Beatles' Second Album

The Beatles' Second Album

by The Beatles
     
 
The Beatles' Second Album was the first album of the group's work to be assembled by Capitol Records exclusively for the American market (as opposed to, say, Meet the Beatles!, which was a reconfigured and shortened version of With the Beatles). As such, it offends some historical purists, who don't think of it

Overview

The Beatles' Second Album was the first album of the group's work to be assembled by Capitol Records exclusively for the American market (as opposed to, say, Meet the Beatles!, which was a reconfigured and shortened version of With the Beatles). As such, it offends some historical purists, who don't think of it as a real album. Regardless of its origins, however, The Beatles' Second Album stands as probably best pure rock & roll album ever issued of the group's music. In the process of pulling songs from various British and American EPs, singles (including "She Loves You") and B-sides, as well as tracks left over from the editing of With the Beatles for American release, the compilers somehow managed to avoid any trace of the pop ballads favored by Paul McCartney that usually slowed down the group's other early albums, and the result was the longest uninterrupted body of hard rock & roll and R&B in their entire output. No other long-player by the group featured them doing more covers of songs by black American artists or songwriters, including Little Richard("Long Tall Sally"), Chuck Berry ("Roll Over Beethoven"), Smokey Robinson ("You Really Got a Hold on Me"), Barrett Strong ("Money"), and others, and just to show how rich a vein this all was at the time of its release, the version of "Roll Over Beethoven" here actually charted briefly as a single, while "Long Tall Sally" served as their concert finale.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2014
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537643615
catalogNumber:
001969802
Rank:
21650

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
George Martin   Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Richard Drapkin   Composer
William "Smokey" Robinson   Composer
Robert Blackwell   Composer

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