The Beatles' Second Album
was released for the U.S. market less than three months after the huge smash Meet The Beatles
, and continues with that album's tradition of repackaging songs from various releases. If the group had reservations about this practice, they couldn't have complained about the result — American fans snapped up the album in droves. ("Well, we are
English, we don't really know," remarked George Martin sardonically in an interview years later about his dealings with Capitol Records around this time.)
Containing only eleven songs (compared to the UK albums' 13 or 14) and with almost no slower-tempo numbers (see Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got A Hold On Me"
), The Beatles' Second Album
stands as both quickie cash-in and unbelievably great rock and roll album. Over half — six — of the songs are covers, including Chuck Berry
and Little Richard
, while the originals include such furious raveups as "Thank You Girl"
and "She Loves You"
The album's tracks were taken from the U.K. With The Beatles
and A Hard Day's Night
, as well as various singles and EPs.
At least as good as Meet The Beatles
and every bit as much of a commercial success, The Beatles' Second Album
only served to heighten the Beatles' already god-like stature in the U.S. One of history's most beloved rock albums, at least on its side of the Atlantic, it captures everything that made the Beatles' rise to the top perfectly justified.The Beatles' Second Album
was finally released in its original form on CD in 2004.