By the time “A Hard Days Night/I Should Have Known Better” reached the number one position on The American Charts during July of 1964 The Beatles were stars. They would place thirty different singles on the American charts during 1964 alone and six would reach the number one position.
The Beatles decided to make a movie and A HARD DAYS NIGHT was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. It was satire as it followed the group during a frantic two day period of their lives.
The soundtrack would be released in late June and would quickly sell four million copies in The United States alone.
“A Hard Days Night” would have a cold beginning and then go right into the melody. It was an all out rocker for The Beatles. The flip side, “I Should Have Known Better,” has grown on me over the years. It would become a moderate hit on its own and reach number 53 on the charts. It is a nice uptempo pop/rock number.
“A Hard Days Night/I Should Have Known Better” continued The Beatles trend of releasing strong two sided singles. It remains an essential release in the vast and impressive Beatles catalogue.