Album + Soundtrack

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Columbia)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAL 3366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, RCA)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAL 3366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Waddell)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Columbia)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Waddell)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAL 3366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, recording first published, sold in U.K.)12" Vinyl13
  • GB1964-07-10
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, recording first published, sold in U.K.)12" Vinyl13
  • GB1964-07-10
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, recording first published, sold in U.K., EJD cover)12" Vinyl13
  • GB1964-07-10
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Monarch)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono, Monarch)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAL 3366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Capitol Record Club)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsST-90828[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964, sold in U.K., serif)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964, sold in U.K., sans-serif)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, ℗ 1964, Sold in U.K., serif)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, ℗ 1964, Sold in U.K., sans-serif)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s NightCassette12
United ArtistsK-9006[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, pink/orange labels)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - A Hard Day’s Night - Originals From The United Artists' PictureVinyl13
Odeon1C 062-04 145[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, one EMI box)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, ℗ 1964)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, ℗ 1964)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, Liberty labels)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track8-Track Cartridge12
United ArtistsU3006[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, THE GRAMOPHONE...)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, tan labels)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (stereo)12" Vinyl13
Apple RecordsAP-8147[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, tan labels, all rights...)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, EMI RECORDS...)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, sunrise labels)12" Vinyl12
United ArtistsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s NightVinyl13
Odeon1C 072-04 145
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, purple labels, MFD. BY CAPITOL)12" Vinyl12
  • US1980-08-01
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SW-11921[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE...)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, all rights...)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, red vinyl)12" Vinyl13
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-70132[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, rainbow labels)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SW-11921[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED COPYING...)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day's Night (MFSL Original Master Recording)12" Vinyl13
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-103[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (AZG, red labels)12" Vinyl12
Мелодия (the label, not the company)C60 23579 008[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (RZG, red labels)12" Vinyl12
Мелодия (the label, not the company)С60 23579 008[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (LZG, black labels)12" Vinyl12
Мелодия (the label, not the company)С60 23579 008[none]
A Hard Day’s NightCD13
  • CA1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsC2 46437077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono)CD13
  • XE1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono)CD13
  • GB1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, CD made in W. Germany)CD13
  • US1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono; UK version)CD13
  • JP1987-02-27
OdeonCDP 7 46437 2, CP32-53234988006610736
A Hard Day's Night (UK mono, rainbow labels)12" Vinyl13
  • US1987-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ-46437077774643719
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, two EMI boxes)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12305099910414514
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, longbox, CD made in USA)CD13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo, purple labels, MANUFACTURED BY CAPITOL)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SW-11921[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo)CD13
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo)CD13
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (mono, apple logo)CD13
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono, two EMI boxes, apple logo)12" Vinyl13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12300077774643719
A Hard Day’s Night (mono; UK version)CD13
  • JP1998-03-11
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 (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-511134988006739970
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD15
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82413 2 4094638241324
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD14
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82413 2 4094638241324
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl13
  • XE2012-11-12
  • GB2012-11-12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241317094638241317
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl13
  • US2012-11-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946382413170094638241317
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound TrackCD24
  • US2014-01-21
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises), United ArtistsB0019700-02602537643622
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)Digital Media14
  • XW2014-01-21
EMI Catalogue, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)00602567713296
A Hard Day’s Night (2014 mono remaster)12" Vinyl13
  • XE2014-09-08
  • GB2014-09-08
  • US2014-09-09
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)5099963380019, PMC 1230602537825721
A Hard Day’s Night (2009 stereo remaster)Digital Media13
EMI Catalogue00602547670335
A Hard Day’s NightCD13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
A Hard Day’s Night (CD made in USA)CD13Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46437 2077774643726
Promotion
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono)12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-06-26
United ArtistsUAL 3366[none]
Bootleg
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US stereo DESS bootleg)CD12
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsUAS 6366[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (MFSL DESS bootleg)CD13
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsMFSL-1-103[none]
A Hard Day’s NightCD13
Русский ЗвукRH 039-2001[none]
A Hard Day’s Night: Original Motion Picture Sound Track (US mono DESS bootleg)CD12
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsUAL 3366[none]
A Hard Day’s NightCD13
SomeWax (Russian bootleg label)SW105-24607016131412
A Hard Day’s NightDVD-Video13
Miramax Films46124578461954612457846195
A Hard Day’s Night (UK mono DESS bootleg)CD13
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPMC 1230[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (UK stereo DESS bootleg)CD13
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 3058[none]
A Hard Day’s Night (deluxe)CD63Purple ChickPC-109

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:And I Love Her / If I Fell
included in:The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
The U.S. Albums
part of:Dave Marsh: Top 40 Albums of 1964 (number: 21) (order: 21)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 44)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 263) (order: 262)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 307) (order: 307)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/24003 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:A_Hard_Day's_Night_(1964) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4mcg [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/a_hard_days_night/ [info]
IMDb:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058182/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0001948685 [info]
Wikidata:Q182518 [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.