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The Music Years - 1964

The following albums were released in 1964 and have been reviewed thanks to the following legal music sites:

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A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles 6.5

A Hard Day's Night/I Should Have Known Better/If I Fell/I'm Happy Just to Dance with You/And I Love Her/Tell Me Why/Can't Buy Me Love/Any Time at All/I'll Cry Instead/Things We Said Today/When I Get Home/You Can't Do That/I'll Be Back

Two steps forward - firstly this was the soundtrack to the Beatles first film and secondly it was the first all self-penned album. Weighing in at under 31 minutes, it would never break any endurance records, however. Indeed only the first seven tracks are featured in the original film. The second side of the original vinyl features new Lennon/McCartney compositions. So was it a progression after the huge success of the first two albums or were they simply going through the motions. To me the answer is probably a little of each. Sticking with riginal songs gives it a tighter feel and there are plenty of accepted Beatles classics here that would find their way onto greatest hits and best of compilations throughout the world. The album contains some of the Beatles' best slow numbers with the likes of "If I Fell" and possibly their most slushy song of all time "And I Love Her." Elsewhere there were solid gold hits like "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love". Somehow you had a feeling that the songwriting was taking on a new lease of life with All/I'll Cry Instead/Things We Said Today/When I Get Home/You Can't Do That/I'll Be Back

Two steps forward - firstly this was the soundtrack to the Beatles first film and secondly it was the first all self-penned album. Weighing in at under 31 minutes, it would never break any endurance records, however. Indeed only the first seven tracks are featured in the original film. The second side of the original vinyl features new Lennon/McCartney compositions. So was it a progression after the huge success of the first two albums or were they simply going through the motions. To me the answer is probably a little of each. Sticking with riginal songs gives it a tighter feel and there are plenty of accepted Beatles classics here that would find their way onto greatest hits and best of compilations throughout the world. The album contains some of the Beatles' best slow numbers with the likes of "If I Fell" and possibly their most slushy song of all time "And I Love Her." Elsewhere there were solid gold hits like "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love". Somehow you had a feeling that the songwriting was taking on a new lease of life without straying too far from the tried and tested songs of the previous year. You still felt there was much more to come - as indeed there was.


Beatles for Sale - The Beatles 6

No Reply/I'm a Loser/Baby's in Black/Rock and Roll Music/I'll Follow the Sun/Mr. Moonlight/Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey/Eight Days a Week/
Words of Love/Honey Don't/Every Little Thing/I Don't Want to Spoil the Party/What You're Doing/Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

It was almost as if the Beatles were on a conveyor belt. Another 14 songs weighing in at 35 minutes - under three minutes a song. With anybody but the Beatles this might be becoming a little tedious. Here we were back to the mix of originals songs (eight) and covers (six). There is a slight change of direction to be detected here with John Lennon impining "although I laugh and act like a clown, beneath this mask I am wearing a frown" on "I'm a Loser" It's the band's most confessional song to date and, despite still being a solid rock song, has tinges of folk in with it. In fact the lyrics are tighter and more subtle. Even when they are about lost loves, girl/boy relationships they still sound less dated as is exampled by "Baby's in Black." The lads are still rock n rollers at heart as is evidenced by the inclusion of Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music. There are undoubtedly some nice songs here such as "Follow the Sun" and 35 minutes - under three minutes a song. With anybody but the Beatles this might be becoming a little tedious. Here we were back to the mix of originals songs (eight) and covers (six). There is a slight change of direction to be detected here with John Lennon impining "although I laugh and act like a clown, beneath this mask I am wearing a frown" on "I'm a Loser" It's the band's most confessional song to date and, despite still being a solid rock song, has tinges of folk in with it. In fact the lyrics are tighter and more subtle. Even when they are about lost loves, girl/boy relationships they still sound less dated as is exampled by "Baby's in Black." The lads are still rock n rollers at heart as is evidenced by the inclusion of Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music. There are undoubtedly some nice songs here such as "Follow the Sun" and "Eight Days a Week" - again with its subtle suggestions that things are changing in the songwriting department with a slightly tougher edge coming to the songs. O f course maybe we are guilty of expecting too much development over too small a space of time. It must be remembered that this was the Beatles fourth album in two years. I can't say I'm a great fan of the out and out rock songs such as "Kansas City/Hey hey hey hey. On "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" they almost lapse into country. Overall something of a patchy album.

Wednesday Morning 3 a.m - Simon and Garfunkel - 6.5

This first release from Simon and Garfunkel is a beautifully understated album that sets up the golden future that they were to enjoy before the self destruct button took over. It is a mixture of traditional songs such as Peggy-O, Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream and Go Tell it on the Mountain with more contemporary pieces such as Dylan's The Times They are A-Changin and original Paul Simon numbers.And rather than detract, the three elements make it a very rounded album with the vocal harmonies at the forefront and the changes in pace and keys showing that the duo are already developing. Simon is certainly developing as a songwriter and into what he was to become - arguably the greatest poet in folk/rock music and in that I include Dylan. He Was My Brother is a powerful tribute to the lost of war, Bleecker Street and Sparrow set the rules for future songs ="3">This first release from Simon and Garfunkel is a beautifully understated album that sets up the golden future that they were to enjoy before the self destruct button took over. It is a mixture of traditional songs such as Peggy-O, Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream and Go Tell it on the Mountain with more contemporary pieces such as Dylan's The Times They are A-Changin and original Paul Simon numbers.And rather than detract, the three elements make it a very rounded album with the vocal harmonies at the forefront and the changes in pace and keys showing that the duo are already developing. Simon is certainly developing as a songwriter and into what he was to become - arguably the greatest poet in folk/rock music and in that I include Dylan. He Was My Brother is a powerful tribute to the lost of war, Bleecker Street and Sparrow set the rules for future songs and of course the sublime Sound of Silence is the highlight of an album that is to bring the duo international recognition.

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