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A sequential complement to The Capitol Albums Vol. 1, The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 presents, for the first time ever on CD, The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and the American version of Rubber Soul. All four albums have been digitally remastered and presented in both stereo and mono mixes. The special packaging includes original album cover artwork and a 60-page collector's booklet with rare photos.
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A sequential complement to The Capitol Albums Vol. 1, The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 presents, for the first time ever on CD, The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and the American version of Rubber Soul. All four albums have been digitally remastered and presented in both stereo and mono mixes. The special packaging includes original album cover artwork and a 60-page collector's booklet with rare photos.
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  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094635771626
  • Catalog Number: 57716

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Litmus Test

    If you really want to see Beatles fans go at each other's throats, say that either this collection is great or really bad. No one is in the middle about this. Forgetting that the Beatles music was first brought to the USA in these particular mono and stereo mixes, the fans argue over whether these should be available or not. The mixes in England and the mixes in the USA sounded radically different up until around the release of SGT. PEPPER. The Beatles seem not to have had control over the sound on the American releases, but I would argue that, had the British sound prevailed in the United States, sales would not have matched what they actually were. The echo Americans added made the sound absolutely thunderous. Back in 1964, loudness was absolutely key to financial success in the recording industry/ If you're worried about the extreme stereo separation, don't. The mono mixes are here, right alongside the stereo mixes. The mono stuff is how most Americans heard the beatles for the first few years of American airplay(64-66 or so) and the full quality of that mono sound is rich indeed. I find the sound of the mono mixes in America was really quite good. It's an historical fact that America, the biggest beatles audience, bought THIS sound when the Beatles were current.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its about time, take two!

    This is a welcome and long overdue addition to the Beatles catalogue. Though I own all of the British releases on CD and have thoroughly enjoyed them, my heart longed for the day when the American versions of the Beatles LPs, with which I grew up, would be available on CD. That day finally arrived with vol. 1 of this collection in 2004 and now another delightful volume of The Beatles in America has finally appeared. Like many of the reviews I have read, I feel that the Early Beatles was an unnecessary repackaging of already extant material. With the price you are paying for this collection, think of it as a freebie. While it does contain some fine material, it cannot hold a candle to Please, Please Me or that record's American equivalent, Introducing the Beatles. How could Capitol have reissued the Beatles earliest material without "Misery" or "There's a Place" two of Lennon & McCartney's finest earliest collaborations? The exclusion of "From Me to You" is also an almost unforgivable oversight. Moving on to Beatles VI, this is a classic lost gem of the group's American canon. Many of the tracks which sounded out of place on Beatles for Sale, "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," "What You're Doing" fit in perfectly here, as do the non-soundtrack songs from the British version of Help! included here: "Tell Me What You See," "You like Me Too Much," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." The American version of Help! is far superior to the British version, in my humble opinion, despite the quirky orchestral numbers. Whereas the non-soundtrack songs from the British version of A Hard Day's Night nicely complemented the soundtrack songs and helped to create the Beatles first near masterpiece of an LP, the non-soundtrack songs from the British version of Help! did not complement the soundtrack songs on that LP as nicely. They always sounded out of place to me. The real gem on this collection is the American version of Rubber Soul, which I have always preferred to the British version. Songs like "Drive My Car," "Nowhere Man," and "If I Needed Someone" never seemed to fit in with the rest of the LP, and "What Goes On" should have been relegated to a B-side. I think the aforementioned tracks fit better on Yesterday & Today, which is one of my favorite Beatles albums and one which I hope will be available on CD soon. "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Its Only Love" deserved better than to be relegated to the non-soundtrack side of Help! On the American version of Rubber Soul they are each given a far more prominent place leading off Side 1 and Side 2 respectively of the album. Rubber Soul, in its American incarnation, has always sounded like a folk rock album and as such can be seen as the Beatles answer to the burgeoning folk rock movement in America at the time. I wait with bated breath for Volume 3 of this collection. Maybe now Capitol EMI will issue remastered 5.1 surround sound editions of the British releases with Bonus tracks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hooray for the Fab Four

    Outstanding piece of reproduction work.Just like Vol.I, you find yourself back in time to when it all started. I'm ready for Vol.III.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Fab Four Strike Again, 40-plus years later!"

    The brand-new released boxed set by The Beatles, "The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2", is an extraordinary selection of music that still makes a statement, even after over 4 decades. And, the liner notes annotated by Mr. Bruce Spizer actually adds to the excitement of having them available once again. Realizing that Capitol records was trying to cater to the American music market, they truly succeeded with their own uniquely compiled Beatles LPs. The artwork for the album covers and the various MONO and STEREO mixes of the recorded songs are what made them such a joy in the first place. Just like the Vol. 1 boxed set from 2004, Capitol gave the U.S. fans waht they have ben waiting for- the American-released albums that we grew up listening to. One unusual footnote to the Vol. 2 set - it seems as though there was some confusion in the mastering for these CDs, primarily "Beatles VI" and "Rubber Soul". The MONO mixes of the songs for these 2 albums were not the actual ones from 1965, but were, instead, the STEREO mixes "folded-down" into alternate MONO. While I could not tell this with "Beatles VI", it was quite evident on "Rubber Soul". Especially with the false start on the song "I'm Looking Through You", which appears on both the STEREO and MONO versions on the CD. There is also supposed to be a distinctive "cough" heard in the MONO mix of the song "Norwegian Wood". But, I have never heard the original MONO vinyl LP from 1965, and therefore am not even aware of it. Thus, Capitol/EMI has given those folks who purchased the "mistake" CDs, the opportunity to send them back to recieve the "correctly mastered" CDs in exchange. However, EMI has said that the "mistake" CDs would be destroyed afterwards. My suggestion is if you bought the boxed set with these 2 incorrectly mastered CDs, you should keep them, as they might be worth something, someday. Aside from anything else, "The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2" is a most-welcome addition to the continuing library of Beatles CDs, already on the market. No other group has even come close, in the amount of titles within their catalog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    outstanding

    it's great to hear this stuff remastered.the amazing timeless quality of beatles music really shines through here.it all sounds new again!the beatles are still without comparison despite being split up for over 30 years.wonderful set and worth every penny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FAB4LOUS

    So what about the mono mixdown. I enjoy it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exciting or maybe not...depending on how obsessive you are

    I am a Beatles fan, period. Naturally, I am excited by the prospect of new goodies hitting our doorsteps. I am a fan of the late 70's Japanese vinyl pressings of the Beatles, and they're the versions I follow---including ones I have in my mp3 player. Last Christmas, Capitol put forth a 4-disc box that collected all the 1964 American albums that were Beatles products but not assembled by them. I liked hearing Meet The Beatles! in its original incarnation (as opposed to the fake Russian bootleg CD)...but there's one drawback for hardcore fans. The idea of this new box set is great, no questions asked. For one thing, it includes Help! (including George Martin's "cheesy" instrumentals), Beatles VI and The Early Beatles. The title even stays true to the "Vol. 1" in last year's box set. So what's the big issue? Well, for one thing, Rubber Soul is included and has all the original stereo & mono mixes of the tracks...but it's the American version that Capitol ruined! We are left here with great-sounding versions of the "rip-off" albums, while all the original British issues still have marginal sound quality. I certainly would like to get a copy of these CDs, mainly so I can hear the mono & stereo differences (and, of course, get the first three albums on my mp3 player), but let's wish, hope & pray that EMI and Capitol will wake up and do the same thing for all the British albums. Every fan (myself included) would like to hear the mono versions of The White Album and Sgt. Pepper. (Say, Capitol, why don't you release The Beatles' Story, too? That's an artifact!)

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Great set, must have.

    What I really like about the set is that these are the albums we grew up listening to as kids. I have searched all over and for the version of Help with the James Bond theme in the beginning. I could not belive that I finally found it in this collection. Its nice that you have both the stereo and mono songs for all those that have to have it all. The book that comes with it was a nice touch for those fans that cant get enough info. This is a must for the true Beatles fan, you will not be disapointted.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Way America Likes it

    Ok here's the deal. Im going to basically sum up all the reviews before me so here we go. These albums along with the four albums on volume 1 of this collection are the way all of america heard them back in the 1960's. Without the United States the Beatles wouldn' have been as huge. Its not americans fault that capitol "ruined" the Beatles albums. My parents for example grew up with the beatles and were unaware that there were differences between the two nations releases of these albums. Its not a matter of sound quality or what the beatles thought. Its about what the fans want. By the way these sound better than the beatles cd's that were available when this set was released. It sucks from the beatles point of view that america had different albums but without fans the beatles would've failed. Capitol knew what this country wanted and they delivered. And the American Rubber Soul is way freakin better than the british one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A complete rip off.

    This box set consists of four of the Beatles American albums from the 1960s. Many hardcore American Beatle fans have pined away for the release of these albums on CD for years. The problem is, all of this music is already available on the Beatles original CD releases and in far superior sound quality. The music on this set is re- mastered poorly (like most re-masters of the 21st century) which is to say that it is mixed way too loud!!! Plus, if you already have the original CDs, why would you repurchase the same music again only to have the songs in a different order and with a different CD cover? How does this help the planet?

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