I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
- John Lennon – vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass
- George Harrison – vocal, lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
This song was taken out of the US version of Beatles for Sale because it was judged too moody. As the b-side to Eight Days a Week, it made the US top 40, proving once more how out of touch the suits at Capitol Records really were. This Lennon composition is one of several in which he deals with the frustrations and isolations that fame had brought him. The harmonies and the Harrison guitar solo have a distinct country-western flavor, presaging a shift of focus for the Beatles as they entered their "middle period."
September 29, 1964 in 19 takes.