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Meet the Beatles

Meet the Beatles!, the first North American release

The Beatles experienced huge popularity on the British record charts in early 1963, but record companies in the United States did not immediately follow up with releases of their own, and the Beatles' commercial success in the US continued to be hampered by other obstacles, including issues with royalties and public derision toward the "Beatle haircut".

It was nearly a year before the Beatles became widely popular in the US. CBS Evening News aired a five-minute news story about Beatlemania in the UK on 10 December 1963; this led to a teenage girl making an airplay request of a local radio station, which in turn sparked a sequence of events leading to the rush-release of the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and the group's commercial breakthrough.

In the United States, Capitol Records modified the Beatles' albums from their original configurations, altering track listings and artwork. This was done because albums released in the US contained fewer tracks, typically no more than 11 or 12, due to differences in how publishing royalties were calculated in the two countries. Also, in the American market it was expected for albums to include the current hit single, whereas British albums typically did not duplicate songs released as singles. This resulted in 11 albums being released by Capitol from 1964 to 1966, culled from seven UK albums and various singles. This trend continued until 1967, when the Beatles signed a new recording contract with EMI.

The Beatles were dissatisfied with how Capitol and other companies around the world were issuing their work in almost unrecognizable forms, so they gained full approval rights beginning in 1967 concerning album titles and cover art, track listing and running order in the United States; their albums were released unmodified starting with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Capitol stopped the production of the US versions in the late 1980s, and the original UK LPs were released in the US beginning in 1987.

List of North American album releases[]

This is a list of albums released in North America whilst the band were still active. Albums starting with The Beatles (1968) were released worldwide on Apple Records.

Year Title Label
1963 Beatlemania! With the Beatles Capitol Canada
1964 Introducing... The Beatles Vee-Jay
1964 Meet the Beatles! Capitol
1964 The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests MGM
1964 Twist and Shout Capitol Canada
1964 The Beatles' Second Album Capitol
1964 The Beatles' Long Tall Sally Capitol Canada
1964 A Hard Day's Night United Artists
1964 Something New Capitol
1964 Hear the Beatles Tell All Vee-Jay
1964 Ain't She Sweet Atco
1964 The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons Vee-Jay
1964 Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles Vee-Jay
1964 The Beatles' Story Capitol
1964 Beatles '65 Capitol
1965 The Early Beatles Capitol
1965 Beatles VI Capitol
1965 Help! Capitol
1965 Rubber Soul Capitol
1966 Yesterday and Today Capitol
1966 Revolver Capitol
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Capitol
1967 Magical Mystery Tour Capitol
1968 The Beatles Apple
1969 Yellow Submarine Apple
1969 Abbey Road Apple
1970 Hey Jude Apple
1970 In the Beginning (Circa 1960) Polydor
1970 Let It Be Apple
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