Ticket To Ride • Beatles UK single

UK vinyl single Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

‘Ticket To Ride’ UK single – front cover
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‘Ticket To Ride’ UK single – back cover
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‘Ticket To Ride’ UK single – Parlophone record label
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  • Label: Parlophone R 5265 MONO
  • Released: 9th April 1965
  • Peak position:
    BBC – #1;
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 3 – from 24th April 1965
  • Weeks in chart: 12 – from 17th April 1965

Apparently there was some disagreement about whether to use this as a single because of its ‘new sound’. John – although it’s pretty difficult to believe these days – described it as “one of the earliest heavy metal records”.

“It was pretty heavy for back then,” he said, “if you look at what the other people were playing.” But most of the credit has to go to Paul, because not only did he play the lead guitar part, he also came up with Ringo’s drum pattern! Indeed, this was the very first time that Paul blagged a lead guitar part on a Beatles’ record.

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

  • Label: Parlophone R 5265 MONO
  • Released: 8th March 1976

On the 6th February 1976 The Beatles contract with EMI expired, freeing up the company to do whatever they liked with their back catalogue. And they didn’t waste any time… their first move was to re-release EVERY single that they’d ever ever made.

Technically speaking they weren’t re-releases at all, because they had never been deleted and still had the same catalogue numbers as the originals. They were more like re-issues.

The entire set of 22 singles was augmented by one brand-new one (‘Yesterday’) and released on the same day, so at one point all 23 of them were in the top 100 at the same time – in the top fifty!

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

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  • Label: Parlophone R 5265
  • Released: 6th December 1982

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ vinyl box-set.

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UK vinyl picture disc single (Re-release) Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

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  • Label: Parlophone RP 5265
  • Released: 9th April 1985
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #70
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 20th April 1985

As the 20th anniversary of each of The Beatles’ original singles came around, EMI released the colourful new sleeve from the box-set with a brand-new picture disc.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 5265
  • Released: 3rd April 1989

Between November ’88 and September ’89 EMI re-released every single in CD format.

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UK CD single (Re-release) Ticket To Ride b/w Yes It Is

  • Label: Parlophone CDR 5265
  • Released: 2nd November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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