A-side and B-side

A typical 12-inch LP record

The A-side and B-side are the two sides of phonograph records and cassettes; these terms have often been printed on the labels of two-sided music recordings.

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A typical 12-inch LP record

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The Beatles in 1964; clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

The Beatles

English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles in 1964; clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Main entrance at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios, pictured 2007)
The band's logo was designed by Ivor Arbiter.
McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, 30 October 1963
The Beatles arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 7 February 1964
The Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 1964
McCartney, Harrison and Lennon performing on Dutch TV in 1964
The US trailer for Help! with (from the rear) Harrison, McCartney, Lennon and (largely obscured) Starr
The band at a press conference in Minnesota in August 1965, shortly after playing at Shea Stadium in New York
San Francisco's Candlestick Park (pictured in the early 1960s) was the venue for the Beatles' final concert before a paying audience.
Front cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "the most famous cover of any music album, and one of the most imitated images in the world"
The Beatles, known as "the White Album" for its minimalist cover, conceived by pop artist Richard Hamilton "in direct contrast to Sgt. Pepper", while also suggesting a "clean slate"
American soul musician Billy Preston (pictured in 1971) was, for a short time, considered a fifth Beatle during the Get Back sessions.
Apple Corps building at 3 Savile Row, site of the Let It Be rooftop concert
Starr and McCartney introduced the video game The Beatles: Rock Band at the 2009 E3 convention.
A Höfner "violin" bass guitar and Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar, models played by McCartney and Harrison, respectively; the Vox AC30 amplifier behind them is the model the Beatles used during performances in the early 1960s.
Martin (second from right) in the studio with the Beatles in the mid-1960s
The Beatles in 1967; clockwise from left: Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr

The sessions initially yielded the non-album double A-side single "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" in February 1967; the Sgt. Pepper LP followed with a rush-release in May.

The Rolling Stones performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee in 2015. From left to right: Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.

The Rolling Stones

English rock band formed in London in 1962.

English rock band formed in London in 1962.

The Rolling Stones performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee in 2015. From left to right: Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.
Blue plaque commemorating Jagger and Richards meeting on platform 2 at Dartford railway station in Dartford, Kent on 17 October 1961
The back room of what was the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, London, where the Rolling Stones had their first residency starting in February 1963
The Rolling Stones at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands in 1964, from back to front: Wyman, Jones, Richards, Watts and Jagger.
The Rolling Stones members Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts at Turku Airport in Turku, Finland on 25 June 1965.
A trade ad for the 1965 Rolling Stones' North American tour
Keith Richards, 1972
Mick Taylor is, in part, responsible for the Stones' new sound in the early 1970s. Replacing Brian Jones in 1969, Taylor's onstage debut with the band was in Hyde Park, London on 5 July 1969, two days after Jones' death.
The Rolling Stones' logo, designed by John Pasche and modified by Craig Braun, introduced in 1971
Bill Wyman, 1975
Ronnie Wood (left) and Jagger (right) in Chicago, 1975
Jagger in 1976
El Mocambo where some of the live album Love You Live was recorded in 1977
The Rolling Stones performing in December 1981
Richards and Wood during a Stones concert in Turin, Italy in 1982
Multiple platinum award for their 1994 album Voodoo Lounge, on display at the Museo del Rock in Madrid
Richards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the Voodoo Lounge Tour, 1995
Jagger in Chile during the Voodoo Lounge Tour
The Rolling Stones in 2008 (from left to right: Watts, Wood, Richards, Jagger) at the Berlin Film Festival's world premiere of Martin Scorsese's documentary film Shine a Light
Stage set for the 50 & Counting tour at the Prudential Center, New Jersey on 13 December 2012
The Rolling Stones performing in Hyde Park, London on 13 July 2013. They were joined on stage by Mick Taylor.
The Stones in Cuba in March 2016. A spokesman for the band called it "the first open air concert in Cuba by a British rock band".
The band's plane in Amsterdam in October 2017 during their No Filter Tour
The Stones post show at the London Olympic Stadium in May 2018
A copy of "Micawber", Keith Richards' signature Telecaster model, in the Fender Guitar Factory Museum
A Vox Teardrop guitar as used by Brian Jones, on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Sacramento, California
Overhead shot of the Stones concert at Washington–Grizzly Stadium in Montana, October 2006. The Stones have had the highest-grossing concert tour three times.
The Rolling Stones store in Carnaby Street, London, 2012. Merchandise has contributed to the band's record-breaking revenues.
Runway (pictured in 2012) first appeared in Stones' concerts in 1981

In 1967, they had the double-sided hit "Ruby Tuesday"/"Let's Spend the Night Together" and experimented with psychedelic rock on Their Satanic Majesties Request.

Harrison at the White House in December 1974

George Harrison

English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Harrison at the White House in December 1974
Harrison's place of birth and first home – 12 Arnold Grove
Harrison at a Beatles press conference in Amsterdam in 1964
Harrison (left) and Ringo Starr (right) performing at the King's Hall in Belfast, 1964
The Beatles in 1967
Trade ad for Wonderwall Music
Trade ad for Harrison's "Bangla Desh" single
Harrison leaving the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, and signing an album for a fan, February 1977
Harrison and Eric Clapton performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 1987 Prince's Trust Concert in London
The entrance and gatehouse at Harrison's Friar Park estate. In December 1999, he and his wife Olivia were the victims of a knife attack by an intruder.
Harrison's burgundy Les Paul
Ravi Shankar, who taught Harrison the sitar (taken in 1969)
Harrison's Harptone L-6 acoustic guitar, which he played at the Concert for Bangladesh
George Harrison sculpture in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Harrison, with Hare Krishna devotees Shyamasundar Das and Mukunda Goswami, in Vrindavan, India, in 1996
Harrison and Pattie Boyd lived in Kinfauns in Surrey from 1964 to 1970
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr on arrival in New York City at the height of Beatlemania, February 1964
Close-up of Harrison from the Beatles statue at Pier Head, Liverpool
"George Harrison" Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

"Something" became his first A-side when issued on a double A-side single with "Come Together"; the song was number one in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and West Germany, and the combined sides topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

US picture sleeve

Strawberry Fields Forever

Song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

US picture sleeve
Entrance gates at Strawberry Field, near Lennon's childhood home in Woolton, Liverpool
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was one of the most technically complex recordings the Beatles ever attempted. The song was recorded entirely on a Studer J37 four-track machine.
A 1960s-era Mellotron, similar to that used on the Beatles recording
The Beatles filmed their promo clip for the song around a large tree in Knole Park in Kent.
Lennon with a horseshoe moustache in 1967
McCartney, Harrison, Starr and Lennon pouring paint over the piano–harp construction. Journalist and broadcaster Joe Cushley describes the clip as "the mad music professors' outdoor seminar".
Beatles standing behind a tree and a broken piano–harp construction
Heavily graffiti-ed gatepost sign at Strawberry Field – with the word "Forever" added in acknowledgement of the Beatles song

It was released on 13 February 1967 as a double A-side single with "Penny Lane".

German single picture sleeve

Let's Spend the Night Together

Song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and originally released by the Rolling Stones as a double A-sided single together with "Ruby Tuesday" in January 1967.

Song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and originally released by the Rolling Stones as a double A-sided single together with "Ruby Tuesday" in January 1967.

German single picture sleeve

Released in the United Kingdom as a single on 13 January 1967, "Let's Spend the Night Together" reached number three on the UK Singles Chart as a double A-side with "Ruby Tuesday".

US picture sleeve

Penny Lane

US picture sleeve
The barber shop (pictured in 2018) formerly owned by Harry Bioletti, who is referred to in the song as "a barber showing photographs / Of every head he's had the pleasure to know".
Street view of Stratford, east London, in 2008. Stratford's Angel Lane filled in for Penny Lane in the Beatles' promo clip.
The clip's closing scene, in which the Beatles drink tea at an outdoor table and are presented with their guitars
A Penny Lane street sign in Liverpool
Streetscape showing the Penny Lane roundabout (centre left) and shops in 2018

"Penny Lane" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that was released in February 1967 as a double A-side single with "Strawberry Fields Forever".

Vanilla Ice in 2010

Vanilla Ice

American rapper, actor, and television host.

American rapper, actor, and television host.

Vanilla Ice in 2010
Vanilla Ice performing at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio, August 2018
MC Hammer performing with Vanilla Ice in July 2009

"Play That Funky Music" was released as the album's first single, with "Ice Ice Baby" appearing as the B-side.

Ice Ice Baby

Hip hop song by American rapper Vanilla Ice K. Kennedy and DJ Earthquake.

Hip hop song by American rapper Vanilla Ice K. Kennedy and DJ Earthquake.

Vanilla Ice based the song's lyrics upon the South Florida area in which he lived.

"Ice Ice Baby" was first released as the B-side to Vanilla Ice's cover of "Play That Funky Music", but the single was not initially successful.

Acquiesce

Song by the English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher.

Song by the English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher.

The song originally appeared as a B-side to Oasis' first UK number-one single, "Some Might Say", on 24 April 1995.

1989 UK reissue picture sleeve

Something (Beatles song)

Song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road.

Song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road.

1989 UK reissue picture sleeve
Harrison identified Ray Charles as one of his sources of inspiration for the song.
A-side label of the UK single
Harrison and Boyd in the "Something" film clip
James Brown's recording was Harrison's favourite cover version of "Something".

Two weeks after the album's release, the song was issued on a double A-side single, coupled with "Come Together", making it the first Harrison composition to become a Beatles A-side.