The first song on the second side of the vinyl version of the Parlophone LP "Beatles For Sale" is a biggie. An original Lennon/McCartney composition (which I suppose slightly leans towards being more of a Lennon song as he is the main vocalist on this one) entitled "Eight Days a Week". The idea was taken from a chauffeur that was taking Paul from London out to Weybridge where John lived. He was talking about how his schedule seemed like he was working eight days a week and the idea was taken from Paul to John and the song was written. "Eight Days A Week" was released as a single in the North American market but not in the UK (Capitol 5371).
"Eight Days A Week" was recorded in six takes on Tuesday October 06 1964 at EMI's studio two. This was one of the first times that the Beatles had the foresight to bring the song in and experiment with it a little. The intro was tried in various ways including have just a strumming acoustic guitar, using "oooo" vocals and finally settling in on the electric guitar fade in (although the actual fade in was done during the mixing stage). The various experiments for the intro of this song is featured on Apple's 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" along with take five. The outro for the commercial version was actually an edit piece performed by The Beatles on October 18 1964 also in Studio two.
A mono mix for "Eight Days a Week" was conducted a few days earlier on October 12 1964 from the control room of Studio Two. This mix was not used as the edit piece had yet to be recorded. Therefore, the commercial mono mix was re-done - in fact, two more mono mixes and two stereo mixes were all conducted from the control room of Studio two on October 27 1964.
Apart from the North American Capitol single, "Eight Days a Week" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Beatles For Sale", the North American Capitol LP/CD "Beatles VI", the Apple 2-LP/2-CD compilation "The Beatles 1962-1966", the North American Capitol version of the LP "20 Greatest Hits", the Apple 2-LP/CD "1".
"Eight Days A Week" was never performed live and did not appear on any BBC radio shows.