Saturday, July 26, 2014

Magic! hit #1 with “Rude”

Rude

Magic!

Writer(s): Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Mark Pellizzer, Ben Spivak, Alex Tanas (see lyrics here)


Released: October 10, 2013


First Charted: April 20, 2014


Peak: 13 US, 16 RR, 13 AC, 15 A40, 17 AA, 19 MR, 11 UK, 6 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 1.2 UK, 8.6 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 2210.0 video, 1000.36 streaming

Awards:

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About the Song:

Magic! proved to have the magic touch right out of the gate with their debut single, “Rude,” from their first album, Don’t Kill the Magic. The song was a #1 hit in the U.S. and UK and hit the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden. It was only the sixth song by a Canadian band to top the Hot 100, the others being “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies, “American Woman” by the Guess Who, “how You Remind Me” by Nickelback, and “When I’m with You” by Sheriff. SF

Nasri Atweh, the group’s lead singer, is also part of the songwriting and production duo The Messengers along with Adam Messinger. Among their songs are Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” Chris Brown’s “Next 2 You,” and Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment.” SF

Atweh described the song as “this picture in my head of a guy asking a father for his marriage blessing and getting rejected. It’s fun soulful, easy, and you know the hook right away.” SF The song originated after Nasri had an unpleasant encounter with a drunken girlfriend. He told Rolling Stone, “It was a rough night, and she was mean. The next day I was just writing, ‘Why you gotta be so rude? Don’t you know I’m human too?’” SF

4Music said of the song, “One listen and you’ll be hooked” WK while Renowned for Sound called it “lighthearted fun.” WK On the flip side, Time magazine called it the worst song of 2014, criticizing its “sanitized reggae-fusion sound.” WK Canadians seemed to like the song just fine, giving it the Juno Award for Single of the Year.


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First posted 2/15/2021; last updated 4/3/2022.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Edward Foote Gardner’s Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century: Songs of the Year, 1900-1949

Originally posted 4/6/2019.

Edward Foote Gardner’s book, Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century tackled the task of crafting charts for the popular songs of the pre-rock era. He developed a top 20 chart for each month of every year from 1900-1949. These are the top songs for each year based on that book:

  • 1900: George J. Gaskin “When You Were Sweet Sixteen”
  • 1901: Big Four Quartet “Goodbye Dolly Gray”
  • 1902: J.W. Myers “On a Sunday Afternoon”
  • 1903: Byron G. Harlan “Always in the Way”
  • 1904: Byron G. Harlan with Frank Stanley “Blue Bell”
  • 1905: Henry Burr (as Irving Gillette) “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree”
  • 1906: Henry Burr “Love Me and the World Is Mine”
  • 1907: Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)
  • 1908: Haydn Quartet “Sunbonnet Sue”
  • 1909: Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “By the Light of the Silvery Moon

  • 1910: Henry Burr “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland”
  • 1911: Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • 1912: Heidelberg Quintet “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee”
  • 1913: Al Jolson “You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
  • 1914: Billy Murray “He’d Have to Get Under, Get Out and Get Under, to Fix Up His Automobile”
  • 1915: George MacFarlane “A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland)”
  • 1916: Billy Murray “Pretty Baby”
  • 1917: American Quartet “Over There
  • 1918: Joseph C. Smith & Harry MacDonough “Smiles”
  • 1919: Henry Burr with Albert Campbell “Till We Meet Again

  • 1920: Paul Whiteman “Whispering
  • 1921: Ted Lewis “All by Myself”
  • 1922: Paul Whiteman “Three O’Clock in the Morning”
  • 1923: Billy Murray with Ed Smalle “That Old Gang of Mine”
  • 1924: Paul Whiteman “What’ll I Do?”
  • 1925: Al Jolson “All Alone”
  • 1926: George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce “Always
  • 1927: Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan “Charmaine”
  • 1928: Gene Austin “Ramona”
  • 1929: Leo Reisman with Lew Conrad “The Wedding of the Painted Doll”

  • 1930: Ben Selvin “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies”
  • 1931: Kate Smith “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”
  • 1932: Ted Lewis “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town”
  • 1933: Joe Green’s Novelty Orchestra “In the Valley of the Moon”
  • 1934: Ray Noble with Al Bowlly “The Old Spinning Wheel”
  • 1935: Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”
  • 1936: Shep Fields “In the Chapel in the Moonlight”
  • 1937: Guy Lombardo “When My Dream Boat Comes Home”
  • 1938: Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “My Reverie”
  • 1939: Will Glahe “Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel)”

  • 1940: Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton “The Woodpecker Song”
  • 1941: Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Maria Elena”
  • 1942: Vaughn Monroe “When the Lights Go on Again All Over the World”
  • 1943: The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll
  • 1944: Dinah Shore “I’ll Walk Alone”
  • 1945: Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey
  • 1946: The Ink Spots “The Gypsy
  • 1947: The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart
  • 1948: Jon Steele & Sandra “My Happiness”
  • 1949: Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening

Top 100 Songs According to Gardner’s Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century, 1900-1949

cover of Gardner’s Popular Songs… book

Edward Foote Gardner’s book, Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century tackled the task of crafting charts for the popular songs of the pre-rock era. He developed a top 20 chart for each month of every year from 1900-1949. The charts also listed only song titles and not particular performers as it was common in the pre-rock era for multiple artists to have recordings of the same hit songs.

This chart was created by first sorting songs based on total months at #1. The artist with the top-ranked version of the song is the one listed. Because there were multiple ties, songs were then listed in order of overall DMDB rank. An additional 64 songs which didn’t make this list were at #1 for 2 months.


The Top 100 Songs According to Gardner's Popular Songs

5 months at #1:

1. American Quartet…Over There (1917)
2. Byron Harlan…School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907)

4 months at #1:

3. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911)
4. Henry Burr…In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (1905)
5. Ben Selvin…I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
6. Ray Noble with Al Bowlly…The Old Spinning Wheel (1933)
7. Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough…Sunbonnet Sue (1908)
8. Byron G. Harlan…The Blue and the Gray (1900)

3 months at #1:

9. The Mills Brothers…Paper Doll (1942)
10. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm…Near You (1947)
11. The Harmonicats…Peg O’ My Heart (1947)
12. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet…By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1910)
13. Al Jolson…You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It (1913)
14. American Quartet…Moonlight Bay (1912)
15. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys…Buttons and Bows (1948)
16. Harry MacDonough with Elise Stevenson (as Miss Walton)…Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909)
17. Sophie Tucker…Some of These Days (1911)
18. The Ink Spots…The Gypsy (1946)
19. Henry Burr with Albert Campbell…Till We Meet Again (1919)
20. Byron Harlan…Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906)

21. George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce…Always (1926)
22. Harry MacDonough…Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911)
23. Haydn Quartet…Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet (1909)
24. Heidelberg Quintet…Waiting for the Robert E.Lee (1912)
25. Paul Whiteman…Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922)
26. Billy Murray with the American Quartet…Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911)
27. J.W. Myers…On a Sunday Afternoon (1902)
28. Byron G. Harlan…Hello Central, Give Me Heaven (1901)
29. Gene Austin…Ramona (1928)
30. Paul Whiteman…What’ll I Do? (1924)

31. Harry MacDonough…Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha) (1903)
32. The Victor Military Band…Poor Butterfly (1917)
33. Wayne King with Ernie Birchill…Goodnight Sweetheart (1931)
34. Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough…Bedelia (1904)
35. Heidelberg Quintet…By the Beautiful Sea (1914)
36. George MacFarlane…A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland) (1915)
37. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (1948)
38. Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux…Paradise (1932)
39. Arthur Collins…Under the Bamboo Tree (1902)
40. Joseph Smith with Harry MacDonough…Smiles (1918)

41. Al Jolson…I Wonder What’s Become of Sally (1924)
42. Dinah Shore…I’ll Walk Alone (1944)
43. Henry Burr…Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1910)
44. Billy Murray…Pretty Baby (1916)
45. Byron G. Harlan with Frank Stanley…Blue Bell (1904)
46. Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon…Little White Lies (1930)
47. Big Four Quartet…Goodbye Dolly Gray (1901)
48. Elizabeth Spencer with Charles Hart…Let the Rest of the World Go By (1920)
49. Metropolitan Orchestra…Creole Belles (1902)

2 months at #1:

50. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…White Christmas (1942)
51. Judy Garland…Over the Rainbow (1939)
52. Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927)
53. Paul Whiteman…Whispering (1920)
54. Billy Murray…You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906)
55. Vernon Dalhart…The Prisoner’s Song (1925)
56. Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)
57. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra…I’ll Never Smile Again (1940)
58. Les Brown with Doris Day…Sentimental Journey (1945)
59. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet…Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)
60. Artie Shaw…Frenesi (1940)

61. Dooley Wilson…As Time Goes By (1943)
62. Vaughn Monroe…Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) (1949)
63. Billy Murray…Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904)
64. Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires…Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)
65. Billy Murray…Yankee Doodle Boy (1905)
66. Al Jolson…Sonny Boy (1928)
67. Harry James with Helen Forrest…I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943)
68. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra…I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
69. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain…Deep Purple (1939)
70. J.W. Myers…In the Good Old Summertime (1902)

71. Perry Como…Till the End of Time (1945)
72. John McCormack…It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1915)
73. Van & Schenck…Carolina in the Morning (1923)
74. Nick Lucas…Tip Toe Through the Tulips (1929)
75. Henry Burr…I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1909)
76. Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
77. Ben Selvin…Blue Skies (1927)
78. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…The Darktown Strutter’s Ball (1918)
79. Ted Lewis…In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (1932)
80. Victor Orchestra…The Glow-Worm (1908)

81. Rudy Vallee…Stein Song (University of Maine) (1930)
82. Billy Jones…Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923)
83. Eddie Cantor…If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie (1925)
84. Wendell Hall…It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ (1924)
85. Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners…You’ll Never Know (1943)
86. Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur…Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926)
87. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell…Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (1941)
88. George Olsen with Joe Morrison…The Last Round-Up (1933)
89. Paul Whiteman…My Mammy (1921)
90. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen…Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (1944)

91. Eddie Cantor…Margie (1921)
92. Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers…On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (1945)
93. Peerless Quartet…I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (1915)
94. Blue Barron & His Orchestra…Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (1949)
95. Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes…Oh, What It Seemed to Be (1946)
96. Billy Murray…Harrigan (1907)
97. Henry Burr…Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (1918)
98. Ethel Waters…Am I Blue? (1929)
99. Vic Damone…You’re Breaking My Heart (1949)
100. Steve Porter…A Bird in a Gilded Cage (1900)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yes Heaven & Earth released

Heaven & Earth

Yes


Released: July 16, 2014


Peak: 26 US, 20 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: progressive rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Believe Again (Davison, Howe) [8:01] (6/13/14, --)
  2. The Game (Squire, Davison, Gerard Johnson) [6:49] (6/23/14, --)
  3. Step Beyond (Howe, Davison) [5:34] (6/25/14, --)
  4. To Ascend (Davison, White) [4:40] (7/2/14, --)
  5. In a World of Our Own (Davison, Squire) [5:19] (7/16/14, --)
  6. Light of the Ages (Davison) [7:37] (7/3/14, --)
  7. It Was All We Knew (Howe) [4:11]
  8. Subway Walls (Davison, Downes) [9:02]


Total Running Time: 51:29


The Players:

  • Jon Davison (vocals)
  • Chris Squire (bass, backing vocals)
  • Steve Howe (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Geoff Downes (keyboards, synths)
  • Alan White (drums, percussion)

Rating:

2.415 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)

About the Album:

The 21st studio album by Yes was their first to feature Jon Davison as the lead singer, a role which had been occupied by Jon Anderson on every other studio album except 1980’s Drama and 2011’s Fly from Here. Benoit David had stepped into the role in 2011, but left after a respiratory illness caused the group to cancel shows in 2012. Davison was recommended to Squire by their mutual friend, Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of Foo Fighters. WK The Quietus called Davison “absolutely the right choice for the band.” WK

Davison initially filled in on the tour, but then took a strong role in shaping the Heaven & Earth studio album by writing or co-writing 7 of the 8 cuts. He traveled to each of the band members’ homes to work on ideas with them. He credited that time with improving his relationships with the band. WK Guitarist Steve Howe, who was reluctant to record another studio album, said the resulting album had “a freshness and different stance” from previous Yes albums. WK

The Financial Times said of the album: “Here come prog rock relics Yes to show the youth what proper boredom is, the kind of boredom that comes with bland guitar solos, chugging drums, lumbering time changes and otiose lyrics.” WK By contrast, The Guardian said the album had “a rich, 70s sound, and the material is solid enough, flavoured with Steve Howe’s distinctive, rippling guitar and Geoff Downes’ retro keyboard.” WK However, that review also noted, “What’s missing is the ambitious scope of their heyday, and the vitality of the younger generation of progressive rock bands.” WK

The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who has worked with David Bowie, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Journey, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Who. AZ Among the most notable albums he has produced are Queen’s A Night at the Opera (1975), The Cars’ The Cars (1978), Journey’s Infinity (1978), Foreigner’s Head Games, and Cheap Trick’s One on One.


Notes: The Japanese version of the album added an acoustic version of “To Ascend.”

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First posted 7/24/2021; last updated 10/5/2021.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

50 years ago: The Beatles released A Hard Day's Night

Last updated 11/24/2020.

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles


Released: July 10, 1964


Peak: -- US, 121 UK, -- CN, 11 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.75 UK, 0.75 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop/rock


Tracks on UK version of A Hard Day’s Night: Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. A Hard Day’s Night [2:34] (7/16/64, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, gold single)
  2. I Should Have Known Better [2:43] (7/18/64, B-side of “A Hard Day’s Night” in U.S., 53 US, 1 AU, gold single)
  3. If I Fell [2:19] (7/20/64, B-side of “And I Love Her”, 53 US, 1 AU)
  4. I’m Happy Just to Dance with You [1:56] (7/20/64, 95 US)
  5. And I Love Her [2:30] (7/20/64, 12 US, 15 CN)
  6. Tell Me Why [2:09]
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love [2:12] (3/26/64, 1 US, 1 UK, 3 CN, 1 AU, 3x platinum single)
  8. Any Time at All [2:11]
  9. I’ll Cry Instead [1:45] (7/20/64, B-side of “Dance,” 25 US, 20 CN)
  10. Things We Said Today [2:35]
  11. When I Get Home [2:17]
  12. You Can’t Do That [2:35] (3/16/64, B-side of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” 48 US, 33 CN, gold single)
  13. I’ll Be Back [2:24]

All songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


Total Running Time: 30:10


The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)

Rating for UK version of A Hard Day’s Night:

4.317 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)


Quotable: “This is the sound of Beatlemania in all of its giddy glory” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Awards for UK version:

A Hard Day’s Night (U.S. version)

The Beatles


Released: June 26, 1964


Peak: 114 US, -- UK, 1 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, -- UK, 4.1 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop/rock


Tracks on U.S. version of A Hard Day’s Night: Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. A Hard Day’s Night [2:34] (7/16/64, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, gold single)
  2. Tell Me Why [2:09]
  3. I’ll Cry Instead [1:45] (7/20/64, B-side of “Dance,” 25 US, 20 CN)
  4. I Should Have Known Better (instrumental) [2:10]
  5. I’m Happy Just to Dance with You [1:56] (7/20/64, 95 US)
  6. And I Love Her (instrumental) [3:46]
  7. I Should Have Known Better [2:43] (7/18/64, B-side of “A Hard Day’s Night” in U.S., 53 US, 1 AU, gold single)
  8. If I Fell [2:19] (7/20/64, B-side of “And I Love Her”, 53 US, 1 AU)
  9. And I Love Her [2:30] (7/20/64, 12 US, 15 CN)
  10. Ringo’s Theme (This Boy) (instrumental) [3:10]
  11. Can’t Buy Me Love [2:12] (3/26/64, 1 US, 1 UK, 3 CN, 1 AU, 3x platinum single)
  12. A Hard Day’s Night (instrumental) [2:06]

All songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


Total Running Time: 29:29


The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)

Rating for U.S. version of A Hard Day’s Night:

3.558 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)


Awards for U.S. version:

Something New

The Beatles


Released: July 20, 1964


Peak: 2 US, -- UK, 2 CN, --AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: pop/rock


Tracks on Something New:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

You can check out the Beatles’ complete singles discography here.

  1. I’ll Cry Instead [1:45] (7/20/64, B-side of “Dance,” 25 US, 20 CN)
  2. Things We Said Today [2:35]
  3. Any Time at All [2:11]
  4. When I Get Home [2:17]
  5. Slow Down (Larry Williams) [2:55] (8/24/64, 25 US)
  6. Matchbox Carl Perkins) [1:57] (8/24/64, 17 US, 6 CN)
  7. Tell Me Why [2:09]
  8. And I Love Her [2:30] (7/20/64, 12 US, 15 CN)
  9. I’m Happy Just to Dance with You [1:56] (7/20/64, 95 US)
  10. If I Fell [2:19] (7/20/64, B-side of “And I Love Her,” 53 US, 1 AU)
  11. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (“I Want to Hold Your Hand” in German) Lennon, McCartney, Jean Nicolas, Heinz Hellmer) [2:19]

All songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 24:27


The Players:

  • John Lennon (vocals, guitar)
  • Paul McCartney (vocals, bass)
  • George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
  • Ringo Starr (drums, vocals)

Rating for Something New:

3.776 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

About the UK version of A Hard Day’s Night:

A Hard Day's Night was the third Beatles LP released in the U.K. and “the first and only album to solely feature Lennon/McCartney originals.” MU To confuse matters, though, the U.S. version of the album was the soundtrack for the movie of the same name and consequently chopped out a few songs to make way for George Martin instrumentals. Either way, ”only the first seven songs are actually in the movie and they are the strongest of the bunch.” JE

When viewed as a full work, though, the album “stands as a testament to [Lennon & McCartney’s] collaborative powers – never again did they write together so well or so easily.” STEA Hard Day's Night showed a band on the verge of breaking new creative ground, a group that still had fun making old-fashioned pop records.” CS The “syrupy pop-song covers are gone, largely replaced by memorable, tightly crafted masterpieces” JA “performed with genuine glee and excitement.” STE “All of the disparate influences on their first two albums…coalesced into a bright, joyous, original sound, filled with ringing guitars and irresistible melodies.” STE “This is the sound of Beatlemania in all of its giddy glory.” STE

”In the flurry of experimentation that dominated Sgt. Pepper, The White Album and the supreme lyrical achievements of Revolver, The Beatles’ first masterpiece frequently gets lost in the shuffle.” CS ”It's so easy to underestimate this album [and] overlook how great The Beatles were so early in their career because” LL “as the original boy band, the adoration of pre-adolescent girls made The Beatles seem a trifle bit silly.” CS

“With no song running over three minutes in length, The Beatles follow a simple yet powerful rule in rock: Get in, get your message across, and get out. There's no need to pad any of these 13 songs with…extended guitar solos or spotlights on drum work. (Sorry, Ringo - no offense meant.) If anything, these short blasts of power-pop leave the listener wanting more - even today…it's still powerful.” CT “These songs are all catchy” MU and “the melodies forceful and memorable.” STE

This is also “the first [album] to feature George Harrison playing his Rickenbacker electric 12-string guitar (on the opening chord of A Hard Day's Night, for instance). The distinctive sound of the 12-string inspired countless guitarists including Roger McGuinn and David Crosby of the Byrds.” H “That dramatic guitar chord…still jumps right out at you, slaps you in the face, and jump-starts your heart.” JE “The chiming tones of” AD the “jangly guitars and Lennon's irresistible rough vocals" LL make for “straight-ahead good-time rock and roll” MU on “the first pop song to end with a different chord than it started on.” CS

Both it and “Can't Buy Me Love, the latter “coated by Paul's golden voice,” LL “practically burst forth with the joy of music making lost on most artists.” CS Packed with “uncontainable musical exuberance,” LL it “is a stone cold classic, wonderful from beginning to end and it's only 2:14 long! Now, here's a tip all you budding songwriters - pop songs should preferably be less than three minutes long.” AD

”Gushing pop giddiness…runs through I Should Have Know Better,” LL “sung by John. [Great] harmonica sound here, and the melody and vocals are both super strong. The instrumental break positively chimes and shines thanks to the guitar sound” AD and “the glorious harmonica.” H

The “gentle” STE and “powerfully poignant If I FellH is “one of the most beautiful love songs out there.” CT It “features gorgeous harmony vocals by John and Paul.” AD

“Even the toss-off I’m Happy Just to Dance with You, [which was] handed over to George to provide him with a lead vocal, is graced with brilliant backup vocals.” JA “Enjoyable, but no all time world beating masterpiece.” AD

“The guitars sound nice all through” AD “the sappy but sweet” MU “ballad And I Love Her, [bringing] Paul very much to the fore with the vocal.” AD

The “swinging” MUTell Me Why brings back memories of the earlier Beatles style as displayed on their first two records, [although this is a more] varied album than either of it's predecessors.” AD

“Lennon’s scathing” MU and “brash” Any Time at AllSTE is a “wonderful rocker” JA “with good John vocals.” AD

“The tough folk-rock of” STE “the rockabilly-tinged I'll Cry InsteadLL makes for a “perfectly enjoyable with it's little charming guitar parts amid a shuffling rhythm.” AD It “gives a sneak peak at the bitingly good lyricist Lennon would become: ‘I've got a chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet/And I can't talk to people that I meet/And if I could see you now/I'd try to make you sad somehow/But I can't/So I cry instead.’” LL

“John’s You Can't Do That is a relentless, powerful rocker,” DBW although it and When I Get Home are “the two weakest links in the whole album chain - not necessarily bad songs, but just not of the same caliber as the rest of the material.” CT

There are “two memorable ballads – Paul’s” AD “catchy” MUThing We Said Today and John's I'll Be Back, both with clever ascending hooks.” JA The former “sounds crystal clear and beautifully recorded.” AD

“Yet another high-point for John, Paul, George, and Ringo – four fab fellows who hit the highest heights imaginable.” JE


About the U.S. version of A Hard Day’s Night:

While the UK release was a full-fledged studio album, the U.S. version – released a couple of weeks in advance of the UK version – was an actual soundtrack, including those songs actually featured in the film as well as a handful of instrumentals. The latter are completely unnecessary, rendering the U.S. album far inferior.


About Something New:

Released just weeks after the U.S. version of A Hard Day’s Night, the material here, despite the misleading title, isn’t new. There are five songs from the U.S. soundtrack plus some of the material from the initial UK release. This album does include the new August ’64 single Matchbox / Slow Down and a German version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” but those are hardly improvements over the #1 singles “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” as well as “I Should Have Known Better,” which were all featured on the UK and U.S. versions of A Hard Day’s Night.

In 2004, the Capitol Records Vol. 1 box set gathered the U.S. albums Meet the Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, Something New, and Beatles ‘65 on CD for the first time.

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