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Songs of The Beatles Volume 3

Songs of The Beatles' Hard Day's Night Period

1963 September 12 - 1964 June 03

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Period Overview

Date Events
1963 Sep 12

Record last four songs for the With The Beatles LP

The Beatles' third Period started after they finished recording the last batch of songs for their second LP, With The Beatles , at 11:30 pm. They'd finished recording four songs: 'Hold Me Tight', 'Don't Bother Me', 'Little Child', and 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. They probably thought they were done when they left the studio, but they had to clean up 'Little Child' and 'I Wanna Be Your Man' in October.

Exactly when the Hard Day's Night Period begins is debatable. Technically you could argue the dividing date is 63Oct23, when the recording of 'I Wanna Be Your Man' was finally complete. But other events make the 63Sep12 date a better choice, for both songwriting and recording technology reasons.

After leaving the studio on 63Sep12 the Beatles played three gigs over the weekend. On Monday they went on vacation for three weeks.

1963 Oct 17

Four-track recording begins

Record songs for UK45-5: 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'/'This Boy'

The Beatles returned to EMI studios to fifth single. During their vacation, EMI had replaced the two-track tape recorder with a new four-track machine. The first song they recorded using the new technology was 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', followed by 'This Boy'. These would be the A- and B-sides of their next single. The band also tried recording 'You Really Got A Hold On Me', a song already recorded for With The Beatles . This four-track version was not used.

1963 Nov 01 Release UKEP-3, The Beatles (No. 1). It peaked at #2 in the EP chart.
1963 Nov 22 Release UKLP-2, With The Beatles. It entered the LP chart at #1 the first week of release.
1963 Nov 29 Release UK45-5: 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'/'This Boy'. It entered the charts at #1 the first week of release.
1964 Jan 29

Record in France in German

The Beatles were persuaded by their record label to re-record 'She Loves You' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' in German to improve sales in that country. While playing a three-week engagement in Paris, they went to an EMI studio in Paris and recorded 'Sie Liebt Dich' ('She Loves You') and 'Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand' ('I Want To Hold Your Hand'). With studio time left over, they recorded most of the A-side of their next single, 'Can't Buy Me Love'.

1964 Feb 07 Release UKEP-4, All My Loving.
1964 Feb 07-22 The Beatles' first visit to America.
1964 Feb25-Mar01 Record songs for the film A Hard Day's Night.
1964 Mar02-Apr24 Filming of A Hard Day's Night
1964 Mar 20 Release UK45-6, 'Can't Buy Me Love'/'You Can't Do That'.
1964 Apr 16 Record 'A Hard Day's Night'.
1964 Jun 01-03 Record songs for side-two of the LP A Hard Day's Night. The next day after recording was complete the Beatles started their "World Tour" of Europe and Australia.
1964 Jun 19 Release UKEP-5, Long Tall Sally.
1964 Jul 10 Release UK45-7, 'A Hard Day's Night'/'Things We Said Today'
1964 Jul 10 Release UKLP-3, A Hard Day's Night.

Details on all the sessions and releases are in the book Songs of The Beatles' Hard Day's Night Period.
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Book Overview

(for a detailed look at the overall book format, see the Series Overview)

The book starts with an overview of the Beatle Periods, showing where A Hard Day's Night fits in their career. It then shows chronological lists of songs recorded and released during this Period.

The "Releases" section shows records that were released containing songs recorded this Period. Details are provided about the UK records. (Details about the US records are in The Songs section.)

A "Hearing The Music" section gives some orientation and history about the vinyl records and how they were intended to be heard.

The bulk of the book details the 21 songs of the Hard Day's Night Period:

The 21 Songs of the Hard Day's Night Period
Side A Side B
 5thsingle I Want To Hold Your Hand This Boy
 6thsingle Can't Buy Me Love You Can't Do That
 7thsingle A Hard Day's Night Things We Said Today
 3rdLP: A Hard Day's Night Side One Side Two
A Hard Day's Night Any Time At All
 I Should Have Known Better  I'll Cry Instead
 If I Fell  Things We Said Today
 I'm Happy Just To Dance With You  When I Get Home
 And I Love Her  You Can't Do That
 Tell Me Why  I'll Be Back
 Can't Buy Me Love  
 5th EP: Long Tall Sally Side One Side Two
 Long Tall Sally  Slow Down
 I Call Your Name  Matchbox
 
 German lyric songs  Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
 Sie Liebt Dich

Songs of The Beatles' Hard Day's Night Period is a reference work designed much like a technical manual. It has tables, graphs, and figures, but no pictures. This book was written for serious students of the Beatles.

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Table of Contents (approximate)

Songs of The Beatles' Hard Day's Night Period table of contents
Contents Page
Preface
    Book Format
Introduction
    Beatle Records
    Beatle Periods
Period Overview

Releases
    Release 10: 45-5, I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy
    Release 11: EP-4, All My Loving
    Release 12: 45-6, Can't Buy Me Love / You Can't Do That
    Release 13: EP-5, Long Tall Sally
    Release 14: 45-7, A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today
    Release 15: LP-3, A Hard Day's Night
         HDN Period Related Releases
         A Hard Day's Night Fan-outs
    Release 16: EP-6, Extracts From The Film A Hard Day's Night
    Release 17: EP-7, Extracts From The Album A Hard Day's Night

Hearing the Music: Album Analysis and Song Details
    Listening to the Album
    Speaker Placement - The Magic Triangle
     Tempos & Times Primer
     Playing The CD

The Songs
    Using This Section
    Single (UK-5)
         I Want To Hold Your Hand
         This Boy
    Single (UK-6)
          Can't Buy Me Love
          You Can't Do That
    Long Tall Sally (EP-5)
         Long Tall Sally
         I Call Your Name
         Slow Down
         Matchbox
    A Hard Day's Night (LP-3)
         A Hard Day's Night
         I Should Have Known Better
         If I Fell
         I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
         And I Love Her
         Tell Me Why
         Can't Buy Me Love
         Any Time At All
         I'll Cry Instead
         Things We Said Today
         When I Get Home
         You Can't Do That
         I'll Be Back
    Songs with German Lyrics
         Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
         Sie Liebt Dich

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Appendix
Glossary
References
Index
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Front Cover

Cover photo of Songs of Hard Day's Night

Book Specifications
Pages Size Binding Price
 about 224  8.5" x 11"  Paperback (perfect/glue) see price list
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Copyright 2006-09 by Ken Westover at Cliff Canyon Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
This material may not be distributed without the written permission of the author.
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