Sunday, January 20, 2013

Record #0243: Can’t Buy Me Love / You Can’t Do That – THE BEATLES

Capitol 5150 (original) USA, Mar. 16, 1964
Words & Music by:  John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Musicians: Paul McCartney (bass, vocals on side A, backing vocals and cowbell on side B), John Lennon (acoustic rhythm guitar on side A, lead vocals and lead guitar on side B), George Harrison (12-string lead guitar on side A, backing vocals and 12-string rhythm guitar on side B), Ringo Starr (drums, congas on side B), Norman Smith (hi-hat on side A)
Recording sessions: Produced by George Martin at EMI Studios, London, UK, Feb. 25, 1964. Side A instruments excluding the final version of the guitar solo were recorded at Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France on Jan. 29, 1964.
Highest chart positions:  Side A – US #1, UK #1; Side B – US #48

This was The Beatles' third #1 in the States and the fourth #1 in the UK.

The British Invasion had just started when this record was in the making. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hit #1 in the States in mid-January and the band left for their first US tour on Feb. 7, 1964.

The title song is McCartney’s and the flip is Lennon’s.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30. Many variations and different releases exist, but this is the first US release. Some unauthorized releases with yellow vinyl are listed as high as $4000 for a NM.

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