The Japan Box

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in 2014, Universal released The U.S. Albums, a long-awaited box set of CD replicas of the Beatles' original American LPs from the '60s. This set fulfilled the wishes of many hardcore Beatles fans by putting these albums -- which, with the notable exception of a pair of mid-2000s box sets, had been out of print since the group's catalog was standardized to the U.K. editions upon the initial CD reissue campaign -- back in circulation and that is also the idea behind 2014's The Japan Box. Appealing to a far smaller segment of collectors than its American cousin, the Japan Box nevertheless follows the blueprint of The U.S. Albums by housing CD replicas of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in 2014, Universal released The U.S. Albums, a long-awaited box set of CD replicas of the Beatles' original American LPs from the '60s. This set fulfilled the wishes of many hardcore Beatles fans by putting these albums -- which, with the notable exception of a pair of mid-2000s box sets, had been out of print since the group's catalog was standardized to the U.K. editions upon the initial CD reissue campaign -- back in circulation and that is also the idea behind 2014's The Japan Box. Appealing to a far smaller segment of collectors than its American cousin, the Japan Box nevertheless follows the blueprint of The U.S. Albums by housing CD replicas of the first five Beatles albums released in Japan on Odeon Records: Meet the Beatles, The Beatles No. 2, A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles No. 5, and Help! Fab fanatics will note slight variations between these titles and their American counterparts -- The Beatles Second Album is The Beatles No. 2, Beatles '65 is Beatles No. 5 -- and that fits because despite the similar artwork, these have different track listings than the source LPs. Meet the Beatles is also a variation -- its title is presented in red, not blue, the track listing is a bit different -- but despite the completely different artwork on A Hard Day's Night (the only album here to sport an entirely original cover), the track listing is identical to the U.K. album; similarly, Help! winds up as a replica of the U.K. record. This is all a roundabout way of saying these Japanese albums aren't as varied or interesting as the U.S. albums, nor do they have the same lore within the Beatles discography; only the hardest of the hardcore knew these existed prior to this 2014 set. As all five albums rely on the acclaimed 2009 Beatles remasters, the reason to pick this up is the packaging, and this is as nicely assembled as The U.S. Albums or The Beatles in Mono, with the addition of OBI strips for the five records and a booklet that mainly includes lyrics. Whether or not this is enough of an enticement is entirely up to the individual Fab fanatic.
From the Publisher
Following the release of The U.S. Albums, The Japan Box commemorates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles debut in Japan. Using the 2009 remasters, The Japan Box contains the first five original Japanese LP titles, reproduced as CD’s. The titles have been out of print since 1987. Of particular interest is reproducing the album “Beatles!”, which is one of the most well-known compilation LPs in the world, and “A Hard Day’s Night”, which features the Japanese original cover. The Japan Box uses the 2009 remaster sound, with the titles “Beatles!”, “Beatles No.2” and “Beatles No.5” using the 2009 mono remaster. All five titles are made of paper sleeves, with reproduced “obi” strips and supplement posters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2014
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537883264
  • Catalog Number: 3788326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want to Hold Your Hand (2:27)
  2. 2 She Loves You (2:21)
  3. 3 From Me to You (1:57)
  4. 4 Twist and Shout (2:34)
  5. 5 Love Me Do (2:19)
  6. 6 Baby It's You (2:42)
  7. 7 Don't Bother Me (2:31)
  8. 8 Please Please Me (2:05)
  9. 9 I Saw Her Standing There (2:57)
  10. 10 P.S. I Love You (2:07)
  11. 11 Little Child (1:49)
  12. 12 All My Loving (2:12)
  13. 13 Hold Me Tight (2:34)
  14. 14 Please Mister Postman (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Can't Buy Me Love (2:17)
  2. 2 Do You Want to Know a Secret (2:01)
  3. 3 Thank You Girl (2:03)
  4. 4 Taste of Honey (2:06)
  5. 5 It Won't Be Long (2:14)
  6. 6 I Wanna Be Your Man (2:00)
  7. 7 There's a Place (1:54)
  8. 8 Roll Over Beethoven (2:49)
  9. 9 Misery (1:52)
  10. 10 Boys (2:29)
  11. 11 Devil in Her Heart (2:29)
  12. 12 Not a Second Time (2:12)
  13. 13 Money (2:46)
  14. 14 Till There Was You (2:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Hard Day's Night (2:34)
  2. 2 I Should Have Known Better (2:43)
  3. 3 If I Fell (2:19)
  4. 4 I'm Happy Just to Dance with You (1:56)
  5. 5 And I Love Her (2:29)
  6. 6 Tell Me Why (2:08)
  7. 7 Can't Buy Me Love (2:11)
  8. 8 Any Time at All (2:11)
  9. 9 I'll Cry Instead (1:45)
  10. 10 Things We Said Today (2:35)
  11. 11 When I Get Home (2:16)
  12. 12 You Can't Do That (2:34)
  13. 13 I'll Be Back (2:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Long Tall Sally (2:03)
  2. 2 Sie Liebt Dich (2:19)
  3. 3 Anna (Go to Him) (3:00)
  4. 4 Matchbox (1:58)
  5. 5 You Really Got a Hold on Me (3:04)
  6. 6 She's a Woman (3:03)
  7. 7 Ask Me Why (2:29)
  8. 8 I Feel Fine (2:23)
  9. 9 Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (2:25)
  10. 10 Chains (2:28)
  11. 11 Slow Down (2:57)
  12. 12 All I've Got to Do (2:06)
  13. 13 I Call Your Name (2:11)
  14. 14 This Boy (2:18)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Help! (2:23)
  2. 2 The Night Before (2:37)
  3. 3 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (2:12)
  4. 4 I Need You (2:32)
  5. 5 Another Girl (2:09)
  6. 6 You're Going to Lose That Girl (2:21)
  7. 7 Ticket to Ride (3:11)
  8. 8 Act Naturally (2:33)
  9. 9 It's Only Love (1:59)
  10. 10 You Like Me Too Much (2:39)
  11. 11 Tell Me What You See (2:40)
  12. 12 I've Just Seen a Face (2:08)
  13. 13 Yesterday (2:09)
  14. 14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
George Harrison Group Member
John Lennon Group Member
Paul McCartney Group Member
Ringo Starr Group Member
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Larry Williams Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
George Martin Producer
Hal David Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
William Robinson Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
William Garrett Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Sean Magee Mastering
Voni Morrison Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Carole King Composer
Richard Drapkin Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Shuma Saito Artwork
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