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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.Read more ›
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)
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.
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with this album--of an older sibling being upset because she was forbidden to listen to it on Sunday--a rule that was repealed over time.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.Read more ›
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My sister and I loved this album and played it either at our friends' or when our big sister let us use her record player, the kind that had the adapter for playing 45's. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kathie Blair
Nicholas Cage and Stanley Goodspeed agree that nothing sounds better than vinyl, a collectors item,sent brand new and in the package to Stanley who later in the movie was going to... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Blue Jacket
A must have for anyone who remembers the start of the British Invasion. I remember my sister listening to their album until she wore out the grooves.Published 18 days ago by William L. Everett
Ordered 1st Mono, received Stereo. I ordered this album a while ago when I was just getting into collecting. The description stated Mono. I received it in stereo. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Say what you will about Capitol's blatant disregard concerning the Beatles' wishes as to what songs should be on what albums, occasionally they somehow got it right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MACLEAR
This was a birthday present for my mother-in-law. She loved it. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by dabbydail
I was so excited to get this original American version Meet the Beatles with all the songs I know and love. The album was in excellent condition as described.Published 2 months ago by Mem68
Early music. Excellent sound and the songs represent the basic, perfect, Beatles.Published 3 months ago by Ronne V
This was the first album I bought as a teen and here it is back in my collection after all these years and just as wonderful as it was in 1964!
Got to love the Beatles!! Read more