MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL:DAY 119: SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2018

ALBUMS: TODAY IS BEATLES DAY in the neighborhood.

A black-and-white photograph of the Beatles' faces on a black background with the band members wearing black turtleneck sweaters

  • WITH THE BEATLES: 1963: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: There was a great thing that happened on November 22, 1963- With The Beatles was released in the United Kingdom. 7 original songs and 7 covers. My Mount Rushmore from With The Beatles– All My Loving/ Money/All I’ve Got To Do/ Not A Second Time.

A grid of 20 black and white head shots of the Beatles – John, George, Paul, and Ringo

  • THE BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 13 Lennon-McCartney originals- no covers. Lennon dominated this album being the principal writer of 9 of the 13. This was to me ears a great leap forward from Please Please Me and With The Beatles- great albums but if they had kept repeating the same formula their shelf life would have been like Herman’s Hermits. This is a fun album–and the movie was a lot of fun too. My Mount Rushmore from A Hard Day’s Night- A Hard Day’s Night/ If I Fell/ Can’t Buy Me Love/ I Should Have Known Better.

 

A photo of the Beatles – George, John, Ringo, and Paul

  • THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The boys look incredibly tired on the album cover. I don’t know in 1964 with making a movie and all the touring they found the time to write and record the quality material they did. At this point they couldn’t keep up with the demands- six of the fourteen songs are covers. My Mou,nt Rushmore from The Beatles For Sale:  I’m A Loser/ Eight Days A Week/ Baby’s In Black/ No Reply

 

The Beatles, standing in a row and wearing blue jackets, with their arms positioned as if to spell out a word in flag semaphore

  • THE BEATLES: HELP!: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Soundtrack from their second movie- this is the one in color. The sound continues to change on this album. My Mount Rushmore from Help!: Help!/ You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away/Ticket To Ride/ Yesterday…. a lot of great ones on this album hard to narrow it to four.

 

A photo of the Beatles – George, John, Ringo, and Paul

  • THE BEATLES: RUBBER SOUL: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A great leap forward. My second favorite Beatles album behind Revolver. Sounds as fresh as the day it was issued. My Mount Rushmore from Rubber Soul: In My Life/ Norwegian Wood/ Girl/ Nowhere Man.

 

A black and white collage of images of the Beatles

  • THE BEATLES: REVOLVER: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Beatles at their peak- perfection. Imagine if they hadn’t released “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” as singles and stuck them on here? My Mount Rushmore from this perfect album? Tomorrow Never Knows/ Taxman/ Eleanor Rigby/ I’m Only Sleeping…. second Mount Rushmore- I”m Only Sleeping/ Here, There and Everywhere/ And Your Bird Can Sing/ She Said She Said.
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3 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL:DAY 119: SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2018

  1. My first favorite Beatle Song was off of With The Beatles… It Won’t Be Long and All I’ve Got To Do…

  2. Wow, looks like you had a true Beatles fest! 🙂

    It’s pretty amazing how much material they wrote and released during that time period from 1963 to 1966 – and all of it on top of touring and making two movies!

    Nowadays, I guess it counts as remarkable if an artists releases one album every 2-3 years.

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