US album release: Something New

The Beatles’ fifth US album – their third on Capitol Records – was Something New. It contained eight songs originally released on the UK album A Hard Day’s Night, plus a selection of other recordings.

The tracklisting was: ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Any Time At All’, ‘When I Get Home’, ‘Slow Down’, ‘Matchbox’, ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘And I Love Her’, ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’, ‘If I Fell’ and ‘Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand’.

Of these, ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, ‘And I Love Her’, ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’, and ‘If I Fell’ also appeared on the United Artists soundtrack LP of the film, released in America on 26 June 1964.

The mono version of Something New contained a longer version of ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, which repeated the first verse prior to the second middle eight. This version can also be heard on the US single, released on the same day. It also contained a different mix of ‘And I Love Her’ which omitted one of Paul McCartney’s two vocal tracks.

Something New album artwork

Here are the sleeve notes for the album:

Here is the third great Beatles album for Capitol. And needless to say it’s wonderful in the very special and exclusively marvelous Beatles way! Here are the latest, greatest new Beatles hits the boys have come up with since their first two phenomenal Capitol albums. All but two (including five hits from the picture) are written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the two busy Beatles who just keep on turning out smash songs not only for their own foursome but for other singers as well. One of the most popular is Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, the German-language version the boys made of their sensational Capitol hit, I Want To Hold Your Hand.

And now the Beatles are movie stars! the four great Liverpool guys who’ve made so many worldwide headlines you wouldn’t think they could get any more famous have made a motion picture that is sure to be a smash hit in the farthest flung corners of the globe. And here in this album are five hit vocals from that movie, United Artists’ A Hard Day’s Night, which is, of course, the Beatles’ first! Now their fans can see John, George, Paul and Ringo giant-size on the screen and play the big hits from the picture on their HiFi and Stereo sets between trips to the movies!

Last updated: 3 November 2020
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