release by John, Paul, George and Ringo is more than just a disc ... it
is a national event. People old enough to know worse - and who often do
- can be overheard saying: 'It's about time they did another one.' And
so it is and here it is and aren't we all very proud of it? Paul McCartney
sings Long Tall Sally and he has never done anything better. This
was the hit of the Beatles' Jack Good - Brian Epstein TV show, first featured
by Paul on disc in an American album. It is wild and reckless but beautifully
phrased and pure Beatle music, with George backing on lead guitar quite
as well as in his notable Roll Over Beethoven. It wasn't written
by the Beatles - nor were Slow Down or Matchbox on Side Two
- but John and Paul have an original in I Call Your Name, formerly
done by Billy J. Kramer a few months ago. John sings this. Who else creates
such a sound?
Perkins wrote Matchbox for himself, but Ringo makes it his very
own. He sings little, but well, which is better than rotten and often,
and John precedes him with Slow Down, a moody rocker, note-perfect
product of the Beatles' early performances in Liverpool's 'Cavern'.
four boys enhance their splendid name with this disc. It will sell in millions
to the world. Dip in gold and give it to your grandchildren. Or just simply
wear it out.