A Hard Day's Night (Mono)

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

Timeline More from year 1964
UK release date:
Jul 10, 1964
Publisher:
Parlophone

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Track list

Side 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Hi-hat, Recording engineer

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

Side 2


1.

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 :
Recording 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


2.

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 :
Recording 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


3.

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 :
Recording 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


4.

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 :
Recording 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


5.

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 :
Recording 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


6.

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 :
Recording 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. […]

Original 1964 Cover Notes:

Alun Owen began work on the original screenplay late last autumn. Producer Walter Shenson and director Richard Lester watched their newest screen stars at work over Christmas and the New Year on the stage of the Finsbury Park ‘Astoria’ in London. John and Paul began to compile a collection of new compositions for the soundtrack while The Beatles were appearing at the Paris ‘Olympia’ last January. One morning early in March a specially chartered train moved out of Paddington station and the first day’s shooting of The Beatles’ first feature film got under way.

Reel upon reel of precious film had filled the camera crew’s metal cans before a title had been selected for the United Artists picture. Then Ringo casually came up with the name at the end of a particularly strenuous session on the film set. ‘It’s been a hard day’s night that was!’ he declared, squatting for a moment on the arm of his canvas chair behind the line of cameras and technicians. The film, which also stars Wilfred Brambell in the role of Paul’s (mythical) Irish grandfather, was promptly named ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’.

The story depicts something like 48 consecutive hours of activity in the bustling lives of four beat group boys. Named John, Paul, George and Ringo. A Hard Day’s Night is heard at the very beginning of the film as the boys sing and play over the opening titles. The number features John’s double-tracked voice, producing a duet effect. Its brisk, compelling theme crops up in orchestral form elsewhere during the film as part of recording manager George Martin’s instrumental soundtrack score.

John’s I Should Have Known Better makes an early appearance in the film during a railway sequence when the four boys are seen playing cards in the guard’s van of the train.

John and Paul share the vocal action on If I Fell, the first of four songs featured in extensive theatre/studio sequences which show the group rehearsing and finally performing in a television spectacular. I’m Happy Just to Dance With You gives George a chance to handle the lead vocal, And I Love Her hands the solo spotlight to Paul who is joined by John for Tell Me Why.

The last of the soundtrack’s magnificent seven, Can’t Buy Me Love, has already been a worldwide disc hit for The Beatles. In ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’ it forms the musical backdrop to several different scenes—when the boys are seen chasing across a field after a quick-fire getaway from the television studio and when the incredible race between Beatles, fans and police takes place with the boys tearing along streets and down alleyways in double-quick time!

Creating and perfecting completely new compositions for the soundtrack of ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’ presented John and Paul with one of the greatest challenges of their pop-penning career. In the past their song-writing had been done at a more leisurely pace. Now they had a shooting schedule deadline to meet and the entire collection of fresh numbers had to be compiled during a season of concerts in Paris and a now legendary visit to America. To assist their work the two boys had a grand-piano moved into their hotel suite at the George V in Paris.

By the beginning of March the task was complete and The Beatles had a total of almost a dozen new songs ready for final rehearsal. At every stage of its conception and production care was taken to see that ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’ would not turn into a continuous parade of Beatle performances. After all The Beatles themselves had agreed that the film should portray as many different facets of the four boys’ individual personalities as possible. Indeed the comedy content was, and is, of paramount importance, and John, Paul, George and Ringo are afforded maximum opportunity to display their on-the-spot sense of humour.

It became apparent that no more than six new songs should be introduced via the soundtrack of the film. To increase this number would have left insufficient screen-time for the action of the plot. On the other hand it seemed most unfair to hold back the remainder of the boys’ new songs when each one was of such excellent quality. Eventually the decision was made to record all the material which John and Paul had written and include the extra titles on the second side of this album.

Although the voice of George Harrison is much in evidence throughout this album the solo vocal activity on the second side is shared between the songs’ composers, John and Paul. Paul handles the lyrics of Things We Said Today and he’s heard in duet with John on I’ll Cry Instead. For the main part John’s is the dominant voice featured on Any Time At All, When I Get Home, You Can’t Do That and I’ll Be Back although George and Paul back up his efforts strongly on all titles.

When you listen to the second side of this record you will agree that it would have been a pity to cast aside such a fabulous set of songs solely because they couldn’t be fitted into the structure of ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’. Now, with this album in your library, you have a collection of Beatle recordings which is comprehensive and up to date. At the same time it is interesting to remember that the LP housed within this sleeve is the first-ever album release to be made up entirely of self-composed and self-performed Beatle compositions.

TONY BARROW

Last updated on May 5, 2021

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