Something New (album)

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Something New
Studio album by
Released20 July 1964
Recorded29 January – 4 June 1964
StudioEMI Studios, London
GenreRock and roll[1]
Length24:47 (mono)
24:27 (stereo)
LanguageEnglish, German
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
A Hard Day's Night
Something New
The Beatles' Story
Singles from Something New
  1. "Matchbox" / "Slow Down"
    Released: 24 August 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Something New, issued 20 July, 1964, is the Beatles third Capitol LP release and fifth American album overall, following the United Artists release of A Hard Day's Night. The album includes eight songs from the original British release of A Hard Day's Night, as well as the tracks "Slow Down" and "Matchbox" from the Long Tall Sally EP and the German-language version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

The album was released in both mono and stereo versions. All mono mixes of the five songs duplicated from the United Artists soundtrack album are identical on both releases. Something New was the only early Capitol Beatles album to contain all 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), "If I Fell" (Lennon's non-double-tracked introductory vocal), and "And I Love Her" (McCartney's non-double-tracked vocal).

The album spent nine weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, 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, Something New 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) 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.


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" ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" sung in German) (Lennon–McCartney/Jean Nicolas/Heinz Hellmer) – 2:19

Note: The Capitol 8-track (8XT-2108) adds "Thank You Girl" to the end of Program 3 for programming purposes. The complete 8-track running order is as follows:

  1. Program 1: I'll Cry Instead - Things We Said Today - If I Fell
  2. Program 2: Slow Down - Matchbox - I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  3. Program 3: Any Time At All - And I Love Her - Thank You Girl
  4. Program 4: When I Get Home - Tell Me Why - Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)

Charts and certifications[edit]

In the U.S., the album sold 1,049,243 copies by 31 December 1964 and 1,443,735 copies by the end of the decade.[6]


  • Stannard, Neville (1981). The Long and Winding Road: A History Of The Beatles On Record. London: Virgin Books Ltd. ISBN 0-907080-96-0.
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7


  1. ^ "Something New - The Beatles - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
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  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". Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "The Beatles - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 63
  9. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts" (Enter "Beatles" in the search bar). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Something New". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  11. ^ "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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