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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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Notes

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

  • Rights Society: BIEM / NCB / Mecolico
  • Other (UK purchase tax code near spindle hole on label): KT
  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 16, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N RRD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 16, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N RDH 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 17, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N RAT 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 17, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-4N RMP 26
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 18, side A, runout stamped): XEX 503-4N RTH 59
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 18, side B, runout stamped): XEX 504-3N AMP 28

Other Versions (5 of 598)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)ParlophonePCS 3062UK1964
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Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono)OdeonURL 2111Uruguay1964
Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Stereo)Odeon, Odeon, OdeonSMO 83 790, 83 790, ZTOX 5581Germany1964
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Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono)ParlophonePMCJ 1240South Africa1964
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Beatles For Sale (LP, Album, Mono, Gatefold)ParlophonPMCQ 31505Italy1964
  • Haiapata's avatar
    Haiapata
    I just bought this copy in a flee market. I just can´t find it here at DC. It´s; Label:
    Parlophone – PCS 3062, EMI Records – YEX 142
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Much alike an Irish copy but only one EMI logo in the buttom. Both Parliphone and EMI in yellow. Made in Britain. The first part of the gatefold is missing. Any knows whitch copy this is?
    • MetalQueen's avatar
      MetalQueen
      I have a set of original stampers for this album from 1964. Can anyone tell me what they are worth? They do not appear to be worn.
      • k_dunks's avatar
        k_dunks
        Cool story on my copy of this pressing found at a yardsale in Ontario, Canada. Opened up the inner sleeve to find what appears to be an original receipt from John Stephen's men's clothing shop at 9 Carnaby St. London, UK with handwritten notation of Beatles for Sale LP purchased for 1 Pound Sterling. Amazing to think this LP crossed the ocean at some point and that receipt was in there 60 years later.
        • Federico.t's avatar
          Federico.t
          Recorded in only 7 days in a 5 weeks period of time, just after a long US tour and between UK dates, the ‘fourth by the four’ was produced at the very peak of Beatlemania, by an overworked but also more confident band. On one side they are unscrupulous in mirroring themselves as affirmed stars and playing with that, marketing themselves (from the album’s very title) and candidly adding celebrity status themes (the Lennon’s personal complaint about success “I’m a loser”; the Carl Perkins’ ode to idol chaser fans “Everybody’s trying to be my baby”; the awareness about the effort they have to keep putting in to feed their fans’ love: “Eight days a week is not enough to show I care”) and on the other they feel secure enough to mature their songwriting, delivering more grown up lyrics, to the point of placing three consecutive darker and resentful songs at the very beginning of the record (the adulterous stalker case of “No reply”, the confessional get-down-to-yourself in “I’m a loser”, the impossible love desire for the grieving girl in “Baby’s in black”). By the summer of 1964, prior to this album’s recordings, a fundamental artistic exchange had happened: Bob Dylan influences the Beatles to write more autobiographical tunes and the Beatles lead Dylan toward the rock based electrification of his sound. Lennon is the more prone to this development. Nevertheless is Paul to come up with two highlights of the album, in the shape of “Every little thing”, a stunning and powerful melody, panoramic wide and played on the juxtaposition of the uplifting lyrics and the sadder contemplative guitar passages, that much anticipates the power pop injection at the hands of The Kinks and The Who (just to think how the timpani use in the song foresees the thunderous drumming work by Keith Moon), but also “What you’re doing” which cannot have gone unnoticed to the North American emerging pop rock scene, specially to the Byrds. The album is infatuated with american music, ‘50s rock’n’roll and country and western, as the Beatles had finished the US tour just right before the recordings, and has a role in kickstarting the country rock genre.
          • Holeygami's avatar
            Holeygami
            Which version is better, Mono or Stereo? As it has been originally released as a stereo, Thanks!
            • The13Albums's avatar
              The13Albums
              PMC 1240 and matrices are XEX 503 4N and 504 3N
              • technobeatz's avatar
                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 avatar
                  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 avatar
                    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 avatar
                      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',

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                      • Highest:$180.43

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