It’s a snowy day in NYC and also a momentous occasion for fans of The Beatles on this side of the pond because today is the day that “The U.S. Albums” by The Fab Four is being released. Isn’t that cool? I think it is. Check out the boxed set via the photo below and then you can read more in my grabbed text from the press release.
From the Press Release: “The U.S. Albums, is a new 13CD Beatles collection spanning 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude, will be released January 20 (January 21 in North America) by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol. The Beatles’ U.S. albums differed from the band’s U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The albums are presented in mono and stereo, with the exception of The Beatles’ Story and Hey Jude, which are in stereo only. Collected in a boxed set with faithfully replicated original LP artwork, including the albums’ inner sleeves, the 13 CDs are accompanied by a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan. For a limited time, all of the albums (with the exception of The Beatles’ Story, an audio documentary album) will also be available for individual CD purchase. A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude, and the U.S. version of Revolver make their CD debuts with these releases.
The rundown of the albums is as follows: (Disc 1) “MEET THE BEATLES!”, (Disc 2) “THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM”, (Disc 3) “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]”, (Disc 4) “SOMETHING NEW”, (Disc 5) “THE BEATLES’ STORY”, (Disc 6) “BEATLES ’65”, (Disc 7) “THE EARLY BEATLES”, (Disc 8) “BEATLES VI”, (Disc 9) “HELP! [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]”, (Disc 10) “RUBBER SOUL”, (Disc 11) “YESTERDAY AND TODAY”, (Disc 12) “REVOLVER”, (Disc 13) “HEY JUDE”.
As we found being the case with both “The Stereo” and “Mono” boxed sets of a few years ago the release is available in a complete collection set or you can purchase them individually and only snag the ones you like the most. It’s pretty safe to say that most fans of The Beatles will end up ordering them all eventually even if it is one by one. My plan is to get a copy of each and every one because these were the albums that my parents played for me when I was younger. Maybe I will even get a set for them to see if they still know how to Rock and Roll now that they have both retired 🙂 I’ve embedded links for you to take care of that little bit of shopping very easily via Amazon.com – Commence thine consumerizing 🙂
Now the countdown begins for February 7th which marks the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the United States and their exciting appearances in New York City.