Beatles VI

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Beatles VI
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 14 June 1965
Recorded 29–30 September,
6–18 and 26 October 1964;
16–18 February and 10 May 1965
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 28:03
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
The Early Beatles
(1965)
Beatles VI
(1965)
Help!
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Beatles VI is the Beatles' seventh Capitol Records release in the United States (including The Beatles' Story). It was the ninth album released into that market in less than one and a half years (Vee-Jay Records and United Artists Records also released one album each during that period).[4] The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions.

Beatles VI reached number one in Billboard for six weeks, beginning on 10 July 1965.

This LP was also released in New Zealand in stereo in time for Christmas 1966. The pressing plates were obtained from EMI (UK) and are identical to their export-release. The title on the record label reads Beatles IV, and the catalogue number is PCSM 6042.

This album is available on CD as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 2 box set in both stereo and mono mixes (catalogue number CDP 0946 3 57499 2 2.) In 2014, Beatles VI was issued on CD again, individually and as part of The U.S. Albums boxed set.

Music[edit]

Beatles VI includes two tracks recorded specifically for the North American market:[5] "Bad Boy" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", both covers of Larry Williams songs, and both recorded on Williams' birthday (10 May 1965), marking perhaps the only time that the Beatles recorded material especially for North America. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" was soon included on the British release of the Help! album, but "Bad Boy" was not released in the United Kingdom or anywhere else around the world until the 1966 A Collection of Beatles Oldies.

Beatles VI also included:

As on Beatles for Sale, the "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" medley was originally listed only as "Kansas City". After attorneys for Venice Music notified Capitol of its error, the record label was corrected, although the album cover was not.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Medley: "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller/Richard Penniman) McCartney 2:30
2. "Eight Days a Week"   Lennon with McCartney 2:43
3. "You Like Me Too Much" (George Harrison) Harrison 2:34
4. "Bad Boy" (Larry Williams) Lennon 2:17
5. "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"   Lennon with McCartney 2:33
6. "Words of Love" (Buddy Holly) Lennon and McCartney 2:10
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "What You're Doing"   McCartney 2:30
2. "Yes It Is"   Lennon with Harrison and McCartney 2:40
3. "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" (Williams) Lennon 2:51
4. "Tell Me What You See"   McCartney with Lennon 2:35
5. "Every Little Thing"   Lennon with McCartney 2:01

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Frontani, Micheal (2009). The Beatles: Image and the Media. p. 114. ISBN 1-60473-156-7. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1509
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
  4. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. p. 201. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  5. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. p. 58. 
Preceded by
Goldfinger by John Barry
Billboard 200 number-one album
10 July – 20 August 1965
Succeeded by
Out of Our Heads by The Rolling Stones