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The Beatles' Second Album

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00GJ7ROV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roll Over Beethoven
2. Thank You Girl
3. You Really Got A Hold On Me
4. Devil In Her Heart
5. Money (That's What I Want)
6. You Can't Do That
7. Long Tall Sally
8. I Call Your Name
9. Please Mister Postman
10. I'll Get You
11. She Loves You
12. Roll Over Beethoven
13. Thank You Girl
14. You Really Got A Hold On Me
15. Devil In Her Heart
16. Money (That's What I Want)
17. You Can't Do That
18. Long Tall Sally
19. I Call Your Name
20. Please Mister Postman
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles US invasion we will release a set of all the original US albums in a limited edition collectors box. All albums will feature a faithful reproduction of the artwork and packaging of the original vinyl albums. Both the mono and stereo recordings of each album will be featured on the discs. The collection will be accompanied by a 64 page booklet. In addition to the collectors box set all the individual albums (except The Beatles' Story) will be available as stand-alone products. These will be a limited edition pressing so subject to a one off order

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2014 reissue of USA-only album originally released in 1964, featuring 'She Loves You' & 'Money'. Includes Mono & Stereo versions of all tracks!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to say !!! 1 Jun 2014
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What can I say about Beatles that wasn't said ? Just you must have them all , they are "THE BEATLES" !!!
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Excellent disc, takes a bit of getting used to that the tracks are in mono and then repeated in stereo
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles 25 Feb 2014
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Best pop group ever of course I have got all the other Beatles albums in clouding some rare original recordings
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected 6 Mar 2014
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Was a big disappointment to my wife fit whom I purchased it did not like the Fact it was Amreican
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5.0 out of 5 stars At long last my first real record album is available as a CD 17 May 2007
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
"The Beatles' Second Album" was my first real record album (records having to do with television shows like "Mr. Ed" and "Top Cat" do not count). I actually managed to avoid buying another Beatles' album until "Abbey Road," although I did pick up "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits" and my father made copies of "Sgt. Pepper" and "Magical Mystery Tour" at the reel-to-reel tape club at the base. So when the Beatles albums came out on CD and they went with the original British albums rather than the ones that Capitol started cobbling together on this side of the pond, I had to put together a play list of the album that I knew so well. "A Hard Day's Night" is still my favorite Beatles album, all things considered, but this is the Beatles album that makes me wax nostalgic. My cousin Donna, who got to see the Beatles in concert, had "The Beatles First Album," but all I really did was listen to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" a couple dozen times in a row, which is why that song but not that album play a larger role in my memories of the Fab Four.

The tracks for this 1964 album, which hit #1 on the "Billboard" album chart, are as follows:

1. "Roll Over Beethoven"
2. "Thank You Girl"
3. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
4. "Devil in Her Heart"
5. "Money (That's What I Want)"
6. "You Can't Do That"
7. "Long Tall Sally"
8. "I Call Your Name"
9. "Please Mr. Postman"
10. "I'll Get You"
11. "She Loves You"

"She Loves You" is the #1 hit single that was most associated with this album, although "Roll Over Beethoven" also charted (#68). Those two songs define this album, which offers a mix of rock & roll with rhythm & blue, and original songs as well as covers. Actually, there are only five Lennon & McCartney tunes on the album, but except for "I Call Your Name" (written by John back in the Quarry Men days), they were all songs really co-written by the pair. "Thank You Girl" was originally intended to be the B-side for "From Me to You" but ended up being the A-side. "I'll Get You" was the B-side to "She Loves You," and John and Paul actually thought it was the better song. But "She Loves You" would prove to be the best-selling single in the U.K. for the entire decade and represented everything that the early Beatles were all about musically ("Yeah, yeah, yeah"), although it is different their previous singles by being about other people rather than the singer (cf., "Love Me Do," "Please, Please Me" and "From Me to You"). The song was actually covered by Peter Sellers on three different versions representing three different accents (the Irish one is my favorite), but I digress.

What really makes this "second" album stand out from the other early Fab Four efforts is that it has so many covers of songs by black American artists and songwriters, from Chuck Berry ("Roll Over Beethoven") and Little Richard ("Long Tall Sally") to Smokey Robinson ("You Really Got a Hold on Me") and Barrett Strong ("Money"), not to mention "Please Mr. Postman" originally done by the Marvelettes. This was the first album that Capitol Records put together for the American market, pieced together from "With the Beatles" (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9), and assorted singles. If you want to recreate the album from your current collection of Beatles CDs, then in addition to the aforementioned you want tracks 2, 7, 8, 10, and 11 from "Past Masters, Vol. 1" and track 6 from "A Hard Day's Night." Those of us who had the original vinyl album will be most inspired to do this, but even those of you born after 1964 might be curious to hear the album you would have been listening to if you had been around way back when. You might not be able to totally appeciate the nostalgia that makes me round up on this one, but you will have a much better idea of why I still of think of "The Beatles' Second Album" as number one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essential and must have american mix. 26 July 2012
By DANY LYNEN - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of this review for this musical artwork is just that "essential" and "must" why do you ask! I will tell you why! When capitol records(EMI America) was receiving some of the early mixes from Parlephone (EMI U.K.) they were remixed here and sometimes were added more echo on the backtracks for am radio playing among other various remixing techniques, which distinguished the sound of vocals, bass, guitars and mono effects and so on. What makes this album worth having is of course the mix of all these songs together! And they are dam good! Everyone of these songs have a different sound on the English versions! For me being an ardent lennonist, the mix of "I Call Your Name" is awesome! Why? If you listen closely in the back you can hear his rhythm guitar part on this song, (he was a rhythm genius ex. "all my loving") which in the English version is almost completely buried! I still would love to have the opportunity to re-mix this song myself if it were possible and bring up John's guitar up more, if of course the master is not on 2 track! With everything said if you have a complete Beatles Collection (all UK versions) this is one album you will need to have for it is an "essential" and "must" have for a true Beatles disciple!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh yeaaaaaaah!" 6 Jun 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
Soon after THE BEATLES' SECOND ALBUM was released, it zoomed to #1 on Billboard's 200 Albums chart, dethroning the group's first CAPITOL set, MEET THE BEATLES!. It was an LP feat never done before: a single artist in the top two slots.

Many believe this to be their rockingest album. I've always thought of it as a strong follow-up, offering a nice blend of original tunes and covers. When the LP debuted in April '64, the Fabs had already made three Ed Sullivan Show appearances, American Beatlemanis was in high gear and the group was filming their first movie, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964). Those were heady times for the moptopped Liverpudlians!

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The mono edition of "Second Album" has substantial audio differences from its stereo counterpart. In many ways those tracks are preferable, especially with CAPITOL engineers adding obfuscating echo to this stereo version.

SIDE ONE NOTES
1.) Paul's and John's vocals are better-blended in mono, also more upfront. Ringo's cymbal-pounding partly obscures George's middle-eight guitar solo. 2.) Sounds a lot cleaner than the VEEJAY 'B' side. 3.) Great MOTOWN cover is nearly the equal of Smokey's original. Ringo's fills are super! 4.) A spotlight vocal for George, it has excellent three-part harmonies. 5.) Was there ever a "cover" band the equal of the Fabs? As heavy a rocker as they ever made, thanks to John's sublime vocal their take is urgent, exciting. 6.) A melding of double-tracked John and backing vocals is most effective. This time, George's solo in the break drowns out voices.

SIDE TWO NOTES
1.) Not so great with all that reverb. Paul's exuberantly youthful solo is the equal of Richard Penniman's, but that band back-up surpasses the original. 2.) A great Lennon vocal on this cowbell classic! 3.) Their Marvelettes homage. If you'd never heard the original, this version would be "it". 4.) Said to be the group's message to adoring fans, in retrospect it could just be a paean to teenage lust. 5.) The hit single, cleverly saved for the end. What an ideal closer. "Woooooooo!"

SIDE ONE
[2:44] Roll Over Beethoven
[2:01] Thank You Girl
[2:58] You Really Got a Hold On Me
[2:23] Devil In Her Heart
[2:47] Money
[2:33] You Can't Do That

SIDE TWO
[2:02] Long Tall Sally
[2:08] I Call Your Name
[2:34] Please Mister Postman
[2:04] I'll Get You
[2:19] She Loves You

TOTAL TIME: 26:33
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is about the 2004 Vol. 1 edition 24 Jan 2014
By Brendan Chenowith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I learned of this US Albums box, I debated whether I should sell Capitol Vol 1 & 2 and replace it with "US". I'm glad I didn't because of what I'd heard about various mixes being used on each album. SO - - ANYWAY - - I decided the only latter-day Capitol album I wanted was "Yesterday & Today" for the cover, and I decided to keep the earlier Capitol boxes. They're also on my I-pod, along with the 2009 remasters in stereo as well as mono. This morning on the train, I put on The Beatles Second Album in stereo and it sounded WAY better than I thought it would. There is a little duophonic here and there, but hearing this through my earbuds didn't throw my equilibrium off after all. I'm not sure if it's the reverb, but there's something a bit warmer about the sound on the Capitol mixes than there is on the 2009 UK masters. Aesthetically, I also love the front and back covers.

Opening with Roll Over Beethoven, cruising toward intermission (end of Side One, to those over 30) with You Can't Do That, picking up where they left off with Long Tall Sally and sliding to a hell of a big finish with She Loves You, this is the hardest rocking album in the Beatles' early career (on either side of the pond).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Reverb???? 2 Feb 2014
By P Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Compare this 2014 release to the one that came out in 2004 when Capitol/Apple released "The Capitol Albums Vol 1." The one from 2004 sounded very close to the original vinyl version... The 2014 version lacks the reverb which is very noticeable in the first few notes of "Roll Over Beethoven.." Because of this I give it three stars.. it's not true to form... I can hear the reverb on the other tracks, but not on the opener...
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