US album release: Beatles VI

The Beatles’ US label, Capitol Records, released the album Beatles VI on 14 June 1965.

It was the group’s sixth LP released by the label, not counting The Beatles’ Story documentary. Vee-Jay and United Artists Records had each released an album too, meaning that Beatles VI was the group’s ninth album to be released stateside.

As with all their releases up to 1966, The Beatles had little say in the contents of the album. It did, however, contain two songs recorded especially for North American listeners: covers of Larry Williams’ ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’, both of which were taped at Abbey Road on 10 May 1965.

The album was otherwise made up of songs from Beatles For Sale which Capitol chose to leave off Beatles ’65, the ‘Ticket To Ride’ b-side ‘Yes It Is’, and two tracks from the forthcoming UK version of Help!: ‘You Like Me Too Much’ and ‘Tell Me What You See’.

Beatles VI album artwork – USA

The catalogue numbers were Capitol T 2358 (mono) and ST 2358 (stereo). The tracklisting was:

‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!’
‘Eight Days A Week’
‘You Like Me Too Much’
‘Bad Boy’
‘I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party’
‘Words Of Love’

‘What You’re Doing’
‘Yes It Is’
‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’
‘Tell Me What You See’
‘Every Little Thing’

Beatles VI was first reissued on compact disc on 11 April 2006 as part of the box set The Capitol Albums Vol 2, with both mono and stereo mixes.

Last updated: 4 November 2020
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