The U.S. Albums

The U.S. Albums

by The Beatles


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The U.S. Albums

Back in 2004, Apple/Capitol released The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1, a four-disc box that issued the Beatles' original U.S. albums from 1964 (Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles' Second Album, Something New, Beatles '65) on CD for the first time ever. A second volume, released roughly 18 months later, collected the 1965 records (The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help!, Rubber Soul), but a third volume rounding up the rest of the U.S.-exclusive albums -- Yesterday...and Today and Revolver, both from 1966, plus the odd 1970 compilation Hey Jude -- never materialized. Three years after The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2, a lavish reissue campaign of superb remasters of the Beatles' U.K. catalog appeared, the first true sonic upgrade to the Beatles' catalog since their initial release in 1987 -- remasters that easily overshadowed the somewhat better sound on the Capitol Albums boxes. The 2009 remasters were a rousing success, especially the Beatles in Mono box, which offered mini-LP replicas of every mono album from the Fabs, and that opened the door for the 2014 release of The U.S. Albums, a 13-disc box that has mini-LP replicas of all eight albums that appeared on the 2004 and 2006 boxes, plus the three aforementioned stragglers and two 1964 oddities: the United Artists release of the soundtrack for A Hard Day's Night and the pseudo-documentary LP The Beatles Story. Here's where things get interesting for trainspotters. Apart from The Beatles' Story, which has been drawn from existing masters in the vaults, nearly everything here has been brought up to the 2009 standards, usually using those celebrated remasters instead of the cavernous echo that characterized the Americanized albums shepherded by Capitol exec Dave Dexter. Fun, interesting alternates remain -- notably the botched intro to "I'm Looking Through You" on the stereo mix of Rubber Soul -- but the terrible fake stereo mixes that characterized the original U.S. releases and were indeed preserved in the Capitol Albums box sets have been replaced with tapes that sound excellent. This may not pull on the heartstrings for nostalgic baby boomers -- they'll have to settle for the set's exquisite packaging, including a Yesterday...and Today with a peel-away cover that reveals the original butcher cover -- in the way that the Dexter-ized mixes would have, but it's hard to argue against the use of the 2009 remasters, as this is the best the Beatles have ever sounded. And not only does this sound good, it looks good, so it's a handsome way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, although anybody who owns the 2009 boxes in addition to the 2004 and 2006 sets may find it hard to justify another purchase.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2014
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602537614127
catalogNumber: 001964502
Rank: 45827


Disc 1

  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  2. I Saw Her Standing There
  3. This Boy
  4. It Won't Be Long
  5. All I've Got To Do
  6. All My Loving
  7. Don't Bother Me
  8. Little Child
  9. Till There Was You
  10. Hold Me Tight
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man
  12. Not a Second Time
  13. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  14. I Saw Her Standing There
  15. This Boy
  16. It Won't Be Long
  17. All I've Got To Do
  18. All My Loving
  19. Don't Bother Me
  20. Little Child
  21. 'Til There Was You
  22. Hold Me Tight
  23. I Wanna Be Your Man
  24. Not a Second Time

Disc 2

  1. Roll Over Beethoven
  2. Thank You Girl
  3. You Really Got a Hold On Me
  4. Devil In Her Heart
  5. Money (That's What I Want)
  6. You Can't Do That
  7. Long Tall Sally
  8. I Call Your Name
  9. Please Mister Postman
  10. I'll Get You
  11. She Loves You
  12. Roll Over Beethoven
  13. Thank You Girl
  14. You Really Got a Hold On Me
  15. Devil In Her Heart
  16. Money (That's What I Want)
  17. You Can't Do That
  18. Long Tall Sally
  19. I Call Your Name
  20. Please Mister Postman
  21. I'll Get You
  22. She Loves You

Disc 3

  1. A Hard Day's Night
  2. Tell Me Why
  3. I'll Cry Instead
  4. I Should Have Known Better
  5. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  6. And I Love Her Mono]
  7. I Should Have Known Better
  8. If I Fell
  9. And I Love Her
  10. Ringo's Theme (This Boy)
  11. Can't Buy Me Love
  12. A Hard Day's Night
  13. A Hard Day's Night
  14. Tell Me Why
  15. I'll Cry Instead
  16. I Should Have Known Better
  17. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  18. And I Love Her
  19. I Should Have Known Better
  20. If I Fell
  21. And I Love Her
  22. Ringo's Theme (This Boy)
  23. Can't Buy Me Love
  24. A Hard Day's Night

Disc 4

  1. I'll Cry Instead
  2. Things We Said Today
  3. Any Time At All
  4. When I Get Home
  5. Slow Down
  6. Matchbox
  7. Tell Me Why
  8. And I Love Her
  9. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  10. If I Fell
  11. Komm, Gib Mire Deine Hand
  12. I'll Cry Instead
  13. Things We Said Today
  14. Any Time At All
  15. When I Get Home
  16. Slow Down
  17. Matchbox
  18. Tell Me Why
  19. And I Love Her
  20. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  21. If I Fell
  22. Komm, Gib Mire Deine Hand

Disc 5

  1. On the Stage with the Beatles
  2. How Beatlemania Began
  3. Beatlemania In Action
  4. Man Behind the Beatles: Brian Epstein
  5. John Lennon
  6. Who's a Millionaire?
  7. Beatles Will Be Beatles
  8. Man Behind the Music: George Martin
  9. George Harrison
  10. A Hard Day's Night: Their First Movie
  11. Paul McCartney
  12. Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul
  13. The Beatles Look At Life
  14. "Victims" of Beatlemania
  15. Beatle Medley
  16. Ringo Starr
  17. Liverpool and All the World!

Disc 6

  1. No Reply
  2. I'm a Loser
  3. Baby's In Black
  4. Rock and Roll Music
  5. I'll Follow the Sun
  6. Mr. Moonlight
  7. Honey Don't
  8. I'll Be Back
  9. She's a Woman
  10. I Feel Fine
  11. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  12. No Reply
  13. I'm a Loser
  14. Baby's In Black
  15. Rock and Roll Music
  16. I'll Follow the Sun
  17. Mr. Moonlight
  18. Honey Don't
  19. I'll Be Back
  20. She's a Woman
  21. I Feel Fine
  22. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

Disc 7

  1. Love Me Do
  2. Twist and Shout
  3. Anna (Go To Him)
  4. Chains
  5. Boys
  6. Ask Me Why
  7. Please Please Me
  8. P.S. I Love You
  9. Baby It's You
  10. A Taste of Honey
  11. Do You Want To Know a Secret
  12. Love Me Do
  13. Twist and Shout
  14. Anna (Go To Him)
  15. Chains
  16. Boys
  17. Ask Me Why
  18. Please Please Me
  19. P.S. I Love You
  20. Baby It's You
  21. A Taste of Honey
  22. Do You Want To Know a Secret

Disc 8

  1. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  2. Eight Days a Week
  3. You Like Me Too Much
  4. Bad Boy
  5. I Don't Want To Spoil the Party
  6. Words of Love
  7. What You're Doing
  8. Yes It Is
  9. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  10. Tell Me What You See
  11. Every Little Thing
  12. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  13. Eight Days a Week
  14. You Like Me Too Much
  15. Bad Boy
  16. I Don't Want To Spoil the Party
  17. Words of Love
  18. What You're Doing
  19. Yes It Is
  20. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  21. Tell Me What You See
  22. Every Little Thing

Disc 9

  1. Help!
  2. The Night Before
  3. From Me To You Fantasy
  4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
  5. I Need You
  6. In the Tyrol
  7. Another Girl
  8. Another Hard Day's Night
  9. Ticket To Ride
  10. The Bitter End/You Can't Do That
  11. You're Going To Lose That Girl
  12. The Chase
  13. Help!
  14. The Night Before
  15. From Me To You Fantasy
  16. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
  17. I Need You
  18. In the Tyrol
  19. Another Girl
  20. Another Hard Day's Night
  21. Ticket To Ride
  22. The Bitter End/You Can't Do That
  23. You're Going to Lose That Girl
  24. The Chase

Disc 10

  1. I've Just Seen a Face
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You Won't See Me
  4. Think For Yourself
  5. The Word
  6. Michelle
  7. It's Only Love
  8. Girl
  9. I'm Looking Through You
  10. In My Life
  11. Wait
  12. Run For Your Life
  13. I've Just Seen a Face
  14. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  15. You Won't See Me
  16. Think For Yourself
  17. The Word
  18. Michelle
  19. It's Only Love
  20. Girl
  21. I'm Looking Through You
  22. In My Life
  23. Wait
  24. Run For Your Life

Disc 11

  1. Drive My Car
  2. I'm Only Sleeping
  3. Nowhere Man
  4. Doctor Robert
  5. Yesterday
  6. Act Naturally
  7. And Your Bird Can Sing
  8. If I Needed Someone
  9. We Can Work It Out
  10. What Goes On
  11. Day Tripper
  12. Drive My Car
  13. I'm Only Sleeping
  14. Nowhere Man
  15. Doctor Robert
  16. Yesterday
  17. Act Naturally
  18. And Your Bird Can Sing
  19. If I Needed Someone
  20. We Can Work It Out
  21. What Goes On
  22. Day Tripper

Disc 12

  1. Taxman
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. Love You To
  4. Here, There and Everywhere
  5. Yellow Submarine
  6. She Said She Said
  7. Good Day Sunshine
  8. For No One
  9. I Want To Tell You
  10. Got To Get You Into My Life
  11. Tomorrow Never Knows
  12. Taxman
  13. Eleanor Rigby
  14. Love You To
  15. Here, There and Everywhere
  16. Yellow Submarine
  17. She Said She Said
  18. Good Day Sunshine
  19. For No One
  20. I Want To Tell You
  21. Got To Get You Into My Life
  22. Tomorrow Never Knows

Disc 13

  1. Can't Buy Me Love
  2. I Should Have Known Better
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Rain
  5. Lady Madonna
  6. Revolution
  7. Hey Jude
  8. Old Brown Shoe
  9. Don't Let Me Down
  10. The Ballad of John and Yoko

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Group Member
John Lennon   Group Member
Paul McCartney   Group Member
Ringo Starr   Group Member
John Babcock   Narrator

Technical Credits

Arthur Alexander   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
George Martin   Producer,Musical Director
John Russell   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Robert Freeman   Cover Photo
Berry Gordy   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Roy Lee Johnson   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ken Thorne   Composer,Score
Gary Usher   Producer
Klaus Voormann   Cover Design
Meredith Willson   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Luther Dixon   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Robert Whitaker   Back Cover Photo
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Roger Christian   Producer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Richard Marlow   Composer
Richard Starkey   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Richard Drapkin   Composer
Barney Williams   Composer
Walter Shenson   Producer

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The US Albums 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
It was 50 years ago today that four young lad from Liverpool, England first single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" made their first American single on the airwaves. Paul McCartney once said that we are not going to America till we had a number one hit. He was right. It went straight to number one on the Billboard top chart. Then on February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport. On February 9, 1964, more than 70 million viewers tuned into watch the Beatles make their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. This marked the beginning of Beatlemania. Fifty years later, Capitol/Apple/Universal has released the Beatles U.S. Albums and sounded much bigger, better, louder, and clearer. Some Beatles fans may be a bit disappointed because the entire 13 U.S. albums do not have the American sound version, but instead it has the 2009 remasters. Beatles fans who bought the Beatles Capitol Album Volume 1 & 2 may want to keep or trade it in. Back then, the American sound version was a lot different than the U.K. version both in stereo and mono. Despite of that, the U.K. version sound is much better, bigger, louder, and clearer than the American sound version. Here's to another 50 years of Beatlemania. We love the Beatles, oh yes we do. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!