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9 July 2013
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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Anybody know how With The Beatles was settled on as the album's title?  It seems a little odd, as it's a prepositional fragment rather than a complete sentence/thought/concept/etc.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

9 July 2013
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Ben Ramon
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I have no idea of how it was actually settled on or whose decision it was, but I feel it has a lot to do with the "involvement" strategy that John and Paul claimed were hallmarks of their songwriting around the period. The immediate and conversational lyrics of the early pop songs intentionally invited and reached out to the listener - the "From Me To You" factor. With The Beatles, as an album title, has a similar effect; as an incomplete sentence it drops the listener right in the middle of the Beatles experience, and suggests that the record's content will bring him or her up close and personal to the faces on that dark and intimate album cover.

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10 July 2013
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Von Bontee
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I don't know if they were putting much thought into their own album titles as far back as 1963, whether they were consciously considering them as part of an artistic statement, or if they even thought up those earliest ones themselves. I think Parlophone primarily wanted to make sure the titles maximized the promotional aspect by featuring the title of the hit single, movie, or just the band itself - most literally in BFS. But it's easy for me to believe that they suggested that last one themselves, somewhat cynically. I think pop music album titles were pretty innocuous or even inane in those pre-art days. Stuff like "Dream Date With The Beatles!" would seem to be more the standard. (Still I could be wrong and maybe Ben's right that they did put some consideration into WTB, what do I know?)

Just to change the topic a little, as far as album titles go, anbody else ever fantasize about what "Rubber Soul", "Revolver" and "Abbey Road" may have sounded like if they were songs that were written and recorded as title cuts? I read a blog piece once from where some guy was talking about "12-Bar Instrumental" and he speculated on how "Rubber Soul" may have been its working title, since the phrase was going around at the time.

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11 July 2013
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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Of course, the titles of nearly all their other 'early' (i.e. pre-Rubber Soul) albums are fairly obvious: Please Please Me was named for their most recent hit single, A Hard Day's Night and Help! were named for the movies for which their releases accompanied.  And, of course, the stories behind the titles for all of their subsequent albums are all fairly well-documented.  That leaves only With The Beatles and Beatles For Sale whose title origins are not entirely clear.  The explanation given for the latter in its respective forum mostly makes sense given the circumstances surrounding its release, but for the former still remains the most mysterious, IMO.

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Von Bontee said

Just to change the topic a little, as far as album titles go, anbody else ever fantasize about what "Rubber Soul", "Revolver" and "Abbey Road" may have sounded like if they were songs that were written and recorded as title cuts? I read a blog piece once from where some guy was talking about "12-Bar Instrumental" and he speculated on how "Rubber Soul" may have been its working title, since the phrase was going around at the time.

Funnily enough, I've been thinking that over the past few days. I'd love to have heard those as songs (along with Beatles For Sale).

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