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Following on from our exclusive photos of The Beatles US Albums box set, we are working our way through the individual albums to show you exclusive pictures of the real CD reissue packaging. Today we present the US Album The Early Years.

Don’t let the Beatles For Sale era photo fool you, The Early Beatles was what Capitol put out when they got control of the Please Please Me era material that had previously been licensed to Vee-Jay records (Capitol had originally ‘passed’ on The Beatles early releases leading to EMI doing a deal with Vee-Jay). Anyway, 11 songs from the 14-track Please Please Me are included. Remember, I Saw Here Standing There was issued on Meet The Beatles and even the US baulked at repeating tracks across albums.

Criminally, Misery and There’s A Place were left off and didn’t end up on any Capitol album until the US version of 1980’s Rarities!

The Early Beatles is available separately or as part of the US Albums box set and will be issued on 20 January 2014.

NB: Photos are of early pre-production packaging.



Track listing

Side one

  • “Love Me Do” – 2:23
  • “Twist and Shout” – 2:33
  • “Anna (Go to Him)” – 3:00
  • “Chains” – 2:27
  • “Boys” – 2:25
  • “Ask Me Why” – 2:28

Side two

  • “Please Please Me” – 2:00
  • “P.S. I Love You” – 2:05
  • “Baby It’s You” – 2:38
  • “A Taste of Honey” – 2:04
  • “Do You Want to Know a Secret” – 1:59
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Mike F

Ooh, that’s rough sequencing – what were they thinking at the time?!