The Beatles' Second Album
|The Beatles' Second Album|
photographs by Joe Covello
|Studio album by The Beatles|
|Released||10 April 1964|
|Recorded||5 and 13 March; 1, 18 and 30 July and 17 October 1963; 25 February and 1 March 1964,
EMI Studios, London
|Genre||Rock, rock and roll|
|The Beatles North American chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Record Guide|||
The Beatles' Second Album is the Beatles' second Capitol Records album, and their third album released in the United States including Introducing... The Beatles released three months earlier on Vee-Jay Records.
The Beatles' Second Album went to number one on the album charts in the US, knocking off Meet the Beatles!, the first time an artist replaced itself at number one on the US album charts.
In 2004 this album was re-released for the first time on Compact Disc (catalogue number CDP 7243 8 66877 2 2), (CDP 7243 8 66878 2 1) as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set and was issued in a miniature cardboard replica of the original album sleeve. This album was also released in the US on 8-track cartridge in 1967, and reel to reel tape and cassette in 1969.
"The Beatles' Second Album stands as probably best pure rock & roll album ever issued of the group's music," wrote Allmusic. That is because the album "avoid[s] any trace of the pop ballads favored by Paul McCartney that usually slowed down the group's other early albums, and the result was the longest uninterrupted body of hard rock & roll and R&B in their entire output." Indeed, more than half the album is made up of rock n' roll and R&B covers.
Songs for this album were compiled from four different UK releases. Included were the five remaining tracks from the group's second British LP With the Beatles. Those songs were left off the previous Capitol album Meet the Beatles!. Also included were "Thank You Girl" (the B-side to the British single "From Me to You"), the single "She Loves You" / "I'll Get You", "You Can't Do That" from the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack in the UK, and two new songs, "Long Tall Sally" and "I Call Your Name," both released a month later in the UK on the Long Tall Sally EP. Also, the Capitol Records engineers, headed by record executive Dave Dexter, Jr, added a lot of echo and reverb to the stereo versions to give the music more of a "live" feel. This is much more noticeable on the "With the Beatles" tracks, as they were recorded in two-track stereo.
Worth noting is the inclusion of the stereo version of "Thank You Girl," as The Beatles' Second Album featured the only "true" stereo version of the song released on any US or UK album for over 40 years, until another stereo version of the song was released on the 2009 remastered edition of Past Masters (The Beatles Second Album stereo version of "Thank You Girl" was also included on The Beatles Beat, a German release). Since some echo was added, this version remains a bit of a rarity. The Capitol album mix is also unique in that its version contains three additional harmonica riffs, two during the bridge and one at the very end of the song. For its American-album debut, Capitol took this stereo version and transferred it into a two-to-one stereo-to-mono mixdown for the mono album release, thus creating an alternative mono mix of the song. The stereo version of "Money" also underwent the same two-to-one stereo-to-mono mixdown for this album, thus creating another alternative mono mix. In the mono version of "I Call Your Name", the cowbell comes in at the very beginning of the song, whereas in the stereo version it comes in after the beginning of the vocal. Harrison's opening 12-string guitar phrase is also different between the mono and stereo versions. In "Long Tall Sally", the stereo version has echo while the mono version is lacking it. The mono version of "You Can't Do That" is different to the one released on the British album "A Hard Day's Night" for unknown reasons.
|1.||"Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry)||George||2:44|
|2.||"Thank You Girl"||John||2:04|
|3.||"You Really Got a Hold on Me" (Smokey Robinson)||John||3:02|
|4.||"Devil in Her Heart" (Richard Drapkin)||George (with John and Paul)||2:28|
|5.||"Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy, Jr.)||John (with George and Paul)||2:47|
|6.||"You Can't Do That"||John (with George and Paul)||2:39|
|1.||"Long Tall Sally" (Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Little Richard)||Paul||2:00|
|2.||"I Call Your Name"||John||2:09|
|3.||"Please Mister Postman" (Robert Bateman, Georgia Dobbins, Garrett, Fred Gorman, Brian Holland)||John (with Paul and George)||2:37|
|4.||"I'll Get You"||John||2:05|
|5.||"She Loves You"||John (with Paul and George)||2:20|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Eder 2009.
- Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
- Cross 2005, pp. 551–552.
- "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Second Album". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "American album certifications – The Beatles – The Beatles_ Second Album". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
- Cross, Craig (2005). The Beatles: Day-by-Day, Song-by-Song, Record-by-Record. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 0-595-34663-4.
- Eder, Bruce (2009). "Review of The Beatles' Second Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
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2 May – 5 June 1964
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