United States of America discography

Although their United Kingdom releases were The Beatles' core focus throughout their career, the albums, singles and EPs released in America were significant, even if the tracklisting was often quite different to how John, Paul, George and Ringo had envisaged.

The Beatles' early releases were on the Vee-Jay, Swan and Tollie labels, before EMI's US counterpart, Capitol, sat up and took notice. Unfortunately for The Beatles, Capitol often insisted in dropping certain tracks, reassembling running orders and constructing new releases by economic and judicious use of the songs that were coming from London.

The Capitol albums also contained a handful of alternative mixes and instrumental tracks not available anywhere else. Some of these are available on the Capitol Albums volumes, and are worth investigating for anyone interested in variations in tracklisting and packaging across The Beatles' canon.

Albums

Introducing The Beatles
10 January 1964
Vee-Jay VJLP 1062
Introducing The Beatles album artwork - USA
Meet The Beatles!
20 January 1964
Capitol T-2047 (mono)
Capitol ST-2047 (stereo)
Meet The Beatles! album artwork - USA
The Beatles' Second Album
10 April 1964
Capitol T-2080 (mono)
Capitol ST-2080 (stereo)
The Beatles' Second Album artwork - USA
A Hard Day's Night
26 June 1964
United Artists UA 6366 (mono)
United Artists UAS 6366 (stereo)
A Hard Day's Night
Tell Me Why
I'll Cry Instead
I Should Have Known Better (orchestral instrumental)
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
And I Love Her (orchestral instrumental)
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
And I Love Her
Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (orchestral instrumental)
Can't Buy Me Love
A Hard Day's Night (orchestral instrumental)
A Hard Day's Night album artwork - USA
Something New
20 July 1964
Capitol T-2108 (mono)
Capitol ST-2108 (stereo)
Something New album artwork
The Beatles' Story
23 November 1964
Capitol TBO-2222 (mono)
Capitol STBO-2222 (stereo)
On Stage With The Beatles
How Beatlemania Began
Beatlemania In Action
Man Behind The Beatles - Brian Epstein
John Lennon
Who's A Millionaire?
Beatles Will Be Beatles
Man Behind The Music - George Martin
George Harrison
A Hard Day's Night - Their First Movie
Paul McCartney
Sneaky Haircuts And More About Paul
The Beatles Look At Life
'Victims' Of Beatlemania
Beatle Medley
Ringo Starr
Liverpool And All the World!
The Beatles' Story album artwork - USA
Beatles '65
15 December 1964
Capitol T-2228 (mono)
Capitol ST-2228 (stereo)
Beatles '65 album artwork - USA
The Early Beatles
22 March 1965
Capitol T-2309 (mono)
Capitol ST-2309 (stereo)
The Early Beatles album artwork - USA
Beatles VI
14 June 1965
Capitol T-2358 (mono)
Capitol ST-2358 (stereo)
Beatles VI album artwork - USA
Help!
13 August 1965
Capitol MAS-2386 (mono)
Capitol SMAS-2386 (stereo)
Help!
The Night Before
From Me To You Fantasy (instrumental)
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
In The Tyrol (instrumental)
Another Girl
Another Hard Day's Night (instrumental)
Ticket To Ride
The Bitter End/You Can't Do That (instrumental)
You're Going To Lose That Girl
The Chase (instrumental)
Help! album artwork - USA
Rubber Soul
6 December 1965
Capitol T-2442 (mono)
Capitol ST-2442 (stereo)
Rubber Soul album artwork - USA
Yesterday... And Today
20 June 1966
Capitol T-2553 (mono)
Capitol ST-2553 (stereo)
Yesterday And Today album artwork (butcher cover) - USA
Revolver
8 August 1966
Capitol T-2576 (mono)
Capitol ST-2576 (stereo)
Revolver (US edition)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2 June 1967
Capitol MAS-2653 (mono)
Capitol SMAS-2653 (stereo)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album artwork
Magical Mystery Tour
27 November 1967
Capitol MAL-2835 (mono)
Capitol SMAL-2835 (stereo)
Magical Mystery Tour album artwork
The Beatles (White Album)
25 November 1968
Apple SWBO-101
The Beatles (White Album) artwork
Yellow Submarine
13 January 1969
Apple SW-153
Yellow Submarine album artwork
Abbey Road
1 October 1969
Apple SO-383
Abbey Road album artwork
Hey Jude
26 February 1970
Apple SW-385
Hey Jude album artwork
Let It Be
18 May 1970
Apple AR-34001
Let It Be album artwork

EPs

The Beatles
23 March 1964
Vee-Jay VJEP 1-903 (mono)
The Beatles EP (Vee Jay) artwork - USA
Four By The Beatles
11 May 1964
Capitol EAP 1-2121 (mono)
Four By The Beatles EP artwork - USA
4 By The Beatles
1 February 1965
Capitol R-5365 (mono)
4 By The Beatles EP artwork - USA

24 responses on “United States of America discography

    1. Joe Post author

      I missed out some of the minor, unofficial singles – there were loads released in the US, particularly in 1964 and 65. I’ll take another look and see if I can source some better info though, as I’d like the discography to be reasonably comprehensive.

      1. Joe Post author

        OK, the Hamburg-era singles have now been added, along with artwork for all.

        The Hamburg recordings were reissued a number of times in various guises throughout the 60s, so I haven’t included absolutely everything, but these are all the key works. I don’t think anything important is missed out.

  1. Ken Sall

    Any news on a Capitol Albums, Vol 3 release with Yesterday and Today, Revolver, Hey Jude, and The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, perhaps? Maybe The Beatles Story?
    PS – Your website is a goldmine!!

        1. Bill

          Having grown up with the Capitol versions, and being used to them, it was a real blessing when the CDs were issued with original, intended British versions. However, I do like the Yesterday…And Today album as a kind of “bridge” between Rubber Soul and Revolver. And I also like I’ve Just Seen A Face starting RS on the US version. RS in fact plays as an accoustic record in the US, missing Nowhere Man and If I needed Someone. But you are correct; Capitol put less songs on more albums to fill their coffers, and depite a few interesting accidents like noted above, it was criminal.

          1. Michael Kelly Schurman

            I was very lucky to come across imported British versions about the time Help came out here in the U.S. I was in high school at the time and it took the rest of my teens to get them all but it was worth the work of searching, not at all easy in those days. Almost fifty years later I still have all of those wonderful records. Better albums, better vinyl.

  2. Beatle Fan Brian

    I was late getting to the party that was The Beatle years. I was 11 in 1975 when I was introduced to their music. The first album I bought was Introducing The Beatles on Vee-Jay. I built my collection with the US releases and eventually acquired the UK releases(LP’s and EP’s). I guess you have to take the US releases for what they were and enjoy them on that level. After all, Capitol was almost forced to release their records by the parent company, EMI. Once they saw what they had they made sure that they played it for all it was worth.

    Mr.Mustard has it right. They slaughtered Revolver. The UK version has 5 sung by John, 5 by Paul, 3 by George and Ringo’s 1 vocal. The US version has 3 Lennon songs missing and it sounds more like a McCartney album. Was Capitol bowing to the “bigger than Jesus hysteria”?

    I do enjoy the more acoustic feel of the US Rubber Soul. Too bad they felt compelled to give us only 11 or 12 songs per disc.

    Anyone know if the Live at the Star Club in Hamburg can be found on CD?

    1. c64wood

      I actually have it someplace. I was sold as seperate discs, Vol 1 and Vol 2. with 11 tracks each. Doing some research, it looks like there were multiple releases of this. The one I have has this running order:

      I Saw Her Standing There/Hippy Hippy Shake/Sweet Little Sixteen/Mr. Moonlight/Hully Gully/Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees)/Little Queenie/Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby/I Remember You/Reminiscing/Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey/Roll Over Beethoven/Ask Me Why/Lend Me Your Comb/Where Have You Been All My Life/A Taste of Honey/I’m Talking About You/Twist and Shout/Red Sails in the Sunset/I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)/Matchbox/Long Tall Sally

    2. s van kirk

      I grew up with the Capitol releases, so i am still leaning to them in my Beatles listening, just a personal preference. “Beatles ’65” is a wonderful album, as is “The Beatles yesterday and Today”. Back when these albums were being released, and aside from Capitol’s clever marketing strategy, the capitol releases reflect the fast pace of the early Beatles era. All of the songs contained are short, usually less than 3 minutes each, and so are the capitol albums fast and furious, and perhaps faster paced as per life with the Beatles.

      Honestly, listening to a Beatles Capitol release is an awe-inspiring experience, and never not quite enough, so you want to listen to more! The folks at Capitol actually had the right idea in a sense. One album wasn’t enough, the length wasn’t enough. People couldn’t wait to buy their next Beatle album, and it was common to listen to them over and over again.

      1. Joshua Adams

        To any american: the capitol releases were the only beatles records that mattered, but ONLY the official albums that were released worldwide: meet, hard days night, help, rubber soul, revolver, sgt peppers, white album and abbey rd. Those were the only essentials, pleasepleaseme (aka introducing aka the early)and for sale (beatles 65) were half cover albums and let it be was posthumous, not essential for the purist, only the collector.

  3. Adrian Everett

    Hey Beatles Fan, If you want all the American Albums in digital form just go to YouTube and check out YouTube Accounts TheMusicalSteve and LennMcHarriStar. They are have a majority of the albums. You will have to search around though for Abbey Road and The Yellow Submarine Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Use convertmemp3.com and you will have the complete collection. Make sure you set mp3 conversion rate to Highest Quality. All the albums are the infamous “Ebbetts” Soundboard Bootleg Recordings. Both YouTube account holders have taken the liberty of further digitally enhancing Ebbets’s clean vinyl transfers. All the mp3 transfers will show and play as 1 very long mp3 track. You can put them in a playlist on your Windows Media Player or whatever you use to play mp3’s. If you use Itunes you can load them to your Ipod.

  4. poeticliaisons

    So “From Me To You” and “I’m Down” (along with You Know My Name and Inner Light) never made it onto ANY U.S. LPs or EPs, only 45s??? Any others I’ve forgotten? Weird.

  5. Chris Schneider

    I couldn’t disagree more strongly about the comparison between the Beatles EMI and Capitol Product. Sure, EMI’s Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Yellow Submarine, were the better buy. compared to Capitols inclusion of George Martin’s singing strings. But the first four Beatles albums on Capitol are downright phenomenal; with great singles like She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand included, we didn’t have to wait for greatest hits product like Past Masters. And speaking as a person who owned their Capitol records, I prefer listening to the albums that I, like many other Americans of a previous generation, grew up with, including Beatles Yesterday and Today and Hey Jude. I would be happy, as someone previously stated, that Capitol released a Beatles Vol. III including those albums.

  6. Shane Swaggin Williams

    The Beatles early capitol albums were murder!! Meet the Beatles was a lousy knockoff of With the Beatles. Capitol butchered Rubber Soul and Revolver. However, Sgt. Pepper was synchronised well with the UK albums as well as the following ones. I do like how Capitol modified the U.S. Magical Mystery Tour album.

  7. kookadams

    The official beatles albums (not including the packaged albums capitol put out or the ones only issues in the UK): meet the beatles, hard days night, help, rubber soul, revolver, sgt pepper, white album and abbey rd. the US versions if youre american the UK if youre english.

  8. Sumcensuvitt

    I cannot complain much about how Capital released the albums, as we in the U.S. were very excited to get each and every Beatles album and by the time The Beatles last album was released in 1970, we could have 20 albums, while the Brits only had 13 albums. At the time, more albums was better. It is all good.

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