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The BeatlesBeatles For Sale

Label:Parlophone – PMC 1240
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, Gatefold
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Beat

Tracklist

A1No Reply
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
A2I'm A Loser
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
A3Baby's In Black
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
A4Rock And Roll Music
Written-ByBerry*
A5I'll Follow The Sun
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
A6Mr. Moonlight
Written-ByJohnson*
A7Kansas City
Written-ByLieber-Stoller*
B1Eight Days A Week
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
B2Words Of Love
Written-ByHolly*
B3Honey Don't
Written-ByPerkins*
B4Every Little Thing
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
B5I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
B6What You're Doing
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
B7Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
Written-ByPerkins*
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Black & yellow Parlophone label with perimeter rim copyright text beginning, 'THE PARLOPHONE CO LTD...', and the text 'RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1964' above the side indicator numeral, and the text 'SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO...' across the middle.

There are a 3 variations involving the presence or lack of periods after the NCB credit following two of the songs.

This release has periods after NCB in the publishing credits for B5 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' and B6 'What You're Doing'. A similar release omits the period after NCB in the publishing credit for B6 'What You're Doing', whilst another similar release omits the period after NCB in the publishing credit for B5 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party'.

This release has the UK purchase tax code 'KT' an identical version has the UK purchase tax code 'MT'.

E.M.I. Records Limited (Controlled by Electric & Musical Industries Limited).
Made and Printed in Great Britain.

This album has a fold-out Unipack-style [opens from inside] sleeve.

Copies exist with "FACTORY SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE" stickers on both labels.

Publishing info:
A1 to A3, A5, B1, B4 to B6 - Northern Songs Mus. NCB.
A4 - Jewel Mus. BIEM.
A6 - Chappell. Mecolico. NCB.
A7 - Macmelodies. Mecolico. BIEM. NCB. World Music
B2 - Southern Mus. NCB.
B3 - Aberbach (Ldn.) Ltd. BIEM.
B7 - Knox Music. BIEM

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-3N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N ROM 39
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N ROT 2B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 5, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-3N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 5, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 6, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N G GT 36
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 6, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N LL 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 7, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N RTR 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 7, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N ∧HH 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 8, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N RPG 36
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 8, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N RLL 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 9, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N TRH 25
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 9, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N RLL 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 10, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N GOH 38
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 10, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N APR 28
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 11, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N GOH 38 TO 25
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 11, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N APR 28 GRT 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 12, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-3N ROA 18
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 12, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N RDA 26
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 13, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-3N AOA 16
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 13, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N RTR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 14, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N OA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 14, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N OO 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 15, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N AOP 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 15, side B, runout stamped): XEX 503-3N RTR 2
  • Rights Society: BIEM / NCB / Mecolico
  • Other (UK purchase tax code near spindle hole on label): KT

Other Versions (5 of 560)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)ParlophonePCS 3062UK1964
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono)OdeonURL 2111Uruguay1964
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Stereo)Odeon, Odeon, OdeonSMO 83 790, 83 790, ZTOX 5581Germany1964
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono)ParlophonePMCJ 1240South Africa1964
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Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono, Gatefold)ParlophonPMCQ 31505Italy1964

Reviews

BotML's profile picture
BotML
Edited one month ago
What an astonishing record!

I have never understood the critics calling Beatles for Sale one of the weakest Beatles albums or that they sound exhausted (“Mr. Moonlight” surely isn't the best track the group ever recorded/covered), because the rip-roaring covers of “Rock and Roll Music” and the “Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey” medley totally blow that myth away.

There is a wonderful Rickenbacker 12-string electric riff played by George Harrison and gorgeous three-part harmonies on “Words of Love.” And for the folks who claim Ringo Starr isn't a good singer, his laid-back charisma is superbly showcased on “Honey Don't.”

The eight original compositions mark an improvement over each of the eight original compositions on both Please Please Me and With the Beatles, since John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both maturing as songwriters and beginning to develop deeper lyrics up to this point of the group’s career. For example, John adopts an autobiographical perspective on “No Reply” and “I’m a Loser.” “Every Little Thing” marked the Beatles’ first use of non-rock instrumentation on a recording, through the addition of timpani drum over the choruses. The dynamic upbeat pop-rock tune “Eight Days a Week” was an American number-one hit in early 1965 and rightly so.

All in all, a very impressive record, just not as impressive as the joyous all-original A Hard Day’s Night album that came out five months before this did.
The13Albums's profile picture
The13Albums
PMC 1240 and matrices are XEX 503 4N and 504 3N
technobeatz's profile picture
technobeatz
My press is 1964
Gold PARLOPHONE PMC 1240
Side 1 XEX 503
Side 2 XEX 504
33 R.P.M
Uk MONO
THE GUARD M3DIA M4YEM
yesmyboy29's profile picture
yesmyboy29
My copy has
Matrix / Runout (Stamped)
Side 1 - XEX 503-3N GL 3
Side 2 - XEX 503-4N GM 3
can anyone tell me what GL 3 and GM 3 stands for ?
Thanks.
stoutfellow's profile picture
stoutfellow
This album was possibly the first one by the group that was made with the intention of appealing to as wide an audience as possible, hence to the title For Sale.
Despite being recorded under intense pressure in order to be ready for the lucrative 1964 Christmas market it shows a diverse range of musical styles and a growing maturity in their own songwriting abilities.
On top of that, it was packaged in an "artistic" gatefold sleeve which was quite ground-breaking for the time and a sign of how much faith EMI had in the group.
robby.schmitz's profile picture
robby.schmitz
This release has period after NCB in the publishing credits for B5 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' This release omits the period after NCB in the publishing credit for B6 'What You're Doing',
jasonsouza77's profile picture
jasonsouza77
Edited 2 years ago
hi, does anyone have the ap8442 Japan beatles forever series with 2000 yen on the obi please? trying to figure out and collect and wish to know if all the 1st issues for the beatles forever series comes with a 2000 yen obi and 4000 yen for the white album. thank you
attfiecz's profile picture
attfiecz
My copy has stickers on both labels. "FACTORY SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE"
Red text on white stickers.
It's in an EMI inner sleeve that has the first Pink Floyd album listed on it so that's clearly post 1964.
Most likely an incorrect inner sleeve, I picked it up in a charity shop 30 years ago.
Otherwise identical to the above.
Message if you want pictures.