ALBUMS: TODAY IS BEATLES DAY in the neighborhood.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.