Beatles For Sale • Beatles UK album • Sleeve notes

Beatles For Sale – Sleeve notes

‘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
Back cover
‘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
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3062
  • Released: 1970
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3062
  • Released: 1972
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘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
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Beatles For Sale’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘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

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


 
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