1964 was a big year for music for a lot of reasons, but many know it as the beginning of Beatlemania. It seems that music hasn’t been the same since the Beatles made the trip across the pond to tour America and appear on the most famous episode of The Ed Sullivan Show ever. Capitol Records is commemorating this anniversary with the release of a massive 13-disc box set, The U.S. Albums, due out on January 21st.
The U.S. Albums compiles the American releases of the band’s work, starting with 1964’s Meet The Beatles! and ending with 1970’s Hey Jude. Throughout their career, the Beatles’ American releases often featured different tracklistings and mixes than their British albums. That all changed when the band’s British discography became their “official” discography, and subsequent re-issues of the band’s work have ignored the likes of Yesterday and Today, Beatles ’65, and the audio commentary album The Beatles Story. That album, Yesterday and Today, Hey Jude, and the American versions of A Hard Day’s Night and Revolver are appearing on CD for the first time in this box set.
The box set isn’t the only way that the Beatles’ landmark trip to America is being commemorated. The Recording Academy will be airing The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles on February 9th, the 50th anniversary of their Sullivan appearance.