THE U.S. ALBUMS – Box Set Coming January 21, 2014
Current Price $159.99 – If price goes up or down, pre-ordering guarantees you the lowest price.
FROM AMAZON: The new 13 CD box set The U.S. Albums commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing in America, spanning 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude (aka The Beatles Again). The Beatles’ U.S. albums differed from the band’s U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The box set includes the following:
Meet The Beatles! (HERE)
The Beatles’ Second Album (HERE)
A Hard Day’s Night (HERE)
Something New (HERE)
The Beatles’ Story (Only Available In The Box, Apparently)
Beatles ’65 (HERE)
The Early Beatles (HERE)
Beatles VI (HERE)
Rubber Soul (HERE)
Yesterday And Today (HERE)
Hey Jude (HERE)
These albums were originally issued between 1964 and 1970 by Capitol Records, Apple Records, and United Artists in the United States. These new releases seek to replicate the unique listening experience heard by Americans at the time by preserving the sequences, timings, and artwork found on the albums. Due to the limitations of the record players of the day, engineers often compressed the sound by raising the volume of the softer passages and lowering the volume for the louder parts of the songs. They also reduced the bass frequencies since too much bass could cause the record to skip. In some cases, reverb was added to the tracks to make them sound more “American.” The CDs are packaged in miniature vinyl sleeves that faithfully recreate the original U.S. LP releases, including the inner sleeves. 11 original U.S. albums presented in both mono and stereo. Hey Jude and The Beatles’ Story are in stereo only. A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude and the U.S. version of Revolver are presented on CD for the first time. Yesterday And Today features the original album cover of The Beatles posing with raw meat and baby dolls. The package also comes with a collectible sticker of the subsequent Yesterday And Today cover art. Also included is a 64-page booklet which includes a new essay examining the U.S. albums and their historical significance.
UPDATED NOTE: As readers may know, Capitol attempted a typically half-assed version of this box back in 2004 and 2006. They didn’t bother with all of the discs, but they did include both mono and stereo versions on each disc, as this new box does. According to reports, however, Apple does NOT plan to use the original Capitol masters to create these sets. Instead using the new 2009 remasters to “replicate” these albums (but not the actual rarities contain in them). As hard to believe as that is (as in… what’s the point?) that seems to be the word from Apple, and if you read the promo poop above, slowly and carefully, it seems to verify it; “These new releases seek to replicate the unique listening experience heard by Americans at the time by preserving the sequences, timings, and artwork found on the albums.” But… apparently not the actual mixes. For a taste of the ACTUAL Capitol masters, visit our archives for the 2004/2006 Capitol versions, HERE.