On December 4th in the UK, The Beatles released their fourth official studio LP, Beatles For Sale, and 11 days later in the US came Beatles '65, a shorter (of course) version of that disc.
While four essential tracks (Eight Days A Week, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, Every Little Thing and What You're Doing) were lopped off and saved for the American-issued Beatles VI that would follow in six months, the opening trilogy of songs (No Reply, I'm A Loser and Baby's In Black) more than made up for those exclusions.
On these numbers, John Lennon, by now under the influence of Bob Dylan, began to advance his songwriting into areas that were increasingly dark and self-critical – and fascinating. But the changes weren't just lyrical: The groundbreaking I Feel Fine, the penultimate track on Side Two, was perhaps the first time that American ears were ever exposed (intentionally) to guitar feedback.
Beatles For Sale was the last of the band's British LPs to feature an abundance of covers. Beatles '65 features all of Beatles For Sale's non-originals (Rock And Roll Music, Mr. Moonlight, Honey Don't and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby) but two: Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! and Words Of Love - those tracks would also wind up on Beatles VI.
1. No Reply
2. I'm A Loser
3. Baby's In Black
4. Rock And Roll Music
5. I'll Follow The Sun
6. Mr. Moonlight
7. Honey Don't
8. I'll Be Back
9. She's A Woman
10. I Feel Fine
11. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby