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This collection tells the history of The Beatles' meteoric rise to fame in North America. In addition to the musical albums—11 of which are presented in both mono and stereo mixes—this set contains The Beatles’ Story, a 1964 spoken word recording with band interviews. Although The Beatles found success in early 1963 when "Please Please Me" topped UK charts, their initial releases in America were on independent labels. By late '63, Capitol Records agreed to release the group's music in the U.S.—“I Want to Hold Your Hand” came out the day after Christmas and The Beatles' first album hit stores on January 20, 1964. The label then made up for lost time, releasing four more albums in both 1964 and 1965, followed by two more in both 1966 and 1967. Many titles, like The Early Beatles and Yesterday and Today, were culled from earlier UK releases, with unique track lists. This collection is accompanied by an iTunes LP, which features original artwork and supplementary information about the history of The Beatles’ U.S. albums.

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Less than 42c a song

So many harping complaints here about the price and proclaiming that “everyone” already has these songs.

— For $120 you get 291 tracks. That’s 42c each. If you think that’s overpriced, don’t buy them.

— Many of these songs are FIFTY years old! There are generations of people who have not heard ALL of these songs — especially these mono mixes
Most of these songs were not recorded in stereo in the studio. They were mixed by George Martin to be played in mono, and the Beatles heard and approved mono mixes in the studio control room. Headphones aren’t the ideal way to listen to these songs. They should be played on a nice sound system with good speakers — then you’ll hear the real punch of Beatles music and you’ll know why they topped the charts back in their day. Nobody sat around back then listening to them through Sennheisers or even earbuds.

As for complaints that they’re not “stereo” recordings, for Capitol's so-called “stereophonic” versions of these US albums, the original mono tape tracks were split up and each voice or instrument was panned right or left. I don’t call that stereo. Capitol then added a bunch of cheesy reverb and even edited some voices or instruments in or out. Don’t bother with the stereo versions except for nostalgia.

Kind of thankful to the ignoramuses..

Both of my parents who were/are 1st generation fans, collected the original US and English editions when these albums were each first released, so I now proudly own the vinyl editions and cd versions, giving me all of these songs already. I was spoon fed this music my whole life and it has become a part of my soul. Being second generation & somewhat of a "completist", I feel like I must have this version now. But, for those of us who know the Beatles were geniuses in their own rights, why would you turn around and slam them? Normally I wouldn't waste my time stating the obvious, but where do these ignoramuses come from!!? The young twit who called the Beatles "whiney Brits" who are "sitting back milking the cash cow"-you're a disgrace!! & "VERY outdated"!? PFFT!!! Really, it's your own fault that you can't figure out their music by now, because your ears have become so polluted with most of today's main stream garbage, that you have to go everywhere and spew your trash around!! So go change your diaper, you fool & look in the mirror and complain to THAT person, because no one here wants to hear it!
These reasons make me not want to buy the MP3 version so much, after all, when I am able to just go throw a record on the turntable, and listen to these songs the way they properly should be heard!!


This Beatles set is not as advertised. This is NOT the Capitol versions. These are the 2009 re-mastered U.K. Parlophone releases. The only thing Capitol are the album covers. Shame on Capitol Records. They should be held accountable...


Formed: 1957 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

So much has been said and written about the Beatles -- and their story is so mythic in its sweep -- that it's difficult to summarize their career without restating clichés that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans. To start with the obvious, they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Moreover, they were among the few artists of any discipline that were simultaneously...
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