Which Is Better US Beatles or UK Beatles
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Meet The Beatles (U.S.A) or With the Beatles (U.K) – which do you think is the best?
The Beatles had already released two albums and several singles in England through Parlophone/EMI before they ever made it to the United States. Meanwhile, the group’s music had been rejected repeatedly for a year by EMI’s U.S. label, Capitol Records. At the end of 1963, however, when word traveled across the United States, Capitol gave in and supported the Beatles’ most recent hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and made drastic measures to pull off an album that would appeal to the US palate.
With the Beatles was the second album released by the Fab Four on the UK charts. It contained 14 tracks; 7 were written by the John Lennon and Paul McCartney collaboration, 1 was a George Harrison song, and 6 were song covers from various artists. It’s normal for the UK and the rest of the world to contain 14 tracks inside an album, but in terms of US preference, 12 tracks were the norm. This, along with the backlogs that Capitol Records had to take note of, became the formula for the creation of Meet the Beatles! – the first U.S. album of the Beatles under the helm of Capitol Records. However, it is important to note that Introducing… The Beatles! was the original 1st album of the group in the US, but it was then released under Vee Jay Records.
Capitol opted to only include one cover song “Till There Was You,” on the Meet the Beatles album edition, excluding the 5 others: “Roll Over Beethoven,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Devil in Her Heart,” “Money (That’s What I Want),” and “Please Mr. Postman.” Furthermore, in the US album, the excluded song renditions were replaced by 3 of the Beatles’ earlier hits: “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “This Boy” – making the whole US album 12 tracks in total.
Moreover, the usual minimalistic, black-and-white front cover image of the Beatles in the UK version has added a touch of blue tint in the US version to differentiate the two, with the latter also using bold letters instead of the uncapitalized ones evident in the former version.
Whether one was deemed superior is a matter of subjective taste that can be understood by no one but the listener. Both albums were excellent and on par with one another. Thus, we’ll let the fans decide which of these two album versions is better.