On this day in music history: November 23, 196…

On this day in music history: November 23, 1964 – “The Beatles Story” by The Beatles is released. Produced by John Babcock, Roger Christian and Al Wiman, it is recorded at The Capitol Tower and The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA from August – October 1964. The double LP set is a compilation put together by Capitol Records (released in the US and Canada only) featuring the story of the bands’ rise to fame told in voice over, interview clips and music. The album is a response to “Hear The Beatles Tell All”, a similar release issued by rival label Vee Jay Records. It also includes brief excerpts from the bands first live concert at The Hollywood Bowl, which is released as part of the “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” album in May of 1977. Like many other items with The Beatles name on it, it is a rapid seller (in spite of its brief running time, with it clocking it at barely thirteen to fourteen minutes per side). The album remains in print until it is deleted in 1988. In January of 2014, the album is reissued on CD for the first time as part of the box set “The Beatles – The US Albums”. Unlike the other titles included in the box, “The Beatles Story” is exclusive to the box set, and is not available for purchase separately. “The Beatles Story” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.