Album + Soundtrack

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Waddell) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAL 3366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Columbia) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAL 3366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Waddell) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, RCA) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAL 3366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Columbia) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, recording first published, sold in U.K.) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, recording first published, sold in U.K.) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Monarch) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Monarch) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAL 3366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964, sold in U.K., serif) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, ℗ 1964, Sold in U.K., sans-serif) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964, sold in U.K., sans-serif) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, pink/orange labels) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - A Hard Day’s Night - Originals From The United Artists' Picture Vinyl 13 Odeon 1C 062-04 145 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, one EMI box) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, ℗ 1964) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Liberty labels) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, THE GRAMOPHONE...) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, tan labels) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, tan labels, all rights...) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, EMI RECORDS...) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, sunrise labels) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night Vinyl 13 Odeon 1C 072-04 145
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, purple labels, MFD. BY CAPITOL) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SW-11921 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE...) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, all rights...) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day's Night 12" Vinyl 13 Odeon EAS-70132
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, rainbow labels) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SW-11921 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED COPYING...) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PCS 3058 [none]
A Hard Day's Night (MFSL Original Master Recording) 12" Vinyl 13 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-103 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (RZG, red labels) 12" Vinyl 12 Мелодия С60 23579 008 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (LZG, black labels) 12" Vinyl 12 Мелодия С60 23579 008 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (AZG, red labels) 12" Vinyl 12 Мелодия C60 23579 008 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (mono) CD 13 Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono) CD 13 Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, CD made in W. Germany) CD 13 Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono; UK version) CD 13 Odeon CDP 7 46437 2, CP32-5323 4988006610736
A Hard Day's Night (UK mono, rainbow labels) 12" Vinyl 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CLJ-46437 077774643719
A Hard Day’s Night CD 13 Parlophone, Apple Records C2 46437 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, two EMI boxes) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 5099910414514
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, longbox, CD made in USA) CD 13 Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, purple labels, MANUFACTURED BY CAPITOL) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SW-11921 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo) CD 13 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo) CD 13 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo) CD 13 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46437 2 077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, two EMI boxes, apple logo) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone PMC 1230 0077774643719
A Hard Day’s Night (mono; UK version) CD 13 EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013), Apple Records, Parlophone TOCP-51113 4988006739970
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone 0946 3 82413 2 4 094638241324
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946 3 82413 2 4 094638241324
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone 0094638241317 094638241317
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone 094638241317 0094638241317
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track CD 24 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises), United Artists B0019700-02 602537643622
A Hard Day’s Night (2014 mono remaster) 12" Vinyl 13 Parlophone 5099963380019, PMC 1230 602537825721
Promotion
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono) 12" Vinyl 12 United Artists UAL 3366 [none]
Bootleg
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo DESS bootleg) CD 12 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems UAS 6366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (MFSL DESS bootleg) CD 13 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems MFSL-1-103 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night CD 13 Русский Звук RH 039-2001 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono DESS bootleg) CD 12 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems UAL 3366 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night CD 13 SomeWax (Russian bootleg label) SW105-2 4607016131412
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono DESS bootleg) CD 13 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PMC 1230 [none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo DESS bootleg) CD 13 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PCS 3058 [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: And I Love Her / If I Fell
included in: The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
part of: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 307)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0001948685 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/24003 [info]
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058182/ [info]
Wikidata: Q182518 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:A_Hard_Day's_Night_(1964) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/a_hard_days_night/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4mcg [info]

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There may be more inventive Beatles records - Sgt. Pepper's, for example - and there may be lusher ones - Abbey Road, for one. But no one Beatles album better encapsulated the essence of the band than this one.

A Hard Day's Night not only captures The Beatles at the peak of Beatlemania - the most exciting time in pop music up to that moment, and arguably ever since; when continents fell and music was changed forever - but also sees them perfecting the art of pop. You may have Beatles songs that you prefer, or songs that mean more to you, but nowhere were the group more consistently brilliant than on this soundtrack.

Where the film emphasised just how popular and bizarre their fame was, the accompanying album showed us just why this had happened. The title-track - with surely the most surreal name ever for a number one song - dazzles in a way The Byrds, The Monkees, The La's and a hundred other janglers never could, while And I Love Her proved that the band could write melodies better than anyone else. Even the song they let George sing, I'm Happy Just to Dance With You, is fizzier than actual bubbles, while Lennon's vocal (and rhythm solo) on You Can't Do That saw him trounce The Rolling Stones for sheer snottiness.

This was the first and only Beatles album to be entirely composed of Lennon/McCartney songs, and that unheard-of-in-1964 cockiness shines through. Even the wistful songs - Things We Said Today and I'll Be Back - were more confident than sad. This is, next to the White Album (a very different kettle of fabs), my favourite Beatles album, and has been ever since I heard it. The exuberance of the 1960s, the genius of The Beatles, and the total unstoppable confidence of the best band in the world realising that they were the best band in the world, are all contained here. Essential.