Marrick’s McCartney Music Marathon #3: With the Beatles
By Marrick Thurman
With The Beatles was The Beatles second album. It was released on November 22nd, 1963. It was recorded only four months after Please Please Me, and included a lot of underrated Beatles songs, along with two of their more popular songs. The songs on With The Beatles are amazing. Most of the songs focus on love, and have a quicker beat then some of their previous songs. The title of the album was disputed for a while and almost named Beatlemania! With The Beatles.
The first song on the album, “It Won’t Be Long”, is a quicker-paced song compared to their others. It’s energetic; especially the first line in which McCartney and Lennon exclaim their lines rather than sing them softly like in most of the songs on With The Beatles. The song “All My Loving” is probably the most well-known song from With The Beatles. It was written and sang by Paul McCartney. George Harrison added a country sounding guitar to the song, as McCartney originally envisioned it as sort of a western-sounding song. The song “Please Mr. Postman” was a cover song. It was originally performed by The Marvelettes in 1961, and was later covered by The Carpenters in 1975. The Beatles version, however, is by far the most well-known out of the three.
“I Wanna Be Your Man” was written by McCartney and Lennon, and sang by Ringo Starr. The song was later offered to the Rolling Stones, who made it one of their singles. The song “You Really Got a Hold on Me” was another cover song, originally written by Smokey Robinson, and sang by The Miracles in 1962. It’s a soft, romantic-sounding song. Harrison’s guitar playing makes the song flow nicely and sounds nice with McCartney and Lennon’s vocal harmony and Starr’s constant rhythmic drumming.
The album as a whole has a lot of great songs. The genre, besides rock and pop, sounds like beat-music. The songs all have a higher-energy to them and sound very positive, the one exception being “Don’t Bother Me”, which is a song written by Harrison. With The Beatles stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks straight, displacing Please Please Me. It was the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, and placed number 420 out of 500 on the Rolling Stones Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. And was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Listen To Before You Die. It’s all around a fantastic gem of an album that doesn’t get nearly the amount of praise that it should.