Monday, December 20, 2010

"With The Beatles" by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1963

With some song changes, this was essentially the same as what was released in the US as "Meet The Beatles" complete with the same cover photo of The Beatles heads in half shadow. I would have preferred the inclusion of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on this album, but The Beatles felt that albums should be their own entity. There are supporters of both sides. Personally, I would have liked the single tracks as bonus tracks on the albums and totally discard the "Past Masters" volumes, but oh well. As far as the music is concerned, this album is similar to "Please Please Me", but exhibits a greater confidence and polish than what was on the earlier album.

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