13-CD collection of Beatles’ U.S. albums to be reissued Jan. 21

Capitol and Apple Corps Ltd. are teaming up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America with “The U.S. Albums,” which spans from 1964’s “Meet The Beatles” to 1970’s “Hey Jude.”

The Beatles' U.S. Albums box set. Photo courtesy Apple Corps limited.

The Beatles’ U.S. Albums box set. Photo courtesy Apple Corps limited.

The Beatles’ U.S. albums differed from the band’s U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The albums are presented in mono and stereo, with the exception of “The Beatles’ Story” and “Hey Jude,” which are in stereo only. Collected in a boxed set with faithfully replicated original LP artwork, including the albums’ inner sleeves, the 13 CDs are accompanied by a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan.

For a limited time, all of the albums except “The Beatles’ Story” (an audio documentary album) will also be available for individual CD purchase. “A Hard Day’s Night” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), “The Beatles’ Story,” “Yesterday And Today,” “Hey Jude” and the U.S. version of “Revolver” make their CD debuts with these releases.

The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show," New York, on Feb. 9, 1964. Credit: Apple Corps Ltd.

The Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” New York, on Feb. 9, 1964. In addition to a 13-CD box set featuring the band’s U.S. albums, a variety of events have been announced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of American Beatlemania, including a Feb. 9, 2014, broadcast of ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.’  Credit: Apple Corps Ltd.

By the end of 1963, before The Beatles’ American arrival, Beatlemania had already sprung forth across the Atlantic to take root in the U.S.  In early December, The New York Times published a Sunday magazine feature and “CBS Evening News” aired an in-depth report about the unprecedented frenzy over the young band from Liverpool. Radio stations in the U.S. began playing The Beatles’ latest U.K. single, ““I Want To Hold Your Hand,” in heavy rotation, trying to meet an insatiable listener demand. Capitol Records rushed out the American single for “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (with B-side “I Saw Her Standing There”) on Dec. 26, 1963, three weeks ahead of schedule and one month after the single’s U.K. release. More than one million copies of the U.S. single were sold within 10 days.

In early January 1964, Vee-Jay reissued “Please Please Me” (with B-side “From Me To You”), and Swan reissued “She Loves You.” The Beatles’ first Capitol album, “Meet The Beatles!,” followed on Jan. 20, 1964. After achieving the No. 1 chart position for five consecutive weeks in the U.K., “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reached the top of the U.S. singles chart on Feb. 1, 1964, holding the No. 1 position for seven consecutive weeks. Within two months, more than 3.5 million copies of “Meet The Beatles!” had been sold in the U.S.

LPs featured in “The Beatles: The U.S. Albums” are presented in mono and stereo, except where noted as stereo only. Titles denoted with ** are making their debut on CD.

• “Meet The Beatles” (Capitol Records, released Jan. 10, 1964)• “The Beatles’ Second Album” (Capitol Records, released April 10, 1964)
• “A Hard Day’s Night” original motion picture soundtrack, United Artists, released June 26, 1964)**
• “Something New” (Capitol Records, released July 20, 1964)
• “The Beatles Story” (stereo only, Capitol Records, released Nov. 23, 1964)**
• “Beatles ’65” (Capitol Records, released Dec. 15, 1964)
• The Early Beatles (Capitol Records, released March 22, 1965)
• “Beatles VI” (Capitol Records, released March 22, 1965)
• “Help!” original motion picture soundtrack (Capitol REcords, released Aug. 13, 1965)
• “Rubber Soul” (released Dec. 6, 1965)
• “Yesterday And Today” (Capitol Records, released June 20, 1966)**
• “Revolver” (Capitol Records, released Aug. 8, 1966)**
• “Hey Jude” (Apple Records, stereo only, released Feb. 26, 1970)**

 

 

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