Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Beatles - 1964's a Hard Day's Night Vs 1965's Help! Both Available on Remastered CD on 9-9-9

The Beatles - 1964's a Hard Day's Night Vs 1965's Help! Both Available on Remastered CD on 9-9-9 by Jackson Weinheimer

The Best Of The Early Beatles

1964's A Hard Day's Night (The band's 3rd album) and 1965's Help! (The band's 5th album) are usually considered to be the best two of their "early albums" (usually defined as the five UK albums released prior to Rubber Soul which represented a large step forward for the band artistically).

The Case For A Hard Day's Night

This is actually The Beatles only album which included only songs written by the famous Lennon/McCartney songwriting team. It's also The Beatles only "early album" with no covers.

The album includes many remarkable songs including the the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," "If I Fell," "And I Love Her," "I'll Be Back," & "Things We Said Today."

The sounds of the 12 string guitar that George Harrison played on this album was extremely influential. The Byrds cited it as the reason they got into rock music (they were strictly a folk group previously).

The Negatives

The album does include a few songs that might be called "filler." "When I Get Home" is probably the best example. I don't think I've ever seen a Beatles fan include that song among his or her favorites.

The Case For Help!

As good as the best songs on A Hard Day's Night were, I think the best songs on Help! are significantly better: The title track, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket to Ride,' "Yesterday," & "I've Just Seen a Face" are all Beatles classics.

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" shows the influence of Bob Dylan on John Lennnon's songwriting. There is a more "mature" sound to this song and to the album in general. And of course "Yesterday" is one of the most famous songs of all time and was a step forward for the band as far as trying new non-standard arrangements.

While not up there with the above songs, I also think "I Need You," "The Night Before," "It's Only Love," & "Another Girl" are all good songs and better than the comparable "second tier" songs on A Hard Day's Night.

The Negatives

"Act Naturally" & "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." I have little to no patience for these early covers. I don't think "You're Going To Lose That Girl" & "You Like Me Too Much" aret particularly strong songs either.


My vote goes for Help! but only by a hair. Both albums are essential.

9/9/9 - Remastered Beatles CDs (Stereo & Mono)

Both A Hard Day's Night & Help! are included in the new remastered Beatles stereo & mono box sets which are out on 9/9/9. This is the first time that The Beatles albums have been remastered since they were first put on CD in 1987. Reportedly the new remastered versions sound vastly superior to the old CDs.

Hear The Beatles Remastered.

Both A Hard Day's Days Night & Help! are included in both the stereo & mono Remastered Beatles CDs

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