Post by beatlesfansunite1 on Sept 11, 2013 14:04:44 GMT
Perhaps the title comes with a hint of irony; the Beatles for Sale brings us John, Paul, George and Ringo on the edge of burnout. After the gargantuan success of being the world’s biggest band, breaking America and spending endless hours fighting to play over the crescendo of rising screams; it seemed stardom was taking its toll. The front cover of their fourth studio album depicts the fab four looking haggard and weary without a smile in sight.
This sentiment is further echoed in the opening tracks where Lennon sings ‘I’m a Loser’ and ‘Baby’s in Black’. Yet despite the apparent atmosphere of Lennon’s unhappiness the album Beatles for Sale is probably the bands most underrated album. Dominated by the twang of acoustic instruments and including some early experimentation techniques in the studio; the album transpires the simple country vibe. In fact Beatles for Sale even includes one of the most underrated songs in the whole Beatles catalog ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’. This perfect pop number is played as a straight ahead and convincing country number.
Even though the album must have come as something of a shock to those pin-up pop fans it didn't stop the record from hitting its peak target at number one in December 1964. Perhaps it was the ever popular ‘Eight Days a Week’ that held it safely in place for seven weeks.
No one will argue that there’s plenty of flaws to be found under the sleeve of Beatles for Sale; it was a rush penny a pinch Christmas market job, brimming with cynicism and made at a time when the band could have done with a break! Yet it remains an ingenious piece of work for the band that was ready to leave Beatlemania behind in search of bigger, better things.