Beatles for Sale

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Beatles for Sale (mono, RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED, SOLD IN U.K.) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1240 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE PARLOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K.) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE GRAMOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K., misprint) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE GRAMOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K.) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, ℗ 1964) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, one EMI box) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, one EMI box, w/o STEREO) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, THE GRAMOPHONE...) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, France press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, EMI RECORDS...) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale 12" Vinyl 14 Odeon 1C 072-04 200
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE...) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (mono, ALL RIGHTS...) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1240 [none]
Beatles for Sale 12" Vinyl 14 Odeon EAS-70133
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED COPYING...) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3062 [none]
Beatles for Sale (MFSL Original Master Recording) 12" Vinyl 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-104 [none]
Beatles for Sale (mono) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, long box, made in W‐Germany) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono) CD 14 Odeon CDP 7 46438 2, CP32‐5324 4988006610743
Beatles for Sale (mono) 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CLJ 46438 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, two EMI boxes) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1240 5099910420041
Beatles for Sale (mono) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale CD 14 Parlophone, Apple Records C2 0777 7 46438 2 5, C2 46438 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, apple) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, apple) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, made in U.S.A., apple) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2 077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, two EMI boxes, apple logo) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1240 0077774643818
Beatles for Sale (mono, purple labels with apple logo) 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C1 0777 7 46438 1 8 077774643818
Beatles for Sale (mono) CD 14 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-51114 4988006739987
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records 0946 3 82414 2 3 094638241423
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946 3 82414 2 3 094638241423
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 0094638241416 094638241416
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 0094638241416 094638241416
Beatles For Sale (2014 mono remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 5099963380118, PMC 1240 602537825738
Bootleg
Beatles for Sale 12" Vinyl 14 АнТроп П92 00191-2, П92-00191/2 [none]
Beatles for Sale (MFSL DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems MFSL-1-104 [none]
Beatles for Sale CD 14 SomeWax (Russian bootleg label) SW106-2 4607016131399
Beatles for Sale (mono DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PMC 1240 [none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PCS 3062 [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Eight Days a Week
covers: Beatles for Sale by David Nance
included in: The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/beatles-for-sale-mw0000189172 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45799 [info]
Wikidata: Q207336 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Beatles for Sale [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Beatles_For_Sale_(1964) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/beatles_for_sale/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c2rj [info]

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As has been noted before, on the cover of Beatles for Sale the band looks, frankly, knackered. And with good reason, too: this was not only their fourth album in two years (and their second in one year), but it had been somehow slotted between touring America several times and making two movies. Its excellence in these circumstances rather makes the time taken between albums by the likes of modern heavyweights - Coldplay and U2, for example - seem like eons. And if from time to time John, Paul, George and Ringo don't sound as chipper as they did on, say, She Loves You, well… you can't really blame them.

There's the full surge of Lennon's unhappiness in songs like No Reply, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party and the pretty blatantly spelt-out I'm a Loser. Several of these songs, such as the mad waltz that is Baby's in Black, bear loud witness to the fact that The Beatles were spending an awful lot of time trundling around the United States, listening to country stations (and thank goodness, as a Beatles album inspired by mid-60s British radio would be an awful thing). Some songs here are covers - the band simply didn't have time to write enough original material - but, surprisingly, instead of being limp filler, oldies like Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! and Mister Moonlight are roaringly strong. In fact, the most notable track here - apart from the USA-only single Eight Days a Week - is Lennon's brilliant, throat-ripping version of Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music, while Ringo's comparable love for Carl Perkins makes his cover of Honey Don't a complete delight.

Beatles for Sale is a transitional album, the group learning their way around studio and becoming more sophisticated. Rubber Soul would see them make another great leap forward (and drop the covers again), but this is a joyous, inventive and exciting album. Especially considering the circumstances it was made in.