The Beatles
Beatles for Sale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
March 5th, 2013 | 59 replies


Release Date: 1964 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The beginning of a new era of The Beatles - one filled with drugs, blues, and some of the finest songs they've ever recorded.

Beatles for Sale marked the beginning of a new era of The Beatles. No longer were George, John, Paul, and Ringo four naïve boys writing about topics like girls and young love; they were finally growing up and started to develop their mature side. On here, their influences range from artists like Bob Dylan to Carl Perkins, fit with relatively dark songs and more realistic lyrics than ever before. This release featured the return of cover songs, six to be exact, which was a drastic change from the entirely original A Hard Day’s Night. This time period was also the beginning of The Beatles’ drug use. Although it was only marijuana at the time, its effects are somewhat apparent in the back-to-basics approach they tried on this record.

Beatles for Sale begins with a number of Beatles classics. ‘No Reply’ is a standard Lennon-McCartney song, albeit a darker one, telling the story of a man trying unsuccessfully to contact his unfaithful girlfriend. The tone of ‘No Reply’ already sets it apart from previous Beatles albums, since openers ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘It Won’t Be Long,’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ were some of the more upbeat songs on their respective albums. Bob Dylan influenced ‘I’m a Loser’ features one of the two times Lennon hits a low G and makes one wonder why he doesn’t show off his low register more often. After the slow waltz of ‘Baby’s in Black,’ the album really starts rocking with the appropriately titled ‘Rock and Roll Music,’ only to be slowed down again in the lovely ballad ‘I’ll Follow the Sun.’

The middle of the album is where things don’t quite come together. ‘Mr. Moonlight’ is just unpleasant to the ears and is possibly the worst song The Beatles have recorded up to this point. Blues medley ‘Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey’ is a fun song, but not necessarily something you'd want to hear on a Beatles record. The only single ‘Eight Days a Week’ brings the album back to form though. It’s the most feel-good song on the album and has the infectious chorus:

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me.
Ain't got nothin' but love babe,
Eight days a week.


Buddy Holly cover ‘Words of Love,’ one of my personal favorites, is a very light-hearted pop song with a jingly melody guaranteed to put a smile on your face. ‘Every Little Thing’ has a similar effect, well placed after Ringo’s bluesy sole-singer on the album, ‘Honey Don’t.’ The closer is among the weakest of Beatles’ albums closers, something they would become excellent at in later releases (‘Run for Your Life,’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ ‘A Day in the Life’), but being the staple George Harrison sung song on the album, it’s not a bad listen by any means.

Beatles for Sale may be the most overlooked Beatles album, but it’s a crucial element in the development of The Beatles. Their transition from a feel good pop band to a legendary progressive rock and roll band began here. You can tell The Beatles were in a different state of mind, taking their sound back to basics and honoring the roots of rock and roll itself while also taking their sound to places its never gone before. Of course this could be cause of the ridiculous amount of pot they smoked at the time, but I digress. Beatles for Sale saw the maturation of one of rock and roll’s biggest legends, and although it’s no Sgt. Pepper or Revolver, it has its share of classics that wont be forgotten any time soon.

Recommended Tracks:
No Reply
I’m a Loser
Baby’s in Black
Rock and Roll Music
Eight Days a Week
Words of Love



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tried to avoid a track-by-track but it kinda came naturally since this album is all over the place. One of their most underrated albums imo

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altforazninva5in
March 4th 2013


263 Comments


Good review regardless, have a pos

omnipanzer
March 4th 2013


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BEATLES FOR SALE OR RENT
ROOMS TO LET, 50 CENTS

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks alt

SCREAMorphine
March 4th 2013


1756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review pos.
Not a bad album

pissbore
March 4th 2013


9935 Comments


not the most consistent beatles album but definitely contains some of their all time best songs

TheNexus100
March 4th 2013


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lame as shit but till there was you omg

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrong album

omnipanzer
March 4th 2013


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review and I completely agree with you I just don't like this era of their music as much as you
do. I really start digging them at Help!.

Edit: POS

TheNexus100
March 4th 2013


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh wait is till there was you on the second album? idk whatever apart from like 4 or 5 gems the first few beatles records are lame as hell, and in Please Me's case, terrible

TheNexus100
March 4th 2013


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i try to forget these records exist their cute but really annoying

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, and fair enough, their classic period didnt begin until Rubber Soul imo

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013


15050 Comments


really good album

pissbore
March 4th 2013


9935 Comments


help bro

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Help rules too

TheNexus100
March 4th 2013


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

exactly

help and a hard days night are solid imo, but the debut, beatles for sale and with the beatles pretty much suck. it was just run of the mill boy band 60s pop until Help! and Rubber Soul where they really became special

NapalmCrusader
March 4th 2013


1737 Comments


Enjoyable album. But I prefer their later works.

CaptainDooRight
March 4th 2013


29881 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what a great effort and solidly written review, I Pos'd


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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


21453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks capt!

Proggy what do you find average about this aside from a couple duds? Just curious

CaptainDooRight
March 4th 2013


29881 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'but not necessarily something you want to hear on a Beatles record.'

*minor fix: 'you' should be you'd. These minor things can usually/easily be resolved by reading your review out loud or in an
undertone. That way, your natural style of speech should picked up these things in a more receptive manner. Again, though,
great job!



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