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Beatles for Sale [Remastered]
     

Beatles for Sale [Remastered]

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by The Beatles
 
It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on the Beatles, but the weariness of Beatles for Sale comes as something of a shock. Only five months before, the group released the joyous A Hard Day's Night. Now, they sound beaten, worn, and, in Lennon

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It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on the Beatles, but the weariness of Beatles for Sale comes as something of a shock. Only five months before, the group released the joyous A Hard Day's Night. Now, they sound beaten, worn, and, in Lennon's case, bitter and self-loathing. His opening trilogy ("No Reply," "I'm a Loser," "Baby's in Black") is the darkest sequence on any Beatles record, setting the tone for the album. Moments of joy pop up now and again, mainly in the forms of covers and the dynamic "Eight Days a Week," but the very presence of six covers after the triumphant all-original A Hard Day's Night feels like an admission of defeat or at least a regression. (It doesn't help that Lennon's cover of his beloved obscurity "Mr. Moonlight" winds up as arguably the worst thing the group ever recorded.) Beneath those surface suspicions, however, there are some important changes on Beatles for Sale, most notably Lennon's discovery of Bob Dylan and folk-rock. The opening three songs, along with "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," are implicitly confessional and all quite bleak, which is a new development. This spirit winds up overshadowing McCartney's cheery "I'll Follow the Sun" or the thundering covers of "Rock & Roll Music," "Honey Don't," and "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," and the weariness creeps up in unexpected places -- "Every Little Thing," "What You're Doing," even George's cover of Carl Perkins' "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" -- leaving the impression that Beatlemania may have been fun but now the group is exhausted. That exhaustion results in the group's most uneven album, but its best moments find them moving from Merseybeat to the sophisticated pop/rock they developed in mid-career.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638241423
catalogNumber:
82414
Rank:
2164

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Tracks

  1. No Reply
  2. I'm A Loser
  3. Baby's In Black
  4. Rock And Roll Music
  5. I'll Follow The Sun
  6. Mr. Moonlight
  7. Kansas City : Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  8. Eight Days A Week
  9. Words Of Love
  10. Honey Don't
  11. Every Little Thing
  12. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
  13. What You're Doing
  14. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  15. Beatles For Sale Documentary

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Beatles   Primary Artist

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Beatles for Sale [Remastered] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few Beatles albums that I didn't already have on vinyl or CD. It was really good - I think the mix of cover songs and original songs showed the progression of the Beatles' early work. Their voices sounded great. Very good R&B, early rock 'n roll.
Crawley More than 1 year ago
I have bought all of the remastered Beatles CD's. They really are wonderful. And Beatles For Sale is highly recommended. Apple is really doing a remarketable job with marketing of Beatles products. Apple is top quality and I love the way they reverted back to the original album style. Great job Apple.
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