The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night
Again, they were not content to sit on their laurels. “A Hard Days Night” opens with that loud chord, and you know you are in for something special. Then the bongos, and Harrison is bending the guitar strings like never before. “If I Fell” could be one of the most beautiful love songs ever written (no, wait, that’s “And I Love Her.” Or is it …. man, they wrote so many). It is also from a much different perspective than you would expect. “Things We Said Today” is worth the price of the album alone. Here is evidence of something more than pop music. It’s intricate harmonies, subtle darkness, and almost menacing acoustic guitar, foreshadow the future (looking for some prog roots?).
I could go through all the songs, but most people have heard them. If you have only heard them separately, you are missing out. This may not be a concept album, but it is of a specific time. These tunes were written together, and belong together.
This may not be an essential for everyone, but it is very highly recommended. If you are interested in the history of rock itself, then this is an essential album.
(You know the lineup)