The second song to appear on the Parlophone UK LP "Beatles For Sale" is another Lennon/McCartney original mainly written by John entitled "I'm A Loser". The Bob Dylan influence is apparent on this track, as well as the deeper and unhappier subject matter. The songwriting had gone way past the "hold your hand" point. This is a great fast tune with the acoustic guitar and the harmonica leading the way with introspective lyrics.
One of the first songs recorded especially for the LP and befor the Beatles left for their North American tour, the song was recorded on August 14 1964 at EMI studio two during the evening. The song took eight takes to perfect. You can find takes 1,2 and 3 on the various "Unsurpassed Masters" series. "I'm A loser" was mixed for mono on October 26 1964 in the control room of Studio two and mixed for stereo on November 04 1964 also in the control room of studio two.
"I'm A Loser" appears on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale" as well as the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles '65".
The song was also performed live during the 1964 Christmas Shows, the 1965 European Tour and was also performed on the US television show "Shindig".
"I'm A Loser" was performed twice yet aired three times for the BBC radio. The first show it appeared on was "Top Gear" followed by a repeat on "Saturday Club" and finally on "The Beatles Take you for a Ticket to Ride".
This song appears on Apple's 2-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC".