US album release: Meet The Beatles!

The Beatles’ first LP on Capitol Records was released while the group were in Paris, just three days after they were told I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached number one in America.

Meet The Beatles! album artwork - USACapitol had been slow to pick up on The Beatles’ potential, and the smaller Vee-Jay label had issued the Introducing The Beatles album 10 days before Meet The Beatles!. Capitol was a sister company to Parlophone, and both were subsidiaries of EMI.

Meet The Beatles! was a huge success, capitalising on the public’s growing demand for the group’s music. The Beatles themselves arrived in America on 7 February 1964, two days before their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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2 responses on “US album release: Meet The Beatles!

  1. Sue Lambert

    I do not see anything on this site about an album released by vee-jay records called Songs,pictures and stories of the fabulous BEATLES. There is a sticker that says “Souvenir of their appearance at the Boston Gardens, Boston Sept 12 1964. Is this not considered an Album of theirs?

  2. irwinmainway

    “Huge success” – try frantically trying to meet demand – pasting ‘Meet the Beatles’ covers over other LP covers, pressing LPs without the required publishing rights (ASCAP, BMI). They even failed to note who produced the record!

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