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Beatles For Sale (Not Popular)
14 February 2014
Sitting in an English garden
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I should've been more clear, by ''time spent on it'' I was refering more to the time before they went into the studio rather than that spent once they were there.

Let's see, we start off with No Reply and I'm a Loser. Brilliant. What a way to start it off.  It's just a bit of a shame it really doesn't get any better than that, because for me the next good bit is Every Little Thing over on side 2. Before and after that, except maybe John's stunning voice here and there, it's just a bit weak.

I do like this album, although it probably sounds like I don't, and the point that someone made upthread about most people being happy with this as their best album, is spot on. I just think there's more ''filler'' songs than there is on any other Beatles album, which drags it down a bit.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

5 March 2014
Nashville Tennessee
The Star-Club
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10 June 2013

Ive kind of said this elsewhere but imo "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" is a much better nod to Dylan than "I'm a Loser", like people always seem to say. Dylan's writing sounded strangely effortless whereas on Loser those rhymes sound really forced, more like a country song than a folky talking blues that Dylan was doing. I can see how if their exhausted state was not as it was, John might've spent longer getting more interesting lines in than "i'm telling you so that you don't lose all". The country western thing comes through because of the lyrics, a lot of slight reworking of classic idioms.

Idk why its so blatantly overlooked, though I generally really like this album. "What You're Doing" "Eight Days A Week" "I Feel Fine" "No Reply" are some of my all time favorites, and the covers are all fabulous I think.

"P. P. P. P. S- L. P. Winner."

5 March 2014
Behind the moon
Ed Sullivan Show
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16 December 2013

To me, until very recently, the title Beatles For Sale seemed to have a literal meaning – it felt like the entire album was only something to sell, hence the many filler songs that were previously mentioned. But I've been listening to it quite a lot in these last few weeks, and the songs have grown on me. It is only Mr Moonlight and Honey Don't that I don't like. I'll Follow The Sun is one of my favorite songs.

I agree that this album highly overlooked as it was released after A Hard Day's Night and before Help!. It is like the third wheel to the 'film era'. 

However, the album cover has always been on of my favorites.

21 April 2014
Mr. Kite
910 Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Pepperland
Apple rooftop
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4 February 2014

So I listened to it straight through today, only the second time Ive done that, and it really is a great album. The only song I don't really like is Mr. Moonlight.

I think it's overlooked so much because most of the other Beatles albums, including all up to that point are better. But they were The BEATLES any album half as good as their worst would be amazing, so this is being compared somewhat unfairly. Either way, great covers, some amazing originals, and a nice, fun album over all. The ending of Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby is great and a perfect way to end the album.

If I spoke prose you'd all find out, I don't know what I talk about.

22 April 2014
Canberra, ACT
Apple rooftop
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29 August 2013

robert said
I have said many times and say again, for most bands, they would be lucky to have Beatles For Sale as their best album.

While I agree with this sentiment I think the original UK cover really sets the tone for the album – it seems like they are a bit tired and treading water between an awesome start and an amazing middle third.  I like the album overall but it's rarely my 'goto' listen.

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