A Hard Day's Night (1964)
So much has been written about the Beatles later albums
such as Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road and The White Album, which all made your
customer poll Top 100. It's a real shame that the Beatles earlier(pre-Rubber
Soul) albums are underappreciated because they are all first rate rock
A Hard Day's Night is the best of the earlier albums and ranks
right up there with their later classics and also should have been on
your customer Top 100. Every track here is brilliant in consumate beat-pop
style. Infectious joy just explodes out of every song. A friend of mine
described this album as "a guaranteed bad mood buster. The unforgettable
opening guitar riff of the title song sets the tone for what is to come.
And I Love Her is arguably McCartney's best love song.
Lennon's glorious harmonica never sounded better than in I Should Have
Known Better. The songs are more complex than it may first seem so listen
to them carefully. For instance, Tell Me Why is a great rocker whose backbeat
has a syncopated snazz that gives it a swing sound as well. Hardly pop
fluff. The most incredible thing about this album is that it was written
on the run while Beatlemania raged around them and they were pressured
to get a soundtrack out for the movie, unlike the later albums when they
had more time to experiment in the studio. A Hard Day's Night is a timeless
classic that sounds as fresh and energetic today as it did 35 years ago.
No serious rock collection is complete without it.