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Meet the Beatles
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Meet the Beatles

First released: 1964, January 20

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  1. I Want to Hold Your Hand (2:27)
    Recorded: October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  2. I Saw Her Standing There (2:56)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  3. This Boy (2:16)
    Recorded: October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  4. It Won't Be Long (2:14)
    Recorded: July 30, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  5. All I've Got to Do (2:04)
    Recorded: September 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  6. All My Loving (2:10)
    Recorded: July 30, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  7. Don't Bother Me (2:29)
    Recorded: September 11-12, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, tambourine
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, claves
    George Harrison - double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, bongos, loose-skinned Arabian bongo
  8. Little Child (1:48)
    Recorded: September 11-12 and October 3, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  9. Till There Was You (2:17)
    Recorded: July 18 and July 30, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - acoustic guitar
    Ringo Starr - bongos
  10. Hold Me Tight (2:33)
    Recorded: September 12, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man (1:59)
    Recorded: September 11-12, October 3, and October 23, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, Hammond organ, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - lead vocal, drums, maracas
  12. Not a Second Time (2:04)
    Recorded: September 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    George Martin - piano
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Cover Photo by: Robert Freeman

George Harrison: Vocals, Guitar
John Lennon: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond organ
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Maracas, Tambourine, Bongos, Loose-skinned Arabian bongo

George Martin: Piano (Not a Second Time)
Releases
1964, January 20 Capitol ST-2047 (US)
Reviews & comments
Gabriel (2011, February 25)
Marie, its a sure tell-tale sign that it is a counterfeit.
Marie (2009, November 16)
I actually have this album with the labels on backward. Has anyone every hard of such a thing? Wonder if it is a one of a kind....
? (2003, May 18)
Let's see, the classic single that made the band big in the States (I Want to Hold Your Hand), a great ballad from John (This Boy), arguably the best song from Please Please Me (I Saw Her Standing There) and nine of the better tracks from With the Beatles. Looking at that list, it's no surprise that Meet the Beatles is stronger than the band's first three UK albums. A classic, simply put.
All Music Guide (2002, March 9)
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, McCartney, and even Harrison (his first, "Don't Bother Me"). Everyone gets a chance to sing, including 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. — David Connolly

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