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· THE BEATLES - MEET THE BEATLES - ORIGINAL 1964 CAPITOL RECORDS MONO LP T-2047
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
MONSTROUSLY RARE TRUE FIRST PRESSING OF THE ALBUM WITHOUT ANY PUBLISHING CREDITES (BMI, ASCAP) ON THE LABEL
· EASILY ONE OF THE RAREST PRESSING VARIATIONS OF ANY BEATLES ALBUM IN EXISTENCE – WE ARE REASONABLY CONFIDENT THAT LESS THAN 500 MONO COPIES WERE EVER PRESSED.
· THE SMALL PRESSING PLANT DESIGNATION NUMBER ON THE BACK COVER IS: 3
· ORIGINAL, FIRST VERSION OF THE COVER WITHOUT “GEORGE MARTIN, PRODUCER” LINE BELOW THE LINER NOTES
· ORIGINAL 'BROWN LETTER' COVER
· ORIGINAL BLACK CAPITOL RECORDS "SOUND SPECTRUM" LABEL WITHOUT THE "SUBSIDIARY…" INSCRIPTION ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE LABEL
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-F1/-F3'. ON SOME LABELS, SUFFIX '–1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
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Most can call it from memory: the image of the Beatles disembarking from their plane on a cold February day in New York. Less visible in the old black-and-white film footage, but perhaps more important, is a young girl clutching a copy of the Beatles' just-released second album, Meet the Beatles!, as if the world depended on it. And, to her and millions of other young people, it did. Meet the Beatles! wasn't simply an album; it gave the intangible yearnings of youth a voice and a face (actually, four voices and four faces), and it created a parallel world where escape was only a turntable away. Today, Meet the Beatles! is a collectible in danger of becoming forgotten, if not for the diligence of Beatles fans around the world. Compact discs have replaced vinyl, and the decision to release the original U.K. versions of the Beatles' albums in favor of their U.S. counterparts has rendered albums like Meet the Beatles! and The Beatles' Second Album obsolete. But nothing could make the music on these LPs obsolete. The infectious charm of songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," "It Won't Be Long," and "All My Loving" still weave their magic which, if less potent in an age jaded by a generation of musicians who had the benefit of the Beatles' songbook tucked underneath their arms, still carries an aura around it -- just as the first moon landing will never be eclipsed by subsequent forays into space. Meet the Beatles! soon topped the charts, aided by electric appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show that carried the flames of Beatlemania across the ocean, and (together with the single "She Loves You") kicked off a string of number one singles and albums. Most of the songs were holdovers from the U.K. album With the Beatles, released two months earlier. Capitol, who wisely decided that there might be money in releasing the band's work in the U.S., chose original tracks from their second U.K. album and added the contents of a recent U.S. single plus a B-side, John Lennon's ballad "This Boy," to the mix. This created the illusion that the Beatles wrote all their own material (since only Meredith Willson's "Till There Was You" was a non-original), an illusion dispelled by the necessarily cover-heavy The Beatles' Second Album. So, in many ways, Meet the Beatles! distilled what was best about the band: original material from Lennon, Paul McCartney, and even George Harrison (his first, "Don't Bother Me"). Everyone gets a chance to sing, including Ringo Starr ("I Wanna Be Your Man," which Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham had coaxed from the band earlier), and the mix of rockers and ballads proves to be a beautiful blend. Let compact disc companies try their hand at historical revision: they can't steal the memories of Americans who still remember how they first met the Beatles, any more than they could pry that album from that young girl's hands.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY DAVE CONNOLLY, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, or for some other innate quality, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye , Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or ► click here for the complete album listing)
Some Reasons Why You Should Own Original American Mono Beatles Albums:
I. These are genuine historical artifacts. Rock & Roll did not produce many works deserving to be called history; albums by Beatles are a noble exception to this rule.
II. These pressings are coveted by EVERYONE and, despite the fact that Beatles sold almost a billion records, precious few original mono albums in good shape remain on the market.
III. Mono pressings are, almost by definition, the very first pressings. They were in print for only short period of time, ranging from only few weeks (Magical Mystery Tour) to three years (Meet the Beatles).
IV. First, mono pressings sound MUCH better and are much more vivid than the stereo versions.
V. Mono versions contain different versions or mixes of many tracks; in some cases mono versions contain the only "proper" versions of the songs, which are only available only in FAKE stereo on stereo albums.
VI. Beatles mono albums are all analog pressings; whereas everything else you can currently find on the market is a ~NML