Sam and Jake are back talking about the first album in what Sam refers to as the Fab Four's middle period. With touring beginning to wind down and Beatlemania subsiding, The Beatles began to grow more comfortable with pushing themselves in their songwriting and experimenting with different elements within the recording studio...experimenting with more drugs too! Rubber Soul marks John Lennon's last major presence as the dominant force within the band, the official songwriting debut of Ringo Starr, and the documented beginnings of George Harrison's love of Indian culture. Strap yourselves in, The Beatles are taking things to the next level!

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Sam and Jake are back to talking about The Beatles, this time around about the band's fifth full-length album and soundtrack to their second feature film, Help! With influences from Bob Dylan and the fledgling American folk rock movement running deep, The Beatles put out an album that was half pop hits and half a folksy, country-western exploration that would serve as a fitting end to their early period and inform where they would go as a band next. Listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track to reveal some of their favorites along with trivia and backstory behind some of The Beatles' most iconic songs!

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Sam and Jake's Beatles podcast miniseries continues with a look at the Fab Four's fourth album, Beatles for Sale! Often lost in the shuffle, Beatles for Sale was the product of a band exhausted after two years of nonstop recording, touring, and making public appearances. While the early influences of Bob Dylan on John Lennon are felt, as well as the band's love of folk rock and western music, Sam and Jake look at the album as a bit of a step back for the band. Listen as the duo go track by track citing where they feel the album succeeds and where it falters.

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Sam and Jake are back to discuss The Fab Four's third studio album, a tie-in to their film debut, and their first studio album with entirely original material. Sam regards A Hard Day's Night as his personal favorite Beatles' album for the dichotomy of poppy love songs on the first side and the darker, moodier songs on the second. Jake lists the landmark album as possibly Lennon's most dominant and strongest with the acerbic rhythm guitarist taking up the lion's share of the songwriting duties. Listen as the duo jump into one of the greatest albums in Beatles' history, A Hard Day's Night!

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Sam and Jake are back to talk about the Fab Four's sophomore album, With The Beatles. Now a national phenomena in their native UK, The Beatles were afforded with a bigger budget and more studio time to follow-up their debut but having exhausted the backbone of their live set, they had to come up with new material quickly. Listen as the boys examine each song on the album track by track, offer their impressions and trivia, and elaborate on the relationship The Beatles had with the then-nascent Rolling Stones!

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The start of a new podcast miniseries! Sam and Jake's favorite band of all time is The Beatles and they're going through and re-examining every one of their official albums from top to bottom starting with their 1964 debut album Please Please Me! Very much a product of its time and epitomizes the popular music of the early 1960s. Full of Lennon/McCartney's nascent songwriting and slam-bang gathering of covers, Please Please Me was the first much of the world heard from four boys in Liverpool that were just breaking into the music business. Listen how the band that changed the world got started here!

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