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.
Lights, camera, action! It’s movie time with The Beatles! A Hard Day’s Night is the soundtrack to the movie they starred in and The Beatles third album. Released in 1964, this album (and the movie) is EVERYTHING about the British Invasion and the early 60s. The songs are upbeat and light but not fluffy. It just still sound so classic and hip over 50 years (!) later.
Every song on this album is an original composition, with John being the lead writer and singer on the majority of them. I believe this is the only album where Ringo does not get to sing a song. George’s one song is kind of a throwaway one.
- A Hard Day’s Night (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John/Paul
- I Should Have Known Better (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- If I Fell (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John/Paul
- I’m Happy Just to Dance With You (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – George
- And I Love Her (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Paul
- Tell Me Why (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Paul
- Any Time At All (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- I’ll Cry Instead (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – Paul
- When I Get Home (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- You Can’t Do That (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
- I’ll Be Back (Lennon/McCartney) – Lead Singer – John
Standout Song: A Hard Day’s Night
Personal Favorites: If I Fell, I’ll Be Back
Least Memorable: Tell Me Why, When I Get Home
The first half of songs appear in the movie while the other half were written for but not included in the movie. The songs are still mainly love songs, with “And I Love Her” being an absolute beautiful one from Paul. Most of John’s songs seem a bit angry at either himself or the girl but then John’s the emo one of the group so this is nothing new. I think what’s best about this album is that it sounds like they are really enjoying themselves throughout it. The excitement from the movie spills over into the album when one listens to it. It sounds like it was a lot of fun to record this one.
While almost all the songs on here are favorites, my personal favorite is “If I Fell”. It says everything about how I feel and would probably want to say to a guy one day.
If you haven’t seen the movie, then I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s really fun and unlike other movies of the time period which also starred rock and pop stars, A Hard Day’s Night is not cheesy or gimmicky at all. The film being in black and white makes it more artsy and the writing is so good, you think the Beatles are just acting as themselves. It holds up incredibly well to this day. It’s one of my favorite movies and an all time classic.
Next Month: Beatles for Sale