Meet the Beatles!

Meet the Beatles!
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Studio album by
Released20 January 1964
Recorded11 February – 23 October 1963, EMI Studios, London
GenreRock and roll[1]
Length26:43
LanguageEnglish
LabelCapitol
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles North American chronology
Introducing... The Beatles
(1964)
Meet the Beatles!
(1964)
Twist and Shout
(1964)
The Beatles United States chronology
Introducing... The Beatles
(1964)
Meet the Beatles!
(1964)
The Beatles' Second Album
(1964)
Singles from Meet the Beatles!
  1. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
    Released: 26 December 1963
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

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 iconic portrait of the Beatles used in the United Kingdom for With the Beatles, with a blue tint added to the original stark black-and-white photograph.

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 EMI's subsidiary, Capitol Records to commence promoting and releasing Beatles records 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.[4]

In 2003, Meet the Beatles! was ranked number 59 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[5] 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 original 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 mono and stereo mixes.

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