Monday, September 15, 2008

Album of the Day #58: WITH THE BEATLES - The Beatles

Title: with the beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Label: Parlophone/EMI
Year: 1963
Songs: It Won't Be Long/All I've Got To Do/All My Loving/Don't Bother Me [Goerge Harrison]/Little Child/Till There Was You [Meredith Wilson]/Please Mr. Postman [Brian Holland, Freddie Gorman, Georgia Dobbins, Robert Bateman & William Garrett]/Roll Over Beethoven [Chuck Berry]/Hold Me Tight/You Really Got A Hold On Me [Smokey Robinson]/I Wanna Be Your Man/Devil In Her Heart [Richard Dropkin]/Not A Second Time/Money (That's What I Want) [Berry Gordy, Jr. & Janie Bradford]
Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, except where noted
Produced by: George Martin
Thoughts: This album is really awesome, not just because it was released on my birthday in 1963, but because of what is on it. The songs are really strong, especially the originals, save for "Hold Me Tight", one of Paul's worst songs (sorry Paul!). I think "Devil In Her Heart" is another weak spot, but that's a cover. I think if they could have taken a second look it probably would have gotten the axe. John's writing particularly shines here, on tracks like "All I've Got To Do", "Not A Second Time" and "It Won't Be Long". George's songwriting debut comes in the guise of "Don't Bother Me", a great little tune that foreshadows what's to come.
Rating: 9/10

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