The US version of the soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night (originally released by United Artists Records in 1964, later issued by Capitol in 1980) represents the first clear-cut example of superiority in the case of a UK counterpart.
Whereas the British LP featured 13 brand-new Lennon/McCartney originals, the American release cut that number down to seven – losing key tracks such as You Can't Do That, Any Time At All, Things We Said Today and I'll Be Back – while filling out the remaining space with George Martin-produced orchestral renditions of songs such as I Should Have Known Better and the title number.
That said, when one skips over the instrumentals (they're an interesting listen the first time; after that, not so much), the US Hard Day's Night is an efficient, jangly and punchy gem – Harrison's ringing 12-string guitar breaks still sounds fresh – with Lennon and McCartney maturing as songwriters at a breathtaking rate.
Presented in both stereo and mono mixes, although I'll Cry Instead (listed as I Cry Instead on the first-pressing album jacket; the reissue maintains the error), which featured an extra verse on the original US mono version of A Hard Day's Night not heard on the British LP, is preserved here in both the stereo and mono portions.
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Tell Me Why
3. I Cry Instead
4. I Should Have Known Better (instrumental)
5. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
6. And I Love Her (instrumental)
7. I Should Have Known Better
8. If I Fell
9. And I Love Her
10. Ringo's Theme (This Boy (instrumental)
11. Can't Buy Me Love
12. A Hard Day's Night (instrumental)