Something New (Dr. Ebbetts DBM-042)
I’ll Cry Instead (Lennon/McCartney) 1:49, Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney) 2:35, Any Time At All (Lennon/McCartney) 2:11, When I Get Home (Lennon/McCartney) 2:16, Slow Down (Larry Williams) 2:54, Matchbox (Perkins) 1:58, Tell Me Why (Lennon/McCartney) 2:09, And I Love Her (Lennon/McCartney) 2:37, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (Lennon/McCartney) 1:56, If I Fell (Lennon/McCartney) 2:18, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (Lennon/McCartneyNicolas/Helmer) 2;45
The Beatles “Something New” was originally released on 8/8/64 and entered Billboard’s Top Ten on the Album chart in its 8nd week. It never reached #1 but spent 9 weeks at #2 (behind the United Artists release of A Hard Day’s Night), 17 weeks in the Top Ten and a total of 37 weeks on the chart. This Dr Ebbett’s release comes from the Original Master Recording of the German release of this album on the Odeon label. The original album was Capitol Records attempt to further Capitalize on the success of the Beatles mega stardom. They had also released three 45s from the movie (not counting Can’t Buy Me Love released in March). Despite the saturated market this album still sold millions of copies, as seen by its success on Billboard’s chart. Which is no surprise when you look at the tracks available: Great rockers like: Tell Me Why, Any Time At All, When I Get Home and I’m Happy Just to Dance With You. Monster ballads like: And I Love Her, If I Fell and the Things We Said Today. Plus 3 great covers: Carl Perkins Matchbox, Larry Willams Slow Down and the Beatles cover I Want to Hold Your Hand in German. I had forgotten how much I like this album.
DBM-041 is another exceptionally crisp sounding transfer boasting tremendous separation and gain. This release is light years ahead of the “The Capitol Albums Volume 1” product out for public consumption and makes that release useless. There were a few moments where I felt the Stereo separation was inconsistent but that is a minor flaw and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the album at all.