CDP 7 46438 2 Beatles For Sale
Produced by George Martin
Released on December 1964
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CDP 7 46438 2 cover
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I f you were to make the case that The Beatles got better with every album, you’d have a hard sell here. Beatles For Sale is half originals, most of which are slightly inferior to those found on their last album (A Hard Day’s Night), and half covers (some spirited, some not so much). A step backward, yet The Beatles couldn’t afford to stand still. The album topped the UK charts (surprised?) and despite its shortcomings contains some indelible moments: “Eight Days A Week,” “Every Little Thing,” “Rock And Roll Music,” “Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey” and “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” among them. John Lennon takes many of the vocal leads, then Paul, with a pair of Perkins for George ("Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby") and Ringo (“Honey Don’t”). As usual, songs from this album were cannibalized for subsequent US releases, which filled the gap before the band’s next proper release, Help! Of course, the American elpees that followed (Beatles ’65, Beatles VI) weren’t any better, and those fans who never met a Beatles song they didn’t like probably didn’t sense the drop in quality. But little new ground is broken, and only a handful of tracks (“Every Little Thing,” “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party,” “What You’re Doing) auger the dark acoustic shadows to come on Help! and, later, Rubber Soul. As a result, Beatles For Sale marks the end of an era. The giddy love songs and electrified R&B covers yielded to mature songcraft, and The Beatles grew into their own voice, outgrowing popular music in the process (even while remaining immensely popular). I’d be one of the last people on earth to tell you not to buy a Beatles album, but if you’re trying to build a complete collection, you can wait until this one goes on sale. Then again, you might not want to wait that long...

CDP 7 46438 2 gatefold sleeve CDP 7 46438 2 back sleeve
CDP 7 46438 2 gatefold sleeve CDP 7 46438 2 back sleeve


  1. NO REPLY    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  2. I'M A LOSER    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  3. BABY'S IN BLACK    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  4. ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC    (Chuck Berry)
  5. I'LL FOLLOW THE SUN    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  6. MR. MOONLIGHT    (Johnson)
       a. KANSAS CITY    (Lieber/Stoller)
       b. HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY    (Penniman)
  8. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  9. WORDS OF LOVE    (Buddy Holly)
  10. HONEY DON'T    (Carl Perkins)
  11. EVERY LITTLE THING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  12. I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  13. WHAT YOU'RE DOING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  14. EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO BE MY BABY    (Carl Perkins)


George Martin -- piano
Robert Freeman -- photography

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UK December 1964 Parlophone LP PMC1240 mono, gatefold cover
GER 1964 Odeon LP SMO83790  
JPN 1965 Odeon LPRED OP-7179 red vinyl, gatefold cover
UK/AUS'L   Parlophone LP PCS/PCS0 3062 stereo, gatefold cover
BRA/GER   EMI/Odeon LP 31C 066/1C 062 04200  
JPN 1968/70 Apple LP AP-8442 gatefold cover
YUG   Jugoton LP LSPAR73058  
JPN 1976 Apple LP EAS-80553 stereo
WW February 23, 1987 Parlophone LP/CD/CS CDP 7 46438 picture sleeve
JPN 1999 EMI/Odeon CD CP32-5324 25th anniversary edition
RUS   CD-Maximum CD CDM0500426 repackaged w. RUBBER SOUL


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