The Paul McCartney Project

Paperback Writer / Rain

By The Beatles7" Single• Part of the collection “The Beatles • Singles

Timeline See what happened in 1966
UK release date:
Jun 10, 1966
US release date:
May 30, 1966
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Paperback Writer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Tambourine
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 13, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


2.

Rain

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:01 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From Something Else!:

[…] It had been a while since they released their previous single, “We Can Work it Out”/”Day Tripper” in December of 1965, so the band was overdue for a new one. “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” were chosen to grace the first Beatles single of 1966, and were released in the U.S.A. on May 30; the U.K. release followed on June 10. “Paperback Writer” has been considered the A-side, not surprisingly as it is the more spirited and catchy of the two. However, the picture sleeve listed it first on one side and second to “Rain” on the other. If Mark Lewisohn is the final arbiter, then the appendices for Chronicle book lists “Paperback Writer” alone in the lists for the Beatles’ Peak Singles, sandwiched between others that were listed as actual double A-sides (“We Can Work It Out”/”Day Tripper” and “Eleanor Rigby”/”Yellow Submarine”).

While the single quickly shot up both the U.K. and U.S. charts, it lasted only one week at No. 1. Lewisohn notes that it was the Beatles’ lowest-selling single since their very first, “Love Me Do.” At this point in their career, the Beatles were blazing through new trails, turning their attention to increasing the creativity of their music and recordings in light of seeing the end of exhausting and unproductive touring — and it might have take a while for the public to catch up. One can surmise that the content of these two songs caught the fickle female records-buying public by surprise, and after hearing the songs on the radio were not as interested in purchasing a single where the subjects were about a desperate job hunter and the weather – instead of, well, the girls themselves. […]

Last updated on May 9, 2017


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