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A Hard Day's Night




The Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night

Listening in Depth


Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with plenty of advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of A Hard Day's Night.

On If I Fell, the Beatles vocals should sound warm, sweet, and clear. If they do, at the very least you have a contender, and possibly a winner. Not many pressings are going to bring out all the subtle qualities of both Paul and John's leads, as well as the wonderful harmonies they created so effortlessly (or at least seemed to).

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TRACK LISTING

Side One

A Hard Day’s Night
I Should Have Known Better

Without a doubt the brightest track on this side, and probably the entire album, if you can find one that's clear, open, extended up top, and bright, but not way too bright, there's hope for your copy.

If I Fell

This is a wonderful example of The Beatles' harmonies at their best. Toward the end of the song, during one of their harmonic excursions, you can hear John's voice drop out when something apparently catches in his throat, and I could swear that you can hear Paul McCartney react to it with a little laugh.

If the Beatles sound warm, sweet, and transparent on this track, at the very least you have a contender, and possibly a winner. Not many pressings are going to bring out all the subtle qualities of both leads and the wonderful harmonies they created so effortlessly (at least that's the way it seems).

I’m Happy Just to Dance With You
And I Love Her
Tell Me Why
Can’t Buy Me Love

Always starts with a bit of grit and grain, but usually sounds better by the second verse.

Side Two

Any Time at All
I’ll Cry Instead

This track has a tendency to sound a bit aggressive on even the best copies. The copies with extended highs and a tonally correct midrange are the ones that tend to do well in our shootouts.

Things We Said Today

On the best copies this track is really rich and full-bodied. It's got the kind of '60s Tubey Magic that we find positively intoxicating.

When I Get Home

Another one with a lot of potentially aggressive qualities. If you can play this song good and loud, you must have an excellent pressing. (More cowbell!)

You Can’t Do That
I’ll Be Back

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