a special series of completely new compositions for The Beatles' first
film 'A Hard Day's Night' presented John Lennon and Paul McCartney
with on of the greatest challenges of their pop-penning career. They had
a schedule deadline to meet, and, by the beginning of March, 1964, they
had a dozen brand-new numbers ready for rehearsal. To increase this quota
would have left insufficient screen-time for the action of the plot, on
the other hand, it seemed unfair to hold back the remainder of the boys'
compositions when each one was of such excellent quality. Eventually the
decision was taken to record all the material and place the extra titles
on the second side of the soundtrack album.
is from this second side of the LP that the four tracks of this current
EP record have been clipped. Any one of them could have been a highlight
of the film, and, indeed, any one of them could make the top of the charts
as a single. This is the wonderful thing about the work of The Beatles.
They record nothing but the best; there are very few 'Beatles People' who
will have had cause to claim that any track by John, Paul, George and Ringo
has ever fallen short of the fabulous foursomes' fantastically high standard
of composition and presentation.
John and Paul share the solo vocal activity on this EP, although the voice
of George Harrison is to be heard in support of their efforts. For the
main part, John's is the dominant voice featured on Any Time At All
and When I Get Home. Paul handles the lyrics of Things We Said
Today, and he's heard in duet with John on I'll Cry Instead.