Something New (album)

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Something New
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 20 July 1964
Recorded 29 January, 25–27 February,
1 March and 1–4 June 1964,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length

24:47 (mono)

24:27 (stereo)
Language English, German
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
A Hard Day's Night
(1964)
Something New
(1964)
The Beatles' Story
(1964)
Singles from Something New
  1. "Matchbox"/"Slow Down"
    Released: 24 August 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

Something New is the Beatles' third Capitol LP release, but fifth American album following the United Artists release of A Hard Day's Night. This album includes eight songs from the original British release of A Hard Day's Night, as well as the remaining tracks "Slow Down" and "Matchbox" from the Long Tall Sally EP and the German-language version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand". It was released in mono and stereo, and all mono mixes of the five songs duplicated from the United Artists soundtrack album are the same. This was the first Capitol Beatles album with all of the tracks in "true" stereo. The mono release contains alternative versions of "Any Time At All" (a different mix during the instrumental bridge), "I'll Cry Instead" (with the "missing" third verse), "When I Get Home" (the line "Till I walk out that door again" during the song's bridge has a different vocal passage from the UK mono mix), and "And I Love Her" (McCartney's non-double-tracked vocal).

The album spent nine weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, behind the United Artists A Hard Day's Night album.[4]

This album was also released on the Parlophone label for sale only on American Armed Forces bases in Europe. These copies have great collector value. The album was also issued in Germany on the Odeon label. The German stereo version contains a reprocessed stereo version of "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" and an extended version of "And I Love Her", repeating the closing riff six times instead of four. This mix was later released on the US version of Rarities.[5]

In 2004, this album was released for the first time on CD as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set (catalogue number CDP 7243 8 66876 2 3). In 2014, Something New was released on CD again, individually and included in the boxed set The US Albums.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
  1. "I'll Cry Instead - 2:09 (mono version) / 1:49 (stereo version)
  2. "Things We Said Today" - 2:39
  3. "Any Time at All" - 2:13
  4. "When I Get Home" - 2:18
  5. "Slow Down" (Larry Williams) - 2:55
  6. "Matchbox" (Carl Perkins) - 1:58
Side two
  1. "Tell Me Why" - 2:10
  2. "And I Love Her" - 2:32
  3. "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" - 1:58
  4. "If I Fell" - 2:22
  5. "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" (Lennon–McCartney/Nicolas/Heller) - 2:19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

  • Stannard, Neville (1981). The Long and Winding Road: A History Of The Beatles On Record. London: Virgin Books Ltd. ISBN 0-907080-96-0. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/something-new-mw0000691315
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1507
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
  4. ^ Stannard 1981, p. 133.
  5. ^ ""And I Love Her" by the Beatles. The in-depth story behind the songs of the Beatles. Recording History. Songwriting History. Song Structure and Style". Beatlesebooks.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Something New". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – The Beatles – Something New". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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