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Old 04-23-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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45 years since the Beatles' Sole Underrated Album...

A Hard Day's Night, in my opinion is their first truely great album. It's also their first without any covers [a further plus for me]. People always rave about the Beatles' work from Rubber Soul onwards. But from the opening, loud strum of that 12-string Rickenbacher of the title track to the poignent, closing 'I'll Be Back,' this record grabs the listener, makes him/her endure the energy and joy along with the four boys, and never lets go until the end when John Lennon warns/threatens/promises that he will return.

Equal to Rubber Soul, Revolver, White Album, and Abbey Road, but much better than Sgt. Pepper-which I think is their most overrated.

It's just a shame that this is not on any of those redundant media lists of the greatest RnR albums of all time.
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Equal to Rubber Soul, Revolver, White Album, and Abbey Road, but much better than Sgt. Pepper-which I think is their most overrated.

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That might be THE most awesome thing I have ever seen.

I love A Hard Day's Night. Love it.
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that smiley is mesmorizing. although, i do agree with asr.
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i don't think under-rated and the beatles should be put in the same sentence.
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A Hard Day's Night is regularly regarded as The Beatles' finest pre-Rubber Soul release, so I wouldn't say it's underrated, although I suppose such distinctions are based on subjectivity anyway. All I know is that Help kicks its ass.
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I love a few songs on Hard Day's Night, but I think I prefer Beatles For Sale?

And yes, Help does trump both of them. That's where the real growth came, IMO. The title track alone marks an inward-looking (and self-critical) approach that really was remarkable for the time. And of course that went even deeper on Rubber Soul.

Each new album really built on the last one until you reach the White Album, which is a bit of a tour of the band's past.
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I haven't listened to the albums from before Rubber Soul enough to have a concrete opinion on them.

As for the later albums:

01. Abbey Road
02. The White Album
03. The Magical Mystery Tour
04. Let It Be/Let It Be Naked
05. Revolver
06. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07. Rubber Soul

So, for me, Sgt. Pepper's is overrated. It's very good, yes. But I like others much more.
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I would argue that, relative to other Beatles releases, Magical Mystery Tour and Rubber Soul are truly underrated. They're my second and third favorites respectively (with Abbey Road taking the top spot). However, in the grand scheme of things, nothing the Beatles ever released is truly underrated. Perhaps the early releases are unfairly overlooked relative to their later work, though not necessarily underrated.
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I would argue that, relative to other Beatles releases, Magical Mystery Tour and Rubber Soul are truly underrated. They're my second and third favorites respectively (with Abbey Road taking the top spot). However, in the grand scheme of things, nothing the Beatles ever released is truly underrated. Perhaps the early releases are unfairly overlooked relative to their later work, but not necessarily underrated.
With The Magical Mystery Tour, they have the big singles, the avant garde, and the fun quirky pop. Not as cohesive as Abbey Road or as sprawling as The White Album, though. If the lesser-known songs on an album are Your Mother Should Know, Baby You're A Rich Man, Blue Jay Way, Flying, and The Fool On The Hill, it's a pretty damn brilliant album.
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Sgt. Pepper's is easy to peg as overrated when it's normally talked about as The Greatest Album of All Time. And it's true that on a song-by-song basis, it looks weak in comparison to several other Beatles albums. No one's going to argue that Lovely Rita, Good Morning, or Mr. Kite are amazing songs. However, as a complete listening experience, I don't find it overrated it all. It's a stunning achievement that is about as sophisticated as pop music gets, and it doesn't bother me at all that it has the standing it does.

I mean, even if one feels Revolver is a more pleasurable listen (and I put it on more often that Sgt. Pepper's), could you even begin to make a rational argument that its follow-up was somehow a step down? No way.
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I love love LOVE Rubber Soul!
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It's their first truly great album because the couple that preceded it were stuffed with covers which don't really count towards an album's greatness in my opinion.

It is indeed a great album is A Hard Day's Night. 27 mins of killer tunes. Some fine songs on there. I actually would prefer Help with the removal of the two covers on there, and Please Please Me, Beatles For Sale and With The Beatles still feature some stunning tunes. It Won't Be Long, Please Please Me, Every Little Thing, There's A Place....and shouldn't be overlooked. A Hard Day's Night is much more appealing because it is an entire album of Beatles originals. Early Beatles in general is underappreciated in my book.

I hesitate to consider Magical Mystery Tour as an album, it really is an EP, with various singles and b-sides tacked on the end of it for completist's sake. Not a bad thing, it is their finest "collection of songs" in my reckoning, yet just wasn't an album. Revolver is their best album for me.
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What is it with you and covers, anyway?
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