Capitol Records plans a Nov. 16 release of "The Capitol Albums Volume 1," a collection of the first four Capitol U.S. albums by the Beatles. The release of "Meet the Beatles," "The Beatles Second Albu
Capitol Records plans a Nov. 16 release of "The Capitol Albums Volume 1," a collection of the first four Capitol U.S. albums by the Beatles. The release of "Meet the Beatles," "The Beatles Second Album," "Something New" and "Beatles '65" will mark the first time these titles are available on CD.
The four albums were all released in 1964, after the Beatles had already released two albums -- "Please Please Me" and "With the Beatles" -- and several singles in the United Kingdom on the Parlophone label. Songs from those albums and singles were repackaged on the Capitol releases, which contained fewer tracks than the Parlophone LPs.
The four albums featured in "The Capitol Albums Volume 1" are remastered from the original U.S. master tapes, according to a statement from Capitol Records president Andrew Slater.
"In the '60s, American record labels often chose to reformat British records to suit the needs of the U.S. market," Slater says. "In America, singles were generally included on current albums, where in the U.K., albums and singles were most often separate releases. Higher music-publishing costs in the United States also made it impractical to include as many songs on American albums. In addition, in the case of the Beatles, some of the recordings on the American albums were given more echo than the British versions, to 'Americanize' their sound."
Each disc will include two versions of each song: one in stereo or, in some cases, duophonic -- Capitol's approximation of stereo using two channels of mono to which reverb was added -- and one in mono.
The Beatles catalog was first released on CD in 1987, at which time their releases were standardized as their original Parlophone albums, singles and EPs, along with the two "Past Masters" collections of non-album tracks.
Each disc in "The Capitol Albums Volume 1" is packaged in a replica of the original album cover. The box includes a 48-page booklet and scrapbook of photos and clippings from 1964.