“The Beatles: The U.S. Albums,” a new 13-CD Beatles collection spanning 1964’s “Meet The Beatles!” to 1970’s “Hey Jude,” will be released Jan 21 in North America and Jan. 20 elsewhere, the Beatles announced Dec. 12. 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 albums are presented in mono and stereo, with the exception of “The Beatles’ Story” and “Hey Jude,” which are in stereo only. Collected in a boxed set with faithfully replicated original LP artwork, including the albums’ inner sleeves, the 13 CDs are accompanied by a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan.
For a limited time, all of the albums (with the exception of "The Beatles’ Story," an audio documentary album) will also be available for individual CD purchase. “A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack),” “The Beatles’ Story,” “Yesterday And Today,” “Hey Jude,” and the U.S. version of “Revolver” make their CD debuts with these releases.
Capitol released The Beatles’ first Capitol album, "Meet The Beatles!" on Jan. 20, 1964. "I Want To Hold Your Hand” reached the top of the U.S. singles chart on February 1, holding the No. 1 position for seven consecutive weeks, and within two months, more than 3.5 million copies of "Meet The Beatles!" were sold in the U.S.
The "Meet the Beatles" album debuted on the Billboard Top LPs album chart on Feb. 1, 1964 at #92. It skyrocketed 89 places to #3 on Feb. 8, and hit No. 1 on Feb. 15, its third week on the chart. It had a 74-week Billboard run. The headline on the Feb. 15 Billboard read "America Rocks & Reels from Beatles' Invasion."
The excitement of The Beatles’ Feb. 7 arrival in New York, where they were met by an estimated 3,000 ecstatic fans at the airport, was documented by the world’s leading media outlets. Ed Sullivan spoke of the unprecedented frenzy in his memorable first introduction of The Beatles, saying, "Now, yesterday and today our theater's been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation, and these veterans agreed with me that this city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves The Beatles."
The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS have announced “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY® Salute To The Beatles,” a two-hour primetime entertainment special to air February 9 at 8pm ET/PT, 50 years to the day, date and time of The Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The special broadcast will feature performances of Beatles songs by some of music’s biggest stars in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound.
- “The Beatles: The U.S. Albums,” Presented in mono and stereo, except where noted as stereo only. CD debut
- "Meet The Beatles!" [Capitol Records: released January 10, 1964; 11 weeks at No. 1]
- “The Beatles’ Second Album” [Capitol Records: released April 10, 1964; five weeks at No. 1]
- “A Hard Day’s Night” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [United Artists: released June 26, 1964; 14 weeks at No. 1]
- “Something New” [Capitol Records: released July 20, 1964; nine weeks at No. 2]
- “The Beatles’ Story” [stereo only] [Capitol Records: released November 23, 1964; peaked at No. 7]
- “Beatles ’65” [Capitol Records: released December 15, 1964; nine weeks at No. 1]
- “The Early Beatles” [Capitol Records: released March 22, 1965; peaked at No. 43]
- “Beatles VI” [Capitol Records: released June 14, 1965; six weeks at No. 1]
- “Help!” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Capitol Records: released August 13, 1965; nine weeks at No. 1]
- “Rubber Soul” [released December 6, 1965; six weeks at No. 1]
- “Yesterday And Today” [Capitol Records: released June 20, 1966; five weeks at No. 1]
- “Revolver” ** [Capitol Records: released August 8, 1966; six weeks at No. 1]
- “Hey Jude” [stereo only] [Apple Records: released February 26, 1970; four weeks at No. 2]