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The U.S. Albums (2014)

The U.S. Albums

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The U.S. Albums collects the unique U.S. album configurations on CD and digital for the first time ever. Released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in North America. Each disc is packaged in a miniature sleeves that faithfully recreate the original vinyl releases down to the finest detail, including the inner sleeve, and each disc is presented in both mono and stereo (except The Beatles' Story, the mono version of which was simply a fold down of the stereo release, and Hey Jude, which was not issued in mono). The CDs are each available individually, but this box also includes a booklet with track information and other features.

The sourcing controversy

The U.S. Album's release came on the heels of the lack of completion of The Capitol Albums series, which included releases up through Rubber Soul. Yesterday And Today, Revolver, and Hey Jude were expected to be released in a third and final volume, but that set never materialized. The Capitol Albums series was well-received by American fans who were happy to have versions of the Beatles albums they knew and grew up with, including the unique mastering and sound found on those albums achieved through the process of what came to be known as "Dexterization" - the compression of the master which eliminated some of the bass which was then layered with reverb to make the music sound more "American" as directed by Capitol executive Dave Dexter Jr.

Shortly before the release of The U.S. Albums, it was revealed that the Capitol masters were not used on this set, and the new 2009 remasters were used in their place. This meant that although certain mixes unique to the American releases were recreated for this set, none of the "Dexterization" was preserved and the albums' sound was not reflective of the original Capitol releases.

See DON'T LET ME DOWN: Rewriting Beatles History With "The U.S. Albums" Box Set for analysis of fan reaction to this sourcing controversy.

See the track lists below for notes on which tracks feature new mixes unique to these releases.

Track list

Meet the Beatles! (1964)

  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand (mono)
  2. I Saw Her Standing There (mono)
  3. This Boy (mono)
  4. It Won't Be Long (mono)
  5. All I've Got To Do (mono)
  6. All My Loving (mono)
  7. Don't Bother Me (mono)
  8. Little Child (mono)
  9. Till There Was You (mono)
  10. Hold Me Tight (mono)
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man (mono)
  12. Not A Second Time (mono)
  13. I Want To Hold Your Hand (stereo)
  14. I Saw Her Standing There (stereo)
  15. This Boy (stereo)
  16. It Won't Be Long (stereo)
  17. All I've Got To Do (stereo)
  18. All My Loving (stereo)
  19. Don't Bother Me (stereo)
  20. Little Child (stereo)
  21. Till There Was You (stereo)
  22. Hold Me Tight (stereo)
  23. I Wanna Be Your Man (stereo)
  24. Not A Second Time (stereo)

The Beatles' Second Album (1964)

  1. Roll Over Beethoven (mono)
  2. Thank You Girl (mono)
  3. You Really Got A Hold On Me (mono)
  4. Devil In Her Heart (mono)
  5. Money (mono)
  6. You Can't Do That (mono) (unique mix)
  7. Long Tall Sally (mono) (unique mix)
  8. I Call Your Name (mono) (unique mix)
  9. Please Mr. Postman (mono)
  10. I'll Get You (mono)
  11. She Loves You (mono)
  12. Roll Over Beethoven (stereo)
  13. Thank You Girl (stereo)
  14. You Really Got A Hold On Me (stereo)
  15. Devil In Her Heart (stereo)
  16. Money (stereo)
  17. You Can't Do That (stereo)
  18. Long Tall Sally (stereo) (unique mix)
  19. I Call Your Name (stereo) (unique mix)
  20. Please Mr. Postman (stereo)
  21. I'll Get You (stereo)
  22. She Loves You (stereo)

A Hard Day's Night Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1964)

  1. A Hard Day's Night (mono)
  2. Tell Me Why (mono)
  3. I'll Cry Instead (mono) (unique mix -- extra verse)
  4. I Should Have Known Better (Instrumental) (mono)
  5. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (mono)
  6. And I Love Her (Instrumental) (mono)
  7. I Should Have Known Better (mono)
  8. If I Fell (mono)
  9. And I Love Her (mono) (unique mix -- single-tracked vocal on the verses)
  10. Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (Instrumental) (mono)
  11. Can't Buy Me Love (mono)
  12. A Hard Day's Night (Instrumental) (mono)
  13. A Hard Day's Night (stereo)
  14. Tell Me Why (stereo)
  15. I'll Cry Instead (stereo)
  16. I Should Have Known Better (Instrumental) (stereo)
  17. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (stereo)
  18. And I Love Her (Instrumental) (stereo)
  19. I Should Have Known Better (stereo)
  20. If I Fell (stereo)
  21. And I Love Her (stereo)
  22. Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (Instrumental) (stereo)
  23. Can't Buy Me Love (stereo)
  24. A Hard Day's Night (Instrumental) (stereo)

Something New (1964)

  1. I'll Cry Instead (mono) (unique mix -- extra verse)
  2. Things We Said Today (mono)
  3. Any Time At All (mono) (unique mix)
  4. When I Get Home (mono) (unique mix)
  5. Slow Down (mono)
  6. Matchbox (mono)
  7. Tell Me Why (mono)
  8. And I Love Her (mono) (unique mix -- single-tracked vocal on the verses)
  9. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (mono)
  10. If I Fell (mono)
  11. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (mono)
  12. I'll Cry Instead (stereo)
  13. Things We Said Today (stereo)
  14. Any Time At All (stereo)
  15. When I Get Home (stereo)
  16. Slow Down (stereo)
  17. Matchbox (stereo)
  18. Tell Me Why (stereo)
  19. And I Love Her (stereo)
  20. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (stereo)
  21. If I Fell (stereo)
  22. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (stereo)

The Beatles' Story (1964)

  1. On Stage With The Beatles
  2. How Beatlemania Began
  3. Beatlemania In Action
  4. Man Behind The Beatles
  5. John Lennon
  6. Who's A Millionaire?
  7. Beatles Will Be Beatles
  8. Man Behind The Music
  9. George Harrison
  10. A Hard Day's Night
  11. Paul McCartney
  12. Sneaky Haircuts And More About Paul
  13. The Beatles Look At Life
  14. "Victims" Of Beatlemania
  15. Beatle Medley
  16. Ringo Starr
  17. Liverpool And All The World!

Beatles '65 (1964)

  1. No Reply (mono)
  2. I'm A Loser (mono)
  3. Baby's In Black (mono)
  4. Rock And Roll Music (mono)
  5. I'll Follow The Sun (mono)
  6. Mr. Moonlight (mono)
  7. Honey Don't (mono)
  8. I'll Be Back (mono) (unique mix)
  9. She's A Woman (mono) (unique mix -- more echo and a shorter fade out)
  10. I Feel Fine (mono) (unique mix --with more echo)
  11. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (mono)
  12. No Reply (stereo)
  13. I'm A Loser (stereo)
  14. Baby's In Black (stereo)
  15. Rock And Roll Music (stereo)
  16. I'll Follow The Sun (stereo)
  17. Mr. Moonlight (stereo)
  18. Honey Don't (stereo)
  19. I'll Be Back (stereo)
  20. She's A Woman (stereo)
  21. I Feel Fine (stereo)
  22. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (stereo)

The Early Beatles (1965)

  1. Love Me Do (mono)
  2. Twist And Shout (mono)
  3. Anna (Go To Him) (mono)
  4. Chains (mono)
  5. Boys (mono)
  6. Ask Me Why (mono)
  7. Please Please Me (mono)
  8. P. S. I Love You (mono)
  9. Baby It's You (mono)
  10. A Taste Of Honey (mono)
  11. Do You Want To Know A Secret (mono)
  12. Love Me Do (stereo)
  13. Twist And Shout (stereo)
  14. Anna (Go To Him) (stereo)
  15. Chains (stereo)
  16. Boys (stereo)
  17. Ask Me Why (stereo)
  18. Please Please Me (stereo)
  19. P. S. I Love You (stereo)
  20. Baby It's You (stereo)
  21. A Taste Of Honey (stereo)
  22. Do You Want To Know A Secret (stereo)

Beatles VI (1965)

  1. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (mono)
  2. Eight Days A Week (mono)
  3. You Like Me Too Much (mono)
  4. Bad Boy (mono)
  5. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (mono)
  6. Words Of Love (mono)
  7. What You're Doing (mono)
  8. Yes It Is (mono)
  9. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (mono)
  10. Tell Me What You See (mono)
  11. Every Little Thing (mono)
  12. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (stereo)
  13. Eight Days A Week (stereo)
  14. You Like Me Too Much (stereo)
  15. Bad Boy (stereo)
  16. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (stereo)
  17. Words Of Love (stereo)
  18. What You're Doing (stereo)
  19. Yes It Is (stereo)
  20. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (stereo)
  21. Tell Me What You See (stereo)
  22. Every Little Thing (stereo)

Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1965)

  1. Help! (mono)
  2. The Night Before (mono)
  3. From Me To You Fantasy (Instrumental) (mono)
  4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (mono)
  5. I Need You (mono)
  6. In The Tyrol (Instrumental) (mono)
  7. Another Girl (mono)
  8. Another Hard Day's Night (Instrumental) (mono)
  9. Ticket To Ride (mono)
  10. The Bitter End/You Can't Do That (Instrumental) (mono)
  11. You're Going To Lose That Girl (mono)
  12. The Chase (Instrumental) (mono)
  13. Help! (stereo)
  14. The Night Before (stereo)
  15. From Me To You Fantasy (Instrumental) (stereo)
  16. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (stereo)
  17. I Need You (stereo)
  18. In The Tyrol (Instrumental) (stereo)
  19. Another Girl (stereo)
  20. Another Hard Day's Night (Instrumental) (stereo)
  21. Ticket To Ride (stereo)
  22. The Bitter End/You Can't Do That (Instrumental) (stereo)
  23. You're Going To Lose That Girl (stereo)
  24. The Chase (Instrumental) (stereo)

Rubber Soul (1965)

  1. I've Just Seen A Face (mono)
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (mono)
  3. You Won't See Me (mono)
  4. Think For Yourself (mono)
  5. The Word (mono)
  6. Michelle (mono) (unique mix -- louder percussion)
  7. It's Only Love (mono)
  8. Girl (mono)
  9. I'm Looking Through You (mono)
  10. In My Life (mono)
  11. Wait (mono)
  12. Run For Your Life (mono)
  13. I've Just Seen A Face (stereo)
  14. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (stereo)
  15. You Won't See Me (stereo)
  16. Think For Yourself (stereo)
  17. The Word (stereo) (unique mix -- double tracked vocal)
  18. Michelle (stereo)
  19. It's Only Love (stereo)
  20. Girl (stereo)
  21. I'm Looking Through You (stereo) (unique mix --includes false starts)
  22. In My Life (stereo)
  23. Wait (stereo)
  24. Run For Your Life (stereo)

Yesterday and Today (1966)

  1. Drive My Car (mono)
  2. I'm Only Sleeping (mono) (unique mix)
  3. Nowhere Man (mono)
  4. Doctor Robert (mono) (unique mix)
  5. Yesterday (mono)
  6. Act Naturally (mono)
  7. And Your Bird Can Sing (mono) (unique mix)
  8. If I Needed Someone (mono)
  9. We Can Work It Out (mono)
  10. What Goes On (mono)
  11. Day Tripper (mono)
  12. Drive My Car (stereo)
  13. I'm Only Sleeping (stereo) (unique mix)
  14. Nowhere Man (stereo)
  15. Doctor Robert (stereo) (unique mix)
  16. Yesterday (stereo)
  17. Act Naturally (stereo)
  18. And Your Bird Can Sing (stereo)
  19. If I Needed Someone (stereo)
  20. We Can Work It Out (stereo) (unique mix)
  21. What Goes On (stereo)
  22. Day Tripper (stereo) (unique mix -- guitar intro in left channel only)

Revolver (1966)

  1. Taxman (mono)
  2. Eleanor Rigby (mono)
  3. Love You To (mono)
  4. Here, There, And Everywhere (mono)
  5. Yellow Submarine (mono)
  6. She Said, She Said (mono)
  7. Good Day Sunshine (mono)
  8. For No One (mono)
  9. I Want To Tell You (mono)
  10. Got To Get You Into My Life (mono)
  11. Tomorrow Never Knows (mono)
  12. Taxman (stereo)
  13. Eleanor Rigby (stereo)
  14. Love You To (stereo)
  15. Here, There, And Everywhere (stereo)
  16. Yellow Submarine (stereo)
  17. She Said, She Said (stereo)
  18. Good Day Sunshine (stereo)
  19. For No One (stereo)
  20. I Want To Tell You (stereo)
  21. Got To Get You Into My Life (stereo)
  22. Tomorrow Never Knows (stereo)

Hey Jude (1970)

  1. Can't Buy Me Love
  2. I Should Have Known Better
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Rain
  5. Lady Madonna
  6. Revolution
  7. Hey Jude
  8. Old Brown Shoe
  9. Don't Let Me Down
  10. The Ballad Of John & Yoko

Release history

  • Apple Records/Capitol Records, released January 21, 2014

The U.S. Albums Sampler

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