Today' with its earthy but soft acoustic sound. There is an air of sadness to 'I'll Be Back', as if the band are almost anticipating a lover to break their hearts prematurely, which is really emphasised by the sudden fade out of the song; it just sort of ends and quite unexpectedly. I like how the band chose to end 'A Hard Day's Night' because a track like 'I'll Be Back' that seems quite different in nature to many of the tracks on the album in effect leads the listener into expecting a very different album upon a group's future release. I can't say whether 'Beatles For Sale' offers a massive change for the band because I am yet to own it but the premise of a song like 'I'll Be Back' does anticipate a change in direction, especially after an album full of fairly light hearted numbers. HAS IT BEEN 'A HARD DAY'S NIGHT'? Perhaps for those of you who have been good enough to read every word of this review, then yes! One of the things that I liked about the soundtrack was its mainly up-tempo feel; although some of the tracks are perhaps a little lacking in terms of vocal and lyrical quality, there really isn't that much of a dull moment on the album and - as a whole - 'A Hard Day's Night' is an enjoyable listening experience and a great accompaniment to the film in question because of its light hearted moments, although the darker tunes of 'Things We Said Today' and 'I'll Be Back' create a good juxtaposition to many of the other songs on the record. Is 'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack the quintessential Beatles album? From the early days, it's very much the norm of a Beatles CD; for all of the sweet and soft ballads and bouncy up-tempo numbers, it's a great album if you just want a to listen to an album that is simple, well executed with a great, uplifting vibe that isn't too much of a complex listen. It's a low way away from the innovating sounds and themes of 'The White Album' or 'Abbey Road' but it's an album full of cute, enjoyable little pop songs that become more infectious with every listen. It's interesting to note how 'A Hard Day's Night' was voted as the fifth greatest rock album of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine. It's an album that does stick with those key instruments of guitars, drums and raspy, screaming vocals and seemingly one of The Beatles records where that simple formula really stands out and makes the album work. It did take me a good couple of listens before I truly liked 'A Hard Day's Night' as a soundtrack as I didn't find it to be as endearing or as striking as many of the songs from later soundtracks like 'Help!' and definitely 'Magical Mystery Tour'. Yet, now that I've given it a chance, 'A Hard Day's Night' is an album that I'm sure I'll be playing for a very, very long time for its cheeriness and enriching character alone. QUICK STATS Year: 1964 Length: 30.30 mins approx Tracks: 13 Buy at: £9.98 at Amazon.co.uk - eligible for free super saver delivery! (Please note: Previously displayed by myself under the same username on Ciao.co.uk)

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                  25.06.2009 21:28
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                  Brilliant 60's Pop Music That's Still Shining Today

                  My review of A Hard Day's Night Album- by The Beatles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Hard Day's Night - accompanied the (surprisingly good) pop music movie of the same name, and was an instant success!! This was the very first Beatles album to have all self penned songs... Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry etc covers - John, Paul George & Ringo had come of age and had now developed the confidence to rely solely on their own compositions. There are many great tracks on offer here -highlights include; I'll Be Back -one of the best melodies of all time (in my opinion), with a very adventurous chord construction (hoping between minor to major root key- still not commonly done today). Hard Days Night (This was a phrase that was reputedly often said by Ringo that got the Lennon McCartney touch of genius). Everybody and their dog goes on about the jangling opening chord that George plays... ...the age old guitarists argument as to what the chord is still rages, and goes something like this; 'it's a G7with a suspended 4th', 'no it's a G9th' no your both wrong it's an 'F with a G bass note' ... ye but it's played on a 12 string so wouldn't the octave notes make that a G13th?...and so on -lol!! Guitarists are worse than train spotters when they get started, seriously if you get stuck in a broken lift with a bunch of them, it's probably better to risk death by climbing down the shaft than listening to them go on -just kidding :-) ... But looking beyond the opening riff -there's a stunningly good, rockin' pop song there, full of clever ideas, and a surprise change of pace guitar ending. If I Fell -is a masterpiece of song crafting (reputedly inspired when John got sick of being thought of as the one who did simple chord patterns, while McCartney constructed much more intricate ones. This is supposed to be John saying 'I can do that too, I just choose not too'. On he strength of this song ;I believe him!). The exact listing of tracks is; 1. Hard Day's Night 2. I Should Have Known Better 3. If I Fell 4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You 5. And I Love Her 6. Tell Me Why 7. Can't Buy Me Love 8. Any Time At All 9. I'll Cry Instead 10. Things We Said Today 11. When I Get Home 12. You Can't Do That 13. I'll Be Back CONLUSION (IN MY OPINION) This is a masterpiece of a pop album, I can't recommend it highly enough... Not every track is fantastic, but there are no album fillers -and when it's good it's REALLY good!! Hope you found my review of some help, and good luck with your bargain hunting!! Best wishes, Brett

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                    Perfect soundtrack to the Beatles first feature film

                    The first pop/rock album released to contain nothing but original compositions - all 13 tracks here are Lennon/McCartney originals. A monumental feat coming at the ages of 23 & 21 respectively, in addition, there is barely a bad track amongst them. Curiously also, this is I think the only Beatles album to not complain the obligatory Ringo Track - not a bad thing, as the set isn't interrupted for light relief. The soundtrack to the film of the same name, 8 of the tracks here were featured in Richard Lester's majestic black & white tribute to England - before the Beatles helped bring the world into colour, leaving the War & the 50's behind. This is the album where all the influences visible on the band's first two albums, coalesce into one fully formed sound - helped by George Harrison's use of the world's first 12 string Rickenbacker, this is the album which solidified the legend & proved the platform for even bigger & better things.

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                    Like many I am a Beatles fan, though unlike most I would consider myself more than just a casual fan. I have been a fan for around ten years now, and I own every album and single they made. After listening to them for so long I have attempted to do something, which every real Beatle fan does in their life, decide which album is the best. And I have finally come to the conclusion that A Hard Days Night is the greatest album the Beatles ever made and therefore is the greatest album of all time. This album has to be the most underrated of all time. I mean we always hear about Revolver and Sgt Peppers(Which of course are absolutely brilliant) but we never hear much praise for A Hard Days Night, the first album of the Beatles which contained only songs written by them. And of course there was the film A Hard Days Night which featured most of the tracks of the album! Basically this album has a great balance of fast rock songs and slow love songs. It has great rock songs such as Can't Buy Me Love and A Hard Days Night and then love songs like If I Fell and And I Love Her. So there is something for everyone and the great thing is none of the songs on the album are bad, all of them are brilliant. Especially some of the lesser known tracks like I'll Cry Instead and Tell Me Why. One of the best things about the songs is they remind you of the film, especially Cant Buy Me love where they are jumping about that field. Anyway this is the greatest album ever so if your a Beatles fan you should already have it and if you dont then your not a true fan. Anyone else should buy it anyway regardless of if they are a Beatles fan or not.

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                      In my opinion this the one of the best Beatles albums and certainly the best up until it was created in 1964. It is also the only album to include exclusively Lennon & McCartney songs. Lennon wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 13 songs. On top of this it is the soundtrack to their first legendary movie 'A Hard Day's Night'. 1. A Hard Day's Night - This was their 7th single and 6th consecutive No. 1. It's a great way to start the album as it begins by struggling you with its impressive opening electric guitar chord, and later puts you into the deepest musical trance full of speed, with its up-tempo structure and piano solo. 2. I Should Have Known Better - This is a lennon track with a flowing beat. 3. If I Fell - This was written by John Lennon and recorded by Lennon/McCartney. The vocals on this are as harmonious as they could be and it is a delicate ballad. 4. I'm Happy Just to Dance With You - Written by Lennon with lead vocals by George Harrison. The story behind this is that Lennon did not think much of the song he'd written so he offered it for George to sing. His style of singing suited the song though and it is a classic. 5. And I Love Her - This is one of the most gentle Beatles tracks and has an acoustic arrangement. 6. Tell Me Why - Written and sung by Lennon 'tell me why' is an aggressive rock track. 7. Can't Buy Me Love - Written and sung by McCartney. He sings about jealousy and threats and it's a classic rock number. 8. Any Time at All - Another Lennon track that is a classic rocker but does not feature in the film. 9. I'll Cry Instead - A classic Lennon track that's only 1:47 long but an amazing love lament about a love that's lost, but with an important quote of re signation and irony. 10. Things We Said Today - A McCartney song that was the B-side to the single 'A Hard Days Night'. 11. When I Get Home - Written by Lennon with great harmonies and guitar work. 12. You Can't Do That - This was the B-side to the single 'Can't Buy Me Love' and showed the lead guitarist John singing another love story and playing an amazing solo procing that their B-sides would all have been worthy singles. 13. I'll Be Back - A tender acoustic ballad sung in two and three-part harmonies. I think what really makes this album exceptional is the quality of every single song on the album - there's not a dud or average track on it. They are all classics. The music is radiant, consisitent, and incredible. There's infinite energy on the performances of every track. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Beatles who may have only heard 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'A Hard Days' Night', you will not be disappointed.

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                        The best of The Beatles early albums by far, it starts of with the title track 'A Hard Days Night' which sounds better each time you hear it! It was their 7th single and 6th consecutive No. 1. Next is Lennon's excellent 'I Should Have Known Better' which keeps the tempo flowing until 'If I Fell' where John and Paul share the vocal on a lovely ballad. Written by John and recorded by John and Paul into one microphone. 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' is a Lennon writing song and the only lead vocal on this alum by George Harrison. McCartney's first ballad was 'And I Love Her', a really well written song. ' The 'A Hard Days Night Album' was the first Beatles album to have no cover versions with all songs being produced by Lennon and McCartney. Lennon wrote or co wrote 10 of the 13 songs. 'Tell Me Why' is another song written and sung by Lennon. The one song that needs no introduction is 'Can't Buy Me Love'. A classic written and sung by McCartney. 'Any Time At All' is a Lennon vocal which was one of six songs on the album not to feature in the film. 'I'll Cry Instead' was recorded twice one being on the album released in America with this version on the British release, it's another Lennon song. Another Paul McCartney song was 'Things We Said Today' which was the B-side to the single 'A Hard Days Night'. 'When I Get Home' was the last song recorded for this album, another Lennon song. 'You Can't Do That' was the B-side to the single 'Can't Buy Me Love'. This excellent Lennon song proved that the quality of the B-sides was as high as anything anyone else was releasing. Lennon loved to include Ballads, 'If I Fell' was one and 'I'll Be Back' is another. The Beatles had many songs that should have been released as singles with 'I&# 39;ll Be Back' being one of them. If you don't buy this album then you will not experence this quality! All in all, 'A Hard Days Night' is an excellent album although it is probably more for the hardcore Beatles fans. If you are just looking for the hits then the title track and 'Can't Buy Me Love' will satisfy you but there is more to discover beneath the surface.

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                          In which The Beatles scored a victory for funny people with funny accents from terraced houses. This album every bit as much as the film it soundtracks, documents rhe extraordinary process by which 4 Northern interlopers claimed the capital as there very own. Everything about it is unbridled vitality can be attributed to the swaggering strut of of outsiders who know they're the best thing to arrive since... oh, ever. Recorded at various points between January and June 1964, the scattered dates of the sessions testify to their absurdly frenetic lifestyle. Over this period, they were also touring, filming, making TV apperances and turning the United States upside down. The teenage girls may have adored Paul, but in 1964 The Beatles wre Lennon's band. In fact, with 10 of the 13 Lennon/McCartney tracks (no covers) deriving from his side of the partnership. A Hard Day's Night is the closest the band ever came to a John Lennon solo album. Throughout, it is driven by the 24 year-old's onsessive love of black American pop: concise, rhytmically punchy and slyly libidinal. All the cooler for not being caught up in trying to be cool, the South East's elitist blues snobs never quite got it. Having mastered the pop song form, The Beatles nom set about obsessively pushing the structure to its known limits, loading each one with more hooks, chord changes and attention grabbing novelties than previously considered tasteful. It's an album therefore, packed with tremendous band moments: Harrison's guitar solo on Cant Buy Me Love, Lennon's snapping rhythm guitar in Things We Said Today, McCarney's walking baseline on Tell Me Why, the rolling drums on A Hard Day's Night. Lennon may have later dismissed many of these early lyrics as formulaic filler, but they're often more timelessly and sensitively rendered than his bludgeoning solo confessionals. Again and again, they express realistic, modern, unrepressed emotions that just wouldn't have sounded the same uttered by 4 chaps from Surrey. There's McCartney's 'my friend' in Can't Buy Me Love, Lennon's tentatively wandering eye in If I Fell, the brazen shaggerama of A Hard Day's Night and When I Get Home. Even the album title's Ringo-coined half-sensical wisdom told of a spontaneity previously unknown to the nation's bow-tied media channels. Their earlier original ballads had proved stilted and trecly, but in I'll Be Back or McCartney's Things We Said Today which manages to trump Lennon for hovering ambiguity) they hit on a frank unclouded means of address that went on to underscore all their greatest love songs - miles away from the Tin Pan Alley gush that had till then dominated the UK music industry. Lennon himself later recognised this time as his period of dominance, believing it slipped as he became more 'self-conscious and inhibited'. Certainly, listening to A Hard Day's Night does suggest he was never more alive than when his drug of choice was whiskey and coke. An utterly intoxicating advert for making young men more famous and suddessful than they can possibly fathom. And then making them work too hard.

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                          07.10.2000 02:02
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                          This being the soundtrack album to the film was rushed in both writing and recording, as they had little time to do either, due to it being the height of beatlemania and also there tough performing schedule. All songs were written and recorded just weeks before both the film and album were released. However this does not show, as all the songs seem well worked on. The album keeps up with happy upbeat spirit of the film, with lots of jangly guitar driven 2 minute pop songs. There is something on here to take care of everyones likes from fast hard drivin rock 'n roll songs to love songs and ballads. The songs that will stand out are the title tarck "Hard days night" and "can't buy me love", but there are greater songs that on the album. This remains as one of the classic rock 'n roll albums of alltime, and is the first album to feature all songs written by The Beatles. The only flaw on this album is the price £15.99, which is a bit much for a 45 minute album ,but still a must have album.

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                        Disc #1 Tracklisting
                        1 I Should Have Known Better
                        2 If I Fell
                        3 I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
                        4 And I Love Her
                        5 Tell Me Why
                        6 Can't Buy Me Love
                        7 Hard Day's Night
                        8 Anytime At All
                        9 I'll Cry Instead
                        10 Things We Said Today
                        11 When I Get Home
                        12 You Can't Do That
                        13 I'll Be Back