Geeking About the Beatles: With the Beatles

If you’ve known me for any extended amount of time, then you know that my all time favorite band is The Beatles. One of my blogging goals for 2015 is to have a regular feature and because I’m completely random, I will be featuring a Beatles album monthly. This is exciting because it gives me a chance to relisten to these albums again. I’m not exactly reviewing it (as I am not a music reviewer) but instead enjoying it as a fan.

Look at that cover, y’all. No one is smiling. We’re getting all moody and pensive here!

With the Beatles is the second studio album released by The Beatles in November 1963, interestingly on the same day that JFK was assassinated. If you remember, Please Please Me was released that same year in March so to have two full albums in released in 8 months in incredibly impressive when you think about it takes years for some artists just to do one album. Plus there are eight original songs on here including George’s first song!

  • It Won’t Be Long (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
  • All I Got to Do (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
  • All My Loving (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Paul
  • Don’t Bother Me (Harrison) – Lead Singer – George
  • Little Child (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
  • Til There Was You (Willson) – Lead Singer – Paul
  • Please Mister Postman (Dobbins/Garrett/Gorman/Holland/Bateman) – Lead Singer – John
  • Roll Over Beethoven (Berry) – Lead Singer – George
  • Hold Me Tight (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Paul
  • You Really Got a Hold On Me (Robinson) – Lead Singer – John
  • I Wanna Be Your Man (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Ringo
  • Devil in Her Heart (Drapkin) – Lead Singer – George
  • Not a Second Time (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
  • Money (That’s What I Want) (Bradford/Gordy) – Lead Singer – John

Standout Song: Money (That’s What I Want)

Personal Favorites: Not a Second Time, Don’t Bother Me, Please Mister Postman, You Really Got a Hold On Me

Least Memorable: Hold Me Tight, Devil in Her Heart

Unlike their first album which was recorded in one day (!), this one took the span of three months. None of these songs were released as singles so unlike most albums today, if you bought this you were listening to all brand new to me songs. For me, personally, this was the first Beatles album I listened to non stop so it holds a special place in my heart. It’s not a collection of songs that is earth-shaking but they are all very enjoyable to hear.

George gets his first song on here (plus sings lead on two more) so that’s a huge step up for him. “Don’t Bother Me” is a song where he sounds pretty pissed off and I love that. Ringo gets a song that was originally used by The Rolling Stones so once again it’s like he’s getting leftovers. Two of my favorite covers, “Please Mr. Postman” and “You Really Got a Hold On Me” are originally Motown songs and their rock and roll versions put a very nice spin on them. While it’s not a huge favorite of mine, “Money” features John really going at the song which is always fun.

The songs are still mostly light and about romantic love though my personal favorite, “Not a Second Time” is from John who’s been hurt and refuses to allow that person to hurt them again. I’ve loved this song ever since I first heard it because it resonates so very much in my life.

Overall, it’s a good follow-up album. Things are still pretty light but the fact that there are a bunch of original songs that have stood the test of time show that they definitely were not one hit wonder.

Next Month: A Hard Day’s Night


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