Strummmmm! That dramatic guitar chord that kicks of A Hard Day's Night (album, song, movie) still jumps right out at you, slaps you in the face, and jump-starts your heart. And you know what? Both the music and the film are still as crisp and lively as they were in 1964. Of course, only the first seven songs are actually in the movie (and they are the strongest of the bunch, from the rousing rock & roll of the title track and the hit single "Can't Buy Me Love," to the beautiful ballads "If I Fell" and "And I Love Her"). But nobody's going to complain about having songs like "I'll Cry Instead" and "Things We Said Today" in the second half of the record; they sure don't feel like leftovers. Yet another high-point for John, Paul, George, and Ringo--four fab fellows who hit the highest heights imaginable. --Jim Emerson

Side A (LP)
1. A Hard Day's Night Lennon/McCartney
2. I Should Have Known Better Lennon/McCartney
3. If I Fell Lennon/McCartney
4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You Lennon/McCartney
5. And I Love Her Lennon/McCartney
6. Tell Me Why Lennon/McCartney
7. Can't Buy Me Love Lennon/McCartney
Side B (LP)
8. Any Time At All Lennon/McCartney
9. I'll Cry Instead Lennon/McCartney
10. Things We Said Today Lennon/McCartney
11. When I Get Home Lennon/McCartney
12. You Can't Do That Lennon/McCartney
13. I'll Be Back Lennon/McCartney
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