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Japanese Pressing of the First-ever CD Reissue of Four Albums Originally Released from Us Capitol Records in 1964 ("Meet the Beatles", "The Beatles' Second Album", "Something New", and "Beatles '65"), which Feature Us-original Tracklisting. Each Disc Contains Both Mono and Stereo Versions of Each Album.

Language: Japanese

1. Meet The Beatles! * Disc One*
2. Beatles' Second Album * Disc Two*
3. Something New * Disc Three*
4. Beatles ' 65 * Disc Four*

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  • Audio CD (November 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B00068X53U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The mono mixes sound great as do the stereo ones.
Bruce Spizer
Another beauty of this set is the fact that each album is in both the original stereo and mono versions that Capitol released in 1964.
As for the box set packaging, well that is put away for safe keeping.

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438 of 446 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who have been waiting breathlessly for Capitol Records' infamous "Duophonic" (fake stereo) versions of the Beatles' catalog to appear on CD, well has Capitol got a treat for you!

"The Capitol Albums Vol. 1" contains the first four of Capitol Records' Beatles' albums (well, their first four music releases, as the 2-LP documentary "The Beatles' Story" came out on Capitol before "Beatles '65"...)

Yep, these are the reverb-laden Capitol mixes we all grew up with! For good or bad, this is what most of us remember. They're not the Beatles' albums as the Beatles envisioned them, but so what? They are a lot of fun to listen to!

So, what's good? Well, you get both the stereo and mono mixes of each album. When the Beatles' catalog was released on CD in 1987, only mono mixes of the first four albums were made available. This release is therefore the only place where you can get stereo mixes (albeit *reverb-laden* stereo mixes...). What's more, the sound quality is much better than the sound quality of the many "Capitol albums" bootlegs that have been on the market for years. It's great to have discs mastered from the original tapes! (Although, there is a glitch / dropout 18 seconds into the stereo version of "Don't Bother Me"...)

So, what's bad? That's easy! The packaging *really* stinks!

So, how is the packaging lousy? Well, the discs are inside small "reproductions" of the original jackets that aren't 100% faithful to the originals (compare them to your old LP's to see for yourself). The CDs themselves are also put into the jackets without any sort of protective inner sleeves. (There is a reason why records used to have protective inner sleeves! Unprotected records / CDs are easily scratched!
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lavezzoli on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Capitol did a tremendous job with the music here. They did exactly what they were supposed to do: take the original American Capitol stereo and mono mixes, transfer them cleanly and leave them alone. All of the original anomalies are here: Lennon's harmonica overdub on Thank You Girl, which was only in America, guitar overdub in Money, the extra verse in the US mono I'll Cry Instead (but not the stereo), the single-track McCartney vocal in the US mono And I Love Her, the extra reverb on both stereo and mono US versions of She's a Woman/I Feel Fine, the double-track intro vocal on the US stereo If I Fell, and so on. These are all here, exactly as they were on the US albums. And for that, Capitol deserves applause, because frankly I've been disappointed with the Yellow Submarine remaster, and Let It Be Naked. I don't like tampering. This box set is the genuine (American) article.

And it's worth preserving for what it was and is. The Beatles and George Martin both knew exactly why Capitol was releasing different versions of these records in America, and George Martin gave Capitol his stereo mixes for that purpose, after which Capitol added some reverb on certain songs, but the fact of the matter is that both Martin and the Beatles had no problem whatsoever with this practice. And by the way, the butcher cover of Y&T was NOT a protest against these American releases. That photo was a protest against the carnage of the Vietnam War. The band said it, and the photographer also says it. So stop the myth that it was an anti-Capitol photo. It was an ANTI-WAR photo.

I actually like the fake stereo and reverb from these US albums...it was a product of the times and of the era, and in fact the first four mono UK albums as they sound on the current EMI CDs are very flat, dull, and dry.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Harvey M. Canter on August 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am about as big a fan of the Beatles' music as there is, yet this will constitute the 3rd negative review I have made of a recent Beatles release (see also my excoriating blasts at the HDN DVD and Let It Be Naked fiascos). The big music execs just can't get it right when it comes to the Fab Four. They are getting right for the Stones and the Who, though it took 2 or 3 times around the catalog for the Bowie, Hendrix, Kinks, and Elvis Costello people to get it right. The Beatles need and deserve remastering of the basic albums (AND MOVIES), great packaging, and lots of extras for the digital age. Is that so difficult to grasp? Apparently so, as we continue to get hack jobs done to material that is really culturally and artistically sacred.

Here, the music part is not so bad, really. I have been listening a lot to the stereo versions on a boom box in the bathroom, or in the car, and they sound great to me. I have not scrutinized them sonically, as I am just transported by having the music in the order that I originally heard it, and which my brain is wired for. In the car, I found that Beatles '65 was skipping a lot, which to me indicates an inferior CD pressing. Plus, the packaging is SO bad (see below)that I did not want to risk an accident trying to handle it in the car. So, I am a happy idiot when it comes to the music part: these are the versions I used to play on my little red Mattel "Show n' Tell" record player, and the ones I heard on the Beatles cartoon show. (Now THERE'S an item that should be put on DVD!) I easily accepted the British issues when they came out on CD, as I already had many of the imports on vinyl, and was used to the "official" versions. But, I must admit, I like these Capitol versions a tad better due to the deep neurological factor.
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