Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Album of the Day #60: BEATLES FOR SALE - The Beatles

Title: Beatles For Sale

Artist: The Beatles
Label: Parlophone/EMI
Year: 1967
Songs: No Reply/I'm A Loser/Baby's In Black/Rock & Roll Music [Chuck Berry]/I'll Follow The Sun/Mr. Moonlight [Roy Lee Johnson]/Kansas City [Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller]/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! [Richard Penniman]/Eight Days A Week/Words Of Love [Buddy Holly]/Honey Don't [Carl Perkins]/Every Little Thing/I Don't Want To Spoil The Party/What You're Doing/Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby [Carl Perkins]
Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, except where noted
Produced by: George Martin
Thoughts: Bands these days got it easy. They can make an album whenever they want. They have time to go on a tour, recoup from the tour...then after that, they can record an album. The Beatles, though, had to do that all at once. Boy, did all that touring finally catch up to them. Anyone who calls this album bad is stretching it. I mean, wouldn't you love to have an opening trilogy as great as John's opening set here? "No Reply", "I'm A Loser" and "Baby's In Black" back-to-back-to-back. It's really intense. Then, the second side opens with "Eight Days A Week". I'll just leave you with that thought.
About The Art Work: This is an album you must get on vinyl, just for the amazing artwork. This is the first LP with a gate fold for a rock/pop act. It's just an amazing piece of work. Plus, Derek Taylor wrote the sleeve note, which anyone with half a brain will find funny. My LP is a Japanese re-issue from a few years ago, and you know how (awesomely) meticulous they are at reproducing original artwork. (Every music fan should be able to own at least one of their CD vinyl replicas. They are incredible.)
Rating: 8/10

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