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USA vinyl album Meet The Beatles!

‘Meet The Beatles!’ USA album – front cover
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‘Meet The Beatles!’ USA album – back cover
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‘Meet The Beatles!’ USA album – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol T 2047 MONO / ST 2047 STEREO
  • Released: 20th January 1964
  • Sales figures: after 2 months – 3,650,000; to date – over 5 million; Certified Gold – 3rd February 1964; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 11 – from 15th February 1964
  • Weeks in chart: 71 – from 1st February 1964

Side A: I Want To Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There / This Boy / It Won’t Be Long / All I’ve Got To Do / All My Loving
Side B: Don’t Bother Me / Little Child / Till There Was You / Hold Me Tight / I Wanna Be Your Man / Not A Second Time

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (7) Harrison and (9) Willson

Total running time: 26.43

Capitol released this a few weeks after ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ came out, and ended up shifting three quarters of a million copies inside the first seven days. The stiffest competition they faced all month was by themselves, when ‘Introducing The Beatles’ rose up to number two. The only band who proved capable of knocking themselves off the top spot was themselves, again, when ‘The Beatles’ Second Album’ came out in April ’64.

Prior to this album coming out the music industry was geared to selling singles, and it was extremely rare for an LP to outsell a big hit. (Elvis had a couple of albums that topped a million, but no more than that.) But when Billboard reported in March that sales of ‘Meet The Beatles!’ had risen to 3½ million in a few short months (outselling ‘I …

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USA remastered CD album (Re-release) Meet The Beatles!

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‘Meet The Beatles!’ USA album – Apple CD label
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  • Label: Apple/EMI/Capitol
  • Released: 16th November 2004

This was released as part of ‘The Capitol Albums Volume 1’ box-set. The entire track-listing is repeated on the same CD twice – the first time in stereo, and the second time in the original mono.

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USA remastered CD album (Re-release) Meet The Beatles!

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  • Released: 21st January 2014

This was released as part of ‘The US Albums’ box-set. The entire track-listing is repeated on the same CD twice – the first time in stereo, and the second time in the original mono.

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