5407 Ticket To Ride
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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
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5407 wo. picture sleeve
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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.

TRACK LISTING

  1. TICKET TO RIDE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    3:02
  2. YES IT IS    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:40

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1965 Parlophone 7" R5265  
US April 1965 Capitol 7" 5407 picture sleeve
US 1968 Capitol 7" 5407 w. A Subsidiary Of on label
US 1969 Capitol 7" 5407 red/orange label
GER   Odeon 7" 22 950  
JPN   Odeon 7" OR-1261 picture sleeve
NZ   Parlophone 7" NZP3182  
US 1971 Apple 7" 5407  
US 1975 Apple 7" 5407 w. All Rights Reserved on label
UK 1976 Parlophone 7" R5265 green sleeve
US 1976 Capitol 7" 5407 orange label
US 1978 Capitol 7" 5407 purple label
UK April 1985 Parlophone 7" R5265  

 

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