On this day in music history: January 20, 1964…

On this day in music history: January 20, 1964 – “Meet The Beatles!”, the second US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February 11 – October 23, 1963. Just after release of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, Capitol Records quickly leaps into action, rushing out the bands’ second US full length LP, just ten days after Vee Jay Records releases “Introducing… The Beatles”. The twelve track album consists nine songs from the bands second UK LP “With The Beatles” with “You Really Got a Hold On Me”, “Devil in Her Heart”, “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “Please Mister Postman” and “Roll Over Beethoven” removed and replaced with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (#1 Pop), “I Saw Her Standing There” (#14 Pop), and “This Boy”. The versions of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” featured on the stereo pressing of the album are presented in re-channeled “Duophonic” stereo, since no true stereo mixes have been made for either song (at the time). Both were released as a stand alone single in the UK in mono only. The stereo mix of “I Saw Her Standing There” featured on the album differs from the one included on the Vee Jay “Introducing…” and the UK “Please Please Me” album. Capitol also uses the same cover photo (taken by photographer Robert Freeman), used for “With The Beatles” album cover. Original mono and stereo copies of the album is distinguished by the graphics on the front cover. Mono pressings (T-2047) feature the bands’ name printed in tan or brown ink, with the stereo copies (ST-2047) featuring the “Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo” banner on the top, with the bands’ name also printed in tan or brown ink, with later copies using olive green ink. In spite of being a consistent seller over the years, “Meet The Beatles” is deleted by Capitol (along with their other US compiled LP’s) in 1987, when the band’s original UK albums are issued in their place. The album makes its CD debut in November of 2004, when it is released as part of the box set “The Capitol Albums, Volume 1”. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the US, it is reissued again as of the thirteen disc CD box set “The U.S. Albums” on January 21, 2014. “Meet The Beatles” spends eleven weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.