|Ticket To Ride|
|no production credits|
|Released on April 1965|
|UK CHART POSITION #1 (RE-CHART POSITION #70, 1985) . . . US CHART POSITION #1 (B-SIDE CHART POSITION #39) . . . ROLLING STONE TOP 500 SONGS: #384|
|Find it at GEMM|
|5407 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
I n the Seventies Apple issued the Blue and Red albums, which featured an actual discography of The Beatles including singles with the B sides (!) listed. Imagine. Anyway, one single in particular always caught my eye: “Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is.” (I don’t know who first came up with the idea of separating A and B sides by a forward slash, but we’re still doing it today.) You see, “Yes It Is” hadn’t appeared on any album yet, so it was a complete mystery to me. A Beatles song I hadn’t even heard of before? I won’t liken it to finding the lost Dead Sea scrolls, but it did make my world a little larger. When I heard “Yes It Is” for the first time, larger still. It’s a mopey, downbeat ballad wherein John laments a lost love and the guitars drift in and out like ghosts. It puts a lump in my throat every time. “Ticket To Ride” (aah, finally getting to the A side) is an early cousin to “Norwegian Wood,” experimenting with feedback while watching a relationship fall apart from a detached distance. Speculation on the song’s true meaning apparently runs rampant, so I’ll spare you from the sparring on Songfacts this time. Yes, The Carpenters did do a version of “Ticket To Ride.” And, yes, it did blow giant monkey chunks.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||April 1965||Capitol||7"||5407||picture sleeve|
|US||1968||Capitol||7"||5407||w. A Subsidiary Of on label|
|US||1975||Apple||7"||5407||w. All Rights Reserved on label|
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