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A Hard Day's Night
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A Hard Day's Night

First released: 1964, July 10

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Tracks
  1. A Hard Day's Night (2:32)
    Recorded: April 16, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    George Martin - piano
  2. I Should Have Known Better (2:45)
    Recorded: February 25-26, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  3. If I Fell (2:22)
    Recorded: February 27, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  4. I'm Happy Just to Dance With You (1:58)
    Recorded: March 1, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, loose-skinned Arabian bongo
  5. And I Love Her (2:31)
    Recorded: February 25-27, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    George Harrison - acoustic guitar solo, claves
    Ringo Starr - bongos
  6. Tell Me Why (2:10)
    Recorded: February 27, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  7. Can't Buy Me Love (2:15)
    Recorded: January 29, 1964 at Path? Marconi Studios, Paris, France
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - 12-string lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  8. Any Time at All (2:14)
    Recorded: June 2, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, piano
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  9. I'll Cry Instead (2:06)
    Recorded: February 27, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  10. Things We Said Today (2:38)
    Recorded: June 2, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar, tambourine, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  11. When I Get Home (2:19)
    Recorded: June 2, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  12. You Can't Do That (2:37)
    Recorded: February 25, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - 12-string guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums, cowbells, bongos
  13. I'll Be Back (2:21)
    Recorded: June 1, 1964 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - acoustic guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Design: Robert Freeman
Liner Notes: Tony Barrow

George Harrison: Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guitar
John Lennon: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass Guitar, Piano
Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Bongos

George Martin: Piano
Releases
1964, July 10 Parlophone PMC 1230 / PCS 3058 (UK)
Reviews & comments
Joe (2011, June 2)
Great album. And I Love Her and I'm Happy Just to Dance with You give me goosebumps.
Andy Smith (2006, June 9)
A Hard Days Night is a fantastic album. It keeps your're attention griped from beggining to end. From the 'so-called' unknown chimming chord at the beggining title track to the beauty of Lennon's I'll Back it carries you through a wonderful jorney just like a lot of beatles music do. It is the first album which George Harrison was having fun with his new 12-string Rickenbacker and it kind of makes the albums own sound. If I Fell is a very underated Lennon song which has a georgeous killer melody specially the fantastic vocals. With George Martin darring to let them all every composition to Lennon-McCartney, they both wrote such classics as And I Love Her, You Can't Do That and can't Buy Me Love. can't Buy Me Love is a very powerful track with a jazzy feel. Very strange for the time with a rock n Roll band. It works very well with the classic movie which is now regarded as a true pop movie! (even though i prefer Help better). This album is a total must buy and reccomended for anyone interested in classic songwriting!
Benjamin Burch (2005, February 18)
A Hard Day's Night is one of the best Beatles Albums, yet. And if you have songs like "You Can't Do That," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Anytime At All" you know you have a good album! Also, this includes John Lennons second ballad, the odd but pleasant "If I Fell." Has a great opening, then Paul joins in and basically ruins the song. And you hear another Lennon ballad "I'll Be Back" and is good as well. But lets end the talk on Lennon ballads and lets get to the album. This 13-song album again has decent tracks and now that I think about it there are only 2 not worth listening to. Sadly, they are both Paul McCartney compositions and they are "And I Love Her" and "Things We Said Today." Another thing you should be aware of is the fact that they are all "Lennon & McCartney" compositions and Ringo doesn't sing in it! But doesn play some decent drumming on "If I Fell" (before the verses start) and "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You." This is truly a great album and reccomended for all beatle fans and drog everything and buy it!
All Music Guide (2002, March 9)
A Hard Day's Night is not only was the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band. All of the disparate influences on their first two albums had coalesced into a bright, joyous, original sound, filled with ringing guitars and irresistible melodies. A Hard Day's Night is where the Beatles became mythical, but this is the sound of Beatlemania in all of its giddy glory. Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh. There's something intrinsically exciting in the sound of the album itself, something to keep the record vital years after it was recorded. Even more impressive are the songs themselves. Not only are the melodies forceful and memorable, but Lennon and McCartney have found a number of variations to their basic Merseybeat style, from the brash "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Any Time at All" through the gentle "If I Fell" to the tough folk-rock of "I'll Cry Instead." It's possible to hear both songwriters develop their own distinctive voices on the album, but, overall, A Hard Day's Night stands as a testament to their collaborative powers — never again did they write together so well or so easily, choosing to pursue their own routes. John and Paul must have known how strong the material is — they threw the pleasant trifle "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" to George and didn't give anything to Ringo to sing. That may have been a little selfish, but it hardly hurts the album, since everything on the record is performed with genuine glee and excitement. It's the pinnacle of their early years. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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