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Beatles Capitol Albums Vol. 1 now two weeks away

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Just two weeks from now, on November 15, Capitol Records releases The Capitol Albums Volume 1, a collection of the first four Capitol U.S. records by The Beatles.

The set brings together for the first time on CD the album that began it all in the US - Meet The Beatles and the three other Capitol albums that were released in 1964 - The Beatles Second Album, Something New and Beatles '65. Each of the discs will include two versions of each song - one in stereo (or duophonic in some cases) - then the selections are repeated in mono. The duophonic sound was carefully created by Capitol, using 2 channels of mono which were equalized, compressed and then reverb was added. The Capitol Albums Volume 1 have been carefully mastered from the original masters, taken from the vaults at Capitol Records, to ensure that they sound as they did when first released.

With the release of The Beatles catalog on CD in 1987, releases were standardized on a worldwide basis and eventually the U.S. albums, which had last appeared on vinyl and cassette, were deleted.

Since that time there has been increasing demand for these original U.S. albums to make their CD debut which they now do as part of this specially priced and uniquely packaged 4 CD boxed set.

The Capitol Albums Volume 1 includes all four of the group's (Capitol) 1964 album releases, and each of the discs is housed in a miniature replica of the original album cover. It will also feature a 48 page booklet, along with a scrap book effect of photos and clippings from that amazing year.

Our friends at EMI have made these images of the four original Capitol album covers available to What Goes On readers:

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The Capitol Albums Volume 1 is a special release, commemorating the close of the 40th Anniversary of when America first met The Beatles. Given the continued interest in all the group?s recordings this set will also be made available in the UK for those fans wishing to add it to their Beatles collection.

Published November 1, 2004

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