Beatles for Sale

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE PARLOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K.)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1964-12-04
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (mono, RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED, SOLD IN U.K.)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1964-12-04
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1240[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE GRAMOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K., misprint)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, THE GRAMOPHONE, SOLD IN U.K.)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, one EMI box)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, ℗ 1964)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo)12" Vinyl14
Apple RecordsAP-8442[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, one EMI box, w/o STEREO)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, THE GRAMOPHONE...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, France press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for SaleVinyl14
Apple RecordsEAS-80553[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, EMI RECORDS...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale12" Vinyl14
Odeon1C 072-04 200
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (mono, ALL RIGHTS...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1240[none]
Beatles for Sale (mono, red vinyl)12" Vinyl14
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-70133[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED COPYING...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3062[none]
Beatles for Sale (MFSL Original Master Recording)12" Vinyl14
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-104[none]
Beatles for Sale (mono)CD14
  • XE1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono)CD14
  • GB1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, long box, made in W‐Germany)CD14
  • US1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono)CD14
  • JP1987-02-27
OdeonCDP 7 46438 2, CP32‐53244988006610743
Beatles for SaleCD14
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7464382077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono)12" Vinyl14
  • US1987-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ 46438077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, two EMI boxes)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12405099910420041
Beatles for Sale (mono)CD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for SaleCD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsC2 0777 7 46438 2 5, C2 46438077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, apple)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, apple)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, made in U.S.A., apple)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46438 2077774643825
Beatles for Sale (mono, two EMI boxes, apple logo)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12400077774643818
Beatles for Sale (mono, purple labels with apple logo)12" Vinyl14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1 0777 7 46438 1 8077774643818
Beatles for Sale (mono)CD14
  • 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-511144988006739987
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD16
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records0946 3 82414 2 3094638241423
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD15
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82414 2 3094638241423
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XE2012-11-12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241416094638241416
Beatles for Sale (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • US2012-11-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241416094638241416
Beatles For Sale (2014 mono remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XW2014-09-08
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)5099963380118, PMC 1240602537825738
Beatles for Sale (remastered)Digital Media14
EMI Catalogue00602547670359
Bootleg
Beatles for Sale (purple target labels)12" Vinyl14
АнТропП92 00191-2, П92-00191/2[none]
Beatles for Sale (blue target labels)12" Vinyl14
АнТропП92 00191-2, П92-00191/2[none]
Beatles for Sale (MFSL DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsMFSL-1-104[none]
Beatles for SaleCD14
SomeWax (Russian bootleg label)SW106-24607016131399
Beatles for Sale (mono DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPMC 1240[none]
Beatles for Sale (stereo DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 3062[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Eight Days a Week / I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
covers:Beatles for Sale by David Nance
included in:Beatles for Sale / Rubber Soul
The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45799 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Beatles_For_Sale_(1964) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c2rj [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/beatles_for_sale/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/beatles-for-sale-mw0000189172 [info]
Wikidata:Q207336 [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.