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The Beatles Story breakdown
5 December 2021
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For those who don’t know, The Beatles Story is a 1964 album created by Capitol that discusses the history of The Beatles. Within the album, there are various samples of both Beatles recordings, as well as orchestral renditions of Beatles recordings by The Hollyridge Strings on their album The Beatles Songbook.

Here’s a breakdown of which songs appear where:

A1: “On Stage With The Beatles

Songs:
I Want To Hold Your Hand (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

A2: “How Beatlemania Began”

Songs:
Can’t Buy Me Love (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

A3: “Beatlemania In Action”

Songs:
N/A

A4: “The Man Behind The Beatles – Brian Epstein”

Songs:
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Duophonic, intro to 1st bridge)
From Me To You (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

A5: “John Lennon

Songs:

Slow Down (Stereo, intro to 1st verse)
P.S. I Love You (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)
This Boy (Duophonic, intro)
P.S. I Love You (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

A6: “Who’s a Millionaire”

Songs:
B1: “Beatles Will Be Beatles”

Songs:
You Can’t Do That (Duophonic, intro to 1st bridge)
Please Please Me (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)
If I Fell (Stereo, intro to 1st verse)

B2: “The Man Behind the Music – George Martin”

Songs:
She Loves You (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

B3: “George Harrison

Songs:
And I Love Her (Stereo, solo)
From Me To You (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

C1: “A Hard Day’s Night – Their First Movie”

Songs:
A Hard Day’s Night (Mono, intro to 1st chorus, followed by solo (which repeats an extra time), followed by last chorus to outro)
Love Me Do (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

C2: “Paul McCartney

Songs:
And I Love Her (Stereo, intro to 2nd verse)
All My Loving (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

C3: “Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul”

Songs:
All My Loving (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

D1: “The Beatles Look At Life”

Songs:
Twist And Shout (Live) (Stereo, intro (AKA bridge) to 2nd verse)
I Saw Her Standing There (orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

D2: “Victims of Beatlemania”

Songs:
N/A

D3: “Beatle Medley”

Songs:
Things We Said Today (Stereo, intro to 2nd verse)
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (Stereo, intro to 2nd verse)
Little Child (Stereo, intro to 3rd verse)
Long Tall Sally (Stereo, intro to 1st solo)
She Loves You (Duophonic, outro)
D4: “Ringo Starr

Songs:
Boys (Stereo, intro to 1st chorus)
I Saw Her Standing There (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

D5: “Liverpool and the World”

Songs:
I Want To Hold Your Hand (repeat, orchestral version from The Hollyridge Strings)

The Beatles Songs:

I Want To Hold Your Hand
Slow Down
This Boy
You Can’t Do That
If I Fell
And I Love Her
A Hard Day’s Night
Twist And Shout (Live at the Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1964)
Things We Said Today
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
Little Child
Long Tall Sally
She Loves You
Boys

Instrumentals (from The Beatles Songbook by The Hollyridge Strings):

I Want To Hold Your Hand
Can’t Buy Me Love
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Please Please Me
She Loves You
Love Me Do
All My Loving
I Saw Her Standing There

Probably the 2 most interesting things i notice about this album is that A Hard Day’s Night is in pure mono instead of Duophonic like the other songs that Capitol didn’t have a stereo master for which considering that the mono version of this album is just a fold down of the stereo mix and how poorly Duophonic mixes sound when folded down to mono, it’s probably for the best. Also, the live version of Twist And Shout used on this album is unique to this album, as the version on The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl was taken from the August 30, 1965 concert.

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Possibly the least listened to Beatles album I’ve ever listed to. A useless cash-in that has zero redeeming interest. 

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To be fair, it’s definitely better than Vee Jay’s Hear The Beatles Tell All, which doesn’t contain any Beatles music (instead only having drumming from Hal Blaine).

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I’ve never heard ‘Hear The Beatles Tell All’. I did once have a fake copy of ‘Songs And Pictures Of The Fabulous Beatles’ which was enjoyable. No idea what happened to my copy. 
Having bits of Beatles songs I find very frustrating, who wants to hear 47 seconds of ‘Tell Me Why ‘ when playing the record. Tho I’m the type of person who gets annoyed at DJs who talk over songs and runs out of shops as soon as a Beatles song ends if they are playing an album. 

 

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I agree with you there, especially considering they had more than enough room to include the full songs instead of snippets.

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5 December 2021
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It was a quick cash-in which no doubt kept screaming Beatleholics sated back when released and they spent the entirety screaming over the record playing. If they had spent five minutes listening they could have taken the LP back and got a worthwhile exchange. 

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I did buy it at an import shop years ago but I don’t think I listened to it more than once. I also bought the Hard Day’s Night and Help ! soundtrack albums for the curiosity value of the instrumental tracks.

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I agree with mmm. I feel bad for the fans who paid their hard earned monies for it!

 

Capitol Records, in a nutshell….

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It’s the only album I’m not too keen on in my 2014 US Box.  It’s a shame they put in Beatles Story and left out the 2 versions of Introducing…The Beatles with the version of “I Saw Her Standing There ” with the “1, 2, 3” cut out.  Such a missed opportunity.

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William Shears Campbell said
It’s the only album I’m not too keen on in my 2014 US Box.  It’s a shame they put in Beatles Story and left out the 2 versions of Introducing…The Beatles with the version of “I Saw Her Standing There ” with the “1, 2, 3” cut out.  Such a missed opportunity.

  

They don’t have the rights to that do they?

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‘Introducing The Beatles’.was Vee-Jay and I think they lost the rights to the songs in ’64/’65 due to their financial issues. However, after almost 60 years I presume EMI would now have the rights anyway and why put out a rival labels LP.

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GIMH said

William Shears Campbell said

It’s the only album I’m not too keen on in my 2014 US Box.  It’s a shame they put in Beatles Story and left out the 2 versions of Introducing…The Beatles with the version of “I Saw Her Standing There ” with the “1, 2, 3” cut out.  Such a missed opportunity.

  

They don’t have the rights to that do they?

  

They had the United Artist’s A Hard Days Night soundtrack in the box.  And Early Beatles has the same tracks.  Also doubling tracks shouldn’t be an excuse, because the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack and Something New have many of the same songs.

Anyway…stay-on-topic

I listened to The Beatles Story now about a week ago.  It was a neat listen, but not anything I’d put on more than once in a blue moon.  It had a similar feel to the interview disc on the 1999 Band On The Run release, except not as good, because no real Beatle People were directly involved in the making.

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While the songs are Apple/EMI controlled, the artwork isn’t. Easy to get agreement on the UA soundtrack album, as that was originally done with the agreement of EMI and Capitol, harder when it comes to an album that Capitol sued Vee-Jay over, and that they don’t own sleeve artwork for.

Bought The  Beatles’ Story on vinyl around 1983. It was an interesting listen so far as offering a glimpse into how they were being marketed at the time in the US. Far less bizarre than Vee-Jay’s Hear The Beatles Tell All, which I got a vinyl re-release on Rhino Records at around the same time.

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Ron Nasty said
While the songs are Apple/EMI controlled, the artwork isn’t. Easy to get agreement on the UA soundtrack album, as that was originally done with the agreement of EMI and Capitol, harder when it comes to an album that Capitol sued Vee-Jay over, and that they don’t own sleeve artwork for.

Bought The  Beatles’ Story on vinyl around 1983. It was an interesting listen so far as offering a glimpse into how they were being marketed at the time in the US. Far less bizarre than Vee-Jay’s Hear The Beatles Tell All, which I got a vinyl re-release on Rhino Records at around the same time.

  

I suppose that makes sense.  I wonder who has the rights to the artwork.

 

Wow Vee-Jay had more of a hand in the Beatles records than I thought.  Just recently I found another album they released called Songs And Pictures Of The Fabulous Beatles.

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Vee-Jay also released two different versions of (different artwork on both) Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield on Stage (only Frank Ifield was live with four Beatles tracks interspersed) and The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons, a double album with one disc Beatles and one Four Seasons. Vee-Jay had the rights to most of the Please Please Me  album through to the beginning of October 1964, and put out those songs in as many configurations as they could while they could.

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