Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Beatles For Sale" by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1964

If you go by this UK album, The Beatles look tired and worn out, and even though this album is what The Beatles wanted, it didn’t really paint them in the best light. I much prefer the livelier "Beatles ’65" and "Beatles VI" albums that Capitol put together in the US, partially because of the inclusion of the hit single "I Feel Fine"/"She’s a Woman" and some of the more lively tunes from the upcoming UK version of "Help!" As a result, Capitol preserved the “happy-go-lucky” myth about The Beatles through the end of 1964, whereas in the UK, the same tracks seemed more lifeless. Even the cover photos emphasize this.

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