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The Beatles Audio CD
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1. No Reply
2. I'm A Loser
3. Baby's In Black
4. Rock and Roll Music
5. I'll Follow The Sun
6. Mr. Moonlight
7. Medley: Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
8. Eight Days A Week
9. Words Of Love
10. Honey Don't
11. Every Little Thing
12. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
13. What You're Doing
14. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

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Banged out in a hurry for the 1964 Christmas market, Beatles for Sale sometimes sounds it, loaded with ill-conceived covers and some of John Lennon's most self-loathing lyrics. On the other hand, the people doing the banging-out were the Beatles, whose instincts for what worked musically were so strong that they could basically do no wrong--any record that has "Baby's in Black", "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" and the delectable "Eight Days a Week" on it is only "minor" in the most relative sense. And, though their voices had been frazzled a bit by constant touring, they revved them up for some joyous shouting, and indulged their fondness for American country in subtle, playful ways. --Douglas Wolk

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THE BEATLES Beatles For Sale (1987 Dutch 14-track mono CD issue of the classic 1964 album picture sleeve CDP7464382)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very under-appreciated album of maturity July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
By the time that the Beatles recorded "Beatles For Sale", they were fed up. They had been constantly touring and they had just starred a feature film, and yet they were still under the demands of the record company for a new single every three months and a new album every six months. They could cope with this pressure for their previous two albums, but everyone has a breaking point, and so it's no surprise that it came right after the exhaustive "A Hard Day's Night", which they had filled with fourteen new originals as well as having made a movie. Having to follow that up would make any group, even the Beatles, falter slightly.
Critics and audiences alike have already noted the downsides to this pressure. Instead of giving us fourteen new originals like they did on "A Hard Day's Night", they "fill out" the album with covers of their favorite 50s artists. With the exception of particularly energetic performances of "Kansas City" and "Rock and Roll Music", these covers are stale and uninspired. They stick with the arrangement of the original recordings. (Indeed, their cover of "Words of Love" sounds so remarkably like Buddy Holly's original that some casual listeners may confuse the two!). It also must be noted that "Mr. Moonlight" is one of the Beatles most disliked tracks. So, it's no wonder that "Beatles For Sale" is one of their most disliked LP's.
Now, having said all that, this album is extraordinarily under-rated and under-appreciated. The pressure and stress had its benefits, too. John Lennon (and Paul, to be fair, but especially John) had been studying the weary songwriting of Bob Dylan and his strong use of lyrical value. The stress and pressure John was under gave him a perfect excuse to exercise his knowledge of this kind of songwriting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Losers June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
They were on top of the world, but Beatlemania was taking its toll, as you can see on the cover, detect in the slightly cynical title, and hear in the songs...but you probably know that already. What's most amazing about this album is not the Beatles' decline (producer George Martin felt it was weak, as did some of the group) but their growth. This is a growing-up album if there every was one, and it's the closest the Beatles ever came to a breakup album too (well, maybe Abbey Road for obvious reasons). After the uncertain, depressed Lennon triumvirate of No Reply, I'm a Loser, and Baby's in Black (all great songs) the bouncy pep of Rock and Roll Music sounds less like the covers on their other LPs and more like nostalgia. And indeed, the overall mood here is bittersweet, a mixture of weariness, uncertainty, nostalgia, and romance, not the gleeful love or even the idealized angst of past Beatles songs, but a deeply romanticized, and also painful, yearning. Yesterday appeared on their next release, but it wouldn't have been so out of place here (though this time it's John not Paul who expresses loss). But when they're happy, they're happy, and Eight Days a Week is as joyful as any early Beatles song, but more sophisticated and stylized (dig the fade-in). And I'll Follow the Sun is the perfect song about yearning and dreaming, no less because it was written by a teenage Paul before he became famous; it may be the best song on the album. Beatles for Sale is melancholy but not bleak, musically sophisticated, with lots and lots of underrated songs. Listening to Mr. Moonlight again, I was surprised at the soul John pours into his singing; the song might be dismissed as filler, but there's something there. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Four Tired Beatles = 2.5 stars May 23 2005
Format:Audio CD
BEATLES FOR SALE was recorded in time for the Christmas market amid a merry-go-round of a world tour, TV appearances and BBC radio shows. As a result, The Beatles barely had time to write anything new and relied heavily on rock and roll staples from their Cavern Club days. The result is regarded as their weakest album, though a few gems still make it a listenable album.
Like A Hard Day's Night, Lennon dominates the album, writing the first three songs. The strongest is the confessional I'm A Loser, featuring a strong dose of Bob Dylan. Baby's In Black is another highlight and even more cynical. Every Little Thing features a fine melody and I Don't Want To Spoil The Party is a detour into country.
Paul offers I'll Follow The Sun, a decent ballad, but an oldie from the Liverpool days and What You're Doing, which fails to live up to Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Overall, McCartney keeps a low profile on this album.
Their only true collaboration, Eight Days A Week, is one of Beatlemania's less-deserving number ones.
The cover songs are hit and miss. Words of Love and Rock and Roll Music are the better ones, while Mr. Moonlight and Honey Don't are the worst. A better, heavier album would have replaced the latter (along with Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey) with their single at the time, I Feel Fine and She's A Woman, plus Leave My Kitten Alone (found on Anthology 1).
And like A Hard Day's Night, the original stereo mixes are missing, replaced by the servicable mono mix found on this CD. I still prefer the stereo mixes to the mono, and pray that Apple issues them one day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars albums came with ugly sticker on case
the albums came with an ugly sticker on the front cover that cannot be removed. would have rather had a cover with nothing on but the album cover on it. very disappointing!
Published 10 months ago by Evan Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired but still creative Beatles
The Beatles were worn out from touring constantly when this album came out and the number of covers on it are kind of telling. Still vital to the Beatles collector though.
Published 13 months ago by Mark A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past.....
Ive just about brought all the latest releases on vinyl of the Beatles,and I have to say The Packaging, The Sound, Great Price from Amazon ca and the Super Fast Delivery all add... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than CD
Once again this new vinyl mastering is to me superior to the CD. Again warmer and a little more dynamic worth the money to bring a little more life back into The Beatles.
Published 20 months ago by Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars very good album
well, as I said before, I don't know what got into me, I just want all the beatles album again, I am almost there, this one is great as all the 2009 series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Fournier
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles - Beatles for sale

En format vinyl, vous avez exactement la qualité de son d'origine comme lors de la sortie de cette album avec un dynamique inégalé... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2009 by S. Lacroix
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison of 2009 Remastered Stereo CD With 1987 Mono CD
I bought both the remastered stereo and mono box sets and am slowly comparing them, song by song, to the original 1987 CD releases. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2009 by From the Musician's Pen
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Sell Out
The best thing about Beatles For Sale is the cover - a gorgeous photograph of the fab four in which they simultaneously look warm and cuddly and as introspective as the Rolling... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2009 by Irishcan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed!
"For Sale" is probably one of the Beatles "less popular" albums in terms of how little its talked about compared to others, but it's a great one nevertheless. Read more
Published on March 26 2008 by Mark A. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars The early Beatles album mostly for the Lennon fan.
While there are quite a few songs sung mostly by Paul, I happen to think the best songs on here are sung by John Lennon. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
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