Because the Beatles fame and success came so quickly and intensely, it would have been forgivable if their second album didn't match the high quality of their debut. But, in trademark Beatle fashion, they not only matched it, they topped it. The same kind of material is here, just better. "I Wanna Be Your Man", "It Won't Be Long", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Little Child", and "Hold Me Tight" made "With The Beatles" the most downright *hard rocking* album you could get at the end of 1963. But to even it out, some slower numbers are included, all of which are sublime. "All I've Got to Do" is gorgeous, and "Don't Bother Me", George Harrison's first original, is actually one of the best tracks on the album. Even "Till There Was You", a cover of a musical number, is a standout (and the guitar solo proves just how accomplished a guitar player George really was). The only possible gripe for this fantastic album is that their originals are now so good that the covers sound a little bland in comparison. But don't worry, that's something they would remedy on the next album.