I Don't Want To Spoil The PartyWritten by: John Lennon (100%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: September 29, 1964 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: October 26, 1964; November 4, 1964
Musicians: John Lennon: lead vocals, rhythm guitar (Gibson J160E)
Paul McCartney: harmony vocals, bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead guitar (Gretsch 6119 "Tennessean")
Ringo Starr: drums (Ludwig), tambourine
First released: February 15, 1965 (US: Capitol 5371, b-side of "Eight Days A Week")
Available on: (CDs in bold)
- Beatles For Sale, (UK: Parlophone PMC 1240, Parlophone CDP 7 46438 2)
- Beatles VI, (US: Capitol (S)T 2358, CDP 0946 3 57499 2 2)
- Beatles For Sale (EP), (UK: Parlophone GEP 8931)
- Written by John, ostensibly as a love-gone-wrong song in the style of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party," but described later by Lennon himself as being a rather personal song, a way to express his growing frustration with the press conferences, parties, and promos that come with fame. John, outwardly happy but inwardly distraught, would continue to wrestle with this theme throughout 1965 on songs like "Help!" and "I'm A Loser."
- This song also marks another milestone in the development of the Beatles' country music aspirations, especially given some of the harmonies and George's guitar solo. Indeed, Roseanne Cash made a #1 country hit out of this song in 1989.
- Although John and Paul sing together on this track, John's voice is louder -- befitting him, since he wrote the song. But in the more optimistic bridge, it's Paul's vocal that's pointedly brought up front to hit the high notes.
- The stereo mix of this song features John and Paul exclaiming "Woo!" just before the solo, a feature buried in the mono mix. George's guitar is also louder in stereo.
- This song was left off of the American version of Beatles For Sale because of its depressing quality and instead relegated to the b-side of the US single "Eight Days A Week" -- where, ironically, it garnered just enough individual DJ airplay to sneak it into the Top 40 on its own.