Hi my name is Jonathan Poole (Beatles Fan) I decided to write this blog after having the misfortune of searching for basic recording facts and figures on other Beatle sites. 
It's most frustrating, looking for Beatles recording info when your  either confronted with half arsed descriptions, a lack of catalogue numbers, shabby old record covers or even worse, some Mr Know It All, who boggles your brains with shit like what the Beatles had for breakfast when they recorded take 26 of Honey Pie! No! I don't sleep better knowing any of that stuff.....!
  I'm sure the average Beatle buff out there just wants to have the reasonable facts about the tracks, you know, like the release dates, chart positions, who wrote the Beatle track, and a nice cover sleeve to look at, without 30 years of grime and masturbation on it! (I don't care if you had it since you were 10 and its worth £200, I want CLEAN, I want TIDY, I wanna be taken back in my mind to a record shop in 1967 and I'm just gonna buy a lovely new copy of Strawberry Fields!
...Lucky for you lot, I've searched the four corners of the earth for your pleasure, and the record sleeves are PUKKA!
 Don't you fans worry...you are in safe hands, I love the Beatles, but I'm not a fanatic who thinks the Fabs can do no wrong (like some idiots I've known in the past!), yeah I think 'The Ringo song' has polluted many an otherwise classic album, I don't think Revolver is THAT brilliant (I mean Rubber Soul is twice as good  for Christ sake), and yes I know JL is a God, but give Macca a break, (heresy, I know!), but he did do the best tunes (including my all time fave, Hey Jude!)
 Well let's get started, all you need to know (rather than spend all day scrolling through the site), is just to look at the panel on your right, click one of the links under 'Search'  or if you are looking for a song or album, tap the name into the box at the top left of this page.
...and the  World will turn for you! 
I have also included 'The Beatles U.S. Discography' for our cousins across the pond (click on the relevant 'Search Category' on the right side of this post to access.)
 This site is user friendly....It's Capricorn Tidy, and if I may add, a bit sexy too!
                    Jonathan Poole (December 2012)



COLOUR KEY


  • WHITE;  Original song composed and performed by Beatles/Solo Beatles 
  • YELLOW;  Previously released Beatles/solo Beatles recordings 
  • GREEN;  Song not composed but performed by Beatles/solo Beatles 
  • PRUSSIAN BLUE;  Song not performed by Beatles/Solo Beatles 
  • MAUVE;  Audio, Interview or other non music track
  • SKY BLUE;  Video or promotional film included with album/CD  
  • ITALICS;  Live Performances & Stage shows 

The Beatles: First Recordings (1957-1960) Parlophone PMC 1046 (21 January 2013)

The Beatles First Recordings
(UK released 2013)


  1. Baby Let's Play House  (Arthur Gunter) (The Quarrymen) (July 6 1957)
  2. Puttin' On The Style (Norman Cazden) (The Quarrymen) (July 6 1957)
  3. That'll Be The Day (Allison-Holly-Petty) (The Quarrymen) (July 1958)
  4. In Spite Of All The Danger (Paul McCartney-George Harrison) (The Quarrymen) (July 1958)
  5. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Charles) (July 1960)
  6. You'll Be Mine (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) (July 1960)
  7. Cayenne (Paul McCartney) (July 1960)
* The songs are of a low quality but are historically important, and include the first recorded Lennon-McCartney song.
* The songs were all recorded when The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen.

The Beatles First / In The Beginning (June 1961) Tony Sheridan & The Beatles (236-201) Released 4 August 1967

The Beatles First
(UK -released 1967)


  1. My Bonnie (trad. Sheridan) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)
  2. Cry For A Shadow (Instrumental) (The Beatles) (John Lennon-George Harrison)
  3. The Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In) (trad. Sheridan) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)
  4. Ain't She Sweet (Ager-Yellen) (The Beatles) John Lennon, Vocals
  5. Why (Compton-Sheridan) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)
  6. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Casey-Pinkard) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)
  7. Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby (Hall-Singleton) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)
  8. Nobody's Child (Coben-Forey) (Tony Sheridan & The Beatles)

In The Beginning -The Beatles feat Tony Sheridan
(UK released 1970)



     
 * Except Where Stated All The Songs Featured Tony Sheridan On Lead Vocals.
 * Although The Songs Were Recorded In June 1961, The album was available as a German import but was released in the UK in 1967 and a more complete version was released on 4th May 1970.
 * Only 8 Tracks Were Recorded Using The Beatles. 6 were as a backing band for Sheridan. Other tracks (not listed) Feature The Beat  Brothers on backing. But 1 track (Ain't She Sweet) features John Lennon on lead vocals & another song 'Cry For A Shadow' was an instrumental performed & written by The Beatles. (The Beatles Drummer at this session was Pete Best)
 * An EP was released in 1963 featuring 4 of these songs, but this collection was the most complete set up until that point. The album was recorded in Hamburg, Germany.
* I must point out that this site will concentrate on Beatles & solo Beatles releases mostly on the EMI / Parlophone/ Apple labels, the above sessions have been released numerous times in different formats, I will not confuse the reader with these variations so I will only include this album, which was the first major UK release of the 8 songs recorded by The Beatles (mostly featuring Tony Sheridan) in the 1961 sessions.



The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan
(UK - Contour re-release 1978)





The DECCA Audition (January 1 1962)

The DECCA Audition
(UK, 1962)

  1. "Like Dreamers Do" (John Lennon–Paul McCartney) *
  2. "Money (Thats What I Want)" (Gordy-Bradford) **
  3. "Till There Was You" (Meredith Willson) **
  4. "The Sheik Of Araby" (Smith-Wheeler-Snyder) *
  5. "To Know Her Is To Love Her" (Phil Spector) **
  6. "Take Good Care Of My Baby" (King-Goffin) **
  7. "Memphis, Tennessee" (Chuck Berry) **
  8. "Sure To Fall (In Love With You" (Cantrell-Claunch-Perkins) **
  9. "Hello Little Girl" (John Lennon–Paul McCartney) *
  10. "Three Cool Cats" (Leiber-Stoller) *
  11. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Buddy Holly) **
  12. "Love Of The Loved" (John Lennon–Paul McCartney) **
  13. "September In The Rain" (Warren-Dubin) **
  14. "Besame Mucho" (Consuelo Velasquez) **
  15. "Searchin'" (Leiber-Stoller) *
*   Released on 'Anthology 1' (1995)
** Released on 'I Saw Her Standing There' (2013)

* The 15 songs recorded at the DECCA audition were never officially released as a set, except for bootleg copies. The 12 non Lennon-McCartney songs were first released on the 1982 album 'The Complete Silver Beatles' and this was followed by a number of differently titled budget albums between 1982 to 1985. These records were all deleted by the mid 1980's. 
The CD debut of 5 of the DECCA songs came with the release of  'Anthology 1'  in 1995. This included 2 of the Lennon-McCartney songs. The CD release of the remaining 10 songs came with the 2013 album, 'I Saw Her Standing There'.  
The DECCA audition ( January 1st 1962) was a failure, but the event is historically important for producing the first quality recordings by the group. It is also remembered for featuring Pete Best on drums.  For more information about the events click on The DECCA Audition (January 1 1962)


Review 
Rating  =  ***
Best Songs  =   Besame Mucho, Searchin', The Sheik of Araby, Hello Little Girl
Worst Song  =  Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Best Ballad =  Love of The Loved
Best Rock Track  =  Money
The Single That Never Was!  =  Besame Mucho

Love Me Do (Single - Parlophone R4949) 5 October 1962

Love Me Do
1962



  1. Love  Me Do (Version 1) (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) Ringo, Drums
  2. P.S. I Love You  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
 Highest U.K. Chart Position = 17 (1962) 4 (1982 Re-Issue)


1976 Green Label Re-Issue
(All The Beatles Singles Were Re-Issued With Identical Green & Black Sleeves  in 1976)

1982 Re-Issue (7' & 12')
* From 1982 To 1990 All The Beatles Singles Were  Re-Issued With  New Sleeves,
(The Singles Were Simultaneously Released On Picture Disc With Corresponding Artwork)
* In 1992 The Singles Were Re-Issued In CD Format Using Identical Sleeves To The 80s Releases


1982 Picture Disc
(All Singles Were Re-Issued In Picture  Disc Formats )

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Love Me Do 
1962

Please Please Me (Single - Parlophone R4983) 11 January 1963

Please Please Me
1963

  1. Please Please Me  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Ask Me Why  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)

 Highest U.K. Chart Position = 2



1983 Re-Issue

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Please Please Me
1963

Please Please Me (22 March 1963) Parlophone PMC 1202

Please Please Me
(UK, 1963)

  1. I Saw Her Standing There (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Misery (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander)
  4. Chains (Goffin-King)
  5. Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
  6. Ask Me Why (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) 
  7. Please Please Me (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) 
  8. Love Me Do  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) (Version 2) *Andy White, Drums
  9. P.S. I Love You (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) 
  10. Baby It's You (David-Williams-Burt Bacharach)
  11. Do You Want To Know A Secret (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  12. A Taste of Honey (Scott-Marlow)
  13. There's A Place (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  14. Twist & Shout (Medley-Russell)


Review 
Rating  =  *** 
Best Songs  =   I Saw Her Standing There,  Twist & Shout,  Please Please Me
Worst Song  =  Ask Me Why
Best Ballad =  A Taste of Honey
Best Rock Track  =  Twist & Shout
The Single That Never Was!  =  I Saw Her Standing There

From Me To You (Single - Parlophone R5015) 11 April 1963

From Me To You
(Original UK Pressing 1963)

  1. From Me To You  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Thank You Girl   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (7 Weeks)


1983 Re-Issue



Twist And Shout (EP) 12 July 1963 (Parlophone GEP8882)

Twist  And Shout (EP)

  1. Twist And Shout
  2. A Taste Of Honey
  3. Do You Want To Know A Secret
  4. Theres A Place
* All Songs Previously Released On 'Please Please Me' Album, 1963

She Loves You (Single - Parlophone R5055) 23 August 1963

She Loves You
(UK, 1963)



  1. She Loves You (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. I'll Get You  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (6 Weeks) * It was the best selling single of the 60's in the U.K.



1983 Re-Issue


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She Loves You

The Beatles Hits (EP) 6 September 1963 (Parlophone GEP8880)

The Beatles Hits (EP)
(UK, 1963)

  1. From Me To You
  2. Thank You Girl
  3. Please Please Me
  4. Love Me Do
* All Songs Previously Released As Singles, 1962, 1963

The Beatles No.1 (EP) 1 November 1963 (Parlophone GEP8883)

The Beatles No.1 (EP)
(UK, 1963)

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. Misery
  3. Anna
  4. Chains
* All Songs Previously Released On 'Please Please Me' Album, 1963

With The Beatles (22 November 1963) Parlophone PMC 1206

With The Beatles
(UK, 1963)
Listen to 'With The Beatles' on YouTube

  1. It Won't Be Long  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. All I've Got To Do  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. All My Loving  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  4. Don't Bother Me (George Harrison)
  5. Little Child  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  6. Till There Was You (Wilson)
  7. Please Me Postman (Dobbins-Garrett-Gorman-Holland-Bateman)
  8. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
  9. Hold Me Tight  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  10. You Really Got A Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson)
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  12. Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin)
  13. Not A Second Time  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  14. Money (Thats What I Want) (Bradford-Gordy)

Review 
Rating  =  ***
Best Songs  =   All My Loving, It Won't Be Long, 
Worst Song  =  Don't Bother Me
Best Ballad =  Till There Was You
Best Rock Track  =  Money
The Single That Never Was!  =  All My Loving

I Want To Hold Your Hand (Single - Parlophone R5084) 29 November 1963

I Want To Hold Your Hand
(UK, 1963)

  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. This Boy  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (5 Weeks)


1983 Re-Issue


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I Want To Hold Your Hand
1963

The Beatles Christmas Record 1963 (Fan Club Flexi Disc) LYN 492. 6 December 1963

The Beatles Christmas Record 1963
Lyntone, LYN 492

* Includes Seasonal Greetings From The Beatles & Short Jingles.
  1. Good King Wenceslas
  2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Ringo
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The Beatles Christmas Record 1963

All My Loving (EP) 7 February 1964 (Parlophone GEP8891)

All My Loving (EP)
(UK, 1964)

  1. All My Loving
  2. Ask Me Why
  3. Money (Thats What I Want)
  4. P.S. I Love You
* All Songs Previously Released On 'With The Beatles' Album, 1963

Long Tall Sally (EP) 19 June 1964 (Parlophone GEP8913)

Long Tall Sally
(UK, 1964)



  1. Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
  2. I Call Your Name (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. Slow Down (Larry Williams)
  4. Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
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Long Tall Sally E.P. (1964) Mono

Can't Buy Me Love (Single - Parlophone R5114) 20 March 1964

Can't Buy Me Love
(UK 1964)

  1. Can't Buy Me Love  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. You Can't Do That  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (3 Weeks)


1982 Re-Issue


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Can't Buy Me Love
1964

A Hard Days Night (Single - Parlophone R5160) 10 July 1964

A Hard Days Night
(UK, 1964)



  1. A Hard Days Night   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Things We Said Today   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (3 Weeks)

1984 Re-Issue


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A Hard Days Night
1964


A Hard Days Night (10 July 1964) Parlophone PMC 1230

A Hard Days Night
(UK, 1964)
Listen to 'A Hard Days Night' on YouTube

  1. A Hard Days Night *
  2. I Should Have Known Better
  3. If I Fell
  4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  5. And I Love Her
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. Can't Buy Me Love *
  8. Anytime At All
  9. I'll Cry Instead
  10. Things We Said Today *
  11. When I Get Home
  12. You Can't Do That *
  13. I'll Be Back
All Songs Written By John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

Review 
Rating  =  **** 
Best Songs  =   A Hard Days Night,  Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today
Worst Song  =  When I Get Home
Best Ballad =  And I Love Her
Best Rock Track  =  You Can't Do That
The Single That Never Was!  =  And I Love Her

A Hard Days Night - Extracts From The Film (EP) 4 November 1964 (Parlophone GEP8920)

Extracts From The Film A Hard Days Night (EP)
(UK, 1964)

  1. I Should Have Known Better
  2. If I Fell
  3. Tell Me Why
  4. And I Love Her
* All Songs Previously Released On 'A Hard Days Night' Album, 1964

A Hard Days Night - Extracts From The Album (EP) 6 November 1964 (Parlophone GEP8924)

A Hard Days Night (EP)
(UK, 1964)

  1. Anytime At All
  2. I'll Cry Instead
  3. Things We Said Today
  4. When I Get Home
* All Songs Previously Released On 'A Hard Days Night' Album, 1964

I Feel Fine (Single - Parlophone R5200) 27 November 1964

I Feel Fine
(UK, 1964)

  1. I Feel Fine    (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. She's A Woman   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (5 Weeks)


I Feel Fine
(UK Re-Issue 1984)

Beatles For Sale (4 December 1964) Parlophone PMC 1240

Beatles For Sale
(UK, 1964)
Listen to 'Beatles For Sale' on YouTube

  1. No Reply  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. I'm A Loser  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. Baby's In Black  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  4. Rock And Roll Music (Chuck Berry)
  5. I'll Follow The Sun  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  6. Mr Moonlight (Johnson)
  7. Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Lieber-Stoller-Penniman)
  8. Eight Days A Week  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  9. Words Of Love (Buddy Holly)
  10. Honey Don't (Carl Perkins)
  11. Every Little Thing  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  12. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  13. What You're Doing  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  14. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins)

Review 
Rating  =  *** (+1/2 )
Best Songs  =   No Reply, Eight Days A Week, Rock And Roll Music, What You're Doing
Worst Song  =  Honey Don't
Best Ballad =  I'll Follow The Sun
Best Rock Track  =  Rock And Roll Music
The Single That Never Was!  =  Eight Days A Week

Another Beatles Christmas Record (Fan Club Flexi Disc) LYN 757. 18 December 1964

Another Beatles Christmas Record
1964

* Seasonal Greetings From The Beatles Plus Short Jingles.
  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Oh Can You Wash Your Father's Shirt
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Another Beatles Christmas Record
1964

Beatles For Sale (EP) 6 April 1965 (Parlophone GEP8931)

Beatles For Sale (EP)
(UK, 1965)

  1. No Reply
  2. I'm A Loser
  3. Rock And Roll Music
  4. Eight Days A Week
* All Songs Previously Released On 'Beatles For Sale' Album, 1964

Ticket To Ride (Single - Parlophone R5265) 9 April 1965

Ticket To Ride
(UK, 1965)

  1. Ticket To Ride   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Yes It Is   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (3 Weeks)


1985 Re-Issue

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Ticket To Ride

Beatles For Sale (No.2) (EP) 4 June 1965 (Parlophone GEP8938)

Beatles For Sale (No.2) EP
(UK, 1965)

  1. I'll Follow The Sun
  2. Baby's In Black
  3. Words Of Love
  4. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
* All Songs Previously Released On 'Beatles For Sale' Album, 1964

Help! (Single - Parlophone R5305 ) 23 July 1965

Help!
(UK, 1965)

  1. Help!  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. I'm Down  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (3 Weeks)


1985 Re-Issue

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Help!











Help! (6 August 1965) Parlophone PMC 1255

Help!
(UK, 1965)
Listen to 'Help!' on YouTube

  1. Help!  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) 
  2. The Night Before  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  4. I Need You  (George Harrison)
  5. Another Girl   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  6. You're Going To Lose That Girl  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  7. Ticket To Ride  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) 
  8. Act Naturally (Russell-Morrison)
  9. It's Only Love  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  10. You Like Me Too Much   (George Harrison)
  11. Tell me What You See  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  12. I've Just Seen A Face  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  13. Yesterday   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Larry Williams)

Review 
Rating  =  **** 
Best Songs  =   Help!, Ticket To Ride, Yesterday, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Worst Song  =  I've Just Seen A Face
Best Ballad =  Yesterday
Best Rock Track  =  Dizzy Miss Lizzy
The Single That Never Was!  =  Yesterday

Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out (Single - Parlophone R5389) 3 December 1965

We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper
(UK, 1965)

  1. Day Tripper (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. We Can Work It Out (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Highest U.K. Chart Position = 1 (5 Weeks)


1985 Re-Issue


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We Can Work It Out (1965)


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Day Tripper (1965)


Rubber Soul (3 December 1965) Parlophone PMC 1267

Rubber Soul
(UK, 1965)
Listen to 'Rubber Soul' on YouTube

  1. Drive My Car  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  3. You Won't See Me  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  4. Nowhere Man  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  5. Think For Yourself   (George Harrison)
  6. The Word  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  7. Michelle  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  8. What Goes On   (John Lennon-Paul McCartney-Richard Starkey)
  9. Girl  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  10. I'm Looking Through You  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  11. In My Life  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  12. Wait  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
  13. If I Needed Someone  (George Harrison)
  14. Run For Your Life  (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
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Rubber Soul (1965) Mono






Review 
Rating  =  **** 
Best Songs  =   Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, In My Life 
Worst Song  =  What Goes On
Best Ballad =  Michelle
Best Rock Track  =  Drive My Car
The Single That Never Was!  =  Nowhere Man (a number 1 single in the States)

The Beatles Million Sellers (EP) 11 December 1965 (Parlophone GEP8946)

The Beatles Million Sellers (EP)
(UK, 1965)

  1. She Loves You
  2. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. I Feel Fine
* All Songs Previously Released As Singles, 1963, 1964.
* See Relevant Singles For Details

The Beatles Third Christmas Record (Fan Club Flexi Disc) LYN 948. 17 December 1965

The Beatles Third Christmas Record
(UK 1965)
* Seasonal Greetings Plus Other Songs & Jingles

  1. Yesterday (a Cappella)
  2. Auld Lang Syne
  3. Happy Christmas To Ya List'nas
  4. It's The Same Old Song (The Four Tops)
  5. Christmas Comes But Once A Year (Poem)
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The Beatles Third Christmas Record
(UK 1965)