The Beatles - Beatles For Sale

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster in Stereo

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Beatles For Sale is the fourth studio album by British rock band The Beatles, originally released in December 1964 via Parlophone Records.

It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on The Beatles, but the weariness of Beatles For Sale comes as something of a shock. Only five months before, the group released the joyous A Hard Day's Night. Now, they sound beaten, worn, and, in Lennon's case, bitter and self-loathing. His opening trilogy ("No Reply", "I'm A Loser", "Baby's In Black") is the darkest sequence on any Beatles record, setting the tone for the album.

Moments of joy pop up now and again, mainly in the forms of covers and the dynamic "Eight Days A Week", but the very presence of six covers after the triumphant all-original A Hard Day's Night feels like a regression. Beneath this however, there are some important changes on Beatles For Sale, most notably Lennon's discovery of Bob Dylan and folk-rock.

The opening three songs, along with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", are implicitly confessional and all quite bleak, which is a new development. This spirit winds up overshadowing McCartney's cheery "I'll Follow The Sun" or the thundering covers of "Rock And Roll Music", "Honey Don't", and "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!", and the weariness creeps up in unexpected places - "Every Little Thing", "What You're Doing", even George's cover of Carl Perkins' "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" - leaving the impression that Beatlemania may have been fun but now the group is exhausted.

That exhaustion results in the group's most uneven album, but its best moments find them moving from Merseybeat to the sophisticated pop/rock they developed in mid-career.

This remastered LP pressed in Europe was reissued in 2012 as part of The Beatles in Stereo Vinyl series, with Remastered Audio on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl and reproduced artwork.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

No Reply

2:15

A2

I’m A Loser

2:31

A3

Baby’s In Black

2:02

A4

Rock And Roll Music

2:32

A5

I’ll Follow The Sun

1:46

A6

Mr. Moonlight

2:33

A7

Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

2:33

B1

Eight Days A Week

2:44

B2

Words Of Love

2:12

B3

Honey Don’t

2:55

B4

Every Little Thing

2:01

B5

I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party

2:33

B6

What You’re Doing

2:30

B7

Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

2:23

SKU 0094638241416
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0094638241416
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 November 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 04 December 1964
Barcode # 0094638241416
Shipping Weight 0.3550kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Replicated Original Artwork, Remastered Audio, The Beatles In Stereo Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Rock & Roll
Format VINYL LP

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