A Hard Day's Night (Mono)

By The BeatlesOfficial album• Part of the collection “The Beatles • The original UK LPs

Timeline See what happened in July 1964
UK release date:
Jul 10, 1964
Publisher:
Parlophone
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

A Hard Day's Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:33 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Bongos, Drums
John Lennon:
Electric and acoustic rhythm guitars, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 16, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 23, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

I Should Have Known Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:43 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 03, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


3.

If I Fell

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:19 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Electric guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 03, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


4.

I'm Happy Just To Dance With You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:56 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Arabian drum, Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 03, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


5.

And I Love Her

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:29 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Congas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Acoustic lead guitar, Claves
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


6.

Tell Me Why

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:08 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 03, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


7.

Can't Buy Me Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:11 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer, Hi-hat

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1964
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Session Mixing:
Feb 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

Any Time At All

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:11 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


9.

I'll Cry Instead

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:45 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 01, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 04, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


10.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:35 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Piano
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 09, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


11.

When I Get Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:16 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


12.

You Can't Do That

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Cowbell
Ringo Starr:
Conga, Drums
John Lennon:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
12-string rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


13.

I'll Be Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:22 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Lead vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 01, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

A Hard Day’s Night is the third studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 10 July 1964, with side one containing songs from the soundtrack to their film A Hard Day’s Night. The American version of the album was released two weeks earlier, on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records, with a different track listing.

In contrast to their first two albums, all 13 tracks on A Hard Day’s Night were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney showcasing the development of their songwriting talents. The album contains some of their most famous songs, including some of their most well-known songs such as the title track, with its distinct, instantly recognisable opening chord, and the previously-released “Can’t Buy Me Love“; both were transatlantic number-one singles for the band.

The title of the album was the accidental creation of drummer Ringo Starr. According to Lennon in a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine: “I was going home in the car and Dick Lester [director of the movie] suggested the title, ‘Hard Day’s Night’ from something Ringo had said. I had used it in ‘In His Own Write’, but it was an off-the-cuff remark by Ringo. You know, one of those malapropisms. A Ringo-ism, where he said it not to be funny … just said it. So Dick Lester said, ‘We are going to use that title.’

In 2000, Q placed A Hard Day’s Night at number five in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2012, A Hard Day’s Night was voted 307th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“. The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Contents

Musically, A Hard Day’s Night eschews the rock and roll cover songs of the band’s previous albums for a predominantly pop sound. Sputnikmusic’s Dave Donnelly observes “short, peppy” pop songs characterised by layered vocals, immediate choruses, and understated instrumentation. According to Pitchfork Media’s Tom Ewing, the lack of rock and roll covers allows listeners to “take the group’s new sound purely on its own modernist terms“, with audacious “chord choices“, powerful harmonies, “gleaming” guitar, and “Northern” harmonica. Music journalist Robert Christgau writes that Lennon–McCartney’s songs were “more sophisticated musically” than before.

Side one of the LP contains the songs from the movie soundtrack. Side two contains songs written for, but not included in, the film, although a 1980s re-release of the movie includes a prologue before the opening credits with “I’ll Cry Instead” on the soundtrack.

A Hard Day’s Night is the first Beatles album to feature entirely original compositions, and the only one where all the songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon dominates the songwriting, being the primary author of nine out of the thirteen tracks on the album, as well as being the lead singer on these same nine tracks. (Although McCartney sings lead on the chorus part of the title track which otherwise is strictly Lennon territory.) Lennon and McCartney co-wrote “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You“, while McCartney wrote “And I Love Her“, “Can’t Buy Me Love“, and “Things We Said Today“. This is also one of three Beatles albums, along with Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour, in which Starr does not sing lead vocal on any songs. Starr sang the lead vocal on “Matchbox” during the sessions; it appeared instead on the Long Tall Sally EP.

Cultural influence

According to music critic Richie Unterberger, “George Harrison’s resonant 12-string electric guitar leads were hugely influential; the movie helped persuade the Byrds, then folksingers, to plunge all out into rock & roll, and the Beatles would be hugely influential on the folk-rock explosion of 1965. The Beatles’ success, too, had begun to open the US market for fellow Brits like the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Kinks, and inspired young American groups like the Beau Brummels, Lovin’ Spoonful, and others to mount a challenge of their own with self-penned material that owed a great debt to Lennon-McCartney.

Reissues

On 26 February 1987, A Hard Day’s Night was officially released on compact disc in mono, along with Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and Beatles for Sale. Having been available only as an import in the US in the past, the 13 track UK version of the album was also issued in the US on LP and cassette on 21 July 1987. Stereo mixes of “A Hard Day’s Night“, “Can’t Buy Me Love“, and “And I Love Her” had been made available on the first compact disc issue of 1962–1966 in 1993. Most of the rest of the tracks appeared in stereo on compact disc for the first time with the release of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 in 2004.

On 9 September 2009, a remastered version of this album was released and was the first time the album appeared in stereo on compact disc in its entirety. This album is also included in The Beatles Stereo Box Set. A remastered mono version of the original UK album was part of The Beatles in Mono box set. […]

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