I just realized something after all these years. I had really wanted the VeeJay flap over version of INTRODUCING THE BEATLES for my birthday, but didn't get it. I now remember that not long after that, my Mom joined the Capitol Record Club, and she let me pick the U.S. version of the AHDN Soundtrack for my own. Thanks again, Mom! [:)]
My brothers already had three of the 45s: AHDN/I Should Have Known Better, I'll Cry Instead/I'm So Happy Just To Dance With You and If I Fell/And I Love Her. All these songs were so good, and that was so unusual, because IMO, they were basically all double A-sides when you compare them to what most artists of the time were putting out. And all three were jamming the top of the chart at the same time!
I wasn't all that gassed about George Martin's instrumentals, but I was still glad to have the album. It conjured up images of the movie in a day when there was no such thing as a home VHS; you just stayed hungry to see the movie again, and it was iffy that a favorite movie was ever re-released in theaters. Of course, one could always resort to the AHDN bubble gum cards! They were really cool, I wish I still had them.
You Can't Do That was on the U.S. THE BEATLES' SECOND ALBUM, and that is still a killer song to me, and another great Lennon vocal, as well as featuring that unique Rickenbacker guitar sound.
Capitol Records of course had to make their buck and came out with the SOMETHING NEW album, another 11 song rip-off, even though it had the oddball Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand , lol! I read that the Beatles hated that version, but it is kinda fun to hear. My brother had bought the Slow Down/Matchbox 45, but was so non-plussed by it that he took it back to the store and got a refund! Slow Down may have been a cover tune, but they played it well, though I think the Backbeat Soundtrack band did the best version.
I never did get SOMETHING NEW until about the mid-70s. Any Time at All and When I Get Home were good Lennon vocals, but weak songs. Things We Said Today I really liked, it had some great harmony sections.