The first song on the fourth Parlophone UK LP "Beatles For Sale" is a Lennon/McCartney original composition entitled "No Reply". This tune was mainly written by John and is the first of several thought-provoking songs from the LP that are not usually the happy-go-lucky type but have a reflective overtone. It's the story of someone who has lost their love by finding out she has cheated on him. The Beatles at this point were writing original songs that reflected an ever growing move of expansion emotionally. The songs were starting to mature and the songwriting was heading in various different directions. The Beatles and their fans were growing up.
"No Reply" was recorded on Wednesday September 30 1964 in one session at EMI studio two. Eight takes were recorded and it was the last tune attempted on this day. The piano on this song was played by George Martin. Paul does the higher harmonies. The song was originally intended to be given to another of Brian Epstein's artists : Tommy Quickly. It was too good a song for the Beatles to pass up, however, and this is proven by the excellent musical version the Beatles mustered for the opening of the LP. Take two (mono) is available on the Apple 2-CD/ 3-LP "Anthology 1".
"No Reply" was mixed for mono on Friday October 16 1964 in the control room of Studio One. Two mixes were made, although one was used for the LP and the other mix was put away and not used. Finally, the song was mixed for stereo on November 04 1964 in the control room of Studio two at EMI Abbey Road.
"No Reply" was issued on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale" as well as being the lead track on the North American version of the Capitol LP/CD "Beatles '65".
"No Reply" was never played live and was not performed for BBC radio.