ハード・デイズ・ナイト 改良, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, 限定版
初の主演映画のサウンドトラックがA面に、そ の他の新曲がB面、という形で構成された3枚めのアルバム。全曲オリジナル、しかもレノン=マッカートニーの作品で占められている。この自作自演の曲だけ で構成されたという点で、ポップス史上におけるひとつの画期的な作品であった。/サウンド面では、ヴォーカルでダブル・トラックを効果的に多用したり、 パーカッション類が増えたこと、12弦ギターを使い始めたことが特徴。詞にも変化が見られ、比喩表現をうまく使った(1)あり、叙情的な(5)ありと幅が広がっている。ジョンがヴォーカルをとる曲が9曲もあり、もっともジョンの色が強いアルバムだ。(1)(8)ではリード・ヴォーカルの低い音程の部分は ジョン、高い音程の部分はポールと分け合い、息の合ったところを聴かせる。日本盤は初め、映画のワン・シーンをジャケットに使っていたが、再発の際にこのオリジナル・ジャケットに改められている。全英チャートでは初登場で1位を獲得、次のビートルズのアルバムに取って代わられるまでその座を守った。
７曲目のCAN'T BUY ME LOVEでは、お金では愛は買えないと歌い
So Buying This Album Was A No Brainer For Me ( I"ve Played This But Only Once) , This Was The Beatles 3rd Album That Was Released Way Back On July 10th 1964 And Went To Number 1 Spot ( of course it did) And Stayed There For An Astonishing 21 Weeks Since It"s First Entry In to The Charts On July 18th 1964.
Now This New Mono Remastered 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Re-Captures The Original Released Vinyl Perfectly , And It Sounds Great
It Always Has Been A Fantastic Album ...Always Will Be, But To Hear Them So Clearly Is Just Amazing . Perfect Example Is The Percussion On AND I LOVE HER , Fantastic.
The Sound Is Really Stunning And So Smooth That You Can Really Feel The Songs Enter Your Soul And Take Notice Of The Fine Beautiful Vocals Of Our Boys Singing Just To You, Even If You Were Not Even Born In 1964 This Will Make You Feel That You Were And Watching And Listening To The One And Only THE BEATLES. ......So What Are You Waiting For BUY THIS NOW.
This is another really good pressing it was exceptionally well wrapped. I have now found an easier way to get the cellophane covering off by gripping the seams tightly with my thumb and pushing. The record cover looks exactly like the '64 original.
I inspected the record before playing it and I could see no scratches or imperfections and the spindle hole was centered perfectly. I didn't wash the record but cleaned it with a carbon brush.
The sound reproduction was gorgeous. I have not listened to a vinyl version of this album since the 70s. Most of these older albums would have been ruined by me and my friends from playing the records excessively on Dansettes. By the time we got round to buying half decent equipment in the mid 70s the records were wrecked. Someone borrowed my copy and never returned it.
Nowadays, we have got the double benefit of decent turntables and very good moving magnet cartridges. Our amplifiers and speakers have also improved no end. We can play perfectly pressed new Beatles LPs under the best of circumstances. I have never heard " A Hard day's Night" sounding so good on an LP: there was no wow or flutter and no mains hum or amplifier hum to mar the performance.
There was hardly a snap crackle or pop and the tracks remained almost silent between the songs at the listening volumes that I use.
The bass reproduction was a bit weak but this is a feature of all the early Beatles LPs, otherwise the music reproduction sounded perfect. If you were to compare the newly remastered LP with a pristine copy of the 1964 original I doubt that you would hear a difference and this was the object of the exercise. So, it is worth the £25 asking price but if you look around in record shops you can probably find it cheaper still.
If you just love The Beatles music on vinyl then there is no need to use up all your savings to find a near mint copy of the 1964 pressing. £25 does it all for you. That is why The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" mono vinyl LP gets 5 stars.
Quite simply this is the perfect pop album. Two killer singles in the title track and Can't Buy Me Love and at least one single-that-never-was in Anytime At All. There isn't a filler in sight, everything is (If I Fell's vocal crack up aside) note perfect and superbly crafted.
The essential early period Beatles album.
It's important to remember that in 1964, the Beatles as a phenomenon weren't much more than a year old. They had been functioning as a band for much longer, and Ringo had been firmly in place since 1962, but at this stage of the game they were more famous for being famous than for being the greatest band in the history of popular music. It was clear that Beatlemania was something new and unprecedented, but for all that it was still, as the name suggests, a '-mania' - a kind of madness. Nobody, not even the band themselves, could have known at this point that they were going to go on to produce stuff as classic as 'Yesterday', as inspired as 'Strawberry Fields Forever', as drop-dead awesome as the 'Revolver' and 'Sgt Pepper' albums and as wiggily brilliant and infuriating as the White Album, not to mention the generous nuggets of genius scattered throughout their extraordinarily diverse late output. Right now, they were just a pop group.
No, in 1964 The Beatles were not rock gods, because rock gods hadn't been invented yet. The fans loved them and the more hip observers recognised that they were something different, but many journalists preferred to attribute their success to the business wizardry of Brian Epstein (who actually wasn't the canniest businessman under the sun), or the musical direction of George Martin (who would have been the first person to admit that he didn't actually write the songs). By this point, the Beatles, Lennon & McCartney in particular, wanted to assert themselves. They did so in a coup that literally intimidated their peers: this is the only Beatles album on which Lennon and McCartney wrote all the songs. It was unheard-of for a British band of the period to generate so much of its own output.
And the output was pretty impressive. The opening chord of the title track of A Hard Day's Night has been analysed many times, and it still clangs hugely across the decades; no other band of the time could convey this sense of size and power. A Hard Day's Night is, generally speaking, a pretty raucous album. One reason for this is that Lennon was at the peak of his early power as a songwriter and he bestrides this album like a, well, a colossal Walrus. The Beatles' love of girl groups and Motown comes through in wall-of-sound wailers like 'Tell Me Why' and funky, cowbell-driven stomps like 'You Can't Do That' and 'When I Get Home'. Elsewhere, even the potboilers are classic: listen to other British beat groups of the Sixties, and you will soon realise how most of them would have killed to write a melody as catchy as 'I Should Have Known Better'. Lennon rightly observed years later that it's a song about almost nothing, but who cares when the sheer sound of it makes you feel happy? This is the sound of a band surfing the tsunami of its own fame and exulting in its own unfolding genius. It's also, arguably, the last and greatest document of classic Beatlemania. By the next album the band sounded tired, and after that they were starting to get bored of being fab. Their greatest work was still ahead of them, but by the time of Revolver they had become a quite different band. And after that...
As for the remastering, I have no complaints about being able to hear this album in stereo at last. I had a vinyl LP of it years ago which, looking back, was probably in stereo, and while I am a bit of a mono purist when it comes to the Beatles' music (because it's the way that they themselves preferred to listen to it), I have to admit that the widescreen stereo opens up this album in a very refreshing way for the first time in 23 years. I will still go back to the mono version whenever I want sheer impact, but it's good to have this version too. Points off EMI for not including the mono remaster as bonus tracks, but then Beatle fans have learned to expect to be ripped off by EMI.
And it's still the first great Beatles album, and if you haven't listened to it yet, this is the new definitive version. So I envy you the pleasure of hearing it for the first time.
A replica of the original release, even down to the 'emitex' ad on the back cover!
Excellent sound quality with virtually inaudible surface noise. My first mono purchase and expected the sound to be confined to the centre or the two speakers, but it is actually spread between the speakers. Now hearing the album as it was expected to be heard by someone with a quality audio set up, but of course this level of domestic reproduction would not have been available in the 60's!
I had this and the rest on cd, I'm near sixty now and decided to buy all of the records on vinyl, I started with this. The sound on my Sony seven speaker is awesome, I hear things I never imagined were on there. Made an old man happy.
I know the musical content so well that I could probably identify each track by a couple of seconds play.
I don't think I can be objective about the music - it is too much part of my own history (and that of most of my generation). You'll have to make you own mind up. At the time the music seemed innovative and progressive, but now it sounds very 'pop' but great nostalgia.
I like the 2009 stereo CD mix. It is clean.
Also of interest, the two sides of a single, i.e., 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'You Can't Do That' were actually recorded at an earlier session in 1964, but included on the 'A Hard Day's Night' album.