Beatles for Sale by The Beatles

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  • "Would it be too much to ask of you what you're doing to me?"

    Oct 7, 2004 by brendan2 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Music
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: some strong tracks, sound is maturing, the album cover
    Cons: some weak songs, a return to cover songs

    Summary: Almost since its release in December 1964, the Beatles' fourth album, Beatles For Sale, has been dismissed as one of their weaker efforts. It was simply an album rushed out for the Christmas season, and the Beatles were busy touring, making ... read more

  • Beatles for Sale

    Dec 6, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good production, overall songs are well composed 
    Cons: Fairly forgettable 

    Summary: Beatles For Sale might not be the greatest Beatles album, but it's still solid. Considering it's the fourth recording by the band, it's strange that there's not a single song on here that I can recognize, and even after having listened to it I never ... read more

  • Beatles for Sale (1964): Eight Days a Week is Not Enough to Compose An Album

    Sep 19, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Opening three tracks, more pensive, mature tones
    Cons: Rushed album, cover heavy - the covers aren't that good either

    Summary: Beatles for Sale (1964) There are several revealing notes to be made before even listening to a track on 1964’s Beatles for Sale. That title for one speaks a little of disillusion in that the band probably considered themselves a ... read more

  • For once, an UNDERRATED Beatles Album

    Dec 9, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: "I'm a Loser," Lennon's evolution as a writer
    Cons: useless covers, exhausted sound, weak harmonies, sometimes ear-grating

    Summary: Okay, I have a little bit of a scene for you to picture in your head.  Start with four musicians barely in their 20s, recording their first two albums.  Now throw them into fame on more than one continent, three full length albums, and a movie; ... read more

  • Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown - Beatles For Sale

    Jun 27, 2008 by scapp70 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Music
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Obvious highlights include I'm A Loser & I'll Follow the Sun
    Cons: George Harrison's contributions, too many covers

    Summary: Beatlemania, they say was unstoppable in the early days of their career 1963/1964. The Beatles were chart dominators; they were on our radios, on our television sets and in our face. But like Ringo had said in 1970, ”It don't come ... read more

  • Sold!

    Mar 27, 2008 by starcollector is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Music
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The melodies... the more emotional and creative songwriting
    Cons: The covers tend to drag this effort down

    Summary: (Disclaimer: Those looking for a brief description of the album will find what their looking for in the "Review Body" section. The section titled "Track Reviews" is meant only for those who want to read detailed descriptions of the songs, and ... read more

  • 3 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back.

    Jan 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Shows a level of maturity entering into the Beatles work.
    Cons: One of the Beatles more uneven efforts.

    Summary: Many commonly regard Beatles For Sale as the album where the Beatles started to grow up. Many listeners point to the majority of the Lennon-McCartney originals on here as proof of this, specifically the fact that many of Lennon's songs bear the influence ... read more

  • Beatles for sale

    Jun 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: catchy melodies and McCartney-Lennon voices
    Cons: some bad covers

    Summary: TRACK BY TRACK: 1. no reply: mainly a Lennon song, a good rocker to open the album. 2.i'm loser: a blues/folk/country the first introspective Lennon song. 3.baby's in black: a waltz-rock written by Paul and John( a true 50-50 ... read more

  • The one no one ever mentions

    Sep 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Peanut butter
    Cons: Asparagus

    Summary: There is alot to be said for innovation- artists boldly going where no one has gone before, discovering brave new worlds of sonic delight and leaving their audiences shocked with joy (or anger, it depends). There is also alot to be said for a ... read more

  • An unusual release, but still great

    Jul 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: More complex than previous offerings
    Cons: "Mr. Moonlight" just plain sucks

    Summary: Beatles for Sale, which came out in 1964, is the fourth release from the Beatles. The most striking thing about this album is that it contains more than the fast-paced pop songs that the Beatles churned out on the three albums before this. In ... read more

  • In 1964,Lennon really had bad taste in women

    Jun 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beatles are still progressing as songwriters.
    Cons: Why go back to covers on this album?

    Summary: 'Beatles for Sale' is considered by most fans to be the band's worst album. It's not so much that this is a bad album, it just doesn't meet the lofty standards set by the band's other work. I don't think this is their worst album,(see 'Help!'), but I do ... read more

  • A Good, but Transitional Record

    Dec 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The originals are superb and never sound like a retread
    Cons: Many of the covers are poor, the Beatles seem to go through the motions a bit here.

    Summary: If any Beatles disc is ever panned by critics, 9/10 times its either the Let It Be album (with Phil Spector's overproduction) or this one. However, it is unfortunate that this is the case. There are many magnificient moments here, especially within the ... read more

  • Damaged Goods

    Aug 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some good moments that can't be suppressed
    Cons: Even weak Beatles is worth a listen

    Summary: It was inevitable, the critics had bleated almost from their first day of widespread success. Their bubble would burst, they would be exposed as the shaggy-headed fakirs they surely were. Beatles For Sale was the first chink in the ... read more

  • Vastly underrated gem

    Jul 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful, soulful, thoughtful and inventive
    Cons: it goes back to reliance on covers, and is a bitter, moody album

    Summary: Almost since its release in December 1964, Beatles for Sale has been victim to a bad reputation that it simply doesn't deserve. In fact, it's often called their worst record. I suppose that anything coming off the heels of both the triumphant ... read more

  • It's Still The Beatles But It Ain't All That

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Individual Songs and Important in the Beatles Career
    Cons: Rushed and not well put together

    Summary: This album is probably one of the poorest produced by the Fab Four and though it is still a fairly good album featuring such great songs as "Eight Days A Week" and "I'll Follow The Sun", it just doesn't compare to many of the other ... read more

  • The Beatles pay their dues in style

    Jun 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Decently integrated original and covers
    Cons: One of the more unremarkable Beatles albums

    Summary: I always consider Beatles For Sale as the equivalent of that highway sign that says “Last Rest Stop In Missouri” (or whatever state you happen to live in). In the Beatles canon, it’s your final chance to stop and catch your breath before the band ... read more

  • The Beatles pay their musical respects

    Jun 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Shows rockabilly influence, pays musical dues
    Cons: None to speak of

    Summary: Beatles For Sale, while not a particularly critically acclaimed album, is very important nonetheless. Six of the fourteen songs on the album are covers--the Beatles admired the work of the artists that made it possible for there to be Beatles, and by ... read more

  • "Tomorrow May Rain, So I'll Follow The Sun"

    May 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: More acoustically grounded with incredible tunes such as No Reply, I'm a Loser, Baby's in Black and I'll Follow the Sun
    Cons: A return to the half original composition, half cover tune formula...

    Summary: Beatles For Sale has a lot of things going against it. It's a bit of an underdog in the Beatles' catalog -- perhaps that's what makes it appealing to me. The Beatles were of course at the peak of their fame directly following the A Hard Day's ... read more

  • The worst beatle's album before yellow submarine

    Jan 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: ill follow the sun, medley
    Cons: rest of album

    Summary: i bought this album because i love the beatles. the only thing it did for me was put one catchy song in my head-- ill follow the sun-- and make me a little more bitter at the beatles. this album is not worth spending money on. it includes some of the ... read more

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