Released: 15 December 1964
John Lennon: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica, tambourine, handclaps
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond organ, handclaps
George Harrison: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, African drum, handclaps
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums, tambourine, chocalho, percussion, handclaps
George Martin: piano
Beatles ’65 was The Beatles’ fifth Capitol Records album, released in the US and Canada in December 1964.
The album contained eleven songs, eight of which were released on the UK album Beatles For Sale. The others were ‘I’ll Be Back’ from A Hard Day’s Night, and the songs from the standalone single ‘I Feel Fine’/‘She’s A Woman’.
Seven of the songs were Lennon-McCartney originals, plus cover versions of ‘Rock And Roll Music’ (Chuck Berry), ‘Mr Moonlight’ (Roy Lee Johnson), and ‘Honey Don’t’ and ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’ (Carl Perkins).
‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘She’s A Woman’ were issued in duophonic (mock) stereo, which involved lowering the treble from one side of the stereo spectrum, and the bass from the other, to mask the lack of a true stereo mix, and Capitol Records’ executive Dave Dexter added reverb to the songs.
The mono mix of ‘I’ll Be Back’ was slightly different from the UK version, both of which were created by The Beatles’ producer George Martin.
Capitol also released Beatles ’65 on 8-track tape, adding ‘You Can’t Do That’ to balance the running order. The 8-track had ‘No Reply’, ‘I’m A Loser’, and ‘Rock And Roll Music’ on program 1; ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’, ‘Mr Moonlight’, and ‘Honey Don’t’ on program 2; ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘I’ll Be Back’, and ‘She’s A Woman’ on program 3; and ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’, and ‘You Can’t Do That’ on program 4.
The album was also issued in stereo in West Germany on 4 May 1965, by the Odeon label.
In the US it charted at number 98 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but jumped to number one the following week, the highest move to the top spot in Billboard’s’s history. It spent nine consecutive weeks at number one from 9 January 1965.
Beatles ’65 had sold 1,967,261 copies in the US by 31 December 1965, and by the end of the decade had sold 2,327,186.
The album was released on compact disc for the first time in 2004, as part of the Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set. The single disc contained the original mono and stereo mixes.
It was released again in 2014, both individually and as part of the box set The US Albums. However, unlike the early reissue, the 2014 box set used the UK remasters rather than Capitol’s variants.
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Produced in England by George Martin and in the U.S.A. with the assistance of Dave Dexter, Jr.