The Beatles began recording their second album on July 18, 1963, their new-found success granting them the luxury of having more than one day to do so. With the Beatles was the first album on which they were able to experiment with the new technology of double-tracking.
Released on November 22 with advance orders of 270,000, it dislodged Please Please Me from the top of the U.K. album chart, and it became the first pop album to sell over one million copies. It was at the top of the charts for 21 weeks.
Brian Epstein hired freelance photographer Robert Freeman to shoot the sleeve picture. The famous black and white image was taken in the dining room of the hotel where the Beatles were staying.
The first pressing of With the Beatles incorrectly listed "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" as "You Really 'Gotta' Hold On Me."
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