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"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you; tomorrow, I'll miss you..."
The alternate album cover for With the Beatles, used in Australia.

With the Beatles is the second studio album by The Beatles, released in 1963. It is generally seen as their first real masterpiece. It's best known for its iconic cover photograph by Robert Freeman, which has become a veritable Stock Parody, and the hit song "All My Loving". Other songs that have become fan favourites are: "It Won't Be Long", "Please Mister Postman" and "Money (That's What I Want)".

Coincidentally, it was first released on the 22nd of November 1963, the same day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The album was listed at nr. #53 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Kurt Cobain placed Meet the Beatles, as the American release of this album was called, on #37 of his personal 50 favorite albums of all time. Cobain wrote the song "About a Girl" from his debut Bleach (1989) after listening three hours non-stop to "Meet the Beatles".



Side One

  1. "It Won't Be Long"
  2. "All I've Got to Do"
  3. "All My Loving"
  4. "Don't Bother Me"
  5. "Little Child"
  6. "Till There Was You"
  7. "Please Mister Postman"

Side Two

  1. "Roll Over Beethoven"
  2. "Hold Me Tight"
  3. "You Really Got a Hold on Me"
  4. "I Wanna Be Your Man"
  5. "Devil in Her Heart"
  6. "Not a Second Time"
  7. "Money (That's What I Want)"

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All My Troping:

  • All Lower Case Letters: The lettering on the album cover.
  • Break Up Song: "Not A Second Time", where the protagonist swears he won't give his former partner a second chance.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: The original 1961 song by The Donays was "Devil in His Heart".
  • Cover Version: "Till There Was You" from The Music Man, "Please Mister Postman" by The Marvelettes, "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, "Devil in Her Heart" by The Donays (written by Richard Drapkin) and "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong (written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy).
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: "Little Child"
    Little child, little child won't you dance with me?
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover is shot in black-and-white.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The iconic album cover photographed by Robert Freeman, which has been imitated and copied by many other pop bands ever since. It's a masterpiece of simple, yet eye-catching design, making the band appear both glamorous and mysterious. The photographic composition of the four faces, illuminated by the light, also makes them stand out against the shadowy background.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The iconic album cover shows each of the Beatles' faces half in shadow.
  • Floating Head Syndrome: The Beatles' heads on the album cover.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Be Your Man".
  • Leave Me Alone!: "Don't Bother Me" is about someone who wants his former partner to leave him alone.
    So go away, leave me alone, don't bother me
  • Love Letter: Both "All My Loving" ("and then while I'm away, I'll write home every day") and "Please Mr. Postman" mention love letters.
  • Money Song: "Money (That's What I Want)"
    Now give me money... that's... what I want
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title.
  • Shout-Out: "Roll Over Beethoven" to Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • Silly Love Songs: Virtually all songs, except for "Money (That's What I Want)".
  • Step Up to the Microphone: George Harrison sings lead vocals on "Don't Bother Me" (the first song he wrote to appear on an album) and "Roll Over Beethoven", as well as co-lead vocals on "Please Mister Postman", "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Money (That's What I Want)". Ringo Starr sings lead vocals on "I Wanna Be Your Man". "Don't Bother Me" was George Harrison's first solo composition.


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