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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00H8XF9I0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil. Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 73 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ In what remains one of the world’s top-viewed television events of all time, The Beatles performed five songs on the live broadcast and ‘Beatlemania,’ already in full, feverish bloom in The Beatles’ native U.K., was unleashed with blissful fervor across America and around the world. The British Invasion had begun. The new 13 CD box set THE U.S. ALBUMS commemorates the 50th anniversary of these history-making events, spanning 1964’s MEET THE BEATLES! to 1970’s HEY JUDE. 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 titles: (Disc 1) MEET THE BEATLES!, (Disc 2) THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM, (Disc 3) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK], (Disc 4) SOMETHING NEW, (Disc 5) THE BEATLES’ STORY, (Disc 6) BEATLES ’65, (Disc 7) THE EARLY BEATLES, (Disc 8) BEATLES VI, (Disc 9) HELP! [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK] , (Disc 10) RUBBER SOUL, (Disc 11) YESTERDAY AND TODAY, (Disc 12) REVOLVER, (Disc 13) HEY JUDE. 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. Capitol’s engineers in the 1960s took great care to produce what they believed to be the best possible sound for the playback equipment in use at that time. 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 down to the finest detail, 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 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], 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, written by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan. The box set’s dimensions are: 6 inches wide x 6 1/8 inches tall x 3 ¼ inches thick.

Customer Reviews

I'd highly recommend to all Beatle Fans to buy this.
Gerald Johnson
If you want to hear the original LP masters, complete with fake stereo and extra tape hiss, buy the Capitol Albums box sets that are STILL AVAILABLE.
Nicholas Murphy
The SOUND of the original 60s albums is THE WHOLE POINT.
Andrew K

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339 of 364 people found the following review helpful By G&L Rocks on January 25, 2014
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While the set is getting rave reviews from most, and justifiably so, the purists, like myself are not as thrilled as we could have been.
Allow me to qualify myself; I am a musician and mastering engineer by profession, a life-long audiophile and a Beatle fan from the beginning (actually a little before they were really known in the US).
The set overall sounds great. No worries there, many of the unique mixes are present, and several 'firsts' on CD. It is a worthy compilation for the true fan.
But, it becomes obvious that these are not the actual 'final' Capitol mixes, especially on the earliest albums for the most part, as they are lacking the hard compression and reverb that the Capitol engineers added to make the records sound 'more American'. I have the original LP's and the Vol. 1 Capitol box, which is from those tapes.
From what I am hearing, it is perhaps fear on EMI's part of offending the sonic sensibilities of fans that fall in the category of millennials and Gen X'ers that are accustomed to more refined audio reproduction, when in fact, many in this demographic have been responsible for driving the revival of the vinyl LP, and who also revere these early Capitol efforts. Or it may be that they decided to give us a sonically superior version of those unique Capitol versions, which is a great idea, I just would have liked to have known before hand. I would still be on board to buy.
We are missing the few fake stereo mixes, being replaced with mono mixes, or actual stereo mixes. Audibly superior, but missing the point of a reissue like this. We want those crunchy, loud, reverberated chaotic environs Capitol created, as that is our first experience. This is less about audio quality and more about nostalgia.
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423 of 478 people found the following review helpful By Andrew K on January 21, 2014
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This box of "The US Albums" (in quotes for a reason) is released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the groups arrival in America. The market for this release are those who cherish the American versions of the albums; those who may have packed them away with their other vinyl many years ago. This sounds like a great way to get those fans to revisit the music, with the unique artwork and song sequencing, to help one get nostalgic for the times. Except, the very people this archival set is aimed at might be disappointed because these albums will NOT sound like they remember them.

What many may not realize, is EIGHT of these THIRTEEN discs were released correctly in two box sets, "The Capitol Albums Vol. 1" (2004) and "The Capitol Albums Vol. 2" (2006). Grab those boxes while you can. They are going out of print to make way for this revision of history. The artwork isn't as nice as the artwork here, but the albums will sound the way you remember them. Warts and all. Fake stereo and all. Proper mixes and all. For this release, they used the 2009 remasters of the UK catalog and substituted your American memories with the British versions. This is pretty much a playlist, if you will, wrapped up in pretty packaging for a tug at your heartstrings and wallets. And these will be on iTunes, which the 2004 and 2006 boxes weren't, so this inaccurate telling of the American story will get the most attention. I didn't grow up with these albums the way many did. My concern is historical accuracy.

They are being called the "original albums," but the original albums didn't contain remixes from 1987, which are found on FOUR of the albums in this set. Furthermore, "I'll Cry Instead" is on "A Hard Day's Night" in mono twice on the same disc.
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80 of 91 people found the following review helpful By DKPete on January 22, 2014
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I'm going to keep this short because sound quality being very important to me, there's nothing new here. Concerning that, however, I take this as the best sounding compilation of the American LP configurations. In other words, while I'm well aware that these are not-by any means-the American albums as people remember them-the songs do sound better than they did on those original albums. I also realize that it's easy for me to say this as I'm one of those who already own the two previous box sets which DO contain the original "Americanized" versions of everything up to, and including, Rubber Soul. Hence, I can fully understand people's disappointment with this set if they don't have the previous boxes and depended on it for all the original American versions.

My only real problem here (aside from some careless packaging issues concerning the inner sleeves as well as the outer plastic sleeves) is the use of the George Martin-1987 mixes of the material which originated on the U.K. Rubber Soul and Help!
albums.

I was never a fan of these mixes in the first place and for this set, I feel that the '09 remastered ORIGINAL U.K. mixes of this material would have been a better choice.

Other than that I have no complaints; I knew what it was (and wasn't) and it was my choice to go with it. Overall, I think it's a great addition to the other Beatle re-issue box sets I own (which is all of them).

I definitely recommend this for completists but I also think it's a great set for new, younger Beatle fans who probably wouldn't be thrilled with the original U.S. mixes anyway.
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Original mixes
Supposedly, any song that had a unique, American mix (for example, I'm Only Sleeping or I'm Looking Through You) will be here in the set. In cases where they used Duophonic will be replaced with the 2009 stereo or mono remaster.
Dec 12, 2013 by JA |  See all 525 posts
Don't Be So Easily Duped People
My regret is they didn't deliver Capitol Albums Vol. 3. I don't want this new complete set after buying the 2 major box sets from 09 & Capitol 1 & 2. I do feel a little cheated but I will buy the discs that would've made up Vol. 3. Again, I would've preferred the Capitol mixes with the oddities,... Read More
Dec 21, 2013 by Johnny C |  See all 357 posts
Just wondering why the LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL isn't on this boxset?
I want these 'bootleg' recordings from iTunes on an actual cd, hopefully the mini lp market will get a hold of it since apple isn't doing a cd version.
Jan 2, 2014 by Spikor |  See all 112 posts
Not truly complete
In my opinion, there is really no need to re-release the VeeJAY Versions on CD. Those recordings were downright dreadful in quality. I know, as I own them. The tapes issued to Tollie, Swan and VeeJay were no better than what was sent to Capitol, but VeeJay's mastering department didn't really do... Read More
Dec 13, 2013 by G&L Rocks |  See all 467 posts
Mini LP Accuracy
Sometime tomorrow I plan on making an online petition to request Capitol correct a yet-released error by actually issuing the original US masters and not the 2009 affected re-masters recreating a "US listening experience". What a joke !!

I also plan on starting a US Capitol masters fb...
Dec 31, 2013 by You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) |  See all 19 posts
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