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Meet The Beatles
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
No you guys! The reason there are two different covers and two different song lists are because "With The Beatles" was their second UK release. Capitol released a similar album entitled, "Meet The Beatles". The UK version had 14 songs. The US version had had 12. "With The Beatles" was the Beatles second LP in the UK. "Please, Please Me" was their first. "Meet The Beatles" was the first Capitol release in the US. The only relationship in similarity between the UK's "With The Beatles" and the USA's "Meet The Beatles" are the following songs: 1. It Won't Be Long 2. All I've Got To Do 3. All My Loving 4. Don't Bother Me 5. Little Child 6. Till There Was You 7. Hold Me Tight 8. I Wanna Be Your Man 9. Not A Second Time. Those are 9 songs that the UK and US versions share on both albums. Now the U.K. version has these additional songs: 1. Please Mr. Postman 2. Roll Over Beethoven 3. Devil In Her Heart 4. Money 5. You Really Got A Hold On Me.

The rumor was that Capitol didn't want to pay royalties to other songwriters whose music appeared on the UK version. The other rumor is that Capitol wanted to hold back the US versions of Beatle albums to eleven or twelve tracks apiece so they could compile those tracks for another US version only album. Most of the world were getting the UK versions of "With The Beatles", but Capitol Records had a completely different vision for marketing the Beatles.

Additional tracks the appeared on the US's "Meet The Beatles" that didn't appear on the UK's "With The Beatles" were two monster singles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There".

When Capitol released "Meet The Beatles" on CD, it released twelve tracks in stereo and following those tracks, mono versions as they were mixed on the original Capitol master tapes. Some of the songs were in true stereo while other tracks were in simulated stereo. This is probably the reason that the UK CD version, "With The Beatles" is in mono. It seemed that the band didn't take kindly to Capitol's fake stereo mixing and they wanted the same song list on the US version as the UK version. Not only that, but the UK stereo version of "With The Beatles" had a combination of true mono and stereo tracks on different songs. There wasn't any fake stereo on any of their mono tracks.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
Here's the track list for the CD....

1. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (2;25)

2. I SAW HER STANDING THERE (2:55)

3. THIS BOY (2:15)

4. IT WON'T BE LONG (2:13)

5. ALL I'VE GOT TO DO (2:04)

6. ALL MY LOVING (2:09)

7. DON'T BOTHER ME (2:29)

8. LITTLE CHILD (1:47)

9. TILL THERE WAS YOU (2:15)

10. HOLD ME TIGHT (2:33)

11. I WANNA BE YOUR MAN (2:00)

12. NOT A SECOND TIME (2:11)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2010
Format: Vinyl
The overwhelming impact in America of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed by the superb joyful rocker "I Saw Her Standing There" cannot be disputed. The Beatles new revolution of modernizing rock & roll begins here. But this record is much more than the power of that double-sided single.

The music matters first here with its inventive chord changes, switching from major to minor and back again. But close behind, this record allows the listener to glimpse into the personalities of each band member. Paul provides eternal optimism in "All My Loving". George's moody "Don't Bother Me" is a valid reflection of the man who has that loner-type image. Ringo sings the fun throwaway, "I Wanna Be Your Man" that remedies the wimp-out that is "Till There Was You". His vocal spotlight (and George's too) increases the dimension to the Beatles sound. You get sweet harmonizing on "This Boy" and exuberance on the breathtaking "It Won't Be Long". Then there's that hidden gem of John's, "All I've Got to Do", sung and played with a haunting undercurrent that compliments its lyric of subtle manipulation.

Anything too polished sounding wouldn't be rock and roll. This is imperfection at its most historic and exciting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, I pay editorial homage to the album I grew up listening to.
I wasn't born until the waning years of the Beatles, but as a child back in the '70s, I vaguely remember my first encounter with this album--of an older sibling being upset because she was forbidden to listen to it on Sunday--a rule that was repealed over time.
I was very young then, and felt the dramatic, half-shadowed faces on the album cover looked foreboding, and even mean. They reminded me of Moe in the cartoon version of "The Three Stooges" that I watched at that age.
I would learn differently as I got older, and while I would hear their music over the intervening years, it would not really be until the day after John Lennon's murder that I would really begin to study the Fab Four in depth, and I recall spending the afternoon after that calamitous event listening to this same album in the living room--a young Elementary School student beginning to grasp the enormity of the previous night's events, and what the world had just lost.
And I would listen with contemplation to the bouncy simplicity of "I Want to Hold Your Hand", the driven intensity of " I Saw Her Standing There", John's lead on "This Boy", which still had the trace of the 1950s -style in it's musical accompaniment, the lively, harmonious "It Won't Be Long", John's solemn lead on "All I've Got to Do", and the now-classic "All My Loving" rounds out Side One.
George Harrison's solo on "Don't Bother Me" begins side 2, followed by "Little Child", then we hear Paul McCartney's solo on a light, whimsical version of Meredith Willson's "Till There Was You", from "The Music Man", then these music men round out their introductory album with the raucous sounding "Hold Me Tight", equally raucous sounding "I Wanna be Your Man" with Ringo Starr singing the lead, and finally, "Not a Second Time".
50 years later, this album is still a portrait of how lively and fun the Beatles were in their early years. I might have been more contemplative of their more amiable looking appearance in the photo of the back cover of the jacket, rather than the grim image of the turtle-necked quartet on the front.
But both sides of the coin would eventually be revealed as the group began its formidable impact on the world, and this week, it will be fun to look past the tragedies and the controversies, to listen to this album once again and just go back to the beginning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
Format: Audio CassetteVerified Purchase
For Americans in the full grip of Beatlemania, this was the first album they could buy. Meet took the Fab Four's second British record, With the Beatles, dropped five covers and added three tracks, including the singles "I want to hold your hand" and "I saw her standing there."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
This is one of my favorite early Beatles albums! Of course I had to get it. Know that you;re getting the US version "Meet the Beatles" and not the UK version "With the Beatles" the difference being that you get a bit of a switch up with the track listing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
Purchased for 15 year old grandson who loves the old rock-n-roll music and began collecting same a year or so ago. He's thrilled w/ this, especially since it's one that's not seen around a lot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
THERE IS NOTHING EVER WRONG WITH THE BEATLES IS THERE? IT ISN'T FROM CAPITOL RECORDS AND I DON'T CARE. IT HAS GOOD SOUND QUALITY AND THE EXACT SONGS IN THE EXACT ORDER AS ON MY VINYL COPY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Beatlemania at its peak. What is amazing is the 28 or so minutes of this album are so energetic, joyous, and skilled, that this record still creates awe. To think these four guys made these harmonies, played these instruments live, wrote most of these songs, and did it in the midst of non-stop tours, is humbling. No auto-tunes, no studio musicians covering for inept band members, this album, with its simple love songs, set the bar so high, few ever met it's standard. And the thing is, these guys just kept getting better. For anyone else this album alone would have been a career. For the Beatles, it was just a step along the highway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This release is how the previous EMI/London masters should have been done all along by putting both the Mono and Stereo versions on the same CD. MEET THE BEATLES beats both WITH THE BEATLES and PLEASE PLEASE ME because it only has one cover song - "Till There Was You". The latter two have 6 cover songs each. Finally after 50 years we get to hear the correct song order which is how we in the USA got to know the Beatles on vinyl. The packaging duplicates the album cover down to tee including the other popular releases of the time. There is also a sliding plastic outer cover for long lasting protection. The Mono sound is the better of two since the Stereo versions still has that separation which is sub-standard. The bottom line is a stereo remix is badly needed after "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which seems to be the only one of bunch that has a proper balance. The sound people have been wanting to do a stereo remix for years. It's up to the Beatles organization to get it done. Until then I'll take what's here with the reverb slightly enhancing this album compared to EMI/London previous Master's mixes. I consider MEET THE BEATLES the premier album by the group until "A Hard Day's Night". The boys were quite able to cover songs like "Please Mister Postman" and "Twist And Shout" with "A" level George Martin productions. What it comes to is on a day in day out basis, I'd rather hear the Beatles doing their own written songs than say Motown. MEET THE BEATLES is the real early Beatles. This CD is good value for the price.
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