The Beatles' Story
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The Beatles' Story is the sixth album by the Beatles in the United States, issued on 23 November 1964 by Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats (although the mono was merely a fold-down of the stereo mix). It is a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, snippets of original or orchestral versions of Beatles songs with voice-overs. The easy listening excerpts were created, produced and arranged by Stu Phillips with the Hollyridge Strings originally recorded for the first Capitol Records' Beatles Song Book.
|The Beatles' Story|
|Compilation album / spoken word by|
|Released||23 November 1964|
|Studio||Capitol Records Building and The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California|
|Producer||John Babcock, Roger Christian, and Al Wiman (documentary), George Martin (music)|
|The Beatles North American chronology|
Originally, Capitol Records intended to release the group's 1964 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but due to a lack of advanced live recording and sound enhancement technology and the excessive amount of loud screaming fans on tape the album was shelved. Another plan was to release a two-LP 'Greatest Hits' album for the Christmas market. Four songs were to make their Capitol debut on this album: "A Hard Day's Night," "Misery," "There's a Place," and "From Me to You." The album was compiled, but never issued.
Release and receptionEdit
The Beatles' Story entered the Billboard Pop Albums on 12 December at number 97, and on 2 January 1965 it reached its peak position at number seven, where it remained for four weeks before beginning its slide down the charts. It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA; it was also released in Canada and is currently out of print. It was released by Toshiba EMI in Japan on the Apple label (in stereo) in a box set with a deluxe 24-page 12"x12" booklet that contains the entire text of the script in English and Japanese.
The album contains a brief stereo excerpt of "Twist and Shout" performed at their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert. The album was only released on cassette tape in Canada (4XBB 2222) and Japan (ZR44-1019), and was never issued at all on a stereo 8-track cartridge tape. The Beatles' Story was being prepared for release on digital audio tape in 1996, but when the format failed commercially the plan was scrapped. In 2014, The Beatles Story was made available on CD for the first time in the Beatles boxed set, The U.S. Albums.
|The Rolling Stone Record Guide|||
|1.||"On Stage with the Beatles"||1:03|
|2.||"How Beatlemania Began"||1:20|
|3.||"Beatlemania in Action"||1:25|
|4.||"Man Behind the Beatles – Brian Epstein"||2:47|
|6.||"Who's a Millionaire?"||0:39|
|1.||"Beatles Will Be Beatles"||7:28|
|2.||"Man Behind the Music – George Martin"||1:04|
|1.||"A Hard Day's Night – Their First Movie"||3:08|
|3.||"Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul"||3:29|
|1.||"The Beatles Look at Life"||2:05|
|2.||"Victims of Beatlemania"||1:10|
|5.||"Liverpool and All the World!"||1:05|
- "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
- "Can't Buy Me Love"
- "From Me to You"
- "Slow Down"
- "P.S. I Love You"
- "This Boy"
- "You Can't Do That"
- "Please Please Me"
- "If I Fell"
- "She Loves You"
- "And I Love Her"
- "A Hard Day's Night"
- "Love Me Do"
- "All My Loving"
- "Twist and Shout"
- "I Saw Her Standing There"
- "Things We Said Today"
- "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
- "Little Child"
- "Long Tall Sally"
Charts and certificationsEdit
- Gillian G. Gaar, « 100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die », Triumph Books, 2013
- Stannard 1981, p. 135.
- "American album certifications – Beatles, The – The Beatles_ Story". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 7 June 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
- The Beatles' Story at AllMusic
- Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
- Whitburn 2010, p. 65.
- "American album certifications – Beatles, The – The Beatles_ Story". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.