THE BEATLES Meet The Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, Something New, Beatles ’65, The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! & Rubber Soul (Original US Releases)

The Brits must think we’re daft for dragging these mangled, reverb-laden old Capitol Records releases back from oblivion and into the digital age. For youngsters not acquainted with the peculiarities of Beatlemania in America, Capitol took George Martin’s original tapes and doused them in reverb, then chopped the British albums into different configurations to squeeze a few extra sales out of a fad that was almost guaranteed to expire before the last lunch box or bubblegum card could roll off the production line. That’s how the band’s UK debut morphed into their 5th LP in the States, The Beatles’ Second Album became almost a ‘covers’ LP, and Capitol was able to squeeze out five Beatles albums in 1965 alone, Beatles ’65 (actually issued in December ’64), The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! and Rubber Soul. For disciples, there are oddities to be found buried in these digital grooves; the false start on “I’m Looking Through You,” the original score music from Help! (only time on CD) and, it should probably be mentioned to those that think about these things, the mono on these first issue discs are “folded down,” a combination of two stereo tracks into one. For all the faults, Capitol did do one thing right for the new millennium crowd, they put both stereo and mono versions on the same disc, something that economics (greed) put a stop to when the official stereo and mono Apple reissues were released in 2009. A Hard Day’s Night is not included in this Capitol box as it was originally issued on United Artists Records – though Something New closely approximates it. So… why is it we Yanks seem to be clinging to these clearly inferior versions, oh-so-many decades later? Well, technically, we’re not. Capitol was only filling a minor marketing void, so except for those rabid collectors that just must have it all, there’s really only one reason all this stuff could hold any interest for the average joe… memories. Those misty, water-colored memories of the way we were. Personally, all I really wanted were those nifty cover reproductions (click for Amazon links). Each CD has both mono & stereo versions. File Under: The Beatles – Pop Rock, Vocal Group.

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

Roll Over Beethoven
Thank You Girl
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Devil In Her Heart
You Can’t Do That
Long Tall Sally
I Call Your Name
Please Mr.Postman
I’ll Get You
She Loves You

I’ll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
Any Time At All
When I Get Home
Slow Down
Tell Me Why
And I Love Her
I’m Happy Just to Dance With You
If I Fell
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand

No Reply
I’m A Loser
Baby’s In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I’ll Follow The Sun
Mr. Moonlight
Honey Don’t
I’ll Be Back
She’s A Woman
I Feel Fine
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Love Me Do
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
Ask Me Why
Please Please Me
PS I Love You
Baby It’s You
A Taste Of Honey
Do You Want To Know A Secret

Kansas City
Eight Days A Week
You Like Me Too Much
Bad Boy
I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party
Words Of Love
What You’re Doing
Yes It Is
Dizzy Miss Lizzie
Tell Me What You See
Every Little Thing

The Night Before
From Me To You Fantasy (Instrumental)
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
In The Tyrol (Instrumental)
Another Girl
Another Hard Day’s Night (Instrumental)
Ticket To Ride
The Bitter End / You Can’t Do That (Instrumental)
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
The Chase (Instrumental)

I’ve Just Seen A Face
Norwegian Wood
You Won’t See Me
Think For Yourself
The Word
It’s Only Love
I’m Looking Through You
In My Life
Run For Your Life


  • 1
    August 22, 2011 - 09:34 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    August 22, 2011 - 12:04 | Permalink

    Sweet! Yes, it’s the memories. This may not be the way the fabs intended but this is the context in which millions of fans first heard this stuff… and on really shitty Lo-fi record players! Mine had been my mom’s when she was in high school, looked like a small suitcase with the speaker in the lid and weighed as much as an air conditioner! Why do I obsess over music today? Because I’m still running after the feeling THESE RECORDS gave me as an 8-year-old!

    • 3
      August 22, 2011 - 13:03 | Permalink

      “Because I’m still running after the feeling THESE RECORDS gave me…”

      If I’d talked to you I could have saved a fortune on therapy.

  • 4
    August 22, 2011 - 13:10 | Permalink

    ….Or rehab, right?

    • 5
      August 22, 2011 - 14:01 | Permalink

      That was my own doing.

  • 6
    August 22, 2011 - 14:22 | Permalink

    I have an odd take on this as I was an Army brat and was “stationed” in France at the time of many of these releases thereby was first exposed to the original English releases…I heard the US releases when I came back stateside and basically said, “what the fuck!” Early on, I could sense that with Capitol records, it was all about product…i.e. how (few) many songs can we put on the record so we can eke out another toss off piece of product….and yet the Fab Four surpassed even those evil incantations simply by being brilliant. Amen.

    • 7
      August 22, 2011 - 14:51 | Permalink

      And, in a way, it didn’t matter – until the albums began to become a piece of art in themselves, of course. (Hell, the early ones were art too, most of us just didn’t know it.) But… it doesn’t matter how you look at it, there was ZERO illusion about The Beatles being a product. They knew it, Capitol knew it, and when our tiny brains started to develop a little savvy, we knew it, too. And you’re right. The only thing that could possibly overcome all that Capitolism was their undiminishing brilliance.

  • 8
    August 22, 2011 - 14:25 | Permalink

    It is blasphemy, surely, but I have always perferred the US Rubber Soul. I was a bit disappointed when I got the real one in the 80s.

    • 9
      August 22, 2011 - 14:44 | Permalink

      It was an adjustment for a lot of people. We all can listen to The Beatles any way we damn well please. But, for anyone wanting to study The Beatles, the UK releases are paramount.

  • 10
    August 22, 2011 - 18:14 | Permalink

    This is what I grew up with. I had to put a stack of quarters on the plastic tone arm to keep it from skipping. “The Beatles Second Album” and “Something Else” are “gear”.

  • 11
    August 22, 2011 - 19:18 | Permalink

    Where is “Yesterday And Today”? I’ve recently been on an Elvis binge and similar issues exist between what was released and what makes sense historically..

    • 12
      August 22, 2011 - 19:45 | Permalink

      I wondered about that myself when these first came out. Yesterday And Today came after Rubber Soul (about a half year). Revolver also had an American release, but you gotta figure they weren’t tampering with the sound by then (I can’t remember). So why didn’t these two box set re-issues use 5 albums per box instead of 4, to include Yesterday… and Revolver? Sgt. Pepper’s was famously their first “universal” album. But then, Magical Mystery Tour was different, too. But, we forced the Brits to adopt our version on that one.

      As for Elvis, I thank my lucky stars I never got hooked collecting that catalog.

  • 13
    August 22, 2011 - 20:03 | Permalink

    Wanna take a stab at trivia? Of course, the honor system can’t work online, so it’s just to test your assumptions. According to Wiki, only two of The Beatles’ original Capitol albums failed to reach #1 in the US charts (they both reached #2). One was Yellow Submarine (also the only UK album not to reach #1)… what was the other? Hint, it’s in this post. Answers HERE

  • 14
    August 23, 2011 - 02:11 | Permalink

    When Capitol Records acquired United Artists Records it also acquired all US rights to the United Artists ‘A Hard Days Night’ Soundtrack album. This was the same deal under which Capitol acquired all US rights to THE BEATLES ‘Let It Be’ album which had also been previously controlled in the US by United Artists Records.
    So whatever reasoning Capitol Records had for not including remasters of the ‘A Hard Days Night’ Soundtrack album in their US reissue boxes, it was not because they did not possess the rights to do so.

    • 15
      September 13, 2013 - 22:36 | Permalink

      Historical purposes. It also would have duplicated Something New.

  • 16
    August 23, 2011 - 09:09 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard! I’ve been searching for the US version of HELP! on CD for quite some time, but didn’t want to buy the Capitol box. I love the instrumental stuff, especially ‘Another Hard Day’s Night’.

  • 18
    August 23, 2011 - 10:01 | Permalink

    Until I read this post I was unaware that the sound had been tinkered with.
    I was just comparing “Money” in stereo from the second album, and the mono version in the 2009 remaster, and while it may be a travesty, the reverbed version sounds more “live”.
    Thanks for this. How about the Vee-Jay album?

    • 19
      August 23, 2011 - 10:32 | Permalink

      Don’t get me started on the 2009 remasters. I’ve repeatedly stated that, as “clean” as they are, they don’t sound like The Beatles live in the studio (like the bootleg outtakes do). Instead, they sound like someone listening to The Beatles live in the studio on playback. There’s just something (kinda big) lacking, and I don’t think it’s my memory wanting something from the past. There’s a vitality missing on the 2009s, which the bottlegs – and even these reverbed American originals – illustrate.

    • 20
      August 23, 2011 - 10:38 | Permalink

      You know… you bring up a good point. Was the Vee-Jay stuff not tampered with? My memory won’t tell me if that’s why they were so sought after in the first place, back in the day. Regardless… the Vee-Jays never made it to the CD era.

  • 21
    August 23, 2011 - 13:01 | Permalink

    The Vee-Jay was sought after because it was available before there were any Capitol releases, and there are songs that didn’t turn up again until “The Early Beatles”.
    It is one of the most counterfeited albums of all time. Both mine are fakes.

    • 22
      August 23, 2011 - 13:30 | Permalink

      I’m not sure how much “collecting” was going on in 64-65, which are the years we’re talking about. The Early Beatles may have been their 5th LP in the States, but it was still 1965, a year after they landed, and those little kids may have been buying it because of the name on the cover, but I can’t imagine it being ‘sought after’ beyond that in ’65. Which is why I’m curious if the masters they used were the original British masters (they must have been). Because, Capitol doctored their’s in-house. To me, that would explain why the album was so sought afterwards in the 70s and 80s, before the catalog became ‘organized.’ And, maybe why it was counterfeited so much. I’m speculating. I USED to know all this shit back in the day, but now… can’t remember a damn thing. I think I’m happier for it.

  • 23
    August 28, 2011 - 00:37 | Permalink

    This post just made my weekend! Awesome cap! Can’t wait to hear the original score music from Help!. Think I’ll play “In The Tyrol” as the eye of Hurricane Irene draws close to my area (about an hour from now)…. at least until I lose my power :)
    Thanks bro!

    • 24
      August 28, 2011 - 00:48 | Permalink

      If you can keep playing Help! over and over, maybe the search dogs will find you.

  • 25
    August 28, 2011 - 20:47 | Permalink

    I was raised on the UK versions and never deigned to listen to these. I always thought Capitol were just rip-off artists, especially given the chintzy 11-cut albums including singles. But I just listened carefully to the first two-plus (so far) and now I think Capitol actually did a pretty good job of selling the band, at least at the start. I don’t mind the reverb, and why shouldn’t they have cherry-picked from the then-available stock? “Please Please Me” is still my favorite album of all, and I know that’s partly sentimental but it’s also the concentrated raw freshness (or should that be fresh rawness?) and sense of sudden blossoming. But listening this way does help me to hear them again almost like new, and they are as great as ever, so thanks!

    • 26
      August 28, 2011 - 21:28 | Permalink

      Kinda what happened to us in the States when we heard the original releases. It was an adjustment, but the fanatics knew this was the way the albums were intended, thus the way they should be. Why Capitol felt the need to doctor the tapes is one thing, but, as you say, you can’t fault their marketing. It seems ludicrous today to think that no British music act had been broken in the US. Not sure how many times it was even tried. But, when The Beatles landed in America, with a crowd (some paid for) already waiting for them, already screaming… well, you have to credit The Beats’ charisma, but you gotta give Capitol some, too. Man, when I think back to things like that – that the world wasn’t even “global” then (and our technology now)… the 21st Century really makes the 20th seem like the 1800s.

      • 27
        August 29, 2011 - 12:41 | Permalink

        Cliff Richard gave it a half-hearted shot and flopped terribly, which is part of why the Beatles held back, and also why Capitol let Vee-Jay have them for a while. To put that in context, if I remember correctly, Cliff outsold the Beatles globally in 1964 — he was huge throughout the non-US English-speaking world, and indeed beyond. But then Ed Sullivan saw the English mob scenes first-hand, and the music became undeniable, and the well-placed hype kicked in and … it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up, right?

        • 28
          August 29, 2011 - 13:07 | Permalink

          That’s sounds familiar. Wasn’t there someone else, too? Lonnie Donnegan or Tommy Steele or someone like that? In the late 50s/early 60s? Or was that when Richard tried?

          • 29
            August 29, 2011 - 17:10 | Permalink

            Lonnie Donegan had a fluke U.S. hit with “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)?” in 1961, and “Rock Island Line” in 1956, but I don’t think he really counts as having conquered the U.S. market. Anyway, “My Old Man’s a Dustman” was much more betterer, and he hit the Top 20 26 times in 6 years in Britain. Cliff had occasional mild American singles successes from 1959 on, but I think it was hard going from top of the bill at home to support act here, and he made millions anyway (130+ top-20 hits so far!) so why bother.

          • 30
            August 29, 2011 - 20:21 | Permalink

            Yeah, I remember nobody even made a dent. Thanks for the info, Pete.

  • 31
    September 5, 2011 - 10:51 | Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, “Telstar” by the Tornados (a Joe Meek production) made #1 on the Billboard chart in December 1962, but I guess it was considered a novelty fluke, due to the title (topical reference) and the fact that it was an instrumental.

    - – - – - – - – -

    Wikipedia sez:

    “Telstar” was the first U.S. number one by a British group. Up to that point, and since World War II, there had only been three British names that topped the U.S. chart: in May 1962 “Stranger on the Shore” by clarinetist Mr. Acker Bilk; the second was “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” by Laurie London (1958), whilst the first was “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” by Vera Lynn (1952).

    – - – - – - –

    In the summer of 1963 Del Shannon covered “From Me To You” (the first US artist to cover a Beatles song – but you all KNOW that! :) )but despite his previous successes, the cover only made it ti # 77 in the Billboard chart, probably further confirming Capitols initial reluctance to issue Beatle “product”

  • 33
    Ian of Cornwall
    September 23, 2011 - 09:02 | Permalink

    “The Brits must think we’re daft for dragging these mangled, reverb-laden old Capitol Records releases back from oblivion and into the digital age” True. I’ll have the covers though; Cheers!

  • 34
    Ian of Cornwall
    September 23, 2011 - 09:06 | Permalink

    Bollocks! I’m gonna try Help. Thanks

    • 35
      September 23, 2011 - 09:27 | Permalink

      I knew you couldn’t resist. 50 million American record buyers can’t be wrong, eh? Well… we were, but what did we know? We were just kids. Help! is probably the one worth having, for the soundtrack score if nothing else. And, it is fascinating to hear how Capitol prepped these recordings for American radio. Beyond all that, though… the covers are nice, aren’t they?

  • 36
    October 28, 2011 - 21:08 | Permalink

    Capitol didn’t do many things right, “Magical Mystery Tour” is an exception. Since I am one of the sheep that buys everything Beatles, I have to buy the Vol. 2 again since they didn’t even bother to get the first pressings correct. How can you have such a sacred collection and treat it so shittily? It was all fake mono–the giveaway is the false-start at the beginning of “I’m Looking Through You” on ‘Rubber Soul’. The true mono version does NOT have the false start–all Capitol did was “fold-down” the stereo version. errrrgh!! A pox on Capitol’s house, and God bless you Will for keepin’ on doin’ all the cool things you do!

  • 37
    October 28, 2011 - 22:52 | Permalink

    I still prefer the track listing of Meet the Beatles to that of With the Beatles. Besides the nostalgia angle, the album sounds more raw and fresh without the ‘oldies’ tracks Money, Please Mr. Postman and Roll Over Beethoven. I think Americans got the winner that time.

  • 38
    February 17, 2012 - 23:01 | Permalink

    These are the ones I found in my parents collection and made me a fan. Nice to hear these again.

  • 39
    December 12, 2012 - 01:31 | Permalink

    This is really fun getting these! I didn’t realize the American versions were so different. The Early Bs is down though ( the only one on MF). Thanks!

    • 40
      December 12, 2012 - 01:35 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • 41
    December 12, 2012 - 11:37 | Permalink

    No, thank you. I know these are less loved versions but I’m really enjoying them (and their covers).

  • 42
    Indiana Scott
    December 17, 2012 - 07:20 | Permalink

    Captain W: you run one of the greatest music resources that I have discovered. And I thank you for that! My boys and I have a decent music collection (vinyl/cd/mp3). I was excited to find the Capitol boxes for the obvious reason of being able to hear the albums the way we heard them on this side of the pond. My boys, who are in their twenties, thought the English versions were the sole way the Beatles’ music was released…until they started buying their own Beatles vinyl. Now, we have mp3 versions of the vinyl they recently purchased, except for one. The Early Beatles needs to be re-upped. Thanks my man!

  • 43
    Indiana Scott
    December 17, 2012 - 08:32 | Permalink

    W: simply disregard my request. I see that someone else beat me to the punch. Sorry about taking up space. Thanks anyway!

  • 44
    December 17, 2012 - 09:46 | Permalink

    No prob. You had me confused for a minute. Thought I’d mysteriously lost a few days again. Cheers.

  • 45
    July 17, 2013 - 13:07 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard

  • 46
    January 16, 2014 - 15:30 | Permalink

    many tanx! yes, so many tanx. Just a fan-xxxxxxx-tastic post.

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