Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meet The Beatles

"Meet The Beatles" was the first LP issued by Capitol in the United States on January 20 1964. The LP was released in mono and stereo. The catalogue number for the mono issue is T-2047 while the stereo issue is ST-2047.

The front cover of "Meet The Beatles" uses the same front cover photograph as the one used on the UK LP "With The Beatles" and the Canadian LP "Beatlemania! With The Beatles" although this particular issue has the photograph blue tinted. This photograph was taken by Robert Freeman. The lettering above the photograph has "Meet The" in blue and "Beatles" in various shades of tan or brown or olive green depending on where the cover was printed.

The back covers have a Dezo Hoffman black and white photograph at the bottom right with liner notes on the left and instrumentation information on the right above the photo. The song titles and timings are also on the right. Early back covers for mono and stereo do not have the George Martin production credit. The credit was instituted about a month after it's initial release.

The Capitol labels are black with the rainbow ring and perimeter print in blue above the rim. East coast pressings have the number "1" as a straight I while the west coast pressing have the number with a line diagonal to the straight I to form 1. First pressings do not contain publishing credits whereby later pressings have the songs credited to either ASCAP or BMI.

The songs on "Meet The Beatles" contain the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" with the North American B-side "I Saw Her Standing There" and then the UK B-side to the same single "This Boy". The "Meet The Beatles" LP concludes side one with the first three tracks of side one of the UK "With The Beatles" LP namely: "It Won't Be Long", "All I've Got To Do" and "All My Loving". Side two of "Meet The Beatles" features the next three tracks (in order) from the "With The Beatles" side one tracks namely: "Don't Bother Me", "Little Child" and "Till There Was You". To end side two of "Meet The Beatles"; tracks 2, 4 and 6 from side two of "With The Beatles" are added to the US version namely: "Hold Me Tight", "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Not A Second Time". Interestingly, "Meet The Beatles" have all original Beatles compositions either written by Lennon/McCartney or (in one case) Harrison but only one cover: "Till There Was You" (written by M. Willson).

"Meet The Beatles" original issues also included a dark royal blue inner sleeve with black and white miniature LP covers to promote the latest releases by Capitol.


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