The Beatles
With the Beatles


3.5
great

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by AnyColour74 USER (29 Reviews)
December 26th, 2006 | 46 replies | 13,487 views


Release Date: 1963 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

I believe it is a safe accusation to make that everybody, at least once in their life, has heard the term “Beatlemania” before. As almost everyone knows, the term Beatlemania was coined in the early 1960’s, just as the band was getting publicity from the media. Within a year or two, everything from Beatle wigs to Beatle lunchboxes painted the shelves of countless merchandise outlets across the globe. Beatlemania was peaking towards the end of 1963, the exact time that the fab four was getting ready to release their sophomore effort, With the Beatles.

From one of the most famous and recognizable album covers that eyes have ever laid on, one that greets the guaranteed satisfied customer when they purchase the album, to the release date, November 22nd, 1963, the day that the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was shot down by an assailant in Dallas, Texas, With The Beatles is truly an oddity within itself. The album is an elementary working from a band we’ve seen so many behemoth albums come from. The structure: a disorganized heap of eight originals and six covers, most of which trace us back to Motown, the very place that the roots of this heavily celebrated ensemble are implanted in. Keep in mind that this was all thrown together in about one hundred twenty-seven days, or for those of you who are to lazy to do the math, a smidgen over five months. And because John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr released the album in their most childish stage, you know you’re info a real treat, right?

Not exactly. With the Beatles is by far the most elementary working from the fab four. If there is an area that is to blame for, it would be the technicality department. The instrumentation/musicianship is so stiff. Tracks such as All I’ve Got To Do, Little Child, and Hold Me Tight perfectly fit the requirements of this ideology like none other. Each track showcases one of the following: mediocre drumming, guitar/bass playing that does not layer properly, or to take it to the most drastic of measures, a combo of both. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Ringo Starr a great deal. But in all honesty, With the Beatles was not his moment in the spotlight, that’s for sure. On most of the tracks, Ringo simply pounds away at the Hi-hat, the cymbals, and the snare drum as if he were a child who just received their first drum kit on Christmas morning. On most Beatles albums (most notably Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Abbey Road) one couldn’t ask for a more perfect layering of guitar and bass. All I’ve Got To Do displays possibly one of the worst meshes (if we can even call it that) of bass and guitar a Beatles songs has ever seen before. (mainly because of the thick layer of fuzz that engulfs it) The vocals aren’t exempt from evaluation, either. It’s not that their bad or anything like that, nah. John sings a little over half of the songs on the album, and it gets a little to repetitive. If the guys split the songs up fairly between John, Paul, and George, (unfortunately our friend Ringo doesn’t get to sing any songs on this album), I’m sure we’d be in for a much more enjoyable listening experience.

But let us remember, this is a Beatles album, it cannot simply be referred to as a treacherous album. Wherever the instrumentation brings the album down, the covers sure gain With the Beatles major plus points. (Except for the corny Until There Was You, taken from Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man) Rollover Beethoven fairs as the best cover. The Beatles capture the incomparable mood of Chuck Berry as if it was nothing at all, with swift guitar riffs and all the other typical bru-ha-ha. With the opening guitar riff of the song, you can almost picture John reenacting the signature Berry move, otherwise known as the duckwalk. Money (That’s What I Want) ends the album on a fairly strong note. The vocals are a bit shabby, but for a song that is driven by both a piano and a guitar at the same time, it passes the usual standards with flying colors.

And let us not forget about their very own songs. It Won’t Be Long is an excellently crafted track. It starts the album so suddenly that the listener will be unsuspecting of the musical deities that await him or her. It Won’t Be Long is the definition of an early Beatles song: full of flare, pop, and fun, attributing to the enjoyable aspect of the song. All My Loving could be referred to as an ancestor to Back In the U.S.S.R. With Paul’s slick vocals and presumptuous bass line, as well as the simple guitar line offered from the duo of Rickenbacker’s, All My Loving makes for an almost obvious observation sitting in the open, waiting to be meddled with. Don’t Bother Me is the only contribution George makes to With the Beatles. We’ve seen better contributions from the quiet Beatle, but keep in mind that this is his first ever contribution made towards the Beatles. Aside from the main guitar riff, which needs tweaking, Don’t Bother Me moves along swiftly.

The Beatles have always been infamous for the facsimile subjects they enjoy incorporating into the albums of their repertoire. And the subject that’s mustered into this particular album the most? Love. But of course, how could we have guessed any other subject? Until Rubber Soul, every Beatles album revolved around love and girls. Typical, really. And at points on With the Beatles, especially with All I’ve Got To Do, and Till There Was You, the love ballads can weaken a fairly robust album. But at the same time, you’ve got to enjoy them. Because of tracks such as, Hold Me Tight and I Wanna Be Your Man, the fab can churn what one would think as a fairly corny tune into a catchy Beatles ballad.

With the Beatles is a step down from the usual frenetic Beatles album. The album doesn’t mean to show us the poppy side of the band that has been dubbed the most phenomenal pop band the world has ever seen, but it rather means to gives us a taste of who and what the band was influenced by. And with a cd that’s run time is only thirty-two minutes long, one has to wonder if this cd really made a difference in the fabled career of the Beatles. Of course it did at the time of it’s release, but now, not so much, especially when compared to the likes of Revolver or The White Album. To put it in the best terms, With the Beatles is Beatlemania at its most bland point in existence. But hey, every band has to start somewhere, right?



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Ephex
December 26th 2006



730 Comments


I like it

metallicaman8
December 26th 2006



4677 Comments


I like it


The Door Mouse
December 26th 2006



2092 Comments


Me 3

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
December 26th 2006



2806 Comments


Yeah, really nice work again. The only thing I didn't like was

To be put into modest terms, even those sissy little emo kids, with their stupid Cute Is What We Aim For albums and cut marks strewn across their arms, will at least know Hey Jude, or She Loves You.


mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2006



17920 Comments


To be put into modest terms, even those sissy little emo kids, with their stupid Cute Is What We Aim For albums and cut marks strewn across their arms, will at least know Hey Jude, or She Loves You.

That really needs to be taken out.

AnyColour74
December 26th 2006



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah that was stupid now that I look back on it. Review editedThis Message Edited On 12.26.06

Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2007



2634 Comments


what is Beatlemania

metallicaman8
January 6th 2007



4677 Comments


It's like Wrestlemania, but instead of grown men wrestling, it's beetles.This Message Edited On 01.06.07

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



2806 Comments


Beetles.

The Door Mouse
January 6th 2007



2092 Comments


Whats Wrestlemania?

AnyColour74
January 8th 2007



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lolThis Message Edited On 01.08.07

MrKite
January 8th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's like Wrestlemania, but instead of grown men wrestling, it's beetles.0

Lol^

I never see their earlier material around.

metallicaman8
January 8th 2007



4677 Comments


Whats Wrestlemania?


It's like Beatlemania, but instead of Beetles wrestling, it's grown men.

The Door Mouse
January 8th 2007



2092 Comments


Ohhhh you no say grown men before!!!

hard_rocker89
April 20th 2007



278 Comments


Just recently got into The Beatles. Goin' to have to check out more of their stuff.

MrKite
August 31st 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Little Child= Pedophilia?

Till There Was You= Genius?This Message Edited On 08.31.07

everyonepoops
May 6th 2008



6 Comments


great to see ppl payin attention to early beatles. there are some definite weak points on here, but there are also a couple real gems. you came down pretty hard on this album, but i guess its pretty just when you compare it to the rest of their work.

LordSalohcin21
February 15th 2009



126 Comments


please mister postman is the best track on the album.

AtavanHalen
February 15th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love It Won't Be Long so much.

MUNGOLOID
April 29th 2009



4277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IT WON'T BE LONG!!!!



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