Long Tall Sally • Beatles UK EP • Sleeve notes

Long Tall Sally – Sleeve notes

‘Long Tall Sally’ UK EP – front cover
Front cover
‘Long Tall Sally’ UK EP – back cover
Back cover
‘Long Tall Sally’ UK EP – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone GEP 8913 MONO
  • Released: 19th June 1964
  • Sales figures: after 6 months – ¼ million
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 7 – from 11th July 1964
  • Weeks in chart: 37 – from 4th July 1964
  • Label: Parlophone CDGEP 8913
  • Released: 15th June 1992

A new release by John, Paul, George and Ringo is more than just a disc… it is a national event. People old enough to know worse—and who often do—can be overheard saying: ‘It’s about time they did another one.’ And so it is and here it is and aren’t we all very proud of it? Paul McCartney sings Long Tall Sally and he has never done anything better. This was the hit of the Beatles’ Jack Good – Brian Epstein TV show, first featured by Paul on disc in an American album. It is wild and reckless but beautifully phrased and pure Beatle music, with George backing on lead guitar quite as well as in his notable Roll Over Beethoven. It wasn’t written by the Beatles—nor were Slow Down or Matchbox on Side Two—but John and Paul have an original in I Call Your Name, formerly done by Billy J. Kramer a few months ago. John sings this. Who else creates such a sound?

Carl Perkins wrote Matchbox for himself, but Ringo makes it his very own. He sings little, but well, which is better than rotten and often, and John precedes him with Slow Down, a moody rocker, note-perfect product of the Beatles’ early performances in Liverpool’s ‘Cavern’.

All four boys enhance their splendid name with this disc. It will sell in millions to the world. Dip in gold and give it to your grandchildren. Or just simply wear it out.

DEREK TAYLOR


 
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