Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
Record label: Capitol
Genre(s): Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic/Garage, British Psychedelia, AM Pop, British Invasion, Merseybeat
The Beatles have already celebrated 50 once, but this year will mark the 50th anniversary of their stateside introduction. From a musical standpoint, very little has approached what Beatlemania did to the USA and its citizens back in 1964. Sure, old fuddy-duddies of the day pooh-poohed the notion that these mop-topped kids from Liverpool would ever amount to a hill of beans.
Back in 2004, Apple/Capitol released The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1, a four-disc box that issued the Beatles' original U.S. albums from 1964 (Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles' Second Album, Something New, Beatles '65) on CD for the first time ever. A second volume, released roughly 18 months later, collected the 1965 records (The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help!, Rubber Soul), but a third volume rounding up the rest of the U.S.-exclusive albums -- Yesterday...and Today and Revolver, both from 1966, plus the odd 1970 compilation Hey Jude -- never materialized.