Tuesday, January 20, 2009


The songs for this album, all Lennon-McCartney compositions, were recorded from February 25 to March 1, 1964, soon after the Beatles had retunred from their first American tour. A few songs were also recorded from June 1-3, 1964. The title track came from a "Ringo malapropism." The United States version of the album, the movie soundtrack released by United Artists, included only the seven songs featured in the film, augmented with four of George Martin's orchestrations of Beatles songs. Capital followed up with their Something New LP, which featured the tracks from the film as well as "Any Time at All," "Things We Said Today," "When I Get Home," and German versions for "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."

The LP was released in the UK on July 10, 1964 and remained number one on the charts for twenty-one weeks. It was on A Hard Day's Night that George began using his twleve-string Rickenbacker 360/12. In the U.S., the twelve-string Rickenbacker became popular with many groups, most notably The Byrds.

The songs on the Bristish release included:

A Hard Day's Night
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
I'm Happy Just to Dance with You
And I Love Her
Tell Me Why
Can't Buy Me Love
Any Time at All
I'll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
When I Get Home
You Can't Do That
I'll Be Back

Capital put "You Can't Do That" on The Beatles Second Album and allocated "I'll Be Back" for Beatles '65.

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