Album Review: “With The Beatles” (1963) / “Meet The Beatles!” (1964) — The Beatles

Introduction I’m not gonna hype this post as some kind of EPIC SHOWDOWN when comparing two essentially similiar Beatles records, because in almost any configuration, the UK Beatles albums were superior to their US counterparts, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Except for Rubber Soul, which may be the only exception, and…

Album Review: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — The Beatles (1967)

As of when this album review was published, it has been just around 50 years since the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in North America (it was released a week earlier in the UK), and I’m going to avoid the easy “It was 50 years ago today…” H1 headline because that…

Album Review: “Ram” — Paul & Linda McCartney (1971)

After the reasonable success of McCartney [his first post-Beatles solo album], Paul took a bit of a holiday and returned fresh to the studio in November 1970 to begin the Ram sessions. This time the approach would be a solidly studio effort, incorporating┬ásession┬ámusicians such as guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken (actual name). Through early…