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UK vinyl album Beatles For Sale

‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – back cover
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‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone PMC 1240 MONO / PCS 3062 STEREO
  • Released: 4th December 1964
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 11 – seven weeks from 19th December 1964, one week from 27th February 1965, and 3 weeks from 1st May 1965
  • Weeks in chart: 46 – from 12th December 1964

Side A: No Reply / I’m A Loser / Baby’s In Black / Rock And Roll Music / I’ll Follow The Sun / Mr. Moonlight / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
Side B: Eight Days A Week / Words Of Love / Honey Don’t / Every Little Thing / I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party / What You’re Doing / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4) Berry, (6) Johnson, (7) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman, (9) Holly and (10,14) Perkins

Total running time: 36.58

This knocked ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ from the top of the charts. It then came back one month later, knocking off The Rolling Stones.

The songs were recorded just two months after ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ came out, and seeing as it was their fourth album in 21 months they had to fill it up with cover-versions. Whilst their previous LP was full of Lennon/McCartney originals, this one had six songs by other artists.

George Martin explained: “They were rather war-weary during ‘Beatles For Sale’. One must remember that they’d been battered like mad throughout ’64, and much of ’63. Success is a wonderful thing, but it is very, very tiring.” Their diary for 1964 makes you knackered just reading it: during the previous nine-months they had delivered one feature film, two albums …

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Beatles For Sale

‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3062
  • Released: 1970

Side 1: No Reply / Baby’s In Black / Eight Days A Week / I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party / I’ll Follow The Sun / What You’re Doing / Honey Don’t

Side 2: I’m A Loser / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Rock And Roll Music / Mr. Moonlight / Words Of Love / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / Every Little Thing

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (7,9) Perkins, (10) Berry, (11) Johnson, (12) Holly and (13) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Beatles For Sale

‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3062
  • Released: 1972

Side 1: No Reply / Baby’s In Black / Eight Days A Week / I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party / I’ll Follow The Sun / What You’re Doing / Honey Don’t

Side 2: I’m A Loser / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Rock And Roll Music / Mr. Moonlight / Words Of Love / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / Every Little Thing

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (7,9) Perkins, (10) Berry, (11) Johnson, (12) Holly and (13) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman

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UK CD album (Re-release) Beatles For Sale

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‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – Parlophone CD label
CD label
  • Label: Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2
  • Released: 26th February 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #45
  • Weeks in chart: 3 – two weeks from 7th March 1987, and one week from 22nd March 1997

CD: No Reply / I’m A Loser / Baby’s In Black / Rock And Roll Music / I’ll Follow The Sun / Mr. Moonlight / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / Eight Days A Week / Words Of Love / Honey Don’t / Every Little Thing / I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party / What You’re Doing / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4) Berry, (6) Johnson, (7) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman, (9) Holly and (10,14) Perkins

Total running time: 34.13

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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Beatles For Sale

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‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #56
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 13th September 2009

CD: No Reply / I’m A Loser / Baby’s In Black / Rock And Roll Music / I’ll Follow The Sun / Mr. Moonlight / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / Eight Days A Week / Words Of Love / Honey Don’t / Every Little Thing / I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party / What You’re Doing / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Beatles For Sale Mini-Documentary

Produced by George Martin. Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4) Berry, (6) Johnson, (7) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman, (9) Holly and (10,14) Perkins

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