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Beatles for Sale

By The BeatlesEP• Part of the collection “The Beatles • The original UK EPs

Timeline See what happened in April 1965
UK release date:
Apr 06, 1965
Publisher:
Parlophone
Reference:
GEP 8931
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

No Reply

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:20 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Sep 30, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 16, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

I'm a Loser

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Aug 14, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


3.

Rock and Roll Music

Written by Chuck Berry

2:36 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


4.

Eight Days a Week

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:44 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Oct 06, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 27, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

Beatles for Sale is an EP released 6 April 1965 by the Beatles. The EP was only released in mono. Its catalogue number is Parlophone GEP 8931. It was also released in Australia and India.

It entered the EP chart on 10 April and reached the top spot on 24 April. It remained there for five weeks, and spent another week at number one from 12 June.

Beatles for Sale was the group’s eighth official EP. As with previous releases, it featured sleeve notes by the group’s publicist Tony Barrow. The LP record Beatles for Sale was issued in December, 1964. In the weeks before Christmas copies passed over the disc-store counters at such a remarkable rate that Beatles for Sale became one of the world’s fastest-selling albums.

Beatles for Sale EP sleeve notes:

The LP record ‘BEATLES FOR SALE’ was issued in December, 1964. In the weeks before Christmas copies passed over the disc-store counters at such a remarkable rate that ‘BEATLES FOR SALE’ became one of the world’s fastest-selling albums.

Among the fourteen titles were three Lennon-McCartney compositions which the four boys had recorded with a new single in mind. This trio of potential chart-toppers has been preserved inside the EP sleeve you’re holding. Individually, any one of them might have become a multi-million seller on the top deck of a single. The fourth number selected for this EP programme has proved its popularity in public performance. Rock and Roll Music has been a Beatles show-stopper ever since John, Paul, George and Ringo put it into their act on the opening night of their Christmas stage presentation at Hammersmith.

John sings Rock and Roll Music. It comes from Chuck Berry’s volatile repertoire and it’s ideal material for a typically-Lennon vocal rave. The hint of echo on his voice gives the performance added impetus. Producer George Martin joined John and Paul at a piano to add the pounding keyboard sequences.

Eight Days a Week combines the voices of John and Paul with George joining them here and there. Many pop recordings feature a fade-away finish. The Beatles, noted for their attention to ingenious introductions, arranged for this number to fade in, which must have confused some of the folk who put on records for radio deejays!

No Reply wastes no time in coming to the boil. Twin voices powered by John Lennon hammer out the opening lyrics without trace of an introductory guitar. This is another Lennon specialty, tailored to bring out the leathery quality of his vocal delivery. Paul is with him occasionally on this track and George is added for each chorus.

I’m a Loser is the one everybody has been talking about. It demonstrates the powerful influence which Bob Dylan’s style has had on John, whose collection of Dylania – albums and sets of lyrics – swells week by week. Paul is involved in parts of the vocals action here but it is John’s singing which makes the track so special.

TONY BARROW

Last updated on March 12, 2016


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