It’s been 50 years since The Beatles hopped the pond and came to the U.S. in the rapidly spreading Beatlemania. In February 1964, those four Liverpool lads landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and a couple of nights later made their iconic U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. And the rest, as we know, is history.
And Apple and Capitol Records are keeping that history alive by commemorating the Beatles historic U.S. happenings with a new 13-CD box set to be released Jan. 21—a collection that will span from 1964’s Meet the Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude. Each album is in mono and stereo, with the exception of Hey Jude and The Beatles’ Story, which are in stereo only. Five of the albums have never been released on CD before. Pre-orders are available here.
The U.S. Albums differ from their U.K. counterparts in ways like tracklists, album titles and art. This collection will consist of closely replicated original album art from the U.S. versions, including the album’s inner sleeves, and a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos from the time.
In addition to the box set, a two-hour special called “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,” will air Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. (EST) on CBS, exactly 50 years to the date, day and time that the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show.
And in other Beatles news, iTunes has released 59 rarities to keep them from falling out of copyright, according to the BBC. The full two-disc album, The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, is now on the U.K. iTunes, and the tracks will remain there “indefinitely.”
13 albums included in The U.S. Albums set:
Meet The Beatles! (1964)
The Beatles’ Second Album (1964)
A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1964)
Something New (1964)
The Beatles’ Story (1964)
Beatles ’65 (1965)
The Early Beatles (1965)
Beatles VI (1965)
Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1965)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Yesterday And Today (1966)
Hey Jude (1970)