Returning to my series which attempts to ensure you have a music collection as good as mine, you’re in for a treat this time around. Because I’m going to suggest not one, not two, nor three but four. Yes! Four albums in one go!
Yes, over the next week I am going to tell you that you should own EVERY single Beatles album (the 13 studio albums and the 2 Past Masters albums). And I’m going to tell you why you should own them. When I planned this blog post, I asked myself “how shall I order them? Should I put them in order of my favourite?” Then I said to myself: “Bollocks. I’ll do it chronologically!”
The first and only album completely written by Lennon and McCartney, and recorded to tie in with their first big screen outing. You’ve got the heavyweights of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, along side the underrated ‘If I Fell’, ‘You Can’t Do That’ and ‘I’ll Be Back’. The fact that they were able to produce 13 of their own songs of such consistent quality amidst the singles, touring and filming shows what talent and commitment The Beatles had to their music. You might wonder how they managed it. But they did. Get it in your collection.
Beatles For Sale
After the exertions of the first years, you would be forgiven for expecting a bit of a lull in quality or activity. Not The Beatles. Still producing 2 albums in a year, still packing them with their own songs, and still touring at the speed of sound, they produced yet more gold. Having had their legendary meeting with Bob Dylan, and his influence now seeping into their output, this album gives us the delights of ‘No Reply’, the heavily Dylanesque ‘I’m A Loser’, the world’s first fade-in track ‘Eight Days A Week’, not to mention great covers like the ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’ medley and George’s rendition of ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’.
So, four albums in two years, not to mention the endless tours, a film and hit singles. Bet you can’t wait for the next one now!