EMI CD C2 46438: BEATLES - Beatles For Sale, 1987 CAN OOP SEALED
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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960 and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. The group's best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. Their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as their songwriting grew in sophistication, by the late 1960s they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.

As a five-piece line-up of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison on guitar and vocals, with Stuart Sutcliffe (bass) and Pete Best (drums), the band built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Sutcliffe left the group in 1961, and Best was replaced by Starr the following year. Moulded into a professional act by manager Brian Epstein, their musical potential was enhanced by the creativity of producer George Martin. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, "Love Me Do", became a modest hit in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. The band toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, the ex-Beatles each found success in individual musical careers. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.

The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with sales of over one billion units estimated by EMI Records. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, as of 2012 they have sold 177 million units in the US, more than any other artist, and in 2008 they topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful Hot 100 artists. As of 2012, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. They were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most  influential people.

Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Beatles, released on 4 December 1964 and produced by George Martin for Parlophone. The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of the Lennon–McCartney partnership, John Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. "I'm a Loser" shows Lennon for the first time coming under the influence of Bob Dylan, whom he met for the first time in New York while on tour, on 28 August 1964.

Beatles for Sale did not produce a single for the UK – the non-album tracks "I Feel Fine" and "She's a Woman" performed that role. Nevertheless, that coupling was followed up in the United States by "Eight Days a Week", which became their seventh number one in March 1965.

The album hit the UK number one spot and retained that position for 11 of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top 20. Beatles for Sale did not surface as a regular album in the US until 1987. In its place was Beatles '65 which featured eight songs from Beatles for Sale, plus the A and B-side of "I Feel Fine" and "I'll Be Back" from the UK's A Hard Day's Night album. Beatles '65 enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the US charts beginning in January 1965.

The Beatles began their first studio session for Beatles for Sale on 8 June 1964, only seven days after their last session for A Hard Day's Night. Prior to the new recording sessions, the band toured Australia and New Zealand (after a two-show night in Hong Kong), played concerts in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden and made several television, radio and live concert appearances in the UK. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said, "It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on the Beatles," leading to the inclusion of several cover versions after the all-original A Hard Day's Night; the band's visible weariness on the album's cover is noted by narrator Malcolm McDowell during The Compleat Beatles. Yet during these sessions they were still capable of recording the single "I Feel Fine" and its B-side, "She's a Woman" (both written by Lennon–McCartney, and not included on the album).

Gram Parsons has noted the strong country influence on "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party". "I'm a Loser" is also notable for being perhaps the first Beatles song to directly reflect the influence of Bob Dylan, thus nudging folk and rock a little closer together toward the folk-rock explosion of the following year.

When Beatles for Sale was being recorded, Beatlemania was just past its peak; in early 1964, The Beatles had made waves with their television appearances in the United States, sparking unprecedented demand for their records. Beatles for Sale was The Beatles' fourth album in 21 months. Recording for the album began on 11 August, just one month after the release of A Hard Day's Night, following on the heels of several tours. Much of the production on the album was done on "days off" from performances in the UK, and most of the songwriting was done in the studio itself.

Most of the album's recording sessions were completed in a three-week period beginning on 29 September. The Beatles' producer George Martin recalled: "They were rather war-weary during Beatles for Sale. One must remember that they'd been battered like mad throughout '64, and much of '63. Success is a wonderful thing, but it is very, very tiring."

The band, which in the previous year had grown weary of performing for screaming audiences, followed the contemporary standard industry practice of including covers in order to maintain an expected level of productivity. Q found the album title to hold a "hint of cynicism" in depicting The Beatles as a "product" to be sold. Erlewine said, "the weariness of Beatles for Sale comes as something of a shock."

However, even in a somewhat weakened state The Beatles created an album some critics, such as Allmusic, found to be a stepping stone "from Merseybeat to the sophisticated pop/rock they developed in mid-career."

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD title - a SEALED, MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

The BEATLES

CD title -
BEATLES FOR SALE

Track listing:
All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.
1. "No Reply"      Lennon
2. "I'm a Loser"      Lennon
3. "Baby's in Black"      Lennon and McCartney
4. "Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry)    Lennon
5. "I'll Follow the Sun"      McCartney
6. "Mr. Moonlight" (Roy Lee Johnson)    Lennon
7. "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller/Richard Penniman)    McCartney
8. "Eight Days a Week"      Lennon and McCartney
9. "Words of Love" (Buddy Holly)    Lennon and McCartney
10. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins)    Starr
11. "Every Little Thing"      Lennon and McCartney
12. "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"      Lennon, with McCartney
13. "What You're Doing"      McCartney
14. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Perkins)    Harrison

Performers on this item include -
John Lennon – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitars, piano, harmonica, tambourine, hand claps; 12-string lead guitar on "Every Little Thing"
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond organ, hand claps
George Harrison – harmony and backing vocals, lead vocals on "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" lead, acoustic and 12 string guitars, African  drum, hand claps
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, timpani, cowbell, packing case, bongos, lead vocals on "Honey Don't"
Additional Personnel - George Martin – piano and producer

The CD is from the EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE Records series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # C2 46438
CD was issued in 1987 (first pressing of this title on CD format)
CD was made in CANADA (likely made by DISQUE AMERIC but we can't say for certain as it's sealed, but the item conforms to all the physical attributes of the open Beatles CDs we have for sale and made by Disque Americ).
Recordings are from 1964

The CD, JEWEL CASE and INSERTS are all in MINT condition - the CD is actually SEALED!!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI CD C2 46438 SS
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: New

EMI CD C2 46438: BEATLES - Beatles For Sale, 1987 CAN OOP SEALED

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