Entertainment Weekly - p.1854 stars out of 5
- "The early Beatles were all about success and girls; they were crazy about rock versatility done with solid style and charming heat. This set presents them the way they first fascinated America: new, punk and polite."
Uncut - p.874 stars out of 5
- "[T]he combination of Merseypool punning and codified smut was lethal. The amphetamine gulp and the exuberant energy unleashed the emotions a generation."
Includes both stereo and mono versions of the USA-only albums MEET THE BEATLES (1964), THE BEATLES' SECOND ALBUM (1964), SOMETHING NEW (1964), and BEATLES '65 (1964), and a 60 page booklet including rare photos and select quotes from John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The Beatles: John Lennon (guitar); Paul McCartney (bass guitar); Ringo Starr, George Harrison.
Personnel: George Harrison (vocals, guitar); John Lennon (vocals, harmonica); Ringo Starr (vocals, drums); Paul McCartney (vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Ted Jensen.
Liner Note Author: Mark Lewisohn.
Recording information: England.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using 24-bit technology.
Authors: John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Brian Epstein .
Photographers: Joe Covello; Black Star.
Although America wasn't the first to catch on to the Beatles, it certainly gave the Fabs a worldwide stage from which to launch their pop music invasion. During the space of 12 months in 1964, Capitol released four Beatles LPs that reshuffled various British Parlophone LPs, EPs, and singles. The result of this rejiggering was four unique titles that, along with those famed Ed Sullivan performances, were the introduction to this global phenomenon for millions in the United States. For the 40th anniversary of these releases, this 2004 set represents the first time these titles were ever available on CD, and features both mono and stereo (or "duophonic") versions of all the songs.
Because of the Beatles' enthusiasm, high standards, and synergy, these evergreen tracks crackle and burn, guaranteeing giddy, joyous memories for some, while also enlisting new fans. Among the many classics are the groundbreaking single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and other romantic rockers ("I Saw Her Standing There," "She Loves You," "All My Loving"), as well as cover tunes ("Long Tall Sally," "Roll Over Beethoven") and lesser-known songs ("Any Time at All," "I'll Follow the Sun"). The boys had been tirelessly working the nightclub trenches for a number of years prior to these albums, but, in truth, John, Paul, George, and Ringo were just getting started.