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Meet The Beatles Original recording

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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1964
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B000FCH3MG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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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.
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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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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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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.
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