MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

The Beatles

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Beatles A Hard Day's Night album cover
3.53 | 434 ratings | 31 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection


Write a review
Buy THE BEATLES Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1964

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Songs From The Film "A Hard Day's Night" -
1. A Hard Day's Night (2.32)
2. I Should Have Known Better (2:44)
3. If I Fell (2:21)
4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (1:58)
5. And I Love Her (2:31)
6. Tell Me Why (2:10)
7. Can't Buy Me Love (2:14)
-
8. Any Time At All (2:13)
9. I'll Cry Instead (1:47)
10. Things We Said Today (2:38)
11. When I Get Home (2:18)
12. You Can't Do That (2:37)
13. I'll Be Back (2:20)

Total Time 30:23

Lyrics

Search THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- George Harrison / electric (6- & 12-strings) & acoustic guitars, claves, lead (5) & backing vocals
- John Lennon / electric (6- & 12-strings) & acoustic guitars, piano, harmonica, tambourine, lead (1-3,7,8) & backing vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, acoustic guitar, piano, cowbell, lead (1,8,9,11) & backing vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, percussion

With:
- George Martin / piano, producer

Releases information

First 7 tracks (Side 1 on LP) are from the Soundtrack for the film "A Hard Day's Night"

LP Parlophone ‎- PMC 1230 (1964, UK) Mono version
LP Parlophone ‎- PCS 3058 (1964, UK) Stereo version
LP United Artists - UAS 6366 (1964, US) Stereo, different cover

CD Parlophone ‎- CDP 7 46437 2 (1987, UK) Mono
CD Parlophone ‎- 0946 3 82413 2 4 (2009, Europe) Stereo remaster by Guy Massey & Steve Rooke; CD-ROM section includes Mini-Documentary video

Thanks to Certif1ed for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

THE BEATLES MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night Music


Hard Day's Night [Blu-ray]Hard Day's Night [Blu-ray]
Multiple Formats · Blu-ray · Import
Imports 2014
Blu-ray$13.68
$13.67 (used)
a hard day's night / i should have known better 45 rpm singlea hard day's night / i should have known better 45 rpm single
CAPITOL
Vinyl$24.92 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
The Beatles CD Single Card Sleeve A Hard Days Night / Things We Said Today USD $11.95 Buy It Now 1h 40m
THE BEATLES - A HARD DAYS NIGHT - VIDEO PROMOTION BOARD - RETRO PROMO RARE USD $13.27 Buy It Now 2h 8m
Rare Beatles LP - A Hard Day's Night - Original 1964 UK 1st Pressing USD $65.06 [0 bids]
2h 27m
THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT UNITED ARTISTS LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 33m
THE BEATLES MEXICAN E.P. A HARD DAYS NIGHT MEXICO E.P. USD $26.54 Buy It Now 3h 9m
The Beatles ?- A Hard Day's Night LP PCS 3058 UK 1964 Parlophone Stereo YEX126 USD $159.33 Buy It Now 3h 21m
THE BEATLES " A HARD DAYS NIGHT " UK PARLOPHONE R 5160 EX- USD $7.30 [0 bids]
4h 14m
BEATLES "A HARD DAYS NIGHT LP & SOUNDTRACK" 1CD RARE RUSSIAN IMPORT BONUS TRACKS USD $27.99 Buy It Now 4h 49m
THE BEATLES- A Hard Day's Night, ORIG 1964 UK MONO LP / inner.....NICE COPY USD $16.60 [3 bids]
5h 7m
THE BEATLES L.P. 1964. 'A HARD DAY'S NIGHT.' PMC 1230. RE-ISSUE. EX+ CON USD $4.65 [0 bids]
5h 10m
Beatles - A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today - 3" Cd Single ( 8cm ) USD $7.97 [0 bids]
5h 34m
The Beatles A Hard Days Night Rare Pressing & Demonstration Copy Very Rare USD $232.37 Buy It Now 5h 41m
RARE LP THE BEATLES A HARD DAY`S NIGHT TASTE OF HONEY USSR RUSSIA RUSSIAN RECORD USD $9.99 [1 bids]
5h 43m
THE BEATLES - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT LP STEREO UNITED ARTISTS USD $34.99 Buy It Now 6h 14m
Beatles~A Hard Day's Night~LP Record~United Artists~UAS 6366~Original Pressing USD $24.99 Buy It Now 6h 44m
Beatles A Hard Days Night - 1st Edition 1964 USD $4.65 [0 bids]
7h 2m
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night LP Parlophone 1964 Mono UK 1st! USD $9.97 [6 bids]
7h 43m
THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT 7" SINGLE PARLOPHONE R 5160 EXCELLENT CONDITION USD $13.27 Buy It Now 7h 53m
The Beatles ?- A Hard Day's Night (Tutti Per Uno) Red Cover 1970 USD $26.49 Buy It Now 9h 29m
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night VG- Mono UA 3366 record 1964 Tested - I Cry USD $30.00 Buy It Now 9h 58m
THE BEATLES - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT NEW CD USD $25.23 Buy It Now 10h 42m
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night LP United Artists UAL-3366 1964 VG+ ORIGINAL 11C USD $49.99 Buy It Now 10h 47m
THE BEATLES - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT STEREO IMPORT PCS #3058 70,S SEALED MINT! USD $224.99 Buy It Now 11h 2m
THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT ORIGINAL U.S. STEREO LP USD $4.04 [2 bids]
12h 20m
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night-1964-UAL3366 United Artists-soundtrack mono-VG+ USD $66.00 Buy It Now 12h 58m
The Beatles - 11 a hard days night - Japan CD - 13Tracks USD $18.99 Buy It Now 13h 35m
Lot of 4 Beatles CDS A Hard Days Night PAST MASTERS VOL1 Please Please Me USD $42.99 Buy It Now 14h 9m
THE BEATLES ORIGINAL 1964 A HARD DAY'S NIGHT FILM SHEET MUSIC BOOK SONGS PLUS USD $26.54 [0 bids]
14h 11m
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today 45 USD $11.76 Buy It Now 14h 49m
beatles a hard days night USD $10.00 Buy It Now 15h 16m
"The Beatles" Album: A Hard Day's Night USD $30.00 [0 bids]
USD $40.00 Buy It Now
15h 20m
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night LP 1st Ed 1964 Stereo UAS-6366 SOLID VG VG+ USA USD $16.99 [0 bids]
USD $24.90 Buy It Now
15h 30m
A Hard Day's Night THE Beatles LP EX-NM SHRINK SCARCE Capitol Purple label PRESS USD $16.00 [0 bids]
USD $22.22 Buy It Now
15h 30m
the Beatles hit parade 20 JAPAN CD Children Beatles Cover A Hard Day's Night USD $24.99 Buy It Now 16h 37m
? The Beatles A Hard Day's Night : 50th Anniversary Restoration 2 Disc DVD USD $7.93 Buy It Now 17h 2m
Beatles - LP-- A hard days night-- (Germany SMO 73 739) Red gold USD $121.88 [0 bids]
17h 21m
The Beatles A Hard Days Night Australian PCSO3058 VG/VG In Wall Frame Great Gift USD $43.45 Buy It Now 18h 16m
BEATLES. A HARD DAYS NIGHT. STEREO BANNER. LP USD $43.25 [0 bids]
19h 51m
THE BEATLES:A Hard Day's Night.RARE Aussie/OZ 1981 issue LP - PROMO - USD $58.97 [0 bids]
21h 14m
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night EP UK 7" PS 1964 qg/vg- original pressing USD $11.94 Buy It Now 21h 53m
THE BEATLES : A HARD DAY'S NIGHT [12 Inch Vinyl Album 1964] PMC 1230 XEX 481-3N USD $146.04 Buy It Now 22h 35m
A Hard Day's Night The Beatles Vinyl Record USD $39.77 Buy It Now 23h 22m
The Beatles ?- A Hard Day's Night Vinyl LP NEW 180gm Stereo USD $23.55 Buy It Now 1 day
SANTO & JOHNNY A Hard Day's Night/And I Love Her 45 The Beatles USD $25.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Beatles A Hard Days Night LP Mono Pmc 1230 1st Press 3n 3n USD $1.31 [0 bids]
1 day
The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night (1984 Vestron Video Promotional Poster) USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT EP 1964 1ST PRESSING USD $6.64 [7 bids]
1 day
THE BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/THINGS WE SAID TODAY 45 1ST PRESSING 1964 USD $2.32 [5 bids]
1 day
Beatles LP "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" 1964 Early MONO "I CRY" - Beautiful! USD $178.62 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES lp A HARD DAY'S NIGHT UAS 6366 STEREO Black Label Original USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES lp A HARD DAY'S NIGHT UA 6366 MONO Black Label Original USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A Hard Days Night / Things We Said Today 7" Parlophone R5160 EX+ UK USD $17.25 Buy It Now 1 day
FRAMED VINYL ALBUM THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT GENUINE LP & SLEEVE SILVER MATT USD $26.54 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles A HARD DAY'S NIGHT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Vinyl LP USD $44.00 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES-A HARD DAY'S NIGHT-Capitol 5222-PS 7.5 VINYL 6.0 USD $95.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night - Early Issue - White Paper Label USD $6.63 [0 bids]
1 day
THE BEATLES ORIGINAL 1964 UK 45 A HARD DAYS NIGHT USD $53.10 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles A Hard Days Night 45 W/ Sleeve Japan Apple AR-1119 NM USD $34.16 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT "BEATLES CLASSIC" TRADING CARDS FULL SET 5 CARDS USD $13.27 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATLES A Hard Day's Night LP VINYL UK Parlophone 1964 13 Track Mono Pressing USD $49.45 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES rare Mexico Volume 4 LP vinyl record 1965 A Hard Day's Night scarce USD $13.28 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night LP Parlophone 1969 UK Press! USD $1.74 [2 bids]
1 day
BEATLES A Hard Day's Night CD European Apple 2009 13 Track Stereo Digitally USD $11.80 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATLES A Hard Day's Night CD UK Parlophone 13 Track (Cdp7464372) USD $10.41 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATLES - 45rpm - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER-CAPITOL 5222-NM! USD $15.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Beatles A Hard Day's Night LP UAL3366 1964 Mono 1AK/1AK USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATLES: A Hard Day's Night LP (180g remastered reissue, sm tear on hype sticke USD $18.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles-A Hard Day's Night-Capitol Vinyl LP-Purple Labels USD $7.99 [1 bids]
1 day
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT Known Bettr 45 rpm CLEAN Beatles Capitol Orange USD $19.00 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES 'A Hard Day's Night' 180g Remastered Vinyl LP NEW & SEALED USD $35.38 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night 1964 UK Parlophone 1st Press Mono W/KT Tax Nice!! USD $202.50 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES Rare 1964 Oz Promo Only 7" Parlophone Single "A Hard Day's Night'" USD $31.41 Buy It Now 1 day
The Beatles ?- A Hard Day's Night Vinyl LP NEW 180gm Mono USD $31.41 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night MONO 180gm Vinyl LP NEW & SEALED USD $34.39 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT SOUNDTRACK ALBUM ORIGINAL MONO 1964 ! USD $5.99 [1 bids]
1 day
JAPAN 7" RED VINYL THE BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT YAH !/ THINGS WE SAID OR-1119 USD $49.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES: 'A Hard Day's Night' expanded CD USD $6.63 [0 bids]
1 day
The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night 1964 used original LP Record USD $46.47 [0 bids]
1 day
Beatles A Hard Day's Night - All Rights vinyl LP album record UK PCS3058 USD $31.80 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES-A Hard Day's Night-A Beautiful Picture Sleeve & 45-CAPITOL #5222 USD $120.00 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES - A Hard Days Night / Cassette Album Tape / EMI / 2923 USD $10.61 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT Parl 64 -3N-3N UK 1st pr Mono LP VG++ USD $59.74 Buy It Now 2 days
A Hard Day's Night [Digipak] by The Beatles (CD, Sep-2009, Apple Records) USD $2.99 [1 bids]
2 days
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today USD $5.31 [0 bids]
2 days
THE BEATLES" A HARD DAYS NIGHT" 1st PRESSING UK PARLOPHONE EX- COND. USD $9.15 Buy It Now 2 days
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night **ORIGINAL PARLOPHONE**USA IMPORT/PRESS**FRPOST USD $9.28 Buy It Now 2 days
the beatles a hard days night 1980's russian pressing vinyl lp excellent USD $20.36 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BEATLES"A HARD DAY'S NIGHT"JAPAN EX-DISC-LP&FOLDING LINERNOTES, NO OBI! USD $19.99 [0 bids]
USD $25.99 Buy It Now
2 days
The Beatles A Hard Days Night LP Vinyl Record USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BEATLES +a hard days night ( original soundtrack )+ LP+NM+UAS6366 USD $14.98 [0 bids]
2 days
BEATLES A HARD DAYS NIGHT CD MINI LP OBI RUS Harrison Lennon McCartney Starr USD $12.90 Buy It Now 2 days
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT THE BEATLES CD 1987 CAPITOL VERY GOOD CONDITION INCL BOOKLET USD $5.99 Buy It Now 2 days
L&M CUP AND SAUCER SET - A HARD DAYS NIGHT, The Beatles. USD $16.60 Buy It Now 2 days
BEATLES~ A HARD DAY'S NIGHT~ VG++~ U A 3366 ~ MONO~ RARE~ ~ POP LP USD $149.99 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night United Artists High Fidelity Vinyl Record LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT MONO LP UNITED ARTISTS UAL3366 (1964 FIRST PRESSING) USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
The Beatles-A Hard Days Night-US Reel To Reel-Stereo USD $50.00 [0 bids]
2 days
BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT GENUINE JAPAN MONO MINI-LP 2009 BRAND NEW! USD $17.99 Buy It Now 2 days
THE BEATLES UK PARLOPHONE PRESS (FILM) A HARD DAYS NIGHT E.P EXELLENT/EXCELLENT+ USD $6.63 [0 bids]
2 days
THE BEATLES ORIGINAL 1964 A HARD DAY'S NIGHT SHEET MUSIC BOOK AWESOME 40 PAGES USD $33.18 Buy It Now 2 days

More places to buy THE BEATLES music online Buy THE BEATLES & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night ratings distribution


3.53
(434 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(34%)
34%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This is a very good album in their early discography, the only one of all their albums with all songs composed by Lennon and McCartney.The album was divided in songs included in the film (tracks 1 to 7) and other songs not included in the film (the rest of the songs).

"A Hard Day`s Night": very good lyrics, which, as the old story says, were written by Lennon after one comment that Ringo said after a hard day of work.

"I Should Have Known Better":with an harmonica played by Lennon. Not very interesting for me.

"If I Fell": one of their best ballads, maybe my favourite from them. Great vocals by Lennon & McCartney, and good guitar by Harrison (maybe playing a 12 string electric guitar).

"I`m Happy Just to Dance with You": a song written by Lennon for Harrison to sing.

"And I Love Her": another great ballad, with very good acoustic guitar solo by Harrison.

"Tell Me Why": a more conventional Pop Rock song, IMO.

"Can`t Buy Me Love": I like the lyrics of this song.McCartney still plays this song on tour.

"Anytime at All": a more "dramatic" song, not one of my favourites.

"Ill Cry Instead": a short ballad, not one of my favourites.

"Things We Said Today": a very intersting song IMO, with very good vocals by McCartney plus backing vocals by Harrison. one of the best from this album. Very good acoustic guitars. McCartney played this song during some of his tours.

"When I Get Home": it seems more to me like a "fiiller" song.

"You Can`t Do That": a very good song, with Harrison on 12 string electric guitar and Lennon on double-tracked lead vocals and lead guitar.

"Ill Be Back": one of my favourites, it closes very well the album.

This album was originally released in Mono and Stereo versions on L.P. But, in 1987 George Martin remastered this and the other 3 first albums of The Beatles ("Please, Please Me", "With The Beatles" and "Beatles for Sale") for C.D. releases only in Mono. He explained that these albums sounded to him better in Mono, but I don`t agree with him! All their albums need another resmatering, but these first 4 albums particularly need another remastering, maybe in Stereo versions only. Only those fans who have the old Stereo U.K. L.P.s can enjoy them in better sound.The U.S. Stereo versions of these L.P.s were often re-mixed by Capitol Records for the U.S. market, and I prefer the original Stereo versions.

Review by Menswear
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars The perfect wedding soundtrack.

If you ever tie the knot, pop this in your fiesta and bingo, your aunts will go crazy. This album has legendary dancing effect on any type of body or personnality. This is not progressive in any means, but what a record folks!

The 'unknown' material itself is great (the last 5 songs), the radio material is fantastic, the movie was a total blast (with wine or not), so many bands inspired themselves from this album (from Dave Clakrk's Five to Oasis)...the perfect pop album, probably in the 10 best of all time.

Put on your wig, your corduroy and swing with us, don't be afraid...everybody's doing it.

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars To appreciate this album one must take into consideration the insane and intrusive circus that was swirling around these guys at the time. They were still riding the crest of the unbelievable wave of universal popularity that gave definition to the term "rock gods," they were about to star in a feature length movie about themselves, and the entire planet wanted a piece of them 24/7. And now, by the way, could you guys throw together about 13 brand new songs to release as your third LP and soundtrack to the movie? No, this isn't prog any more than the Monkees were but it's still an admirable and undeniably well- produced collection of pop songs that rattle around in your brain like they were born in there. Just listen to the complex chord changes going on and you'll realize this isn't just your standard five-bar blues progressions at work here. Two guitars, bass, drums and hardly a keyboard in sight! That's it. All four were working together like no other band had ever collaborated before and the result is an album that moves from one song to another with astounding ease, yet every song is wholly unlike the previous one. Any person who has ever tried to write a song will tell you that this kind of inspired, crafted-on- the-run genius is beyond belief.
Review by bhikkhu
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Team
3 stars Oh, my, my, my. Here is Beatlemania in full swing. In 1964 The Beatles offered a new album with all originals, and a movie (which is also great). It is absolutely fantastic. How anyone could not enjoy this, is just beyond my comprehension. At this point, the fab four were seasoned professionals (pretty impressive considering the time frame). There is not one weak track here.

Again, they were not content to sit on their laurels. "A Hard Days Night" opens with that loud chord, and you know you are in for something special. Then the bongos, and Harrison is bending the guitar strings like never before. "If I Fell" could be one of the most beautiful love songs ever written (no, wait, that's "And I Love Her." Or is it .... man, they wrote so many). It is also from a much different perspective than you would expect. "Things We Said Today" is worth the price of the album alone. Here is evidence of something more than pop music. It's intricate harmonies, subtle darkness, and almost menacing acoustic guitar, foreshadow the future (looking for some prog roots?).

I could go through all the songs, but most people have heard them. If you have only heard them separately, you are missing out. This may not be a concept album, but it is of a specific time. These tunes were written together, and belong together.

Here is the obligatory rating spiel. A five star album, that only gets three on P.A. I wish I could do three and one half. This may not be essential, but it is very highly recommended. If you are interested in the history of rock itself, then this is an essential album.

H.T. Riekels

Review by Cygnus X-2
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The album that sparked the phenomenon known as Beatlemania can be rooted with this album, which is half comprised of songs used in the film of the same name. The biggest difference between this album and the previous two albums is the fact that all the songs are original compositions, and for the most part, they are all really good songs. It's amazing how John Lennon and Paul McCartney were able to write 13 songs, record the album, make a movie, and embark on a tour all in a year and have all the songs be of a stellar quality. This album is certainly more progressive than the first two Beatles offerings, but still their sound was nothing more than the three chord pop sound that was so popular in the early 60s. By and by this is my favorite Beatles album of their early albums (from the debut through Beatles for Sale) and in terms of quality it really shows.

This first side of this album was devoted to songs that were used in the film for A Hard Day's Night. This side features the classic Beatles songs A Hard Day's Night (the title thought up by Ringo), And I Love Her, and Can't Buy Me Love, but I can't help but be fascinated by all the songs on this side. A Hard Day's Night begins the album with a modulated G chord and becomes a rollicking rock number with a great Harrison solo in the middle as well as some fun lyrics and vocals. And I Love Her is an acoustic ballad that Paul McCartney wrote for his then girlfriend (who would eventually end up as Gerald Scarfe's wife) and utlizes a great chord progression as well as an interesting percussive beat from Ringo. Harrison gives another short but sweet guitar solo here. Can't Buy Me Love is a sweet ballad of sorts but it has a true upbeat tempo and is a rocker at heart. Once again the guitars are just stellar.

The songs in between the big pieces of the album are just as good. The acoustic pieces If I Fell and I Should Have Known better have some interesting guitar motifs and vocals (and some raunchy harmonica on I Should Have Known Better). I'm Happy Just to Dance With You is the George Harrison vocal track of the album, and it's another simple rocker but it comes off quite effectively. The second side is devoted to non film songs and for the most part they are quite good, although there are a few pieces I don't particularly care for. For the most part you can expect these second side pieces to be of the same quality of the first side, but they just aren't as memorable as the first side (maybe that's because the movie really helps get those songs in your head). The best of these songs are Any Time at All and I'll Be Back. Any Time at All is a rollicking number in the vein of A Hard Day's Night, yet it doesn't have that kick that A Hard Day's Night had. I'll Be Back is a slower tempo piece that has some assuring vocals from Lennon (who was the dominant creative force on this album) and some interesting intrumentation.

In the end, this is my favorite early Beatles album. It's an excellent pop record with few faults, but for progressive rock fans, this isn't really progressive in any true sense of the word. Although the Beatles were progressing rapidly from the simple R&B group they once were with each passing album, they still hadn't truly reached their peak yet. Still, if you're interested in a rock record with little fault, than this comes with an extrememly high recommendation from me. 3.5/5.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This is an upgrade over the first two studio albums.The first seven songs were the soundtrack for their first feature film "A Hard Day's Night". Hard to believe this was recorded all in one day.

"A Hard Day's Night" is a classic song from the band with John's vocals being double tracked. "I Should Have Known Better" has some good harmonica in it, good tune. "If I Fell" is a good ballad but "And I Love Her" is even better. George sings lead on "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You". "Can't Buy Me Love" was a huge hit for the band. Of the remaining six songs "Things We Said Today" and "I'll Be Back" are the two I really like.

Well as THE BEATLES would say "getting better all the time" and they're right in the middle of the craziness of Beatlemania at this point.

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Third album of the Beatles finally established them as a premier beat/rock'n'roll band of the sixties. Supported by the namesake movie, "A Hard Day's Night" caused massive success of the group that was to be labelled "Beatlemania". This is a good album containing many of their hits, but still within the confines of a standard rock'n'roll/r'n'b template. Exploratory music work was to start the following year, 1965.
Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is a special album for me. It was the first Fab Four album I got. It was offered to me in the most painful year of my life (1972). Almost a year lying in bed, surgeries, rehabilitation etc. Painful but so instructive and full of musical delights.

This album will reach the first spot in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic (as usual).

The melodies are more and more polished, the vocal harmonies catchier and smoother. How many timeless songs on this album ? Plenty.

The title and opener written by John for instance. Rocking, furious tempo like the life described in the lyrics but "I Should Have Known Better" is not of less value. In terms of ballads "If I Fell" is a pleasant appetizer for my favourite song from this album : "And I Love Her" and its perfect acoustic guitar play (thanks Georges).

Side one is actually almost perfect and by far their best from their early recordings (this is their third album). Ending again with a song that seems to have ever existed (but there are so many of them in their wonderful career). It was written at the Georges V hotel in Paris (it is more a palace actually). They moved a piano in one of their suites to allow the band to create more music. Paul wrote it under these circumstances. It was their first song featuring only one singer (Paul).

The rocking "Any Time At All" has John's mark on it, still the verses are fully melodic. The first weakness of this album is "I'll Cry Instead", some country-rock style piece of music with little depth. But this feeling is quickly erased by the next song. As if it were impossible to have two weak songs in a row on their albums.

"Things We Said Today" is a melancholic song written by Paul and it is based on his personal life. It is obvious at this time that their rocking side was John's matter, while ballads was Paul's one. "When I Get Home" and "You Can Do That" emphasizes this aspect particularly well. But on the contrary, the closing number "I'll Be Back" from John has a nostalgic mood, sustained with a very pleasant acoustic guitar work. It ends this album maybe not on the highest note, but still as a pleasant Fab Four tune.

Four stars (one extra for all the souvenirs that are going through my mind while listening to this album in particular).

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The Beatles picked up quickly through the release of this third album "A Hard Day's Night" - an album that really made them, actually. Through this album they proved to the world not only that they were consistent that in two years they released three albums already but also they secured the type of music they played. As far as composition and simplicity this album is marvelous. In fact, the opening track "A Hard Day's Night" (2.32) has set out clearly that they play straight rock music even though their main structure is pop. Looking at the beat and melody and how guitar is played, this song projects the future of The Beatles music in developing matured composition.

As usual, their composition is simple, easy to digest but it's good enough to pump listener's emotion up. This is what makes good about their music. The second track "I Should Have Known Better" (2:44) is really a killer that blew me away at first listen and it still a great track until now. I even still like spinning the album for the sake of enjoying this song with great flow, good lyrics and stunning harmonica work. Another good track with strong pop orientation is "And I Love Her". "Can't Buy Me Love" is another catchy track from this album and it was a major hit in my country sometime around 70s. "You Can't Do That" is also another favorite of mine.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any rock music collection. I think this album has made the music of The Beatles had matured.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Atkingani
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars This album was released in Brazil with the fascinating title of Os Reis do Ié-Ié-Ié (The Kings Of Yeah-Yeah-Yeah... duh!) which was the same title of the movie seen at the theaters. Ié-Ié-Ié (Yeah-Yeah-Yeah) was the name used here to define the kind of rock beat we had around 1964 and lasted for one year, nothing more than that... well, maybe it's a synonym for proto-prog and we didn't know.

All 13 songs here are signed by the duo John Lennon & Paul McCartney although George Harrison is allowed to sing one of them, just to tie 6x6 between the pair. A Hard Day's Night is the only Beatles official release where all tracks bear the signatures of either famous composers and it per se says very much, at least for fans and collectors.

The 7 songs that form the soundtrack for the namesake movie are so much known that became wasted with time, being the title track aligned with some of the band's major classics. From these I prefer more that one sung by George Harrison, 'I'm so happy just to dance with you' and the interesting 'Tell me why', avoiding the cheesy ones that go by the name of 'If I fell' and 'And I love her' together with the almost unbearable 'Can't buy me love'.

However, the original LP side B contains some forgotten gems, specially 'Things we said today', a love song with a tempo faster than the usual for ballads, 'I'll be back', also cheesy but provided with fine vocals and catchy chords progression, 'When I get home', a bit weird but with some innovative time changing and 'You can't do that', a fair tune provided with a peculiar swing.

This album certainly took a hike among the world hysteria that was happening then and served well the purpose of the movie, but it's not the last wonder. Side A deserves a mere 2 stars, being a territory to be prospected only by fans, while the side B is far superior, reaching the excellence peak (in terms of pop- rock, I mean). Average: 3 stars.

Review by J-Man
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I love The Beatles. They are one of my favorite bands, but I never really loved their early stuff. All of their later stuff had some progressive elements, if not total prog. But, their early stuff no element of prog whatsoever. Just pure old rock. While this album is not bad by any means, it is still no Abbey Road in my mind. The album consists of some very nice pop sogs with no prog in them at all. This by far their best album while still in the Beatlemania phase, mostly because the album is completely composed by Lennon/McCartney. Like I said, don't expect Abbey Road, but if you want some good old rock n' roll you can't go wrong with A Hard Day's Night.
Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A Hard Day´s Night is the third full-length studio album by British pop / rock act The Beatles. Side one of the original LP contains songs from the A Hard Day´s Night movie which starred The Beatles and side two of the original LP are compositions written for the movie which were not included.

The songwriting which is exclusively done my Lennon/ McCartney for the first time has matured since the release of the two first albums by the band Please Please Me (1963) and With The Beatles (1963). The songs are a bit more interesting for modern listeners IMO and tracks like the title track and Can't Buy Me Love are evergreens in my book.

The musicianship and production are on a higher level than on earlier releases.

A Hard Day´s Night is a good album by The Beatles and fully deserves a 3 star rating. The songs are simple and catchy and even though there´s nothing challenging or progressive ( it is rather innovative for those days though) about the music I find it enjoyable. The best out of the three first albums by the band.

Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Beatlemania.

1964 took things to an entirely different level for the Fab Four. More studio time. Songs all over the radio. Trips to America. Feature film. The Ed Sullivan Show. Not a bad year all in all. The 3rd album (released July 10th 1964) which coincided with the first of the Beatle films was a huge improvement over their mediocre second album. They were still as efficient as ever, taking a total of 65 hours to record and mix this one. The tracks on side one were used in the film while the side two tracks were not. The band did not want the film to be overwhelmed with music, instead wishing for the boys personalities to be given time to shine with action and dialogue. They felt however that the other recorded tracks were too good to let sit around and so placed them on side two of "A Hard Days Night." This album was also notable for being the first to feature all originals and no covers. Two other things contributed to the increasingly elaborate sound. First, the band was now using a 4-track which allowed more control for George Martin and Norman Smith (the Engineer who would soon produce Pink Floyd's masterpiece "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.") Second, George Harrison had recently acquired a 12-string Rickenbacker guitar which gave the album a unique sound.

The ratio of winners to merely passable tracks took a significant jump here over "Meet the Beatles." The title track is a classic with that ringing first chord that would make the hair of the Beatlemaniacs necks stand up for the rest of their lives. "If I Fell" and "And I Love Her" are two of those gentle and sweetly romantic ballads that can melt hearts. The latter features a rather exotic sounding dual acoustic guitar treatment, with only hand percussion. Paul's vocal is really amazing here. Side one ended with another big single in "Can't Buy Me Love." The best of the non-film tracks were "Things We Said Today" and "I'll Be Back." Interestingly both tracks have just the slightest hint of melancholy in the music, a sign that the boys were starting to think about more emotional variation than "happy go lucky." "A Hard Day's Night" night is an iconic album and nostalgically legendary for those who were teens in that era, but it was still just a good album on the upward trajectory.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars And moving onto exhibit 3 here are some more 2 minute noodles. The Beatles improved on each album and this is their first great album IMHO. The songs are well produced and have some amazing catchy melodies. There are quintessential Beatles galore on this classic, namely A Hard Day's Night with its trademark clanging intro chord - an F#m to die for. I Should Have Known Better is wonderful with crazy harmonica and Lennon at his best. If I Fell is another track from the film AHDN and it is an instant treasure that had fans screaming like seagulls drowning out the sound. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, And I Love Her and Can't Buy Me Love are well known and appear on countless compilations. My favourtes are also Anytime At All, I'll Cry Instead, Things We Said Today and I'll Be Back. The film was insane but it worked due to these great songs. An excellent album that rocketed the band to super stardom.

Review by baz91
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars How any rock band could become so popular that they were releasing feature film with their third album, I will never understand! The Beatles were certainly proving themselves as an astonishing musical force by this point. After having a mix of cover versions and original tracks on their first two albums, 'A Hard Day's Night' was the first album to feature entirely original tracks, all credited to Lennon/McCartney. This explains why the record is filled with great tracks from start to finish.

Beginning with the classic A Hard Day's Night, the album features all the songs from the film, and some more on the second side. While most of these tracks don't stand up to the title track, Can't Buy Me Love or the immensely pretty And I Love Her, there is fun to be had on every song. There are even moving moments on this album, which is a plus for any pop record. Sadly, the 13 tracks that comprise this album only last about 30 minutes in total.

'A Hard Day's Night' is, in my opinion, the Beatles' second best album from the early period, with 'Help!' being slightly superior. However, after this promising release, the next album would turn out to be a stinker.

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars A major step forward for the Beatles, and their first album consisting entirely of their own material. The most important advance here is in the clean break between the Four and their influences; all of the tracks feel rooted in the 60s rather than harking back to earlier eras of rock and roll. The title track and Can't Buy Me Love are the best of the straight-ahead rockers, whilst Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just to Dance With Her and others show a far greater emotional and musical range than their first two albums display. Tracks such as You Can't Do That show a harder edge that may be inspired by the emergence of the Rolling Stones and other rivals; certainly, the boys are not content to produce a third iteration of Please Please Me here. What they do produce is their first wall-to-wall no-filler classic album. Particularly of note to prog fans is George Harrison's use of 12-string and Spanish guitar, introducing a new sound into a rock context, a simple innovation with profound consequences.
Review by thehallway
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Beatlemania reaches a peak as the Fab Four complete two LPs, six singles, a film, a soundtrack and a major tour, all in one year. The defining album of the era, A Hard Day's Night, contains no cover versions, with Lennon taking the lion's share of the writing. But when an album of a mere 30-minute duration feels long, you know there is something dull about it. No song is bad, but few of them stand out as being anything more than throwaway ditties to accompany the now-legendary footage of the boys running around in their Beatle-suits being silly.

The title track is strong.... it has a cowbell in it, what do you expect! Also, the opening chord strum (yes, that chord) is the most interesting moment on the whole album, harmonically. It's an Fadd9 chord with a D in the bass; only the Beatles could popularise such an obscure thing. 'I Should Have Known Better' is nothing special, and 'If I Fell' is a ballad that falls short of Paul's usual standards. 'And I Love Her' however, is a great song, as is the rocking single 'Can't Buy Me Love'. On side two, 'Any Time At All' and 'I'll Be Back' are the best Lennon compositions. Great melodies and a driving beat. But my favourite song of the album is McCartney's 'Things We Said Today', with its cool key changes and inspiring rhythms. A real gem, for sure.

So for me, A Hard Day's Night only offers around five or six decent songs, with the rest serving as defining moments of Beatle mediocrity. In a film setting the tunes may work better, but for an album, I think some trimming was in order. Obviously these guys were very busy in 1964, and I commend the fact that they could even come up with 14 more songs every few months, but that's not going to change my opinion. This album is the most overrated of the early Beatles catalogue.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Continuing the Merseybeat pop / rock concoctions of their first two albums, THE BEATLES up their ante after their explosion onto the world scene after their American invasion via The Ed Sullivan show. This is the very first album where they prove to the world that they do not have to rely on covers and indeed can construct an entire album of their own making. After breaking into the stratosphere their confidence level shot through the roof and this was a good thing for it allowed the Fab Four to construct some of the catchiest and memorable 60s rock n roll in their nascent career.

Side one on HARD DAY'S NIGHT is also the soundtrack to THE BEATLES' hugely successful black-and-white comedy film of the same name starring the Fab Four themselves, performing their own music and escaping the crazed female fans who were throwing themselves as well as their knickers about. The film itself was a huge hit and so was the accompanying album. Side two consists of songs not found on the soundtrack. This was the only album where every track was written by Lennon and McCartney but it was Ringo who came up with the album title.

This album was a true innovator as it prompted many a folk act to "plug it in" and go electric but also saw some progressive tendencies creep in as with George Harrison's Spanish guitar. This album helped continue THE BEATLES into the spotlight and didn't disappoint one bit. The momentum was strong and HARD DAY'S NIGHT only cemented Beatlemania into the world's consciousness. The absolute best of their early albums and the only one where I love every track on it. Run, guys! They're catching up to ya!

Latest members reviews

4 stars All Originals Now. For their first feature film, the Beatles composed all original music. The UK album contains all the songs used in the film, but a number of others. They are all excellent. The title track is a classic, and garnered huge radio play, and "And I love Her" grew to be one of the fa ... (read more)

Report this review (#1698691) | Posted by Walkscore | Saturday, March 4, 2017 | Review Permanlink

2 stars With their horrible first two albums out of the way, The Beatles come back fresh with ideas to create an album completely written by them. The overall style and sound has not changed; these guys are still churning out love-ridden pop numbers one after the other. But at least you can sense the songwr ... (read more)

Report this review (#771424) | Posted by Mr. Mustard | Friday, June 15, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars No filler on Hard Days Night. Probably the finest of there first few albums. This is a great album of rock and roll songs, not a progressive album, though. The Beatles would develop more prog music a few years later with releases like Sgt Peppers and The White Album. The best songs on this disc ... (read more)

Report this review (#640946) | Posted by mohaveman | Saturday, February 25, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Important note: This is a review written without a consideration for prog standards. If you don't want to read it, please don't waste your time. If you do not want to get discouraged from hearing something good, you may proceed. I personally don't see it as a classic album. It is possible that i ... (read more)

Report this review (#614002) | Posted by Dayvenkirq | Friday, January 20, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Rating: 8/10 Even though it includes some breakthrough singles from Beatles' first works like "A hard day's night", "I Should have known better", "And I love her" and "Can't buy me love", this album really keeps a regular level between the tracks. Of course, that is something good for any re ... (read more)

Report this review (#458471) | Posted by Mattiias | Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a joyous album from the height of beatlemania. All songs were written and performed by the band which was actually unheard of at the time. The title track's opening chord has been analysed a lot. It still clangs hugely across the decades; no other band of that period could convey this ki ... (read more)

Report this review (#437916) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Friday, April 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is mean to be the high-water-mark for the Early Beatles; all songs were written by the Beatles themselves. And this is a fan favourite. It cannot be denied that some of their best early songs are on here. The song 'A hard day's night' is a classic, radio staple, deservedly so, an energet ... (read more)

Report this review (#329504) | Posted by Brendan | Monday, November 22, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars A Hard Day's Night is remarkable for at least three facts: it pioneered with George's use of Rickenbacker 12-string guitar, that was so influential; it was the first Beatles album made entirely of original compositions (and the only in their whole catalogue composed exclusively of Lennon-McCartne ... (read more)

Report this review (#250425) | Posted by bfmuller | Friday, November 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I am a bit ambivalent about this album. It has both some great tracks & some turkeys. Well, turkeys in this band's high standards. We are talking about The Beatles here.... The title track is a classic track. I also rate I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Can't Buy Me Love highly ... (read more)

Report this review (#237978) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, September 7, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you are looking for "progressive music" then this is not necessarily the album for you. Although the Beatles did indeed have a lot of progressive songs and more often, progressive parts of pop songs, they had not hit that stage in their career at this point. That being said, this album is ... (read more)

Report this review (#106656) | Posted by proghairfunk | Monday, January 8, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I may have a differenct perspective here than most but I definately look at this record as prog. Everything is relative folks and if you were around in 1964 and can remember what pop radio was like at the time knows this is true. For me the true measure of "Prog" is whether it takes the m ... (read more)

Report this review (#81828) | Posted by | Friday, June 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Well, I used to like this album better two years ago, but now I don't find it too interesting. It's got a few shining moments: "A Hard day's night", and "Can't buy me love". But, the rest of the album comes from "Good, but non-essential" to "Poor". You know, these were their first years, they ... (read more)

Report this review (#72943) | Posted by N-man | Friday, March 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is where it began to be Beatles straight through. The rock'n'roll days are over. The songs on this album are very strong, but for a progger it might be too straight pop. A quick look at the song list, and you have to admit that no one came close to this band in 1964. In one sense it was s ... (read more)

Report this review (#70226) | Posted by 1971 | Wednesday, February 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE BEATLES "A Hard Day's Night"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives