A Hard Day's Night
Released on 10th July, 1964, the Beatles third album in less than eighteen months was timed to coincide with the cinema opening of their first movie.
Of the album’s 13 tracks seven were featured in the soundtrack of the film. One single had been released ahead of the album that being “Can’t Buy Me Love”/”You Can’t Do That” which had been issued on 20thMarch. It was also quite remarkable that for the first time on a Beatles album that all of the titles had been composed by John and Paul.
Since the release of With The Beatles, the previous November, their UK success had started to spread around the world. Their first US single via Capitol Records – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There” had topped the US charts for seven weeks, leading to their former US distributor reissuing ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Love Me Do’ both of which also reached the # 1 spot. In fact such was the group’s popularity that in the first week of April, 1964 they held all top five positions in the Billboard chart with a further seven titles it’s Hot Hundred.
Despite their success, their workload did not ease up, in fact within hours of returning from a triumphant visit to the US, which had included concert performances and three appearances on the Ed Sullivan TV show, the guys were in a TV studio in London rehearsing and recording another guest appearance.
The Spring and early Summer of 1964 saw The Beatles filming and recording new material both for the movie and their next album. They also filmed a TV special, and played a few UK dates prior to jetting off on a 27 day tour that visited Denmark, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. They eventually returned to Britain on 2nd July and four days later attended the world premiere of “A Hard Day’s Night” at the London Pavilion.
The album reached no.1 in the UK charts towards the end of July and occupied the top spot for 21 of the 38 weeks that it spent in the Top Twenty
In the USA, A different album was issued to that at home. The US version (issued in late June) was a soundtrack which as well as featuring a number of the songs from the UK album also included four instrumental pieces from the film’s soundtrack performed by George Martin’s Orchestra. A month later Capitol Records released “Something New” an all-Beatles album that included eight songs from the UK release along with a further three tracks not previously released in the US. Both albums achieved enormous success. The soundtrack album enjoyed a 14-week stay at #1 and despite the crossover of titles, “Something New” spent nine of those same weeks at #2.
NME Friday, July 3rd, 1964
Here it is, at last! The long-awaited title song from the Beatles’ film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. I’m sure every NME reader already has a copy on order, so you don’t need me to recommend you to buy it. It’s a bouncy finger-snapper, with a pounding beat and catchy melody. Both sides written by the Lennon-McCartney partnership, of course.
NME Friday July 14th, 1964
America Gets The Beatle Bug From John, Paul, Ringo & George
Tuesday proved a sensationally historic night for British pop music when the Beatles performed their first live U.S. concert in Washington to an overwhelming reception. The capacity audience of 8,000 screaming American teenagers stood up as Paul soloed in ‘Long Tall Sally’ to close a terrific thirty-minute act.
All four Beatles regarded this Washington concert as a big challenge in their storming career. Before they went on they were unusually tense – but once on stage they clicked into action.
After their concert, the Beatles were guests of honour of the British Ambassador in Washington at a masked ball.
- George Martin
- Principal Engineer
- Norman Smith
A Hard Day's Night is the third UK album by The Beatles, released on 10 July 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name on Parlophone in mono (catalogue number PMC 1230) and stereo (PCS 3058.) The album, their fourth U.S. release, was released on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records with a different tracklisting.
American version of the album was released on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records in mono (catalogue number UAL 3366) and stereo (UAS 6366) and contained the seven songs from the film: "A Hard Day's Night," "Tell Me Why," "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You," "I Should Have Known Better," "If I Fell," "And I Love Her," and "Can't Buy Me Love." It also features "I'll Cry Instead", which, although written for the film, was cut from it at the last minute. The American version also included four easy listening-styled instrumental versions of Lennon and McCartney songs by George Martin: "I Should Have Known Better", "And I Love Her", "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)", and "A Hard Day's Night", each of which later appeared on George Martin's own instrumental albums released by Capitol, United Artists and Parlophone. The album went to number one on the Billboard album chart, spending 14 weeks there, the longest run of any album that year.Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Albums 1955-2001 (Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, 2001), 1178. After EMI acquired United Artists Records, this album was reissued on 17 August 1980 on the Capitol label, catalogue number SW 11921. Whilst the stereo version of the album included the instrumental tracks in true stereo, the Beatles' own recordings appeared as mono recordings made from the stereo releases. True stereo versions of most of the songs appeared on the Capitol Records album Something New, also in 1964. "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I Should Have Known Better" finally appeared in stereo versions on the Apple Records compilation Hey Jude in 1970. The song "A Hard Day's Night" did not appear in a stereo version in the U.S. until the LP Reel Music in March 1982. The American version has yet to be released officially on CD.
George Harrison – lead guitar (six- and 12-string); acoustic and Spanish guitars; background vocals; lead vocals on "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"; harmony vocal on "Things We Said Today" and claves on "And I Love Her" John Lennon – lead, harmony, and background vocals; rhythm and acoustic guitars; harmonica; lead guitar on "You Can't Do That"; piano on "Things We Said Today" (wiped in the mixing process but always audible on the record) and tambourine Paul McCartney – lead, harmony, and background vocals; bass guitar and piano; acoustic guitar on "I'll Be Back" Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell, maracas and tambourine ;Additional musicians George Martin – piano
Beatle 208 on 19th Mar 13:
“The Beatles a Hard Days Night album came out in 1964 after The Beatles a Hard Days Night film The Beatles were perfroming on the Ed Sulivan show.”
paul lennon kev on 6th Mar 13:
“good song and i love her”
Julie Massey on 8th Jan 13:
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“Es precioso este álbun!”
Sgtpepper66 on 1st Dec 12:
“luv the album can someone friend me and post on my wall and stuff i dont come on often more friends more i can be on here”
JohnLego on 15th Nov 12:
“Ranking A Hard Day's Night
I Should Have Known Better
Tell Me Why
Things We Said Today
Any Time at Alll
If I Fell
Can't Buy me Love
A Hard Day's Night
I'll Be Back
I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
And I Love Her
You Can't Do That
When I Get Home
I'll Cry Instead”
MarniMarni on 6th Nov 12:
“Really love this album”
Fan Beatle 19 on 16th Sep 12:
“I love this album <3”
john lennon boy on 5th Sep 12:
“i like how George's head is turned around lmfao!”
john lennon boy on 5th Sep 12:
“such a great album, my favorite on it is anytime at all”
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- Fans crowd outside Marylebone Station where the Beatles were filming "A Hard Day's Night"
- John photographed for the cover of the album "A Hard Day's Night"
- Paul photographed for the cover of the album "A Hard Day's Night"
- Ringo photographed for the cover of the album "A Hard Day's Night"
- George photographed for the cover of the album "A Hard Days Night"