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Paperback Writer / Rain
First released: 1966, May 30
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Twenty-seven weeks had elapsed between the release of the Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out single and this, the Beatles' first release of 1966. The original George Martin and Brian Epstein master plan of four singles and two albums per year was now in tatters.
The British sales of Paperback Writer were the lowest for any Beatles single since Love Me Do - but it still sailed to the top of the charts, as it did in all countries. But more important than the figures was the content, the two songs. Both would have fitted snugly onto Revolver . Neither would have fitted any previous Beatles' work. The Beatles' music was progressing more rapidly than ever.
- Mark Lewishon "The Beatles Recording Sessions"