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50th anniversary of first Beatles LP released in America

The first long playing (remember that term?) Beatles record released in this country hit stores on January 10th 1964, a month before the group's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday February 9th would explode them into the American consciousness. It was Vee-Jay Records' Introducing...The Beatles.

Introducing ... The Beatles
Vee Jay Records

For the most part this was the American release of the UK album Please Please Me, with a different cover and consisting of 12 rather than the 14 tracks on the British LP. Originally the US version did not include the title song from the UK release, but did include both sides of the group's first single 'Love Me Do' bw 'P.S. I Love You.,' but after a legal dispute those two tracks were replaced and 'Please Please Me' was restored along with 'Ask Me Why.'

Capitol Records Meet The Beatles was released in the US on January 20th, 1964.

During the rest of 1964 a number of differently packaged versions of this album were put out by Vee-Jay including a gatefold cover featuring a painting of the group.