With the Beatles

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With the Beatles
A black-and-white photograph of the Beatles' faces on a black background with the band members wearing black turtleneck sweaters
Studio album by The Beatles
Released22 November 1963 (1963-11-22)
Recorded18 July – 23 October 1963, EMI Studios, London
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles chronology
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Alternative cover
Australian cover
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With the Beatles
A black-and-white photograph of the Beatles' faces on a black background with the band members wearing black turtleneck sweaters
Studio album by The Beatles
Released22 November 1963 (1963-11-22)
Recorded18 July – 23 October 1963, EMI Studios, London
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles chronology
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Alternative cover
Australian cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubA[6]
Blender4/5 stars[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media8.8/10[9]
Rolling Stonefavourable[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[12]

With the Beatles is the second studio album by the English rock group the Beatles. It was released on 22 November 1963, on Parlophone, and was recorded four months after the band's debut Please Please Me. The album features eight original compositions (seven by Lennon–McCartney and "Don't Bother Me", George Harrison's first recorded solo composition and his first released on a Beatles album) and six covers (mostly of Motown, rock and roll, and R&B hits). The cover photograph was taken by the fashion photographer Robert Freeman, and it has been mimicked by several music groups over the years. Most of the songs from the album were released in the United States by Capitol Records as the Meet the Beatles! LP on 20 January 1964; the rest featured on their next US album, The Beatles' Second Album.

The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the United Kingdom, after the soundtrack to the 1958 film South Pacific.[13] With the Beatles remained at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing Please Please Me, so that the Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. It even reached number 11 in the "singles charts" (because at the time UK charts counted all records sold, regardless of format). EMI Australia did not receive the cover art, and used a caricature of the band in a similar style to the black-and-white photograph on other releases. The Beatles were unaware of this until fans showed them the cover during their only Australian tour, and informed the EMI publicity staff that they were not pleased with the substitution.[14]

On 26 February 1987, With the Beatles was officially released on compact disc (in mono only, catalogue number CDP 7 46436 2). Having been available only as an import in the US in the past, the album was also issued domestically in the US on LP and cassette on 21 July 1987. Along with the rest of the Beatles' canon, it was re-released on CD in newly re-mastered stereo and mono versions on 9 September 2009.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 420 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[15] The album was a number 1 in the UK and Germany.

Track listing[edit]

With the Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone yellow and black label.

All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted. 

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."It Won't Be Long"  Lennon with McCartney2:13
2."All I've Got to Do"  Lennon2:03
3."All My Loving"  McCartney2:08
4."Don't Bother Me" (Harrison)George Harrison2:28
5."Little Child"  Lennon with McCartney1:46
6."Till There Was You" (Meredith Willson)McCartney2:14
7."Please Mister Postman" (Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman)Lennon with McCartney and Harrison2:34
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry)Harrison2:45
2."Hold Me Tight"  McCartney2:32
3."You Really Got a Hold on Me" (Smokey Robinson)Lennon with Harrison and McCartney3:01
4."I Wanna Be Your Man"  Ringo Starr with McCartney1:59
5."Devil in Her Heart" (Richard Drapkin)Harrison2:26
6."Not a Second Time"  Lennon2:07
7."Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy)Lennon with McCartney and Harrison2:49


Unlike Please Please Me, which was recorded in one day (11 February 1963),[16] With The Beatles was recorded over seven sessions across three months, from 18 July to 23 October. In between sessions, as Beatlemania took off across the UK, the group were busy with radio, TV, and live performances. The sessions featured:
18 July: "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "Money (That's What I Want)", "(There's A) Devil In Her Heart" and "Till There Was You".[17]
30 July: "Please Mister Postman", "It Won't Be Long", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Till There Was You", "Roll Over Beethoven", "It Won't Be Long", and "All My Loving".[17]
11 September: "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Little Child", "All I've Got To Do", "Not A Second Time" and "Don't Bother Me".[18]
12 September: "Hold Me Tight" "Don't Bother Me", "Little Child" and "I Wanna Be Your Man".[19]
3 October: "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Little Child".[20]
17 October: "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "This Boy", and "You Really Got A Hold On Me". This was the Beatles' first session to use four-track recording. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" were the A-side and B-side of The Beatles' next single, released on 29 November.[21]
23 October: "I Wanna Be Your Man".[22]


According to Mark Lewisohn:[23]

The Beatles

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

United Kingdom22 November 1963ParlophoneMono LPPMC 1206
Stereo LPPCS 3045
16 February 1987CDCDP 7 46436 2
United States26 February 1987Capitol RecordsMono, LPCLJ-46436
ParlophoneCDCDP 7 46436 2
Worldwide re-release9 September 2009Apple RecordsRemastered stereo CD0946 3 82420 2 4
Remastered mono CD
13 November 2012Remastered stereo LP0094638242017


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  2. ^ Harrington, Richard (6 February 2004). "It was 40 years ago ...". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Howlett, Kevin; Heatley, Mike (2009). With the Beatles (CD historical notes). p. 12. 
  4. ^ SHINDIG! Issue 35, page 30
  5. ^ With the Beatles at AllMusic
  6. ^ Klosterman, Chuck (8 September 2009). "Chuck Klosterman Repeats The Beatles". The A.V. Club (Chicago). Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music 1. Muze. pp. 487–489. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4. 
  9. ^ "Album Reviews: The Beatles: With the Beatles". Pitchfork. 8 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Beatles: The Long and Winding Repertiore". Paste. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Beatles - With the Beatles". Rolling Stone. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  12. ^ The Beatles | Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music Archived April 4, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Wide Screen Movies Magazine". Widescreenmovies.org. Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Baker & Dilernia 1985.
  15. ^ Rolling Stone 2007.
  16. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 99.
  17. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 117.
  18. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 121–122.
  19. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 122.
  20. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 123.
  21. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 125.
  22. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 125–126.
  23. ^ Lewisohn 1988.
  24. ^ "Chart Stats - The Beatles - With the Beatles". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  25. ^ Whitburn 2007.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – With The Beatles". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Beatles; 'With The Beatles')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  29. ^ "British album certifications – The Beatles – With The Beatles". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  Enter With The Beatles in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  30. ^ "American album certifications – Beatles, The – With The Beatles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  31. ^ "Beatles albums finally go platinum". British Phonographic Industry (BBC News). 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-12. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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Preceded by
Please Please Me by the Beatles
UK Albums Chart number-one album
7 December 1963 – 24 April 1964
Succeeded by
The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones