Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by The Beatles, released on December 4, 1964. It included six covers, along with eight original Lennon and McCartney songs. John and Paul were really working well together. Even when songs had a primary author, the other would often contribute key parts, as with “No Reply,” where Paul provided a middle-eight for what was otherwise almost entirely a John song. The album marked a turning point in the evolution of the Lennon–McCartney partnership, John Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. “I'm a Loser” shows Lennon for the first time coming under the influence of Bob Dylan, whom he met in New York while on tour in 1964.
Much of the production on the album was done on days off from performances in the UK, and most of the songwriting was done in the studio itself. In a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine, John revealed that “Eight Days a Week” had been made with the goal of being the theme song for the film Help! The album hit the UK number one spot and retained that position for 11 of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top 20. Beatles for Sale was a UK release. Here in the states we saw the Beatles '65 LP, which featured eight songs from Beatles for Sale, plus “I Feel Fine” and “I'll Be Back” from the UK's A Hard Day's Night album.