Second Beatles Boxed Set Due For Us Release
Capitol Records will release a second batch of THE BEATLES albums, as they first appeared in the US, in a four-CD box set next month (APR06). THE CAPITOL ALBUMS, VOL. 2 marks the first appearance on CD of the US versions of RUBBER SOUL, the HELP! soundtrack, THE EARLY BEATLES and BEATLES VI. When Capitol released the HEY JUDE hitmakers' first four albums in the US configurations in 2004, it re-ignited a decades-old debate between Beatles camps. One camp believes that the record companies version to be a profit-driven cultural strip-mining, while many American fans have clamoured for the release of those versions because that's what they grew up with. Before SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND the Beatles' US and British releases differed dramatically in song lineups and sound quality. According to Beatles historian BRUCE SPIZER, the new set will include mono and stereo mixes of each album - 92 tracks in total, 82 of which will be appearing on CD for the first time.