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For Sale Enhanced
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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|
A testament to the abundance of perseverance and talent within the Beatles' ranks, their fourth album was recorded in and around a busy North American and British tour schedule. Beatles For Sale also marked their last full-length release loaded with cover songs, as the Fab Four moved towards writing more of their own material. Interspersed between Beatles classics such as "Eight Days a Week" and the Dylan-inspired "I'm a Loser" are faithful renditions of songs by Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins (featuring the only lead vocals by Ringo Starr and George Harrison on this album). The frenetic, inspired take on Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" is only superseded by a tremendous medley of "Kansas City" and "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey," that finds Paul McCartney's exuberant vocals comparing admirably to his hero Little Richard, providing a vibrant centerpiece on Beatles For Sale. EMI. 2005.
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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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.Read more ›
The new pics and booklet and cool to see, but the paper cover will wear out eventually and won't be replaceable, like the old plastic CD covers were. The pictures have a different tinting compared to the original CD cover, and some older and some newer pictures are clearer to see. The new CD itself looks far cooler, with the Parlophone logo, etc. The original 1987 CDs were very "bare-bones" compared to these remastered releases.
However, it was easy to copy songs from the older CDs, to create my own Beatles mixed CDs. The new stereo CDs have a documentary, which prevents me from getting at the song tracks to copy them. While I hate people "stealing" this music for free, I have paid for my copies and feel I should be able to make copies for myself, especially since this sounds so much better than the 1987 version.
I had never realized that the 1987 CD was in mono until I did this comparison. I had thought that CD sounded good, but the remastering sounds so much better. The music is now louder, crisper, cleaner, punchier and clearer, etc. In creating new stereo mixes, instrumental parts are now panned left or right, usually keeping rhythm section together and lead parts in the opposite speaker. There is more bleeding of parts heard in the opposite speaker with reverb.
It sounds like the vocals were originally double-tracked, so one set of vocals is panned left or right (but it bleeds clearly to the opposite speaker with reverb) and the main vocal track is centered. Everything sounds great on the stereo CD.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Je suis tout a fait contente de mon achat!! bien que Fan des Beatles.,je ne connaissais pas ce CD..
A posseder pour tout bon collectionneur des Beatles..
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 on Oct. 14 2013 by Evan Rose
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 on July 15 2013 by Mark Andrew Brown
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 morePublished on Feb. 8 2013 by John
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 on Dec 28 2012 by The Seeker
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 morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by Daniel Fournier
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 30 2009 by Irishcan
"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 morePublished on March 26 2008 by Mark A. Wallace
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