These earlier UK Beatle albums are a little awkward to describe because, naturally, the U.S. bastardized and hybridized 'em. The Capitol Records execs were slimeballs for doing so. Then again, I must be schizo, because the U.S. versions do have a special place in me widdle hott!
My first Beatle album was THE BEATLES SECOND ALBUM. It had all those cropped-up brown/magenta tinted Beatle pics spattered across the front, more black and whites likewise on the back. I pored over those photos as a bug-eyed 10 year old endlessly. The songs it contained from WITH THE BEATLES were all covers: Please Mr. Postman, Roll Over Beethoven, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart and Money.
Roll Over Beethoven was exciting, George playing guitar with clarity and executing a solid vocal. Please Mr. Postman had those hooky background vocals. I never could make out all the lyrics:
"There must be some word today" sounded like "There must be some mer-chan-daze" and "Saying she's returning home to me" sounded like "Saying sizshi coming home to may" lol! Must have been crusty earwax or a worn-out needle!
My 10 year oldish secret opinion was that Devil In Her Heart and You've Really Got A Hold On Me kind of dragged. Money seemed too heavy with all that banging piano, it just went on forever, but of course I would never say that, I just kept playing them. I was not a track skipper, lol. Actually Ringo does great drums on Money, and even now it seems a heavy arrangement for its time.
Of course, the ultimate tune for me on TBSA was She Loves You.
As for the rest of the songs on the UK WITH THE BEATLES: they were originals (except for Till There Was You ---Ghavi, Not A Second Time was Lennon-McCartney), and all on the U.S. MEET THE BEATLES. We didn't have it. My folks were OK with buying us a Beatle album and a few 45s, but to start collecting everthing they came out with... wasn't gonna happen. If I wanted to hear this one, I had to dog my best buddy to let me come over to his house, or get my older brother to borrow it from his girlfriend. (The parental Beatle indifference eventually changed.)
Those John/Paul originals were examples of some frickin' in-your-face songwriting talent. Little Child and I Wanna Be Your Man weren't exactly favorites but they were still parts of the sum total of a great Beatle album.