The Paul McCartney Project

We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper

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

Timeline See what happened in 1965
UK release date:
Dec 03, 1965
US release date:
Dec 06, 1965
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:16 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Oct 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 28, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs & mixing:
Oct 29, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Day Tripper

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:51 • Studio versionB

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

Session Recording:
Oct 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

[…] In a discussion about what song to release as a single, Lennon argued “vociferously” for “Day Tripper“, differing with the majority view that “We Can Work It Out” was a more commercial song. As a result, the single was marketed as the first “double A-side,” but airplay and point-of-sale requests soon proved “We Can Work It Out” to be more popular, and it reached No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, the Beatles’ fastest-selling single since “Can’t Buy Me Love“, their previous McCartney-led A-side in the UK. It has sold 1.39 million copies in the UK.

We Can Work It Out” was the last of six number one singles in a row on the American charts, a record at the time. It was preceded by “I Feel Fine“, “Eight Days a Week“, “Ticket to Ride“, “Help!“, and “Yesterday“. The song became the band’s 11th number one, accomplished in just under two years time.

Both sides of the single entered the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart the week ending December 18, 1965. Just three weeks later (January 8, 1966), “We Can Work It Out” hit number 1 on the chart, while “Day Tripper” entered the Top 10 at number 10. Ultimately, “We Can Work It Out” spent three non-consecutive weeks at number 1, while “Day Tripper” peaked at number 5.

The Beatles made 10 black-and-white promo films for television broadcasters on 23 November 1965, at Twickenham Film Studios in London, as they were often unable to make personal appearances by that time. Three of the films were mimed performances of “We Can Work It Out“, in all of which Lennon was seated at a harmonium. The most frequently-broadcast of the three versions was a straightforward performance piece with the group wearing black suits. Another had the group wearing the stage suits from their Shea Stadium performance on 15 August; the third opens with a shot of Lennon with a sunflower in front of his eye. […]

Last updated on May 29, 2016


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