Beatles' Story on Capital Records: Beatlemania & the Singles

Beatles' Story on Capital Records: Beatlemania & the Singles

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by Bruce Spizer, Alan W. Livingston, Inc. Capitol Records
This highly anticipated follow-up to Bruce Spizer's critically acclaimed "The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay" contains detailed information on the group's Capitol singles from "I Want To Hold Your Hand" through "Lady Madonna", as well as chapters on Beatlemania in America, how Capitol marketed the Beatles, Capitol's Beatles related singles, the history of Capitol Records,


This highly anticipated follow-up to Bruce Spizer's critically acclaimed "The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay" contains detailed information on the group's Capitol singles from "I Want To Hold Your Hand" through "Lady Madonna", as well as chapters on Beatlemania in America, how Capitol marketed the Beatles, Capitol's Beatles related singles, the history of Capitol Records, the Capitol Record Club and other fascinating stories. Hard cover with over 500 color photos throughout, including all picture sleeves, label variations, trade advertisements and press kits. Essential and entertaining for both casual fans and serious collectors.

Bruce Spizer is a first generation Beatles fan and a life-long native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has an extensive Beatles collection, concentrating primarily on United States and Canadian first issue records, record promotional items, press kits and concert posters. A taxman by day, Bruce is a board certified tax attorney and certified public accountant. A paperback writer by night, he is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay. Bruce's articles on the Beatles are featured regularly in Beatlology Magazine and Beatlefan.

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Library Journal
Spizer, a tax attorney, Beatles historian, and contributor to various Beatles fan magazines, offers this meticulously researched follow-up to The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay (498 Prods., 1998). His study of the Beatles' American recordings on Capitol Records is two-fold. This work, Part 1, examines 45 rpm singles from 1964's "I Want To Hold Your Hand" to 1968's "Lady Madonna" (the last Capitol release before the Beatles launched Apple Records). Part 2, scheduled for fall 2000, will cover the Beatles' LPs. Three sections make up this title: how Capitol finally agreed to release Beatles records in the United States after rejecting the first four British hits; a breakdown of each single release with explanations and photographs of each issued label and picture sleeve variation, complete with coverage of Capitol's Beatles-related novelty singles, Canadian releases, and counterfeit records; and, lastly, a history of Capitol and other Capitol miscellany. The forthcoming book will contain information that will apply to this title, e.g., a chapter on identifying pressing plants based on information etched in the plastic discs. Hundreds of source documents from Capitol's files are reproduced, such as Capitol's first Beatles press release. In 2001, Spizer plans to write a history of the Beatles on Apple Records. Spizer's works are indispensable for serious Beatles collectors but of limited appeal to casual fans; recommended for libraries with large pop music/Beatles collections. [Chronicle Books will publish The Beatles Anthology, the first Apple Records-sanctioned history of the band, sometime this year.--Ed.].--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2000 Cahners BusinessInformation.\
World Beatles Forum
PERFECTION. A benchmark to set the standards of standards with its factual, informative, interesting and visually stunning presentation.
From Beatle collectors to casual fans, this book is a standout read in the new millennium.
Comprehensive, historically accurate, extremely entertaining, overflowing with Beatle facts, photos, fun; essential to both serious collectors and casual fans.
Comprehensive ... beautiful ... lavish. A time capsule of The Beatles U.S. releases and how first-generation American fans were exposed to the music.

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Alan Livingston
Bruce’s research and thoroughness is amazing. An entertaining journey through Beatlemania worth savoring over and over again. (Alan Livingston, President of Capitol Records, 1962-1968)

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Beatles' Story on Capital Records 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt about it, that Bruce Spizer is the leading authority when it comes to the American records of The Beatles. This book about the singles on Capitol leaves no stone unturned. With many pages of fine text and great images, it is a must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Beatles' Story On Capitol Records is not a novel. It is an important reference guide for Beatles collectors. Bruce Spizer offers precise details on the Beatles' Capitol recordings that serious collectors have been craving for years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a bad book for its lavish illustrations and impeccable art direction. My only complaint is in the pedestrian way in which it is written. Bruce Spizer is very accurate in every miniscule detail concerning the Capitol records releases. What he lacks, however, is great storytelling and the ability to hold the reader spellbound. Because of this, the book suffers from boring and uninteresting facts, which have actually been made entertaining in previous books written on this exact same subject. (THE BEATLES FOREVER By Nicholas Schaffer and THE BEATLES `64 A HARD DAY'S NIGHT IN AMERICA By A.J.S.RAYL easily come to mind.) Do we really need to know that 'Litholab printed a 28 and a 1/2' x 18 and 1/2' sheet pairing an early trunk cover design (for the YESTERDAY AND TODAY LP ) with the front cover slick to Al Martino's THINK I'LL GO SOMEWHERE AND CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP (Capitol (S)T 2528)'? I mean, this has got to be the height of Beatles' fetishism. Mr. Spizer is more concerned with exactly what record plant each LP was pressed at than breaking any new ground with information on the Beatles¿ recording process itself. I suppose if you are a hardcore Beatles¿ record collector and want to know more about how records are made and distributed then this is the book for you. Anyone else hopinging for a good read would be well advised to look elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolute must for fans and collectors alike! Since the American catalog has been deleted in favor of the British CD collection, these are the lost records of rock history. This is not your run-of-the-mill price guide, rather this is a comprehensive document to every American Beatles release from Capital records. This would be the first place to start if you are interested in collecting these cornerstones of pop culture. This is also enjoyable from a non-collecting point of view as well because it will bring back those wonderful memories of when you first spent your allowance on Beatle records.
Guest More than 1 year ago

If you have any interest at all in The Beatles' American issues, this book is the last word on the 45 rpm singles that changed the way music is packaged, marketed, enjoyed and celebrated. Bruce Spizer takes you on a chronological journey from late 1963 to mid 1968 with a detailed account of how and why Capitol Records packaged their Beatles releases for the US market.

There are many people, who are beginning to discover, collect, and appreciate vintage vinyl and The Beatles' issues are undeniably among the primary treasures. However, since the issuance of only the British catalog titles on compact disc, there has not been a resource available to explain the vintage US releases to collectors, let alone dealers. Numerous rumors, counterfeits, bootleg CDS and other pitfalls have been observed in shops, yard-sales, trading floors and auction houses where records can be found, flooding the market with misinformation and ambiguous facts.

This book, and its counterpart, present itemized and detailed information that is practical in style and rich with color illustrations of labels, sleeves, promotional materials and memoranda. For the very first time, in one publication, anyone can see firsthand what made these records so significant and fun! It is a very easy and enjoyable read from cover to cover and it's also broken into useful sections for brief research.

For all the criticisms that have been made about the Capitol releases, much of which has come from The Beatles themselves, these records were the way millions of Americans had initially discovered the 'Fab Four' and a certain amount of that magic can be found in the way the music was graphically presented, remixed and issued. This book provides a thorough and highly competent segmental analysis of a cultural phenomenon that still influences generations.