1964: Beatles For Sale

 

Parlophone/December 4, 1964. PMC 1240 (mono) PCS 3062 (stereo)

Produced by George Martin All songs composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, unless otherwise noted.

Side 1:
No Reply 
I'm A Loser 
Baby's In Black 
Rock'n'Roll Music (Chuch Berry) 
I'll Follow The Sun 
Mr. Moonlight (Roy Lee Johnson) 
Kansas City - Hey Hey Hey Hey (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller - Richard Penniman) 
Side 2:
Eight Days A Week 
Words Of Love (Buddy Holly) 
Honey Don't (Carl Perkins) 
Every Little Thing 
I Don't Want To Spoil The Party 
What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins) 
A lot of people regarded this record as something of a setback for The Beatles, because they had gone back to cover versions again. The LP had a gatefold sleeve (below).

Released on a mono only CD in 1987.

Liner Notes:

This is the fourth by the four. 'Please Please Me', 'With The Beatles', 'Hard Day's Night'. That's three. Now .... 'Beatles For Sale'.

The young men themselves aren't for sale. Money, noisy though it is, doesn't talk that loud. But you can buy this album you probably have, unless you're just browsing, in which case don't leave any dirty thumbprints on the sleeve! 

It isn't all currency or current though. There's priceless history between these covers. None of us is getting any younger. When, in a generation or so, a radio-active, cigar-smoking child, picnicking on Saturn, asks you what the Beatle affair was all about 'Did you actually know them?' don't try to explain all about the long hair and the screams! Just play the child a few tracks from this album and he'll probably understand what it was all about. The kids of AD 2000 will draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today.

For the magic of the Beatles is, I suspect, timeless and ageless. It has broken all frontiers and barriers. It has cut through differences of race, age and class. It is adored by the world.

This album has some lovely samples of Beatle music. It has, for instance, eight new titles wrought by the incomparable John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and, mingling with the new, there are six numbers culled from the rhythmic wealth of the past extraordinary decade; pieces like Kansas City, and Rock and Roll Music. Marvellous.

Many hours and hard day's nights of devoted industry went into the production of this album. It isn't a potboiling quick-sale any-old-thing-will-do-for-Christmas mixture.

At least three of the Lennon-McCartney songs were seriously considered as single releases until John popped up with I Feel Fine. These three were Eight Days A Week, No Reply and I'm A Loser. Each would have topped the charts, but as it is they are an adornment to this LP, and a lesson to other artists. As on other albums, the Beatles have tossed in far more value than the market usually demands.

There are few gimmicks or recording tricks, though for effect, the Beatles and their recording manager George Martin, have slipped in some novelties. Like Paul on Hammond organ to introduce drama into Mr. Moonlight, which also, and for the first time, has George Harrison applying a thump to an elderly African drum because Ringo was busy elsewhere in the studio, playing bongos. George's thump remains on the track. The bongos were later dropped. Ringo plays timpani in Every Little Thing, and on the Rock and Roll Music track George Martin joins John and Paul on one piano. On Words of Love, Ringo plays a packing case.

Beyond this, it is straightforward 1964 disc-making. Quite the best of its kind in the world. There is little or nothing on the album which cannot be reproduced on stage, which is, as students and critics of pop-music know, not always the case.

Here it is then. The best album yet quite definitely, says John, Paul, George, and Ringo full of everything which made the four the biggest attraction the world has ever known. Full of raw John and melodic Paul; a number from George, and a bonus from Ringo. For those who like to know who does precisely what, there are details alongside each title.

DEREK TAYLOR 

No Reply 
basic recording- 30 Sep 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 16 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

A minor double track difference shows that decisions were made at mix stage: in "in my place" the first time, (mono) has doubletrack on "place" while (stereo) has it on "my place". The stereo mix also reveals a cough after "your window" near the beginning.

I'm A Loser

basic recording- 14 Aug 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964
In stereo, the lead guitar is mixed louder
Baby's In Black 

basic recording- 11 Aug 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

Rock'n'Roll Music

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964


I'll Follow The Sun 

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 21 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

The stereo mix has more reverb than the mono.

Mr. Moonlight 

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- 18 Oct 1964
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 27 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 27 Nov 1964

The mono mix fades a little earlier. 

Kansas City - Hey Hey Hey Hey

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 26 Oct 1964

The mono mix fades a little earlier. 

Eight Days A Week 

basic recording- 6 Oct 1964
additional recording- 6,18 Oct 1964
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 27 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 27 Nov 1964, remixed in 1993 for "1962-1966" aka "The red album" double CD set

The intro and ending were edited in. The stereo remix sounds identical to the old stereo version but was reportedly redone for CD.

Words Of Love

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- 18 Oct 1964
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

The mono mix is 9 seconds longer, due to a longer fade.

Honey Don't

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 21 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

Every Little Thing

basic recording- 30 Sep 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track
mono mixed: 27 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 27 Oct 1964


I Don't Want To Spoil The Party

basic recording- 29 Sep 1964
additional recording- none
master tape-
4 track
mono mixed: 26 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

The stereo mix has a cry "woo" before the instrumental break, not audible in mono, and the guitar is mixed louder.

What You're Doing

basic recording- 26 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track

mono mixed: 21 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

The stereo mix has a handclap in the intro missing in mono, and the drum and rhythm track is mixed softer. 

Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

basic recording- 18 Oct 1964
additional recording- none
master tape- 4 track

mono mixed: 21 Oct 1964
stereo mixed: 4 Nov 1964

 

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