re-mastered at abbey road, housed in a triple panel card package with historical notes, in stereo for the first time and a mini documentary on the album. directed by bob smeaton, the documentary is included as quicktime files on each album. it contains archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from the beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere. a testament to the abundance of perseverance and talent within the beatles' ranks, their fourth album was recorded in and around a busy north american and british tour schedule. 'beatles for sale' also marked their last full-length release loaded with cover songs, as the fab four moved towards writing more of their own material. interspersed between beatles classics such as 'eight days a week' and the dylan-inspired 'i'm a loser' are faithful renditions of songs by buddy holly and carl perkins (featuring the only lead vocals by ringo starr and george harrison on this album). the frenetic, inspired take on chuck berry's 'rock and roll music' is only superseded by a tremendous medley of 'kansas city' and 'hey, hey, hey, hey,' that finds paul mccartney's exuberant vocals comparing admirably to his hero little richard, providing a vibrant centerpiece on 'beatles for sale'.