First Hit #1: May 30, 1964
Being that the Beatles hit America well after they began recording, there was a bit of a backlog of singles that were unreleased, and fresh to be unleashed on the many adoring fans that the band had. So, here’s a song that hit number one because it was a “new” Beatles song, in spite of being an old Beatles song – first released in 1962 – and not being the best thing they’ve ever done.
That’s not to say it’s bad, but it was a song by a band which was audibly uncomfortable in the studio. There’s a hesitation there, and there’s a lack of energy, something that really doesn’t describe the majority of the band’s recordings. But then again, of course there is, as the story goes they were working with an unfamiliar drummer, the amount of drummers used in the sessions making one wonder if the drum part was merely undeveloped and awkward – which is how it sounds to be honest.
It’s a good song, but it’s clearly the sound of a band getting thrust into an unfamiliar situation. After the relative polish of the past few tracks, I wonder how this wasn’t a letdown for the band’s fans.