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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 U.S. 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.” This CD is packaged in a miniature vinyl sleeve that faithfully recreates the original U.S. LP release down to the finest detail, including the inner sleeve. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) was originally released June 26, 1964 in the U.S. It spent fourteen weeks at No. 1. This album is a limited edition release.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 5.39 x 0.12 inches; 1.55 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Capitol
- Date First Available : December 12, 2013
- Label : Capitol
- ASIN : B00GJ7ROZW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,874 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If United Artists is having another country copy these, they should proof them better. I also wonder why they would put two mono versions of "I’ll Cry Instead" on the same disc, and then miss-spell the stereo mix of "If I Fell” in the coding of the song, where it displays “If I Feel”.
After seeing a number of questions and profound statements made about un-original copies, I think I have one. It does sound better than the US Something New versions, but we know that’s a Capital thing, what the heck is this?
By Sebastián Dodera on January 7, 2019
UPDATE: Amazon's message said that the album was included in a package with a shirt. I had found the shirt, but it was only a few days later that I pulled the discarded package out of the trash to double-check it. To my surprise, the album was there - in a thin cardboard envelope. Accordingly, I urge everybody to look carefully and NOT to expect the usual plastic case.
As I said before, the album's a classic. And now I'm quite happy to have the four instrumentals that I remember from my old American vinyl copy.
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Another thing Capitol have done right is the CD packaging - each album comes in a CD sized replica of the original album and I prefer this to the 2009 remasters packages. They seem stronger and looking identical to the original albums gives them a great nostalgic feel. Of course the UK originals are the best option for Beatle fans but the US albums (with the exception perhaps of the US Revolver which is pants) are well worth owning.
This USA soundtrack album is a mix of Beatles recordings and tasteful arrangements of their tunes by their producer, George Martin. "I'll Cry Instead" is the oddity as it was pulled from the film before cinema release and, also, because it has been edited to be a verse longer than the original version as released in the UK.
I like Martin's instrumentals, especially his treatment of "And I Love Her" and his jazzy version of the title track. if you prefer, you could programme your CD player to separate the Bealtes and Martin material, as per the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack LP from 1969.
This CD is terrific value as you get two albums on one disc - the mono version followed by the stereo. To be honest, I would have been happy with just the mono album. From the striking opening chord of the title track, the music as heard in punchy mono captures the excitement of the film itself.