Capitol Albums, Vol. 1by The Beatles
"You've read about them in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times. Here's the big beat sound of that fantastic, phenomenal foursome: Meet the Beatles!" So proclaims the record jacket for Meet the Beatles!, the Fab Four's first U.S. album and the first of four to be released by Capitol Records in 1964. Once acquainted, Americans fell head-over-heels for their/i>/i>… See more details below
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"You've read about them in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times. Here's the big beat sound of that fantastic, phenomenal foursome: Meet the Beatles!" So proclaims the record jacket for Meet the Beatles!, the Fab Four's first U.S. album and the first of four to be released by Capitol Records in 1964. Once acquainted, Americans fell head-over-heels for their fantastic, phenomenal sound -- picture, in black-and-white, John, Paul, George, and Ringo's arrival at JFK, the girls' tear-stained faces, the Ed Sullivan appearances. That's the energy this four-disc box set captures to a tee. The songs spread over the four albums contained on The Capitol Albums Vol. 1 -- released in January, April, July, and December 1964 -- were rearranged assemblages of albums, EPs, and singles that had appeared in the U.K. Ostensibly, that's the way the Beatles would have liked it, but it's the domestic configurations of these albums that fans in the U.S. will always remember. And now -- years after Capitol's grand Beatles reissue program in 1987 -- they are once again available with the cover art (reproduced on miniature cardboard slipcases) and running order most familiar to American fans.
Culling the 8 original tunes from the U.K. album With the Beatles, Meet the Beatles! was an essential distillation of the Mop Tops' inspired fusion of R&B and rock 'n' roll; the album was rounded out by 3 then-new songs, including the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The Beatles' Second Album collected the cover tunes from With the Beatles, emphasizing that the boys had done their homework with inspired versions of songs by Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, and Little Richard, and added the inimitable single "She Loves You." Something New wasn't, in fact, as it contains 8 of the 14 songs from the soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night, issued by competitor United Artists, but it did add two fun covers and the German-language "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand." Beatles '65 likewise pulled 8 tracks from the British Beatles for Sale, adding the single "I Feel Fine," its B-side, and "I'll Be Back" from A Hard Day's Night. Each disc in this box features two versions of every song -- one in stereo (or newly created duophonic sound) and one in mono -- and the set comes with a 48-page booklet containing essays, quotes from the band, and plenty of photos and period graphics. Whether fans ultimately prefer the American or British packages, the fact is that these recordings sound every bit as good today, four decades after their original release. Since we first met the Beatles in 1964, things have never been the same.
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