Post by beatlesfansunite1 on Sept 11, 2013 13:56:43 GMT
Movie soundtracks are often droll and less than poignant, but somehow A Hard Day’s Night seems to transcend the usual and stand alone. Yes those likely lads scarpering about Liverpool, getting chased by screaming girls provides us tongue in cheek entertainment. Yet the album gave us something deeper than a few fad laughs.
A Hard Day’s Night was the first major breakthrough in the Beatles career as being the first album without a cover song in sight. In fact the whole album consists solely of Lennon-McCartney numbers. The sound throughout is flavored by George Harrison's 12 string Rickenbacker which served as an inspiration for people like Roger McGuinn and the whole folk rock genre. Even though there is plenty of pop candy between the groves of A Hard Day’s Night there is also a taste of something more sophisticated. The heady mix of styles from the frantic frustration of A Hard Day’s Night to the heartfelt ballad of ‘And I Love Her’ makes for a massive jump in talent when compared to their earlier banged out renditions of ‘Money’ and ‘Twist and Shout’. Of course the covers are noteworthy to say the least, but you can’t beat the triumphant original tag team of Lennon, McCartney, George and Ringo.
The title track A Hard Day’s Night and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ made the kids sit up both side of the pond as they launched like a rocket into transatlantic number one singles for the bands. These songs are still considered among the Beatles greatest hits. The movie and the soundtrack both launched the Beatles into a showbiz sphere with Hard Day’s Night sitting pretty at number one.