|Long Tall Sally - Front Cover||Long Tall Sally - Rear Cover|
|Catalogue No.||GEP 8913|
|Release Date||19th June 1964|
|U.K. E.P. Chart Detail :|
|The Tracks :|
|Detail :||The Beatles fifth official E.P.
... and the First to contain previously unreleased material !
These tracks stayed exclusive to this E.P. for 12 years, until the release of the double album Rock 'N' Roll Music in 1976. Therefore most collectors would regard this as The Beatles finest E.P.
"Long Tall Sally" and "I Call Your Name" were recorded in The Beatles first ever Sunday recording session, on 1st March 1964.
"Long Tall Sally" was originally recorded in New Orleans by Little Richard and originally entitled, "The Thing". It's second
incarnation was as "Bald Headed Sally", and finally it became "Long Tall Sally" when it was re-cut in Los Angeles. It was
released on 12th March 1956 and reached number 6 in the U.S. but did better here in the U.K. where it entered the chart 8th
February 1957 and reached number 3.
The E.P. topped the E.P. chart for 7 weeks, and also entered the singles chart, where it reached number 11. By early 1965 it had sold over a quarter of a million copies in the U.K. and over a million globally.
The cover picture taken by Robert Freeman was taken in October 1963 with the Beatles standing on a wall beside the Stockholm Town Hall, and the sleeve notes on this occasion are by Derek Taylor.
Finally, how do you spot original pressings ? ....
The sleeve also has marked differences. For starters (surprisingly !) the quality of new editions is worse, which suggests
that EMI copied old sleeves rather than the actual photos ! ... I could demonstrate this with my copy of "A Hard Days Night",
I have an original and a newer edition, and it is astonishing how much worse the newer one is !