Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Beatles Capitol Albums Vol:2

Released this week, the second installment of Capitol's Beatles The Capitol Albums series came out although initial copies had incorrect mono mixes on the mono portion of Beatles VI and Rubber Soul. 
As a set I'm so looking forward to it comprising of the albums I had from childhood.

Starting with The Early Years, this comprises of 11 of the 14 tracks from the UK Please Please Me album some tracks such as Twist and Shout and Boys were rebalanced compared to the UK versions. This had been issued in 1964 under another title by Vee Jay Records of Chicago but upon acquiring the rights, re-released in March 1965.

The track I Saw Her Standing There being the 'B' side of the (US) single I Want To Hold Your Hand is on Meet The Beatles. Misery and There's A Place were not issued on a Capitol album in the US until 1980's Rarities.

Beatles VI is a fine selection draw from the Beatles For Sale and Help sessions taking in the #1 smash 45 Eight Days A Week, Dizzy Miss Lizzie and the Buddy Holly cover Words Of Love.It is a personal favourite of mine from my youth and a big reason for getting this box set

Help! Is actually the Soundtrack album with the seven film songs plus Ken Thorne's instrumentals featured in the film.

The current UK CD of this title was extensively re-mixed by George Martin OBE and has digital echo as well where this issue is his original 1965 mix which most of us grew up with.

Rubber Soul:

This was the first album issued in the US to bear the same title as it's UK counterpart but is different in that It kicks of with I've Just Seen A Face and also features It's Only Love which came out in the UK on the Help! Album.

The US version has more of a folk-rock feel to it and is actually preferred in some circles to the UK for that and I sure do.

As with Help the UK current CD was remixed but this goes back to the original mixes and from that point of view is valuable even if you keep your UK CD for Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On and If I needed Someone as they were on 1966's Yesterday and Today, currently unreleased on cd.

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