Beatles '65

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Beatles '65
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 15 December 1964
Recorded June–October 1964
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 26:10
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
The Beatles' Story
(1964)
Beatles '65
(1964)
The Early Beatles
(1965)
Singles from Beatles '65
  1. "I Feel Fine"/"She's a Woman"
    Released: 23 November 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Beatles '65 is the Beatles' fifth Capitol release, but seventh American album. It was released in mono and stereo versions. The album was also issued in Germany on the Odeon label.

In 2004, it was released on CD for the first time as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set (catalogue number CDP 7243 8 66874 2 5). In 2014, the album was released on CD again, individually and included in the Beatles boxed set The U.S. Albums.

Music[edit]

Beatles '65 includes eight of the fourteen songs from Beatles for Sale (omitting "Eight Days a Week", "Words of Love", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", "What You're Doing", and the "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" medley, all of which were issued on Beatles VI). It also includes "I'll Be Back" from A Hard Day's Night and the single "I Feel Fine"/"She's a Woman". These latter two songs were issued in "duophonic" stereo and included added reverb by Capitol Records' executive Dave Dexter, Jr. to cover up the use of the mono mixes sent from England.[3]

The mono versions of both "I Feel Fine" and "She's A Woman" were also remixed with added echo and reverb for the single and mono album release.

Two of the three songs written by Carl Perkins and recorded by the Beatles appear on this album.

Reception[edit]

In the US the album was a blockbuster hit, and jumped from No. 98 straight to No. 1, making the biggest jump to the top position in the history of the Billboard Album Charts up to that time. It remained at number one for nine straight weeks from 9 January 1965. Beatles '65 was the top selling non-soundtrack album based on Billboard's year end chart for 1965.[4]

In what may be testament to the overwhelming market appeal of the Beatles[citation needed], several albums were released and promoted in America during 1965 sporting a similar title. These included Sinatra '65 by Frank Sinatra and Ellington '65 by Duke Ellington on Reprise Records, Trio '65 by jazz pianist Bill Evans on Verve Records, and Brasil '65 by Sérgio Mendes on the Beatles' own Capitol label.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "No Reply"   John with Paul 2:15
2. "I'm a Loser"   John with Paul 2:31
3. "Baby's in Black"   John and Paul 2:02
4. "Rock and Roll Music"" (Chuck Berry) John 2:32
5. "I'll Follow the Sun"   Paul 1:46
6. "Mr. Moonlight" (Roy Lee Johnson) John 2:35
Side two
No. Title Lead Vocals Length
1. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins) Ringo 2:56
2. "I'll Be Back"   John and Paul 2:22
3. "She's a Woman (Duophonic Mix)"   Paul 2:57
4. "I Feel Fine (Duophonic Mix)"   John with Paul 2:20
5. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Carl Perkins) George 2:24

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Roustabout (soundtrack) by Elvis Presley
Billboard 200 number-one album
9 January – 12 March 1965
Succeeded by
Mary Poppins (soundtrack)
by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman