The Beatles’ fourth US album, A Hard Day’s Night, was the soundtrack for their debut film. It was released in America on 26 June 1964.
A Hard Day’s Night was released by United Artists Records, whose parent company owned the rights to the film. The catalogue numbers were United Artists UA 6366 (mono) and United Artists UAS 6366 (stereo).
The album contained all seven songs from the film, plus ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, which was written for the film but cut at the last minute. In addition to The Beatles’ original songs, there were also four orchestral instrumentals by George Martin and his orchestra. All tracks were credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
A Hard Day’s Night topped the US Billboard chart for 14 weeks, which was the longest run at the top for any album in 1964.
The tracklisting was as follows:
- ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
- ‘Tell Me Why’
- ‘I’ll Cry Instead’
- ‘I Should Have Known Better’ (orchestral instrumental)
- ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’
- ‘And I Love Her’ (orchestral instrumental)
- ‘I Should Have Known Better’
- ‘If I Fell’
- ‘And I Love Her’
- Ringo’s Theme (This Boy) (orchestral instrumental)
- ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
- ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (orchestral instrumental)
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- 2009: Paul McCartney pays tribute to Michael Jackson
- 2004: Paul McCartney live: Glastonbury Festival
- 1968: Recording: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1967: Recording, mixing: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg
- 1965: Live: Palazzo dello Sport, Genoa, Italy
- 1964: Live: Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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I guess I’ll Cry Instead made its first appearance because it contains an extra since it’s the longer version. Right, guys?
Question.. just obtained a stereo copy of the UA LP and all of the Beatles songs sound to be mono mixes, although the label says “high fidelity stereo”. The non-Beatles songs do appear to be stereo to my ear. Did UA not have real stereo versions of these songs and actually release it this way?
This appears to be the case, Matt. True stereo remixes of the songs that wound up on the United Artists soundtrack LP were not created until June 22, and the UA LP was released in the States on June 26 — far too short a time period to ship stereo tapes to the US and physically prepare an album for release. Thus having only mono tapes to work with, UA apparently decided to fudge their “stereo” album.
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