Confirmed! Capitol Albums Volume 2 available April 11
WHAT GOES ON EXCLUSIVE!
by Bruce Spizer, Beatles author and historian
I can now confirm that Capitol Records will be releasing The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2 on April 11, 2006.
The CD box set contains stereo and mono versions of the four Beatles albums released by Capitol in 1965, namely The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, the Help! soundtrack and the American version of Rubber Soul. These albums were mastered from the original Capitol tapes by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound using 24-bit digital technology. As was the case with The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1, the discs sound superb and capture the magic of the original Capitol albums.
The Early Beatles marks the stereo debut on CD of nine early Beatles classics, including Please Please Me and Twist And Shout. It also contains the first CD release of the fake stereo mixes of Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You prepared by George Martin for the stereo version of the group's first Parlophone LP. Nine of the eleven mono tracks are unique Capitol stereo-to-mono mixdowns appearing for the first time on CD.
Beatles VI marks the stereo debut on CD of five Beatles recordings, including cover versions of Kansas City and Words Of Love, as well as Lennon and McCartney's What You're Doing, Every Little Thing and I Don't Want To Spoil The Party. The stereo album also contains the CD debut of Capitol's unique duophonic mix of Yes It Is. The mono album also includes many CD firsts: the appearance of four songs in their original 1965 George Martin mono mixes (You Like Me Too Much, Bad Boy, Dizzy Miss Lizzie and Tell Me What You See) and five songs in their unique Capitol stereo-to-mono remixes with added echo and reverb (Kansas City, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, Words Of Love, What You're Doing and Every Little Thing).
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2 marks the first appearance on CD of the Help! soundtrack album. Six of its tracks have never been issued on CD in mono or stereo, namely the edit of Help! with its James Bond-derived introduction and five instrumental tracks from the film, including From Me To You Fantasy and Another Hard Day's Night. When the British Help! LP was issued on CD in 1987, it contained George Martin stereo remixes of the songs, which have been used on subsequent CD compilations. The Capitol soundtrack album marks the CD debut of five songs in their original 1965 George Martin stereo mixes (The Night Before, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl and You're Gonna Lose That Girl). The stereo album also contains the CD debut of Capitol's unique duophonic mix of Ticket To Ride. The mono album marks the mono debut on CD of five songs (The Night Before, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl and You're Gonna Lose That Girl), which appear in unique Capitol stereo-to-mono mixdowns.
The Capitol version of Rubber Soul contains the CD debut of twelve songs in their original 1965 George Martin stereo mixes. When these songs first appeared on CD in 1987, they were stereo remixes of the songs prepared by George Martin. The album's twelve songs are also making their mono debut on CD, this time with George Martin's original mono mixes from 1965.
Because the 46 songs on The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2 appear in both stereo and mono mixes, the box set contains 92 total tracks. Out of this number, 82 are versions not previously available on CD.
The box set's packaging is similar to that of The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1. Each of the four CDs is housed in a cardboard sleeve featuring the album's original cover artwork. The labels to the CDs mimic each album's original Capitol rainbow label. The box set contains a colorful 56-page booklet full of rare photographs and quotes from the Beatles. I wrote the essay contained in the set's booklet, and I also served as a consultant on the project.
The full details regarding the Beatles records issued by Capitol are referred to Bruce Spizer's books "The Beatles Story on Capitol Records, Part One: Beatlemania & The Singles" and "The Beatles Story on Capitol Records, Part Two: The Albums," which may be ordered directly from the author at http://www.beatle.net