Beatles For Sale
Beatles For Sale was released on 4th December, 1964 just 21 weeks after A Hard Day’s Night. It was their fourth album release in less than two years.
Beatles For Sale had been recorded on seven days scattered between August and October when their schedule was crammed with stage performances in the UK, Canada and the US and well as radio and television work. Given the lack of time it was not surprising that the group reverted to the 1963 formula of eight original songs and six covers.
No single was released in the UK from Beatles For Sale – the non-album tracks “I Feel Fine” and “She’s A Woman” performed that role – however, that coupling was followed-up in the US by “Eight Day’s A Week” (b/w “ I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”) which became their 7th # 1 in March 1965.
The cover portraits again taken by Robert Freeman adorned an unusual gate-fold package with the pocket containing the disc only revealed one the album sleeve was opened. There was a new author for the cover notes too – Derek Taylor. Check out his the prophetic nature of his notes penned in the autumn of 1964!
The album hit the UK number one spot and retained that position for eleven of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top Twenty.
Again Beatles For Sale did not surface as a regular album in the US until 1987. In its place was “Beatles ‘65” which featured eight songs from Beatles For Sale, plus the A and B-side of ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘I’ll Be Back’ from the UK ‘s ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ album. This album enjoyed a nine weeks run at the top of the US charts in beginning in January, 1965. The remaining tracks from Beatles For Sale appeared on a later Capitol release ‘Beatles VI’ released in June, 1965. This too made the # 1 position, which it held for six weeks.
NME Friday, November 13th, 1964
Just three weeks from today, the new Beatles album will be available in your local record store – in fact, it will be a case of ‘Beatles For Sale’ on Dec 4. It’s rip-roaring, infectious stuff, with the accent on beat throughout.
There are 14 tracks, including eight new Lennon-McCartney compositions. Numbers by Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and the Lieber-Stoller team complete the composing. These non-Beatles tracks are included for a purpose, they reflect the early years of the group because they were mostly numbers that raised screams at the Cavern club in Liverpool. Nowadays, the Beatles don’t get much chance to play them. The LP is overflowing with absorbing and distinctive Beatle trademarks.
- George Martin
- Recorded at
- Abbey Road Studios, London
- Principal Engineer
- Norman Smith
Beatles for Sale is The Beatles' fourth album, released in late 1964 and produced by George Martin for Parlophone. The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of Lennon and McCartney as lyricists, Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. "I'm a Loser" shows Lennon for the first time seemingly coming under the influence of Bob Dylan according to leading The Beatles archivist Mark Lewisohn (see Complete Beatles Chronicle, p.168) having met him for the first time in New York while on tour on 28 August 1964.see Paul McCartney - Many Years from Now by Barry Miles)
A Hard Day's Night (Tuesday 2 June) and the first for Beatles for Sale. Prior to the new recording sessions, the band toured Australia and New Zealand (after a two-show night in Hong Kong), played concerts in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden and made several television, radio and live concert appearances in the UK. It was "inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on The Beatles" (Allmusic), leading to the inclusion of several cover versions after the all-original A Hard Day's Night; the band's visible weariness on the album's cover is noted by narrator Malcolm McDowell during The Compleat Beatles. Yet during these sessions they were still capable of recording the single "I Feel Fine" and its B-side, "She's a Woman" (both not on this album), both songs of considerable quality and interest. There is a strong country influence on songs like "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" and "I'm a Loser". Gram Parsons has noted The Beatles strong country influence on "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" noting that country rock was popularized in 1967. Musically, there is a strong folk influence "I'm a Loser"'s also notable for being perhaps the first Beatles song to directly reflect the influence of Bob Dylan, thus nudging folk and rock a little closer together toward the folk-rock explosion of the following year. Allmusic Song Review by Richie Unterberger
Beatlebob :) on 21st May 13:
“Oh I wish!”
Sgtpepper66 on 9th Dec 12:
“I like the cover”
JohnLego on 15th Nov 12:
“Ranking Beatles For Sale
What You're Doing
I'm a Loser
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
Baby's in Black
Every Little Thing
Words of Love
Everybody's Trying to be My Baby
Eight Days a Week
I'll Follow the Sun
Rock and Roll Music
LennMcHarriStarr on 9th Nov 12:
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“este album lo tengo y es muy bueno”
Sgt.Revolver'sRubberAbbeyBand on 29th Aug 12:
“I like it! It has very underated songs. I like all of them except for Mr. Moonlight, Honey Don't and Words of Love. My favorite is I'm A Loser!”
applebonker963 on 12th Aug 12:
“I love this album!!!”
Paul.George-Lover on 23rd May 12:
“the best are no reply, i'm a loser and I'll follow the sun <3”
BeatlesFanForSale on 26th Apr 12:
“It's such a great album.”
FANBeatles on 22nd Apr 12:
“Dont have this album.....yet. Hope to get it soon though, sounds like a great one, not that theres really a bad Beatles album.”
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- Ringo behind drum kit during a recording session for "Beatles For Sale"
- George Martin & Paul during a recording session for the album "Beatles For Sale"
- John during a recording session for the album "Beatles For Sale"
- Photo session for the "Beatles For Sale" album
- George during a recording session for the album "Beatles For Sale"