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With The Beatles

Beatles

1963

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With The Beatles

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5

Growing up, I almost exclusively listened to compilation's of the Beatles' greatest hits. Rarely ever, I took the opportunity to listen to a full album by them. Browsing through their discography, I feel like a complete outcast for saying that With the Beatles is my favorite, by a considerable margin. I will admit that the songs that made the biggest impression on me by the Beatles, are mostly scattered throughout Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul and A Hard Day's Night, but With the Beatles does not contain a single unenjoyable or average track at all. With the slight exception of Little Child, I find that every other song on With the Beatles is exceptionally touching, raw, authentic and sung beautifully. A 5/5 is absolutely deserved.

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Now this is interesting. The Beatles when they were shite. Listening to this album, I started laughing very quickly. “All I’ve Got to Do” is comically stupid. I kinda liked it though, and I had to save a few of the famous covers like “Mr. Postman” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” Hearing John or Paul (don’t know or care which honestly) on the latter track attempt the “woo” that Little Richard would do belongs in a museum of cringe, in the same wing as Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As an album, this is generally super lame. Important to hear as far as their evolution is concerned, but in isolation, and some 60 years later, it’s pretty awful. Like the Everly Brothers if the Everly Brothers were terrible at singing and harmonizing and pronounced “Beethoven” really strangely. Favorite tracks: Til There Was You, Please Mr. Postman. Album art: Appropriately boring. How were these guys a boy band that drove the world wild? They look as lame as they sound here. 1.5/5

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I know it's a bit sacrilegious, but I've never been much of a Beatles fan. I don't hate them, and I recognize their contribution to everything we currently enjoy in mainstream music, but they've never really done it for me. This album is pretty typical of my enjoyment of them at 2 stars.

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Day 31 of Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and I’ve hit a major milestone! I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my first Beatles record! I didn’t grow up with The Beatles, the iconic Fab Four had been broken up for over a decade before I was even born. Sure, as a kid, I heard The Beatles on TV, radio, movies and even some commercials, they were just never my cup of tea. That remained the case until I got into my twenties... I can’t really explain how, I just suddenly started listening to their music on my own one day, and fell in love. The things about these guys that I had always thought was strange and off-putting when I was a kid quickly became the same things that I admired and enjoyed the most. With The Beatles, today’s album, is the second release from The Beatles, released in 1963, and the first to be released in North America. With The Beatles has the guys playing it safe, smartly, with Motown covers and simple, upbeat love diddly’s. The first unwritten rule in music is to get the girls to like it first, the guys will follow. Even though super innovative and experimental albums like Sgt. Pepper’s and Yellow Submarine seemed light years away musically, those would come only a couple of short years later. Even when The Beatles music would become more complex and psychedelic, their roots always remained closely tied to R&B and Rock n Roll. You would have to press really hard to find a songwriting duo that even comes close to being as prolific as Lennon & McCartney. The lyrics are simple, yet very effective. The singing is crystal clear, and dares you not to sing along. These guys made masterful music making seem so simple, and still, nearly 60 years later, there’s no other act that can touch them. I also really enjoy watching old interviews, these guys were really fucking witty and funny. Now on to the songs.. Nearly half of the track listing for With The Beatles is cover songs. If the entire album was all covers it would still be a smash. The kids from Liverpool take songs like Please Mr. Postman, You Really Got a Hold on Me, Money and Roll Over Beethoven to new heights. If you don’t like these songs, you won’t appreciate The Beatles, these are artists that inspired Beatlemania! This isn’t an album that uses tried and true classics as a crutch, though. The best songs on With The Beatles are originals. Til There Was You is one of my favorite all time Beatles songs. It’s very sweet, melodic and sentimental. All My Loving is nearly the perfect song, period. Hold Me Tight, I Wanna Be Your Man, All I’ve Got To Do, Don’t Bother Me, all really good and iconic songs. This is only one album, It’s amazing that The Beatles only lasted ten years when you look at their monstrous catalogue. There will never be another group that will impact the worlds musical culture as much as The Beatles. The coolest part about it all is that they always paid respect and honored those that paved the way for them. I absolutely cannot wait for more albums from The Fab Four! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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I hate to not give a 5 to a Beatles album, but this was one of their earlier works where they were still doing some covers and it shows. While I find this record to be short and sweet, there are a few songs that I could do without. Nothing is "bad", but a few songs are skippable if they come on during shuffle mode.

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5

Siempre molan

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5

An underrated album within their discography

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5

Interesting to see another of their early albums here. I don't give these enough listens honestly. This album is just full of classic songs.

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5

This is a fine album. Beautiful vocals, gorgeous, harmonies, first rate songs and and tight playing. Not sure who's decision to have the stereo mix as vocals hard right, instruments hard left but I do hate it. Is there a mono mix available for this album? If so I would love to hear it. That's the one thing that keeps this from a straight up 5 star album...4,75 stars

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With The Beatles by The Beatles (1963) In retrospect, With The Beatles had all the elements that would establish The Beatles as the generation-defining musical group they would ultimately become. They would be no flash in the pan. Delicately exploring variations from standard chord structures, they were innovating without leaving the audience behind. They performed with flawless rhythm and grounding. And their melodies were and remain inspiring. The album is not without its flaws. The vocals lack maturity and discipline (especially in doubling dubs, the percussive ‘wows’ and ‘yeahs’, and a few diction flubs). The engineering is stuck in a formulaic rut, with instrumentals in the left channel and vocals in the right (exception: “Money”—the best mix on the album). Almost sixty years later, some of this sounds quaint. But nostalgically quaint. The most soulful original lyric is George Harrison’s “Don’t Bother Me”—the rest are relatively shallow, zeroed in on romantic adolescent male desire. It’s no wonder these songs drove the girls crazy. Their covers of other artists’ songs (six of the fourteen tracks on this record) are usually not as as strong as the originals, and the Lennon/McCartney vocal blend needed development (especially when they sang in unison). But all the essential elements were there—solid guitar by Harrison, and instinctively tight rhythm by Ringo Starr (drums) and Paul McCartney (bass) with vocal and rhythm guitar leadership by John Lennon all put together the complete rock and roll package. The musical standout on this album is “All My Loving”. Listening on headphones for the first time, I was pleased to discover the importance of the sixteenth note played by Harrison on electric rhythm guitar just before the beginning of each measure in the verse, but left off at the start of each phrase. He creates a rhythmic anticipation that drives the already rapid pace. Underrated genius here. He was only twenty years old. While not the best of The Beatles, this work stands as a rock and roll staple, and provides tremendous explanatory power for much of what followed. It shouted, “Wait till you hear what’s coming, folks.” 4/5

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It's probably my least favourite Beatles album and a further listen today hasn't changed that view. Sure there are some good tracks but there's something about it that doesn't resonate, hence it rarely gets played. Actually the song I most enjoyed was 'Don't bother me' (George Harrison's first song) which has a moody breezy feel. I think it's because it's not a major/minor song (looked it up and it's verse is E Dorian mode) plus some Latin percussion. Overall I would call this the Beatles soul album and there's a clear Motown influence, especially in the John Lennon sung tracks. I also like the inspired acoustic performance of the standard 'Til there was you' plus 'All my loving' sounds like a #1, had it been released as a single. 3 seems a bit harsh for the stuff I do like, so given it a 4.

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Le haiku: Not the Beatles best, Yet the tunes are heckin good, I enjoyed it so.

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more beatles...

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Not a Beatles fan

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Abteilung Schubidu haut Schlager raus. Kann es irgendwie nicht mehr hören. Überfutterterte 1.9

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I am not a huge fan of the Beatles and am an even lesser fan of the older stuff.

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I mean, it's not the best Beatles, but it's the Beatles regardless.

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Anything by the Beatles is fab in my book.

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5

In their second album, we can see the gears turning and the ‘pop’ easing up!

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5

britos

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5

Come on now. Classic.

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The best!

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beatles automatic 5 star

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5

I already knew I liked the Beatles, so it’s no surprise to me that I enjoyed this album. I like their earlier stuff more than later stuff, and I hadn’t heard a lot of these covers before. It was nice to hear some stuff I hadn’t heard before.

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Love

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5

QUE BELLEZAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

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5

Me gustó, salen temas que no son tan populares o que yo no los tengo tan presentes, pero muy buenos

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5

Great freakin' album.

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Noice.

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5

Gotta lovem

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5

I mean...duh

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5

Yay!! Especially good on vinyl filling up your whole house with sound!

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5

Top! Ple de Singles

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5

Awesome album!

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5

Wonderful! Brought back many happy memories!

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5

Drive rock and disco music. Ageless classic always will be good and attractive.

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I'm not really a fan of the beatles but because of my dad that loves to listen to "the beatles" i started to listen to their songs when i was young and it's so cool but sadly after that i haven't listen to their songs again because of the other artists that actually have a good music too and now when im listening to this album again ugh the nostalgiaaaaa

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5

Theres a reason that these guys are some of the GOATs

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5

Nice little album, definitely not as good as Rubber Soul and onwards but still a fun listen

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5

Not the best Beatles album, but how am I not gonna give a Beatles album a 5?? Lots of versatility on this record, from sweet, intimate tracks like Till There Was You to big upbeat rockabilly tunes like Roll Over Beethoven FAV TRACKS: All My Loving, Till There Was You, Please Mr. Postman, Roll Over Beethoven, You Really Got A Hold On Me LEAST FAV TRACKS: Little Child, Money (That’s What I Want)

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5

Lord of songs added to my playlist, really great!

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5

Classic. Great songs. Great covers.

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5

This is probably the most forgettable Beatles album... but it's a Beatles album.

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5

Yes

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5

FINE! I'LL GIVE THEM 5 STARS! DARN IT WHY DO THEY HAVE TO BE SO GREAT. EVERY. DUMB. ALBUM. BRILLIANT.

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5

Certainly an all time classic.

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Although not as great as their debut it´s still a great album in their discography.

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5

Always a fan of early Beatles

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son los beatles, por supuesto que mi calificación es de 5 estrellas

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5

Classic Album! Their harmonies are stunning while being so distinct/ creative at the same time. While some of the tracks are covers from other songs, that dosen't make them have less meaning. Love early Beatles work

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5

Brings me back to college party days. A classic

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5

Atemporales. Melodías sencillas con pocos acordes muy bien seleccionadas.

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5

just wonderful...

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5

The Beatles' first huge hit. A classic that I've listened to hundreds of times. Can't get much better in 1963, that's for sure.

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5

I love this stage of the Beatles, it's just music that makes you want to dance and have fun. The vocals and songs are great, even if half are covers!

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5

Good album. Kinda old time, but pretty good stuff. Particularly the covers.

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5

Had not heard this Beatles album before but I liked it. Good collection of tunes with some energy.

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5

Ааааааа

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so good

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5

Hard to know what to say about the Beatles. I've never really been a massive Beatles fan, I like them as much as the next person but you just can't deny how good they are really.

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5

Well it has to be a 5 starts doesn't it. So many top tunes on here!! Like to hear Beatles do covers, as they are covered so much themselves

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All due respect to Paul McCartney's recent comment that The Rolling Stones are basically a blues cover band, this sophomore album from the Fab Four that has nearly half of its fourteen tracks as covers is great. While not a fan of their earlier works, The Beatles tapped into a vein that changed the direction of pop music and this disc is evidence.

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85. With the Beatles - Beatles 14 tracks It's pretty hard not to love this. It just flows & keeps you interested & all the tracks are short & sweet & it leaves you wanting more rather than less. It's aged, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Is "beautiful" too strong? 5/5

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5

What is there to say

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: It won’t be long, All my loving, Don’t bother me, Not a second time, Money

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5

Pure quality rhythm and blues pop.

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5

Great album, all my loving is a 10/10 song

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5

I love the Beatles, so his will score well, but it is so early in their career that they hadn't quite developed into the band they became. Lots of cover versions, which is odd when they had three of the best songwriters (and Ringo). Thus does include the first Harrison song on an LP though, which is interesting. All the songs are good or great, and all are pretty much part of life in Britain. I prefer their later stuff, when they were exploring the fringes of modern music and developing the future, but still love this. It is both good in its own right, and an interesting snapshot of the biggest band in the world, ever, just as they claimed that title.

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5

Legendary album of The Beatles. Like the rythm. Some songs are perfect.

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1001 Albums Generator Day 7 Homer Simpson: "I never knew you were such a Beatles fan." Ned Flanders: "Of course I am! They were bigger than Jesus!" The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy tends to be remembered mostly for concepts and isolated jokes (towels, the Infinite Improbability Drive, Paranoid Android etc), but some of Douglas Adams' observations of behaviour have stayed with me. One of these is a moment shortly after the Earth is demolished. Arthur Dent, having narrowly escaped, is trying to get his head around it. He thinks of his parents and his sister, that he'll never see them again. He doesn't react; it's just too big. He thinks about the person he stood behind in the supermarket queue a few days before. The whole supermarket has gone, and everyone in it. He panics. He tries to start small again and build up, but when it hits him that there's no longer such a thing as a McDonald's burger, he passes out. Talking about The Beatles can be too much to take in; I think that's one of the reasons us fans can be such anoraks. Peter Jackson's Get Back was fantastic because it indulges that impulse to collect minute details, but also because it makes The Beatles smaller, by dropping us right in there at a moment when they were still four friends writing songs, making each other laugh, with a future together still available. This is my way of making them small: talking around the subject to remind myself that this was an album made quickly by a group of bright young men, "a good little rock 'n' roll band," as McCartney puts it. They were still excited just to be doing it. George gets his first songwriting credit here, and maybe it's telling that it's the first song of unmasked, unguarded personal discontent. A sign of things to come. Or maybe it was just a miserable day on a long tour and he felt a bit under the weather in a hotel in Bournemouth. I'm getting ahead of things. They hadn't even been to America yet. So we focus on the details: the verses of All I've Got To Do, and the precise, unique timbre of Ringo's cymbal smacks. Better writers than me can and have talked about their place in the lineage of vocal girl groups, the pros and cons of their covers versus the originals etc etc. The vastness, richness and importance of their story don't persuade me they're a great band; the music does that. But they do help to remind me how miraculous the act of making songs is, and make me want to read, write and discuss other artists with the same close attention. This is the album of theirs I heard last, and not the one I have the greatest personal connection with, but it's absolutely thrilling stuff.

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5

Iconic. 5 stars

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5

Imagine if we could have pop music this good now

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5

One of The Beatles's best

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5

This is catchy shit, and while I think I prefer mid to late Beatles much more, that early sound is still so fun.

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5

What can be said about this record that hasn't already been said? Lennon, in particular, is on fire throughout - reeling off a procession of songs that must have gladdened Cynthia's heart. Little did she know.

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5

What can I say about The Beatles that hasn't already been said. Super groovy album, vocals on full display with surf-style rock 'n roll instrumentals underneath. The vocal doubling is done so perfectly on select tracks throughout, and the harmonies are very enjoyable. This album truly marks the start of a new era for pop music. Fave tracks: It Won't Be Long, I Wanna Be Your Man, Money (That's What I Want)

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5

Beatles at their Mop-top height here! Some great tunes on it from the Beatlemania era and pre |John's "Bigger Than Jesus" Gaffe. can really see their progression as songwriters, as usual George just gets a look-in songwriting wise. "All My loving" "Till There Was You" Covers "Please Mr Postman" & "Roll over Beethoven" highlights for me. Of course in the top 1001 albums of all time!

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5

it's crazy how ahead of the time this band was, releasing in 1977. This album sounds like some of early 2000's Alt Rock. They really made a statement releasing music so ahead of the time.

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5

so twee so cute. so great.

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5

Quite a time warp. This album was recorded in mid-1963 and released in November of the same year. The band had not yet visited the U.S., the album hit the stores and radio in the same month JFK was assassinated, and the band members were still so very young. It's very difficult for me to extract the history, culture, and context of the band and the bigger picture from the album, and I don't really want to. It's still all before I was born, but it was all such a part of my early youth that it feels quite familiar. Listening to the album, which I haven't heard in so many years but for a few songs here and there, I still find their songwriting talent to be remarkable. Love the performances on the album, too. I hear such great influences on their music -- 50s pop, rockabilly, early rock 'n roll, a teensy bit of jazz swing, hints of very early surf rock, doo-wop, blues, and so on -- yet even as far back as this very early album they still sound very much like The Beatles. Overall, I really enjoy the album. It's fun, it's not overcomplicated, catchy, and I'm glad to have listened to it again.

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5

It's about time. 150 albums in before the GOAT arrive.

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5

Hah, this was easy: stone cold classic that was a joy to go back and revisit, it’s been awhile since I listened to it straight through. And I like everything except “Little Child” and possibly “Devil in Her Hear”.

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5

far from the best Beatles album and its pop sound wasn’t anything new for 1963 but still I’m a huge sucker for this goofy, snazzy music overall, I think a 9/10 would be fair considering just how gosh darn enjoyable it is tho obviously everything pre-revolver is pretty much just generic pop music

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5

😍😍😍

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Los amooo

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4

Classic Beatles

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12/2 A damn good album, smooth 60s jams, it’s the fuckin Beatles. Standout Tracks: It Won’t Be Long, All I’ve Got To Do, All My Loving, Don’t Bother Me, Till There Was You, Devil In Her Heart, Not A Second Time

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4

Klassiker, poprock, fængende, historier, simpelt

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4

Not the best Beatles album, but still great

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Collection of songs from the midst of Beatlemania Didn't expect early beatles would be this good

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4

Not peak Fab Four but still plenty of classics.

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I forget how much the early Beatles are just surf rock. Surprisingly good for an album that's mostly covers. Highlights for me are "It Won't Be Long" and "All My Loving". Also "Roll Over Beethoven".

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4

I guess I can understand why this album is on the list because it was the first Beatles record released in North America, but it's like half cover songs, and a lot of the originals aren't particularly groundbreaking relative to what they would be doing in a couple years after this. I will say that the recording quality is excellent. Very clear instrumentals and vocals. You can also hear them starting to make good use of stereo. 4/5

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4

Follow up to first Beatles album, still a few covers, but they start to hone it in and you can see how Hard Days Night is next

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4

Not my style of music

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Awesome stereo album

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4

Short, sweet, and simple but oh so good. Roll over beethoven gets me every time

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4

Just a fun early album by the Beatles. Not revolutionary or genre changing but fun.

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4

Knew most of the album, nice to listen from start to end.

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Early Beatles isn't my favorite Beatles, but still a good listen. They revolutionized pop music.

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“You ever hear of this obscure band called the Beatles? It’s like beetle but with beat instead of beet. Pretty good”

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I don't know, I've got the same issue with this as I have generally with the early catalog. Nothing stands out all that much. Very good but not yet quite exceptional (except as a pop phenomena) The originals are very much standard pop love songs of the love you so much/why you do me so wrong variety, while the covers lack the rock power of the originals (with the notable exception of Money).

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4

very nice i enjoyed it

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probably the best Beatles music I’ve listened too - I appreciated the shortness of the songs. pretty sweet and funky 🫕

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4

Early beet and good

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This album was an interesting mix of originals and covers. The covers were more enjoyable than many of the original tracks. It was a nice representation of their early style.

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4

Solid pace, enjoyable but not their best. Will definitely be listening to it again soon.

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Solid/classic

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I didn't know the Beatles did so many covers. I have always the liked the Beatles and this album definitely sounds like early Beatles to my ear. Top 3 All my Loving, Please Mister Postman, and That's What I Want. 4 of 5

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Bueno, los Beatles. Música blandita no muy de mi gusto, pero a la que hay que reconocer la "pioneridad" Hits claros, de dos minutitos. No es su mejor disco, pero es original

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The Bugs? Who are these guys?

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4

I can see how this would cement The Beatles as icons. This sound is even still so unique and them. Till There Was You is a great cover.

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4

I think either this or Beatles for Sale is my least favourite... But fuckin' hell like it's still jampacked with tunes and just bloody excellent.

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Buen álbum completo.

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4

Can’t hate on the Beatles

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4

good album. a little tinny for me, but still, solid

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4

Enjoyable, if a bit redundant.

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4

Sgt Pepper Beatles > early Beatles. Good album with some strong tracks. And not their best.

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4

Fun

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yes

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4

It's a solid album. I like all of the songs on it!

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4

not their best work, but a great foundation for the rest of their excellent discography.

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4

The beginning of something ridiculous, I love this record

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4

An enjoyable listen. A few really great songs, but nothing earth shattering.

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4

Another great Beatles album. All flows so well together. Not my favourite of theirs, but that doesn't mean much considering the competition

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4

A lot of familiar songs but they aren't really that great of songs.

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It won’t be long - E to C/G chord change is so great. Favourite song on record. All I’ve Got to Do another favourite. Enjoyed the Motown covers, mainly Please Mr Postman. Some strange production with panning but vocal harmonies throughout are amazing. 4/5 - good easy Sunday afternoon album

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4

Great classic Beatles

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Early Beatles, but can't go wrong here.

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This was the first Beatles selected for me on this site (in a row of almost 120 albums now) and I'm glad that this was selected because I like too much of this band (not surprisingly), but I didn't listen to the cover versions from their initial years and this album (specially B-side) was a great experience for me. A great band playing the greatest songs and making history. It's not the best Beatles, of course, but worth each song.

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Another great Beatles album. I was nervous since this was an older one and I'm not a huge fan of their old stuff but again, I hadn't listened to any of it fully. I really liked this one too, not as much as Revolver, but still up there. All my Loving, Please Mister Postman, Roll Over Beethoven and even some others all stood out to me. Parts of this album felt just right for when it came out but other parts seemed ahead of their time. Pretty cool album cover too but nothing special.

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4

Good album… sounds like a breakout to American Rock n Roll

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4

it’s the Beatles so of course it’s amazing, not my absolute fave of theirs but you can never go wrong with them.

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4

While this isn't their best work, it is still pretty enjoyable. Also, 6 of the 14 songs are actually cover songs. 3.6 / 5

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Lots of great Beatles originals, but oddly more covers than I would have expected. And the covers... well, they didn't really do anything to make them different and unique, like Orgy's "Blue Monday", for example...

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4

Really not my style but very influential and an all time classic that deserves respect purely for its importance

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Really enjoyed the music though I found the mix kind of distracting where the majority of the instrumentation was coming from the left and the majority of the vocals from the right. It seemed like they were playing too hard with the stereo idea and that little shift might work but I found this shift so dramatic as to be distracting. I listened via headphones which also may have heightened the effect over the type of amplification that might have been used to playback this music in the era it was made. Listened to the album a second time not using headphones and the effect worked out much better though I still found it to be more pronounced than necessary.

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Heard it...

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Without context, this rough collection of underwritten ditties is a 2. But knowing the whole and why, this becomes a 4.5.

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The first of 1001! Great melodies and harmonies although surprisingly quite a lot of songs I didn’t know (excluding All My Loving of course!). Forgot about Til there was you too (Cooky may have played this?). Enjoyed the album whilst tapping my foot although still think I prefer the later Beatles stuff!

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Keep

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They can play.

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beedle

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Ja gilla de!!

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Whats to say about a Beatles album? A step up from Please please me, and enjoyable. I cant see myself listening to this very much though. Great album cover tho.

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Good album, more pop and love songs than their earlier stuff.

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a weak 4 but you know, it's a fine album

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Meglio le cover che le loro a testi moscioni tutti uguali...strumentalmente avanti anni luce

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What shall we say, it's The Beatles. It's really old and sounds old, yet it aged well and is still good music today. It was very noticeable how this album is from the beginning of their career, without all the experimentalism that came later on. It didn't have any of my Beatles favorites, but there weren't any bad ones on here either.

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1963. My parents were 8 years old when this album came out. I've listened to the Beatles in "passing" over the years. I've always enjoyed them. I've watched a few of the documentaries made about them over the years. I have often wondered what John Lennon would be like today. Anyway, back to this album. All I've got to do- Feels loving, feels like being hugged in a warm sweater by someone you haven't seen in years but dearly miss. I love how you can really hear the clarity of each instrument in their songs. This album reminds me of how LOVE healthy love can be simple and pure. I love the simplicity and wholesomeness in the lyrics of a lot of these "silly little love songs". They feel sincere. I don't care if it's not. It feels that way and I enjoy letting this era transport me to simpler times. This album tastes like milkshakes and burgers post sock hop dance. I can totally understand BeatleMania. I will continue to enjoy the Beatles throughout the rest of my life. I'm sure there will be more albums of theirs throughout this project. Looking forward to it. Ya'll really got a hold on me.

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Great originals and nice covers

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Didn't know as many of the songs as I thought I would.

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Kinda underrated band ngl. Not their best, but it’s the Beatles so… 4/5

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Classic Beatles album!

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The Beatles are always great! Few standouts in this particular album, but even the worst of The Beatles is better than many other groups.

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I’ve never actually listens to this one the whole way through. What can I add to what’s already been written about the Beatles? Impactwise this is obviously a 5. Personal rating id probably but it as a 4. I started this list trying to be objective but have moved to subjective for my own tastes. So 4 it is.

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This is not the best Beatles album by a stretch and Little Child has not aged well... BUT it is the Beatles and all music can be traced back to their influence, you can't convince me otherwise! Not a second time and Please mister postman BANGERS, loved listening!

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Amazing to hear the extent to which the Beatle's sound changes in just a few years. This album is such a great pop music showpiece.

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All my loving was from this! Surprise bops also Please mister postman and roll over bethoven. Classic beatles quality.

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It won't be long yeah (yeah) till the Beatles have a 5-star album.

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The Beatles couldn't make a bad album if they tried. There are always at least a few perfect pop songs in every album (excluding Yellow Submarine). In their American debut, this is no exception. You can easily see why they would be a sensation, with back-to-back pop masterpieces, for teens to bop to, for other artists to replicate. Songwriting is among the best of the era, exciting and full of easy-to-follow stories with many ways for the audience to participate in singing along. From the very start, you get a fistful of energy in "It Won't Be Long" that's really hard not to sing too. If you're in public, you might just get away with mumbling some "yeahs." Second track shows a calmer side to Lennon. The third track is my favorite track, introducing McCartney's soulful voice as if reaching into the soul, already showing the dynamic contrast between the two main vocalists. The covers are actually really great here. They're very popular soul and classic rock n roll songs that work incredibly well with their style. They truly make songs like "Please Mister Postman" and "You Really Got a Hold On Me" their own. "Roll over Beethoven" is a great adaption that's true to form, and I had no idea "Money" was a cover until I searched it up. The only cover I wasn't a big fan of was "Devil in Her Heart," but it's still much much better than the original. Speaking of which, there were several songs that felt very much like filler. The momentum dies out by the time you get to the last four songs. Poor Ringo in "I Wanna Be Your Man" only gets the scraps that shouldn't belong on a studio album. Each tier is ordered approximately how much I like them: Perfect: All My Loving, Til' There Was You, It Won't Be long, All I've Got to Do, You Really Got a Hold On Me, Please Mr Postman Great: Don't Bother Me, Roll Over Beethoven, Hold Me Tight, Money That's What I Want Not very good: Not a Second Time, Little Child, Devil in Her Heart, I Wanna Be Your Man

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Was not as bad as expected. Really listenable. Felt very nostalgic. A couple songs I wasn't so keen on. Wouldn't listen again particularly but can see myself dancing to these with family

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Pretty good preeeetty good

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It started out really strong, I feel like it faded, but it was still pretty good.

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Pleasant but samey

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Thank you the Beatles. Bit more like the old fashioned rock and rollers

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Not my fav by the lads but a solid effort

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Good music

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More of the pre-drug Beatles, but I liked it. Upbeat.

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Pioneers

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Definitely a low tier Beatles' album but still solid. 7/10

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Absolutely classic Beatles. There's not a bad track on this.

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3.75

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Early Beatles isn't the best, but it's still amazing.

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the beatles are magic

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Good represenatation of them

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It’s hard, even for me, to realise the importance of the Beatles at the time. They were my favourite group from age 5 to about 17. This isn’t their best music but without this they wouldn’t have done what they did. It has to be 4*

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Feel good album.

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8/10

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leuk album, maar niet memorabel

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It's so strange to hear so many covers on a Beatles album. That said, even the covers are exceptionally well done. It is The Beatles, after all. They almost lost a star for covering "Please Mr. Postman" which just doesn't work from a boy band but they gained it back with a great cover of "Money" which was an unexpected joy. The main reason this album gets a four-star review instead of a five-star review is because the listening experience is dominated by the songs that The Beatles covered rather than by the songs they wrote. And, from writing monsters like this - even this early in their career - that's a shame.

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4/5 yes please!

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It was catchy I'll admit

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Pretty much standard Beatles/early 60s sound

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What a bop! Covers very rarely live up to the originals, and this is no exception, though they sure do come close. Definitely a strong 4/5.

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Please Mister Postman is the solid highlight, another great album but not quite as good as Sgt Peppers. 4/5.

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So this was their 2nd album eh? What can you say about the Beatles ever that hasn't been said already? Nothing, so we'll leave it there shall we?

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It's hard to rate Beatles albums objectively. It's obviously very good but suffers from being approximately half covers (which are still good performances). A 3.5 that I'll rate a 4

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Some Beatles songs I hadn't heard before, was over very quickly

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There are some great songs here and of course those beautiful harmonies but overall this is the least interesting Beatles album I've heard. Too many indistinct covers. Still it's the Beatles. 4.5 🌟

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much nostalgia

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Easy to see why they were such a hit: a set of punchy pop tunes that wouldn't upset your mum too much. I think I prefer this to their more experimental work.

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very cool

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I did enjoy this older recording when that generally is not the case with the Beatles. The older the worse for me generally but I thought they picked some very interesting covers and I liked the way they set up the album.

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Lots of cool moments on the album foreshadowing bigger things to come. Found myself digging the guitar work multiple times.

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I generally really like The Beatles, especially their later, experimental albums. With The Beatles being only studio album no. 2, this has nothing similar to their later work, but is dominated by their earlier Rock 'n' Roll (and at times Pop) material. The songs really are a mixed bag here. We can find strong numbers like It Won't Be Long and the early classic All My Loving. But the album also contains the very, VERY schmaltzy Till There Was You, one of quite a few cover versions that have, uncharacteristically for the band, found their way onto this collection. Much better here is their rendition of the Marvelettes' Please Mister Postman. All in all, this album contains a few bad, some mediocre, and a couple of really good songs; the latter of which were an early indication of the creative heights the Beatles would reach eventually. Still, this one is 3.5/5.

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I've never listened to the really early Beatles apart from a few singles, so I was happy to learn that this album was very enjoyable. It's a bit cheesy, some of the lyrics are laughable when compared to their later work, but it's extremely catchy and easy to listen to (a gigantic contributing factor to their success). There's also a lot of covers on this album and they're all very nice. "Roll Over Beethoven" is probably my favorite track on the album despite not being much of a Chuck Berry fan.

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Early Beatles' albums have too many covers. Do they make the album better or worse? I prefer the true Beatles songs. There are some good ones. This is one of my least favorite Beatles albums. That being said it is still very good. 4/5

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4, too sappy

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You can see the beginnings of a Beatles sound in this album, the Lennon McCartney songwriting and harmonies and the distinctive Mersey beat. Not one of the best albums but still one that’s worthy of a listen to every once in a while, for that I’ll give it a four

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4.5

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Early Beatles are always fun, even if they get pretty samey and don't hit most of the high heights of their later work. A good get-up-and-boogie album.

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Beatelsi zawsze spoko, nie jest to co prawda ich najlepszy album, a i mix stereo może być lekko denerwujący.

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Well, that's a classic. To be fair, I absentmindedly add "Boring" between The and Beatles from this period. 14 song lyrics which could be generated by the formula "I'm so happy when I'm with you, I'm so sad when you're away, please let me worship your body and soul, please pretty please". Nonetheless, it would be thoughtless to say it's a mediocre album and had minor impact on the music history. There's a huge amount of talent involved and it's hard for me to pick the best track from "With The Beatles". A I-know-most-of-the-tracks-already-because-all-radio-stations-can't-get-enough-of-the-Beatles album. No-brainer.

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This was my first time playing this album. It's been years since I'd heard some of these songs and yet I still knew the words.

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Listenable to the end. It's a solid album. What I wasn't aware of was that so many of these are covers. Did that diminish the stars of others to have the Beatles putting it forth? It's interesting to dive in on that history.

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Probably one of the weakest offerings by the Beatles, and yet it still showcases what an awesome musical force they were. Later albums are often the main focus of the Beatles catalogue, and yet I think there's still some really good stuff to get out of the earlier albums. The songs, while simple, are extremely tight and really catchy. The covers are also all very well arranged. George Martin's honorific of "The Fifth Beatle" is certainly well deserved. These guys knew how to do pop music. I did listen to the remastered 2009 version, so it would be interesting to compare to others. I've heard mono is the way to go, but never really tried it out. *EDIT* I tried it, mono is waaay better. This is for me a really solid 4, and only misses out on 5 because I know how much better they can get. Besides the obvious hits from this album, I also enjoyed All I've Got To Do, Till There Was You and Devil In Her Heart.

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There are three Beatles albums i would give 4 stars and this is on of them. Really just an ok album, I give it 4 stars mainly for the cover art.

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It's funny how these days a "cover band" would be seen as less talented than a "real band." But, there was a time when covers were the standard. No one expected all singers to also be songwriters. This album is a good example of the transition.

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With their second album you can already hear the Beatles developing into the great band that they'll become. The harmonies are killer even if the songs are quite simple. Apart from the harmonies Paul's bass playing on here is the highlight for me with the walking bass on "All My Loving" being a standout. Their arrangements of the six cover songs are quite good too, especially "Money." They aren't quite there yet though but you can tell it's coming.

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It's a very good album but I don't know if it's great. I do not dispute that the Beatles are the greatest rock band of all time, but they got even better over time. This album doesn't have the same lyrical or musical depth as later releases. A lot of bubblegum and maybe a few too many remakes. I didn't love Til There Was You and sorry George but Chuck's original guitar intro and solo on Roll Over Beethoven kick your ass. They're all good homages but none really dominate the original. Although I do love John's wailing on Money - ups Barrett Strong's vocal energy just a bit. I also enjoyed their harmonies, especially on some of the originals - Little Child was too one-sided but It Won't Be Long, All My Loving, and Hold Me Tight were great. There's nothing to dislike about this album but it is not monumental (other than their timing and popularity) like other albums.

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I'm surprised that it's taking us this long to get to the Beatles. But I guess that's the way the randomizer... randomizes. When I was younger, I did not care much for early Beatles. Somewhere around Revolver I was a fan. That changed later, understanding how their sound was groundbreaking. It's hard to believe how much their sound did evolve, though. But this is their starting point, really. And I've come to appreciate these songs. Still... the songs themselves are simplistic in comparison to their later work. I can't give this a 5 because of that. Still... you can't go wrong with the Beatles.

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Of all The Beatles' albums, this one is my least favourite. Even just looking across their early work, "With the Beatles" doesn't have the raw, "recorded-in-12-hours" power of "Please Please Me". It doesn't have the tidal wave of all-original material like "A Hard Day's Night", and it doesn't have the developing maturity of "Beatles for Sale." But it's still four stars. That's how much of a fan-boy I am. Released just a few months after their debut as Beatlemania was rising towards fever-pitch, the Beatles were still a perfectly honed machine in live performance. That energy comes across here through the band's spirited renditions, however much the actual material might sag. The covers are best not compared to the originals and instead appreciated for what the Beatles bring to them. I still get a buzz from their harmonies in "Please Mister Postman" and "You Really Got a Hold on Me", McCartney's effortlessly earnest take on "'Till There Was You" and Lennon almost reaching a "Twist and Shout" level scream-along with "Money". The originals are probably the patchiest territory: "All I've Got to Do", "Little Child" and "Not a Second Time" rank among the most forgettable in the band's catalogue. George Harrison skulks moodily through his first self-penned song "Don't Bother Me" and forgets to add a melody. But it's all okay, because "It Won't Be Long" and "All My Loving" are utterly compelling and relentlessly exciting. Why the book didn't have the band's debut "Please Please Me" instead of this, I'll never quite understand. But it's still a hell of a good ride.

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Really good, older Beatles album. I am not a fan of most of the cover songs (except for Till There was You) but overall the album is quite excellent. Standouts: All My Loving, It Won't Be Long, Till There Was You. Others: Don't Bother Me, Little Child, All I've Got to Do, Devil in Her Heart, Not a Second Time, and Hold Me Tight. Could have done without: Please Mr. Postman, Roll Over Beethoven, You Really Got A Hold On Me and Money (That's What I Want). 4.5/5

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Не самый сильный альбом легендарной группы. Однако, фирменная мелодичность на месте, есть пара хитов (та же All My Loving стоит иных "классических" альбомов некоторых исполнителей целиком), поэтому 7 из 10.

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Enjoyable, but not up to the same standards as the later albums to come from this group!

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It's just such good fun! The covers are great fun, the originals are great. This is the album you'd present as evidence that Ringo being a crap drummer is an idiots opinion. The looseness he plays with is what makes this head and shoulders above most other acts in 1963. It makes the songs Rae and fun, and funkier than most acts at the time could manage.

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I grew up obsessed with The Beatles. In fact, I never really listened to any other music until I was probably 14 or 15. I was never that into their earlier music - for me it was Rubber Soul and everything that came after. I do appreciate their earlier music though, and it's nice to revisit. The raw energy and amazing harmonies are what stand out for me. Interesting that Paul only has lead vocals on three songs. Good stuff, but much better was yet to come. 4 stars.

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Déjà eu version canadienne

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I really dig it

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Never a bad album by the Beatles. This is more their pop boy band style than when they transitioned into rock legends. A good album with some decent covers. This album has a long track list but is only 36 mins. Overall this may be my least favorite Beatles album, but still great. 8.1/10

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Classic early Beatles (2nd album)

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eh

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Not the best Beatles album but still solid 3

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So I’ll start this off by saying that I’ve got nothing but respect for the Beatles and that I do enjoy some of their later work. But the sound they have on this album is one of the reasons I could never get into them, it’s just way too poppy for my tastes.

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Good old Beatles. I like foot tapping along to some of these but I'm not sure I'd purposely play this album. 3.8 (but 3 stars) out of 5.

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Well there’s a reason it’s not their best album

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It's The Beatles doing their best Chuck Berry impression. Interesting to see the origins of their incomparable pop songwriting, but otherwise, it's pretty uninteresting.

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It's the Beatles, but this is the EARLY years. Listening to this, it's apparent why they took the world by storm. They've not hit their full potential yet.

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Klassiker. Rivigt.

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Not my favorite, but still pretty good

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Not my favorite Beatles album. But enjoyable.

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You happy you got your little Beatles kick? Your little doo wa doo yeah? Well take it and leave your shoes at the bloody door. The best songs are covers and to think these cunts ended up cool makes me feel hopeful for that one direction reunion that's constantly on my mind.

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Cool album. Basic beatles tho

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Not my favorite Beatles album

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Classic. Beatles never let me down.

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Nice album to listen to. For me only a few song that were more familiair as Beatles song. This is a Beatles album that I will listen to again sometime.

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Meh, it's the Beatles

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All I’ve got to do is so fucking SICK. You can hear them coming into themselves here, great vocals and our Ringo’s on the money and all. Some major stinkies though. Little Child? Bit dodge lads, if I wanted that craic I’d bop to PYT. Also did you hear what they said about dogs locked in cars on hot days?

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When I was like 15 and going through my first big Beatles phase I decided to abstain from some of their albums so I’d have something to come back to. Although I’d heard a lot of the tracks already I did enjoy it as an album. Yes, there are a few scrappers on it there are a few gems that attempt to make up for it. Overall, I don’t think it’s bad but it’s definitely not on par with some of the other albums by the Beatles on this list.

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A couple good hits! Wouldn’t keep this album on rotation though.

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There is a song on here that I sang in choir and I thought it was something way more lame than the beatles

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Mostly love songs. Some hits. Still early in their careers before an album became a cohesive work. Not my favorite

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It’s not my favourite Beatles album, but it’s fine. It prompted me to ask the question, though “Who Recorded it First?” for a few of the tracks.

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good but it didn't blow my mind or anything

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Eh, why do the early Beatles albums get included in these lists? I guess they were massively popular at the time? If I ever make such a list, I'd skip the early stuff and only include the later stuff, which seems more revolutionary... Fave track - "Money (That's What I Want)", I guess, though picking a cover feels slightly weird?

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That was fun

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Early Beatles aren't super complicated and don't hold up by today's standards. I generally don't spend much time on their first three albums as it's too much "I love her and she loves me", but as albums of the era go, this was still one of the best.

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Not their best

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Sonics: 6 Music: 6 Feel : scrambling and unpolished

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Ah, die Teeniebeatles. Jung und alles andere als unschuldig, und natürlich muss man jetzt artsy fotografiert werden. Was den Sound angeht: krass, wie die sich in nur 6 Jahren ab da entwickelt haben werden, aber auch hier schon hör ich sie einfach gern.

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It's ok, I wasn't a fan of most of the covers in the middle of the album. Starts and ends well though

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Zeker niet de beste Beatles plaat maar prima te doen!

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Nice album where you can hear what they we're capable of. Love the second track.

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This album is very much a 7 to me. Most songs are fairly good with some standout songs. A lot of the songs seem pretty normal and kind of boring in comparison to what the Beatles would go on to create. A lot of doo-wop changes make the songs sound a bit similar to each other. It’s definitely not anywhere near the best Beatles album but there are enough good songs to make it an enjoyable enough listen nevertheless. Favorite songs: All My Loving, Roll Over Beethoven, Money (That’s What I Want) Light 7/10

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I love the Beatles, but I'm really glad they grew artistically from their early efforts.

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Always wanted to be "introduced" to Beatles. Looks like "remastered" is my introduction. Haha!

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The first of what i assume will be all 11 beatles albums on this list, and probably tied with Let it Be as their weakest. Till there was you and Roll Over Beethoven are the highlights.

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Not the best Beatles album, but it had a couple of hits. Something very nostalgic about old old beatles, even though I was not alive then

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The more screechy and noisy of the Beatles albums

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Album is full with early Beatles pop songs, which, to be honest all sound quite short and similiar. This feels like a compilation of early 60s pop songs, rather than a coherent album. Of course some of the songs are great, for example \"Please, Mr. Postman\"

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Not My favorite music

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Only 11 when it came out but one of the first albums I got to know, at least the 1st side

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Not my favorite Beatles album. A solid 3

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The Beatles are the Beatles when listening to The Beatles by The Beatles.

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This is the second beatles album it gave me this week. Maybe that's it, but I just didn't like it as much as the first. Still good though.

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Bueno pero puede ser muchísimo mejor

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While I think The Beatles are the most overrated band of all time, their influence on music is undeniable. And for what it is, their music isn't bad. It's fine. I won't go out of my way to listen to this album or most of their other stuff, but I won't turn it off as I mow my lawn to it.

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Beatles before their experimental phase. Just poppy hits.

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Good album but not the best

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el pop perfecto de los beatles etapa formal, incluso dentro de las ligaduras ya son geniales, temazos, escucha agradable rápida, sonido exquisito

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Not into their earlier stuff as much but still nice to listen to. I’m more of a greatest hits Beatles guy.

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you can see a lot of the later Beatles here but nothing like their later stuff in quality obviously the covers are much better roll over Beethoven is just funny looking back at it liverpool lads singing chuck berry and a relatively rare Harrison lead I wanna be your man is good of the original tracks solid 3

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Catchy melodies and tight playing but an overall experience that is square to the core. This sure isn’t “Tonight’s the Night,” or the bad-boy Stones. If this band has a future, it’s in “Money,” the only song here with an edge.

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That sure is the Beatles

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True americana, however just not my jam at the moment.

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Lack of proper mixing for L/R makes this awful to listen to

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I get it.

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Ehhhh. Not my favorite of theirs by a long shot, but it’s still stupid that this is even on here. Prefer the original, but that cover of “You Really Got a Hold on Me” is something I could listen to on repeat.

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As much as I think the later Beatles albums are some of the best of humanity's creations, that will still be some of the best potentially in a millennia, I also think their earlier albums are too simple (stylistically speaking) and contain too much fluff amongst the truly good songs.

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Its a pretty simple album, but genuinly enjoyable and fun. its not trying to be something greater than it is, but its still a well made pop album with some fun compositions and covers.

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Mostly pretty fun.. though noticeable that the best tracks are covers!

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Hard to criticize anything by The Beatles, even if this particular platter is not something I'd put on too often. This is definitely "early Beatles" with their late 50s influences prominent - vocal harmony laden clean-guitar-driven pop songs. That's no insult and there's really no criticism here - nobody did it like this before and almost nobody has done it this well since. "All My Loving" is probably the biggest / most famous one here amidst roughly half originals/half cover tunes. Even though I vastly prefer their later style it's still great art of the time (1963) - it just doesn't give me chills. It's a nice easy-listening experience with great vocal harmonies. i.e. the only reason I'm putting it at 3 stars is personal preference. 7/10 3 stars

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Pretty good, although not as good as some of their other stuff. 1RS

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In my opinion, this is one of the more lackluster Beatles albums. Side 1 is pretty decent, especially opening with It Won't Be Long, and All My Loving is an early era staple. It tried to act as a superior follow up to their "Please, Please Me" and just doesn't have the same energy or powerhouse track list. While the majority of songs are originals, there are hardly any that hold up in the scope of The Beatle's catalogue. The covers are also subpar save for "Please Mister Postman" and "Roll Over Beethoven", but they are better served in the original recordings. I can appreciate it for propelling Beatlemania even further, but as a creative work it just doesn't do it for me. Favorite Songs: It Won't Be Long, All My Loving Least Favorite: Devil In Her Heart

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A fine Beatles album but not one of my favourites

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Early Beatles are not my favourite. The album was good but very simple. I prefer their later releases where the band has pushed many boundries of music. This is fine.

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Contrasting album. Some pieces are really good: All my loving, Don't bother me, Hold me Tight and You really got a hold on me. Some others are absolute trash, like Little Child, Mr Postman and I wanna be your man. Not the album you introduce someone to the Beatles with. Also, many of these aren't even originals of theirs.

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Not my favourite Beatles album, but still a good listen.

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Pretty classic, but a bit more stripped down and cheesy than all of the other Beatles albums I've listened through in full. Definitely not my favorite but solid.

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Surprisingly underwhelming! And it’s been five stars all the way so far for The Beatles. That said, you can see the sparks of genius in tracks such as It Won’t Be Long, All My Loving and Not a Second Time - this band are experimenting with the form already and the playing is exemplary. The covers are fun but only fine.

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Amusing throwback but lacked the later picturesque story telling

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Way more familiar tunes than I expected but a couple of naff tracks as well.

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A boy band releases their second album, 14 tracks, most not bothering two and a half minutes in duration and almost half of the tracks are covers. No one could get away with that these days. Our standards are much higher. With The Beatles is a good pop album but the 1960s production gives every track a samey feeling, like if every meal you ate was a delicious chocolate pudding. Tasty, but not necessarily what you'd want to eat all the time. A curious thing - the double-tracked vocals sometimes give a spooky feeling, like reverb-heavy "dead mall" edits of popular songs. The perfect soundtrack for a liminal space. The reassuring thing is that this was not even the Beatles best recording - they still had a lot of room to grow.

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3.5

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A few good songs but they hadn't hit their stride. If you got this many albums on the list, ya gotta swing harder. Sorry bowl-cut-boys.

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Good to know the Beatles are not exempt from a Sophomore slump.. Big reps mean high standards, and this is just average. Also annoying as I usually listening with one headphone out for work so I had to restart a couple times

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I'm kind of surprising myself with how low of a score I'm going to give this. It is still the Beatles, and there are glimpses of their genius in this album, but the songs are for the most part not that good or covers that are worse than the originals.

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3.5 - This one shows the Beatles' humbler beginnings as a house band that had dialed in the 2.5 minute pop rock format. A couple classics, a couple duds, some unremarkable covers.

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They really came far!

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Creative for a 60s pop album

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3.5, just sort of fades into the background for me. Bumping down because it's the Beatles, I'm expecting this to be rated higher that it deserves.

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ну я вроде писал, что я не битломан, но и не против, пусть будут. Вклад внесли вроде в музло и его развитие. Альбомчик хитов всяких как на мой взгляд.

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I know it's probably blasphemous to give this a 3, but I think that might even be pushing it. This one may be my least favorite of the Beatles' albums. I get that it's "early Beatles" - but it's still not as good as their first album. Everybody gets a sophomore slump - no love lost, boys.

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even as a huge beatles mark i can't in good honesty endorse what is in competition for the most unnecessary beatles album ever.

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Kind of boring for the Beatles

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I guess it was fine. Some good. Undeniably so. Begrudgingly positive

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Decent album. Not their best

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Not my favorite Beatles album or era of music. I wont

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Alright, but Beatles are still not my cup of tea.

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It has no classic/recognisable beatles tracks but it's still decent, and it's more of a coherent full album than some of their later stuff

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Good but not overall not as great as the Beatles albums that bookend it. I find some of the cover versions on here a bit underdone. Difficult second album syndrome perhaps, which makes it their weakest album for me. Blasphemous or not, I actually prefer Meet The Beatles to this.

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Not my fav era of the Beatles but still holds some gems.

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You can table these with a lot of the simpler early Beatles’ songs. Pretty cool to see their progression

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I LOVE the Beatles. But these songs all sounded the same to me. But what gives them a pass here is that you can listen to their later stuff and see how they used this stage of their career as the foundation for what would come later. THAT'S greatness.

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This is hard. On one hand, it's the Beatles, a band that has contributed enormously to the quality of my life, and my understanding of music and expression generally - I am not a casual fan. On the other, With The Beatles is perhaps the least impactful album in their entire catalog. Sure, there are hits here, but it's more like a photocopy of the formula from Please Please Me than it is a 'new record', and the innovations the band would spearhead in the coming years only underscores the analogy. Listening to it again I find myself wanting to cherry pick tracks (or listen to Please Please Me instead) rather than soldiering on. And how good is it if I'm characterized the listening as 'soldiering on'?

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Why cover so many brilliant songs and not make them better. Disappointing

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Generally a bigger fan of their later stuff. Got this album for Christmas 20-some years ago. Like "Til There was You" and some of the hits are fine from time to time. I guess I can see how they came to be huge from this album, but it does not standout amongst their later work. There was also a strict rule back in 1963 on track length with nothing here clocking in over 3 minutes.

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Buen disco

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Not bad.

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I’m not a fan of The Beatles to begin with. Some songs were fine. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to this again. I tried to put myself in the frame of mind for the time this was written.

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At the height of Beatlemania, anything would have sold over a million copies! Content-wise, as much as I love The Beatles and know of this album, the covers are good (they'd be awesome live), and All My Loving is still a great foot-tapper! Their best was yet to come...

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It's your nan's favourite mop-tops. If you've any knickers left over after the Tom Jones tour, chuck em this way!

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Struggled to rate as always with albums like this. I've never heard this album before and yet knew the majority of the songs... on the whole, I enjoyed it. Somewhere between 3-4 stars for me but as we can't do half stars I'll go for 3. Stripped down a bit and it'd be a 4.

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A good album. Not the best Beatles, but even ok Beatles are pretty great

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great All my loving, characteristic Beatles album, it's neither bad or outstanding, I will probably relisten some of the songs only

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3.4 - solid soulful Beatles tunes, with some early classics - “You Really Hot a Hold on Me” is my favorite of the bunch.

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Even as a diehard Beatles fan, I question this album's presence on the list. It's totally fine, decent pop covers, but nowhere near as influential impressive, or enjoyable as the albums that came before or after it. Not bad, but not great.

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3/5 was the good old Beatle I can’t complain, songs did sound a little similar tho

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Intéressant, évidemment, mais pas ma période préférée des Beatles. Encore trop gentillets à mon goût :)

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Classic Beatles. Playing with Stereo. Lovely album.

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Nostalgic romp with a couple of standout hints of music to come. Felt very corny through most of it.

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Pierwszy album, na temat którego nie wyrobiłem sobie opinii - tym dziwniejsze, że wylosował się na weekend, więc miałem go okazję przesłuchać jakieś 6 razy. Na plus na pewno harmonika w głosach chłopaków, idealnie do siebie pasują. Słychać już w tym albumie definiujące Beatlesów w przyszłości brzmienia i mocno zaznaczyli swój styl. A jednak płyta przeleciała w tle kilka razy bez zwrócenia na siebie jakiejkolwiek uwagi, do tego stopnia, że postanowiłem przesłuchać każdy z utworów z osobna i tak na uwagę zasługują 2 utwory - klasyczne "All my Loving" i świetny cover R&B "Roll Over Beethoven". Niestety, cały album jest praktycznie w połowie coverami, a oryginalne utwory brzmią bardzo podobnie i na jedno kopyto, przez co ciężko utożsamić je chociaż ze swoim tytułem. Niby klasyk, wpływowy album, rozum podpowiada, że powinien być oceniony wysoko. A tak, to na bezrybiu i rak ryba - w 1963 na pewno robiło wrażenie, w 2022 już niekoniecznie. No spodziewałem się więcej, nie ukrywam.

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Overall a really pleasant record, but with nothing to make it stand out or impress - no low points either, but it's just. Average.

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Didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped - sounds more dated than the stones at this same period.

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A well put together album that sounds very much of it's time. Thankfully the Beatles progressed and drove music forward from the early pop/rock sound.

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There's nothing new to say about the Beatles. I grew up listening to them with my parents, I can't help but love it, you know? Highlights: All My Loving, Till There Was You, You Really Got a Hold on Me.

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Classic Beatles - but nothing I haven’t heard before

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I found most of the songs on this album pretty forgettable, but "Please Mr. Postman" and "You Really Got a Hold On Me" are standouts. It is noteworthy that both of these songs were covers. On "With The Beatles", the group has yet to hit their songwriting stride. 3.5/5 stars

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Expected to give this a 2 to balance all the stars I’ll be dishing out to the later Beatles albums, but it started so strongly. Listening to the energy of It Won’t Be Long gives me a taste of what Beatlemania must’ve been like for a 60s schoolgirl. The Beatles did this kind of music better than most of their contemporaries, I reckon. Buuut there are a few duds (Little Child…) and the covers don’t add anything for me. 2.5 / 3

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listened before not their strongest start but still good

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I seem to have a mental block to The Beatles. Don't know why as like plenty of older music.

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Die frühen Beatles halt…

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Very abrupt start to the album Generally good vibes Kinda dancey stuffm

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Not exactly 'The Best of The Beatles' is it?

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Decent album, but lower end for the Beatles. Before they were interesting.

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Best Song: All My Loving. I actually prefer several covers of this song, but the original still holds its own. Worst Song: Roll Over Beethoven. Only because I can imagine the live shows in which the crowd, determined to match the energy of the studio recording, clap their hands bloody and raw for the entire goddamn song. Overall: If this album is here, should I just assume that all Beatles albums are on this list? Surely one day all this phony Beatlemania will have bitten the dust, right? One thing that struck me while listening to this album was the way nearly every track immediately wriggles its way into your brain and sticks there like some not-entirely-pleasant drug. But then, for as fast as the dopamine hit of each song comes on, it peels off even faster and by the end of each (already short) song, you're grateful that it's finally gone. Paired with these inane, cheeky-cheesy lyrics, you're stuck with this album that feels so sugar-coated it should come with its own insulin shot.

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Decent 60s pop. Their original songs are better than the covers, but tbh I can't see myself listening to this again - historical value only.

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Good 'n' cheesy.

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Well well… moments of brilliance by the Beatles but a reminder that they are human and not demigods. Side A is strong, Side B falters a little bit but this serves as good contrast to shine a light on how brilliant this band became later on.

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I don't remember if I've listened to The Beatles album as a whole before now. There are several tracks that I know I've heard several times before. I enjoyed hearing the early connections to Rock and Roll, before the Beatles really began to expand the genre as they did later in their career. The covers of songs by other musicians are firmly tied to the originals, but they sound like early Beatles tunes. "All My Loving" and "Roll Over Beethoven" were my favorite tracks from this listen. I like that they covered Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" too. The Beatles trips up on the general problem I have with this era's approach to love songs. "Little Child" feels creepy as the lyrics seek romance from... a little child. "Hold Me Tight" is another track I'd be tempted to skip. In general, this album is an album of love songs, which helps to keep this album at 3 stars for me. The music is energetic, and the harmonies are fun. I enjoyed listening to the album, but once might be enough for the album as a whole.

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I prefer the latter Beatles to early Beatles. The cover songs don’t do it for me. The Beatles originals on this album are good.

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I love the Beatles but these are not my jam, especially the remastered versions...

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I've never really loved the Beatles, especially their earlier work, and unfortunately this album reflects that. I can appreciate what the Beatles did for rock and the impact they had on society, but this album didn't push the needle that much for me.

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Not a great Beatles album

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Production: 6/20 Songwriting: 5/20 Innovation: 6/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 4/20 =26 This serves as a testament to how much these silly fella changed throughout their career innit

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Classic early Beatles. Back when they were all-in on bubblegum pop.

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This album kinda sucks, every other beetles album is better.

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This may have been truly transformative for the time, but to my ear listening this for the first time it sounds like generic bubble gum pop-y music. Very much not a fan. Each song sounds exactly like the others. Melodies and lyrics are uninteresting and empty. I feel like I'm watching a commercial. Maybe Pepsi? "Money that's what I want" could be the commercial music for some new stock brokerage. Just cutesy background filler noise.

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It's no Revolver.

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Pretty forgettable pop from the era. I'm also not a big cover-song kinda guy, and I really had to resist the urge to skip those tracks. Regardless of the musical shifts they made over time, I've never been a huge fan of the Beatles. This didn't change anything for me.

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pretty boring

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Not my type

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They hadn't quite found their groove on this one yet.

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Too much like The Beach Boys

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Still during the early period where half the songs were original, the others were covers. This record doesn't really stand out for me. It's better than the stagnant "For Sale," but I like Please Please Me and A Hard Day's Night better. So, this one is great but it's sandwiched between better records. What I like about these early records is that you can hear Lennon's talent and leadership. He was the frontman in the early years. "All I've Got To Do" is one of my favorite Beatles harmonies from the early years. I can't wait to rate A Hard Day's Night. Assuming it's on the list. Ha. Rating this one as it compares in the Beatles catalog (catalogue?).

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It fell flat for me. The energy felt lame. It really did feel like a boy band aimed at the teen. Maybe I wasn’t there target audience. Maybe I am just not into the beetles’ earlier work.

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Incredibly annoying

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Never been crazy about early Beatles stuff. I get how important these albums are from a historical point of view, but musically it just doesn't do it for me.

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Never been a Beatles fan... Their later stuff is better than this...

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Not a fan of earlier Beatles albums

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Honestly, fucking hell. This has no place here, it's just boring SHIT. 2/5.

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Can hardly believe I'm giving this score, but if wasn't for the Beatles name it might even be lower, found this album boring and dated, all my loving has a bit of foot tapping to it, but have to be objective

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Early signs of the Beatles are within, but essentially in the form of vocal harmonies. There are a couple of tunes I recognize. Decent enough pop listening, but mostly an introduction to the rest of the band's discography.

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All my loving, Postman, Beethoven and Money are great, but I'm not particularly impressed with the other songs - very so-so. I don't think the Beatles hit their stride until their third LP, the awesome Hard Days Night.

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Of its time. Nothing bad about it, but not my thing and not a patch on what they became a few years down the line.

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More Beatles. Still not a fan

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Well, somewhat cheesey, but of it's time. Signs of things to come but not something I'll willingly play.

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Not a Beatles album again !

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Listening to this album is like eating pasta before you cook it. Some weird people enjoy it, almost too much, but the rest of us are more interested in the finished product. There are some catchy songs here, but nothing classic. Plenty of great harmonies and musical moments, but it fails to coalesce in the way most great albums do. It just feels a bit rushed and as if it's trying to manufacture success based off of their previous sales.

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Not really my style. Loved how the vocals were panned in the right side. Hence the word, stereo

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Nudy na pudy. Mało co aż mogę powiedzieć. Tak se przeleciało. Beatlesów naprawdę lubię, ale płytka ma stałe brzmienie, niestety mało pasjonujące. Lirycznie to też nie powala w wielu przypadkach. Co innego odsłuchać tej płyty w roku wydania, co innego teraz. Dałbym 2.5, ale w obliczu kilku dużo lepszych albumów Beatlesów, jakimi nas zarzuci challenge, leci 2.

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Nie słuchało się źle, ale nic mi nie zapadło w pamięć po nawet kilku przesłuchaniach. Muzyka jest wesoła, lekka, liryka raczej nieskomplikowana, imo zahacza o banał miejscami, co niby współgra z radosnym brzmieniem całości, ale nadal trochę tu moim zdaniem jest za mało. Ogólnie powiedziałbym, że jest to album dość przeciętny jak na Beatlesów, ale zdecydowanie się da tego słuchać w tle, ale chyba tylko w tle. Myślę, że 2.5-3/5 byłoby słuszną oceną, ale jeśli to konkurs najlepszych albumów wszechczasów, to raczej taka przeciętność nie powinna się pojawiać. No i na pewno pojawią się jeszcze inne, lepsze i bardziej \"rewolucyjne\" albumy.

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I understand why this album is on the list; it is a great artifact of the Beatles going into Beatlemania. Recorded with a little more time and polish than Please Please Me, but retains a strong connection to the Hamburg Beatles (especially int he covers and Astrid Kirschner influenced cover). This was the UK's second ever million selling LP (after the South Pacific soundtrack). Massively popular and influential. But is it really that great to listen to now? I own this record, but I don't think I ever pulled it off the shelf in preference to other Beatles records. This deserves to be on the 1001 list, but not even nearly my favorite Beatles album. But it's the Beatles, you know?

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Bit dull really, you can tell they've not really found their own sound and it just comes across like a load of covers.

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Little child? Bit noncey that. Thank God for hallucinagenics, the Beatles were so safe and irritating until they started taking drugs.

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Meh

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Jesli nawet ten beatelsowy albumers znalazl miejsce na tej liscie, to jestem przekonany ze reszta takze znajdzie tu miejsce dla siebie, bo jak dla mnie jest to najslabszy material bandy, nagrany dosc szybko po debiutanckim albumie, ale nie tak szybko jak ten pierwszy nagrany praktycznie w jednej sesji, utrzymany w kilmatach bojsbendowego popu, gdzie 8 trakow jest autorskich, natomiast pozostale 6 to covery hamerykanskich grajkow, 33 minuty, ktore wydaja sie byc wiecznoscia przy takiej monotonii jaka panuje na plycie, caly czas jedno i to samo typowo popowe zawodzenie o milosci, szczesciu i co tam jeszcze jest cukierkowego, na plejke wrzuce tylko roll over beethoven zeby jakis slad pozostal po tej pozycji, no i jest to pierwszy mono albumik na liscie, bo nawet jesli sa strasze rowniez tak nagrywane, to na spotifaju byly jedynie wersje stereo, a akurat beatelsy maja pierwsze albumiki w mono

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Still don't like the Beatles. Don't @ me.

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En saa tästä mitään.

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You can tell they were young here, as their songwriting is exceptionally kiddish and musical performance amateurish. There is very little interesting about this album outside of it being a historical curiosity. While a short album, it's still bloated with covers that are inferior to their originals, and the originals are fairly tepid pop songs about young love.

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This won't be a popular opinion, but I don't rate The Beatles. The Stones were way better, as were The Kinks, as were The Small Faces. I say no to bland pop.

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This album sucked.

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Rock and roll babyyy

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