The Beatles U.S. Albums Box Set

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The Beatles - The U.S. Albums
The box set "The U.S. Albums" containing 13 CDs that were unique to the United States market. Apple Corps Ltd.

In 2014 the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Beatles assault in on the US record charts was celebrated with a major release - a box set called The Beatles - The U.S. Albums. In it are collected 13 albums that are unique to the United States in either their titles or their track-running orders. In other words, all the albums that are distinctly different to the official UK releases.

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What's inside - the contents of The U.S. Albums box set. Apple Corps Ltd.

Inside the box are 13 CD albums and a thick booklet. Each CD comes housed in a faithfully reproduced miniature record sleeve, with all the detail of the original sleeve included. Some U.S. fans familiar with the original U.S. vinyl LPs will be disappointed with the sound though because while the running orders of the songs for each US album is the same as the original, the mixes are taken from the 2009 remasters. Those remasters are all based on the U.K. releases, and so there are quite a few songs here that will sound different to the mixes originally used in America.       

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The front cover of the 64-page booklet included in the box set. Apple Corps Ltd.

The box set includes this glossy, 64-page booklet. The front cover photograph shows The Beatles from 1964, arriving in New York for the first time to a huge and rapturous welcome from fans. Inside there is an extensive essay by Bill Flanagan, author, TV executive - and Beatle fanatic.

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A couple of pages from inside The U.S. Albums booklet. Apple Corps Ltd.

The booklet also contains some great photographs from that first U.S. visit, reproductions of promotional material from the time, examples of record labels, record covers, song lists, release dates and chart information.

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This box set release saw this album appear on CD for the very first time. Apple Corps Ltd.

This box set contains five albums that have never before been released on CD. The first of them is The Beatles’ Story – which dates back to November, 1964 when Capitol Records (the band’s record company in the US) was trying to milk Beatlemania for all it was worth in the lead-up to Christmas. It originally came out as a gatefold record sleeve containing two LP records. The records contained one long audio documentary about The Beatles. It has only snippets of original songs interspersed between lots of scripted dialogue, actuality, interviews and press conferences. The cover, like all the covers in this set, is reproduced accurately, however all the material from the double LP set is now on one compact disk. Interestingly this title is only available for purchase as part of this box set, and is not being sold as an individual CD like the others in the set. While it's probably a "must have" item for serious collectors, The Beatles' Story is now more an historical artefact. Its a nice-to-have, but not essential.

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The cover and the CD for the U.S. version of "A Hard Day's Night". Note how all the CD labels reflect what would have been the original labels on the vinyl records. Apple Corps Ltd.

Also on CD for the first time is the original motion picture soundtrack of the 1964 Beatle film A Hard Day’s Night. Long out of print, fans have only previously been able to hear this on vinyl. It differs markedly to the UK release by including a lot of the film's instrumental/incidental music. These tracks are created by Beatle producer George Martin, who was Musical Director for the movie. As you can see, the CD labels also reflect the artwork that would have been used for the original vinyl release - this one (because it was a film soundtrack) is on the United Artists label. 

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The attention to detail in this box set runs even to accurately reproducing the original inner sleeves. Apple Corps Ltd.

As well as recreating CD labels that look like the original vinyl labels from the time, this set also has inner sleeves for each CD which accurately depict the original paper inner sleeves from the records of the day. These sleeves were often printed, like this one from The Beatles' Story, with advertisements for other Capital Record releases. It's a nice touch.   

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The famous "Butcher Cover" from the Yesterday and Today LP is reproduced - complete with a stick-on replacement cover. Apple Corps Ltd.

The album Yesterday And Today from the box set. It's perhaps more commonly known as “The Butcher Cover” because of its (at the time) controversial image of The Beatles in butcher smocks holding pieces of meat and parts of baby dolls. After a public outcry Capitol was forced to hurriedly withdraw all copies and paste over an alternate cover shot. That makes it now one of the most collectable Beatle records ever. In another nice touch, Apple has given us in this box set the original "Butcher Cover" sleeve and has included a separate stick-on alternate!

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The Beatles - The U.S. Albums
"Revolver" - issued in its original US form for the first time in this box set. Apple Corps Ltd.

The U.S. version of Revolver also makes its CD debut with this box set release. Revolver was almost the same as the version issued to the rest of the world. The difference is the absence of three songs on the U.S. edition: “I’m Only Sleeping”, “Dr. Robert” and “And Your Bird Can Sing” - all of which had previously been used by Capitol to fill out the LP Yesterday And Today (see the previous slide).

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The album "Hey Jude" from 1970. This is the first time it has been issued on CD. Apple Corps Ltd.

Another album that had previously never been issued on CD, but saw light of day with this box set, is Hey Jude - or as it is sometimes also referred to as The Beatles Again LP. That’s because on the original vinyl it had both titles – one on the sleeve and and a different title on the label. This dates originally from 1970 and is a compilation - a mixture of best-of hit singles plus some more obscure B-sides that hadn't previously been made available on LP in the USA. It is really good to have this album now available on CD.

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The rear paper insert to the box set detailing what's inside. Apple Corps Ltd.

The albums in The U.S. Albums box set are presented in both mono and stereo, with the exception of The Beatles’ Story and Hey Jude, which are in stereo only. Apple created a terrific interactive website to promote the box set. It's worth a visit. You can follow the band around each city they dropped into on their first trip to America. You’ll see many great photographs, and there’s lots of audio and video too (including this one). 

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