Meet the Beatles! is the second Beatles album released in the United States. It was the first US Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, on 20 January 1964 in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the popular album chart on 15 February 1964 and remained at number one for eleven weeks before being replaced by The Beatles' Second Album. The cover featured Robert Freeman's portrait used in the United Kingdom for With the Beatles, with a blue tint added to the original stark black-and-white photograph.
1 Background 2 Music 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Charts and certifications
5.1 Chart performance 5.2 Certifications 5.3 Chart succession
6 Notes 7 References 8 External links
Background After constantly rejecting requests by both Brian Epstein and George Martin to release Beatles records in the United States, in November 1963 EMI label head Sir Joseph Lockwood sent a deputy to Los Angeles ordering Capitol Records to commence releasing and promoting Beatles product in the United States. Despite the "first album" claim on its cover, ten days prior to its release Vee-Jay Records of Chicago beat Capitol to the punch with the release of the Beatles' American debut album Introducing... The Beatles, which had been delayed for release for various reasons since the previous summer. Perhaps as a result of the Vee-Jay release, Liberty Music Shops advertised in the New York Times of 12 January 1964 that Meet the Beatles! was available for purchase, an ad not authorised by Capitol. In 2003, Meet the Beatles! was ranked number 59 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2004, the album was released for the first time on compact disc in both stereo and mono as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set, containing the US stereo and mono mixes. In 2014, Meet the Beatles! was issued on CD again, individually and included in the Beatles boxed set The U.S. Albums, wherein although following the running order for Meet the Beatles!, contained the UK mixes. Music By November 1963, the Beatles had already recorded over 35 songs for EMI, while Capitol Records in the US planned to release an album and a single, and more at a later date. The first 14 recordings were in custody of Vee Jay Records along with a couple others. "She Loves You" had been issued by Swan Records and also went nowhere. In the United Kingdom, Parlophone Records was already releasing the second Beatles album With the Beatles and had released several singles which were not included on any albums with the exception of the first two ("Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why" and "Love Me Do"/"PS I Love You"). While the Beatles' first two British albums each contained 14 tracks, in the American market albums were typically limited to 12 tracks and it was expected for albums to include the current hit single. The first three tracks on the album include the December 1963 Capitol single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" along with the record's B-sides both in the United States, "I Saw Her Standing There," and in the United Kingdom with "This Boy" from the original November 1963 release. Neither "I Want to Hold Your Hand" nor "This Boy" had appeared on album at the time in the UK, while "I Saw Her Standing There" had been the lead-off track to the band's debut album. The other nine tracks of Meet the Beatles! are duplicated from its nearest UK counterpart album With the Beatles. Those were Beatles original songs and not remakes of songs done by other artists with exception of "Till There Was You". The remaining five tracks from With the Beatles were songs originally recorded by other artists. Capitol determined that for their first album they would only include original and fresh material. There was fear that the remakes would turn Americans off the Beatles. Those other five songs would appear on Capitol's next LP release in the US, The Beatles' Second Album. The songs "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" are in a duophonic [fake] stereo, as Capitol had not been provided a proper stereo mix. Track listing All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Lennon and McCartney 2:24
2. "I Saw Her Standing There" McCartney 2:50
3. "This Boy" Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison 2:11
4. "It Won't Be Long" Lennon with McCartney 2:11
5. "All I've Got to Do" Lennon 2:05
6. "All My Loving" McCartney 2:04
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Don't Bother Me" (George Harrison) Harrison 2:28
2. "Little Child" Lennon 1:46
3. "Till There Was You" (Meredith Willson) McCartney 2:12
4. "Hold Me Tight" McCartney 2:30
5. "I Wanna Be Your Man" Starr 1:59
6. "Not a Second Time" Lennon 2:03
John Lennon – vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, acoustic guitar, tambourine on "Don't Bother Me" Paul McCartney – vocals, bass guitar, piano on "Little Child", claves on "Don't Bother Me" George Harrison – vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar Ringo Starr – vocals, drums, percussion George Martin – piano on "Not a Second Time", organ on "I Wanna Be Your Man"
Charts and certifications In the U.S., the album sold 4,045,174 copies by December 31, 1964 and 4,699,348 copies by the end of the decade.
Year Chart Position
1964 US Billboard Top LPs 1
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA) 5× Platinum 5,000,000^
^shipments figures based on certification alone
Preceded by The Singing Nun by Soeur Sourire, The Singing Nun Billboard Top Popular Albums number-one album 15 February – 1 May 1964 Succeeded by The Beatles' Second Album by the Beatles
^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/meet-the-beatles%21-mw0000312204 ^ Meet the Beatles! at AllMusic ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26. ^ Spizer 2000, p. 4. ^ Rolling Stone 2003. ^ Spizer 2000, p. 5. ^ "How Many Records did the Beatles actually sell?". Deconstructing Pop Culture by David Kronemyer. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2015. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 63. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Meet The Beatles". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013. ^ "American album certifications – Beatles, The – Meet The Beatles!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
"The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2009. Spizer, Bruce (2000). The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, Part Two: The Albums. New Orleans, Louisiana: 498 Productions. ISBN 0-9662649-2-4.
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The Beatles album discography
Albums in the core catalogue are marked in bold.
Please Please Me With the Beatles A Hard Day's Night Beatles for Sale Help! Rubber Soul Revolver Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles ("White Album") Yellow Submarine Abbey Road Let It Be
Introducing... The Beatles Meet the Beatles! The Beatles' Second Album A Hard Day's Night Something New The Beatles' Story Beatles '65 The Early Beatles Beatles VI Help! Rubber Soul Yesterday and Today Revolver Magical Mystery Tour Yellow Submarine Hey Jude
Twist and Shout The Beatles' Long Tall Sally
Twist and Shout The Beatles' Hits The Beatles (No. 1) All My Loving Souvenir of Their Visit to America Four by the Beatles Long Tall Sally Extracts from the Film A Hard Day's Night Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night 4 by the Beatles Beatles for Sale Beatles for Sale No. 2 The Beatles' Million Sellers Yesterday Nowhere Man Magical Mystery Tour
Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl First Live Recordings Live at the BBC On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2
From Then To You / The Beatles' Christmas Album Sessions Past Masters Anthology (1, 2, 3) I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963
Yellow Submarine Songtrack Let It Be... Naked Love
The Beatles Collection The Beatles: The Collection The Beatles Box The Beatles Box Set The Capitol Albums
vol. 1 2
The Beatles in Mono The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) The U.S. Al