US album release: Beatles ’65

The Beatles' fifth album on Capitol Records included the majority of songs from Beatles For Sale, and added I'll Be Back, She's A Woman and I Feel Fine.

Beatles '65 album artwork - USAOf the Beatles For Sale songs, it left out Eight Days A Week, Words Of Love, Every Little Thing, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, What You're Doing and Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!. Those songs were included on the June 1965 album Beatles VI.

Beatles '65 was released as Capitol T-2228 (mono) and Capitol ST-2228 (stereo). The tracklisting was:

No Reply
I'm A Loser
Baby's In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I'll Follow The Sun
Mr Moonlight

Honey Don't
I'll Be Back
She's A Woman
I Feel Fine
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

The album was a huge commercial success, jumping from number 98 to the top spot on the Billboard album chart, which was the highest leap to the number one position in the chart's history.

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2 responses on “US album release: Beatles ’65

  1. kenlacouture

    I find it mystifying as to why Capitol chose to create fake stereo (“Duophonic”) versions of ‘She’s a Woman’ and ‘I Feel Fine’ for the stereo release of “Beatles ’65” when Parlophone had created true stereo mixes in time for inclusion. One assumes Parlophone would have made the true stereo tapes available had Capitol asked for them.

    In the case of “She’s a Woman”, a true stereo mix had been created on 12 Oct, a full nine days earlier (!) than the mono mix Capitol ended up using as the source of their fake stereo creation (RM2, from 21 October).

    In the case of “I Feel Fine”, a true stereo mix was created on 4 Nov, the same day as many of the other stereo mixes Capitol used on “Beatles ’65”, so it could not have been due to the stereo mix being created too late for US sequencing and mastering.

    1. Mark Miller

      Mono became a dirty word after stereo records became widely available. So, rather than leave a mono mix alone, the thinkers at Capital thought the Beatles’ music (and other music) would be better served by gimmicks like Duophonic. It took years to realize that a well recorded piece of music can sound very good in mono, certainly better than using reverb, (which gives me a headache) to simulate a true stereo mix. I find it somewhat ironic that EMI is marketing the Beatles’ oeuvre on vinyl in mono. Remember, too, that until the late sixties, Beatle albums were available in both the stereo and mono versions, costing a buck more for stereo. Early wave boomers in the USA first heard the Beatles in mono through their radios, and then bought 45s, all issued in mono.

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