Beatles '65

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Beatles '65
Studio album by
Released15 December 1964
RecordedJune–October 1964
StudioEMI Studios, London
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
The Beatles' Story
Beatles '65
The Early Beatles
Singles from Beatles '65
  1. "I Feel Fine" / "She's a Woman"
    Released: 23 November 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

Beatles '65 is the Beatles' fifth album issued by Capitol Records, and their seventh American album. It was issued in December 1964. The LP was also issued in Germany on the Odeon label.

In 2004, Beatles '65 was issued on CD for the first time as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set (catalogue number CDP 7243 8 66874 2 5) containing the US mixes for both mono and stereo. In 2014, the album was released on CD again, both individually, and included in the boxed set The US Albums, which contained the album's running order but with UK mixes as remastered in 2009.


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 later on Beatles VI). It also includes "I'll Be Back" from the UK A Hard Day's Night album and both sides of 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]

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


In the United States, Beatles '65 jumped from number 98 straight to number 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 1 for nine straight weeks from 9 January 1965. The album was the top selling non-soundtrack LP based on Billboard's year-end chart for 1965.[4] By 31 December 1964, the album had sold 1,967,261 copies in the US; by the end of the 1960s, sales there were up to 2,327,186.[5]

Writing in The Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983), John Swenson described Beatles '65 as the first of the band's "classic 'concept' albums". He said that the LP "worked as a musical whole" rather than merely serving as a collection of "the latest bunch of songs that could be assembled into a record in any order".[6] Several albums were released and promoted in America during 1965 sporting a similar title to Beatles '65. These included Sinatra '65 by Frank Sinatra and Ellington '65 by Duke Ellington on Reprise Records, and Brasil '65 by Sérgio Mendes on the Beatles' own Capitol label.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."No Reply"Lennon with McCartney2:15
2."I'm a Loser"Lennon2:31
3."Baby's in Black"Lennon and McCartney2:02
4."Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry)Lennon2:32
5."I'll Follow the Sun"McCartney1:46
6."Mr. Moonlight" (Roy Lee Johnson)Lennon2:35
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins)Starr2:56
2."I'll Be Back"Lennon2:22
3."She's a Woman"McCartney2:57
4."I Feel Fine"Lennon2:20
5."Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Carl Perkins)Harrison2:24

Note: The Capitol 8-track tape (8XT-2228) adds "You Can't Do That" to the end of Program 4 for programming purposes. The complete 8-track running order is as follows:

  1. Program 1: No Reply - I'm A Loser - Rock And Roll Music
  2. Program 2: I'll Follow The Sun - Mr. Moonlight - Honey Don't
  3. Program 3: Baby's In Black - I'll Be Back - She's A Woman
  4. Program 4: I Feel Fine - Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby - You Can't Do That


The Beatles


  • George Martin – producer, piano (on "No Reply" and "Rock and Roll Music")

Charts and certifications[edit]


  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7


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  2. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds) (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 31. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ USA Today
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  5. ^ "How Many Records did the Beatles actually sell?". Deconstructing Pop Culture by David Kronemyer. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds) (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Boomers' First 'Must Have' Christmas Gift: Beatles '65". Huffington Post. 23 December 2014.
  8. ^ " – The Beatles – Beatles '65" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  9. ^ "The Beatles Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Beatles '65". Music Canada. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – The Beatles – Beatles '65". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 9 June 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.