The Beatles
With the Beatles



by Tom93M USER (139 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2011 | 8 replies

Release Date: 1963 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With some disappointment…

The Beatles second album (delivered under a staggering amount of different titles dependent upon the location in which it was released), sees the group taking one step forward and two steps back. To expand, it bore some fruits of optimism for the future of the quartet, but also dropped the ball somewhat.

Before one begins to form the impression that With The Beatles is a poor album, it must be made clear that that is certainly not the case. For the most part, the LP offers similar delights to its predecessor – naive, 2 minute pop, capably handled by Liverpool’s finest. Tracks such as the restrained anger of ‘It Won’t Be Long’, the warmth of ‘All I Got To Do’ and the rambunctious cover of ‘Please Mister Postman’ offer the expected joys of perfect vocal harmonies and refreshingly simplistic tones in the vein of Please Please Me.

It’s fair to claim that With The Beatles is more of the same in most areas. It carries on the group’s influence of 50s motown, do-wop and rock n roll, also featuring the same covers-to-originals ratio. But where it attempts to take a few steps elsewhere, such as letting all the band members handle lead vocals at some point, or, more significantly, tweaking the composition process, a few problems begin to arise.

The issue which forces With The Beatles to slip behind its predecessor ever so slightly is the lack of energy and urgency, which not only saved Please Please Me but made it all the more enjoyable. With The Beatles wasn’t the 1 day, studio blitzkrieg its older brother was, and it seems the more comfortable time in which the band had to record and play around with arrangements spoilt the album a tad. For the most part, there’s just not that same rough and ready sense of urgency or abandon, and it holds the record back enough to be noticeable.

Still, the album is a briefly enjoyable ride, and offers enough value, both historically and personally, to be worthwhile. It’s also pleasing to witness tighter, more mature arrangements, and some level of risk taking in letting each band member, particularly Harrison and Starr, attempt roles they hadn’t on Please Please Me. Things weren’t quite there yet for The Beatles, but for the time being the world was left with a set of solid, mostly enjoyable pop music that influenced generations of artists to come.

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October 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer Please Please Me to this. Not too many standout cuts on this, i feel. Things would rapidly start to pick up from hereon in, though.

October 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Good review as always Tom.

Does this mean you're going through their discog. then?

October 23rd 2011


gd shit

October 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks guys. Think i might, Nomad. It wont be as rapid as my earlier discog's, but i'm thinking i might have a go anyway. May stop and review other stuff along the way, like i did with my last review.

October 23rd 2011


Nice one Tom, good to see you're still stacking on the reviews.

October 23rd 2011


The Beatles are my favourite band and I still haven't got around to hearing this! Good review too!

October 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks dudes : )

October 23rd 2011


dont bother me = best beatles song

til there was you is great too

classic album, not for posers though

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