Twist And Shout • Beatles UK EP

UK vinyl EP Twist And Shout

‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – front cover
Front cover
‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – back cover
Back cover
‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone GEP 8882 MONO
  • Released: 17th July 1963
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 21 – ten weeks from 27th July 1963, and eleven weeks from 23rd November 1963
  • Weeks in chart: 64 – from 20th July 1963

Side A: Twist And Shout / A Taste Of Honey
Side B: Do You Want To Know A Secret / There’s A Place

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (1) Medley/Russell and (2) Scott/Marlow

‘The Beatles’ Hits’ EP was actually ready to ship before this one, but this disc got the nod because of the popularity of the song ‘Twist And Shout’ on the already-released ‘Please Please Me’ LP.

Considering that the LP had already been sitting pretty at No.1 for ten weeks, and this EP just recycled a few of the songs from the track-listing, it is amazing to think that not only did this become the best-selling EP in British music history, it was also the first to sell a ¼ million copies, and the first to garner a silver disc. The sales were so great that it even made No.2 in the singles chart – keeping Brian Poole’s version of ‘Twist And Shout’ at No.4!

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UK CD EP (Re-release) Twist And Shout

  • Label: Parlophone CDGEP 8882
  • Released: 15th June 1992

CD: Twist And Shout / A Taste Of Honey / Do You Want To Know A Secret / There’s A Place

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (1) Medley/Russell and (2) Scott/Marlow

This is the CD version of the vinyl EP, released as part of the ‘The EP Collection’ in 1992.

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