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I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

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"I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"
Song by The Beatles
Album Beatles for Sale
Released 4 December 1964 (mono and stereo)
Recorded 29 September 1964
EMI Studios, London
Genre Beat, country rock
Length 2:33
Label Parlophone
PMC 1240 (mono)
PCS 3062 (stereo)
CDP 7 46438 2
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing
“Eight Days a Week”
“Eight Days a Week” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "Eight Days a Week"
Released 15 February 1965 (US only)
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 2:46
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"I Feel Fine"
(1964)
"Eight Days a Week"
(US-1965)
"Ticket to Ride"
(1965)
That was a very personal one of mine. In the early days, I wrote less material than Paul because he was more competent on guitar than I. He taught me quite a lot of guitar, really.

—John Lennon

Ringo had a great style and great delivery. He had a lot of fans, so we liked to write something for him on each album. 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' is quite a nice little song, co-written by John and I. It sounds more like John than me so 80-20 to him, sitting down doing a job. Certain songs were inspirational and certain songs were work. It didn't mean they were any less fun to write, it was just a craft, and this was a job to order really, which Ringo did a good job on [sic].

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now, 1997

The Beatles briefly visited America in February 1964, playing in Washington DC and New York City to promote 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' ... Both John and Paul had to write in their hotel rooms and while flying between dates. 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party' was one song John wrote during the tour and it was the second song the Beatles recorded on their arrival back in London. It's a song about being stood up by a date as well as another glimpse at the frown beneath the mask. The crisis John describes is not so much the loss of the girl, which he can cope with after a few drinks, but his inability to pretend he's happy. He knows that if he lets his true feelings show, he will only prevent others from having a good time.

A Hard Day's Write, Steve Turner, 1994


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