Thursday, January 20, 2011

Meet the Beatles: The Album

The interesting Beatles fact for Meet the Beatles is that it was the second Beatles album released in the United States despite the claim by Capitol Records that it was the first. Introducing the Beatles, issued by Vee Jay records was the first. It was released by Capitol on January 20, 1964 in anticipation of the Beatles first trip to America and appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Capitol is the American affiliate of Parlophone Records in Great Britain, both companies subsidiaries of EMI.

The cover is the same as the Parlophone release of With the Beatles, showing the Beatles dressed in black turtlenecks against a black background. Meet the Beatles also has many of the tracks of With The Beatles, although the following songs were omitted for the American release: "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Devil in Her Heart," "Money," "Please Mr. Postman," and Roll Over Beethoven." The album was released in stereo CD box set format as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1.

The track listing is as follows:

Side One

I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won't Be Long
All I've Got to Do
All My Loving

Side Two

Don't Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not a Second Time

Since most American Beatles fans were not aware that Beatles songs were issued in a different chronological sequence in England on Parlophone, it is believed that Capitol reissued the 2004 box set to take advantage of the nostalgia millions of fans retained over the original American releases.

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