Fans of The Beatles who grew up loving the Capitol Records configurations of their albums will rejoice with the January 21 release of The U.S. Albums 13-CD box set. Coinciding almost perfectly with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America (February 7, 1964) to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, this collector’s set stays true to Capitol’s alternate cover art, tracks listings, song mixes, and sometimes even album titles. Each disc (except where noted) will include both the stereo and mono mixes of the album.
Included in the set:
Meet the Beatles! (1964; 11 weeks at number one Billboard’s album chart)
The Beatles’ Second Album (1964; five weeks at number one)
A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1964; 14 weeks at number one)
Something New (1964; nine weeks at number two)
The Beatles’ Story [Stereo only] (1964; peaked at number seven)
Beatles ‘65 (1964; nine weeks at number one)
The Early Beatles (1965; peaked at number 43)
Beatles VI (1965; six weeks at number one)
Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1965; nine weeks at number one)
Rubber Soul (1965; six weeks at number one)
Yesterday and Today (1966; five weeks at number one)
Revolver (1966; six weeks at number one)
Hey Jude [Stereo only] (1970; four weeks at number two)
For those preferring a digital format, The U.S. Albums will also be available as a Mastered for iTunes set, currently available for preorder exclusively via iTunes.
Both the physical box set and digital version include a 64-page booklet that features photos and vintage promotional art. Author Bill Flanagan contributed a new essay to the booklet as well. Though many of these albums have been available on CD as two multi-disc volumes of The Capitol Albums, this release marks the digital debuts of A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday and Today, the U.S. version of Revolver, and Hey Jude.