On July 10, 1964 one of the best albums of all-time was released and helped pave the way for rock music and British acts in America during the mid 60’s. Today we celebrate this monumental piece of music history 50 years later.
What was meant to be just a soundtrack for a low budget movie turned out to be one of the most influential albums of a generation and provided us with some of the most memorable Beatle’s songs ever created.
Success of the album came as a surprise to many because it came during a time when the Beatles were busy touring, doing interviews and filming a movie. McCartney and Lennon decided to change it up and provide fans with all-original material.
The album came at a time when the Beatles were ready to branch out and set their sights on success all-around the world and when they made the move from Liverpool to London.
In an August 1980 interview with writer David Sheff Lennon spoke about the album and his thoughts on the band’s relationship during that time.
“We were different,” said Lennon. “We were older. We knew each other on all kinds of levels that we didn’t when we were teenagers. The early stuff, the Hard Day’s Night period I call it, was the sexual equivalent of the beginning hysteria of a relationship. The Sgt. Pepper-Abbey Road period was the mature part of the relationship.”
Most remember this album as the group’s coming out party as we hear that signature sound of ringing guitars and smooth melodies, it was the peak of Beatlemania in America. A year after the album’s release that sound was on full display during their historic performance at Shea Stadium.
In a way this was both Paul and John’s personal project. Listening to this album many times allows you to experience the two musical icons honing their own craft and developing their unique voices that would be enjoyed for years after.
Why is this album such a big deal? Well for one it became the Beatle’s first album as a pop band with no rock n’roll covers.
What makes this album interesting in many ways is that Ringo provided no vocals at all on the album. He did however coin the phrase, ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ John called it just another “Ringoism” during that 1980 interview with Sheff.