The Beatles' Story

The Beatles' Story

Infobox Album
Name = The Beatles' Story
Type = studio
Artist = The Beatles

Released = November 23 1964
Recorded = Capitol Records, Hollywood, California
Genre = Rock and roll/documentary/interview
Length = 49:22
Label = Capitol
TBO 2222 (mono)
STBO 2222 (stereo)

Producer = John Babcock, Roger Christian, and Al Wiman
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2|5 [ link]
Chronology = The Beatles U.S.
Last album = "Something New"
This album = "The Beatles' Story"
Next album = "Beatles '65"

"The Beatles' Story" is a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, and songs by the The Beatles, released by Capitol in 1964, a time when demand for Beatles product was insatiable. The disc is unremarkable except for brief stereo excerpts of their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert, which was unreleased until May 1977. Several voice overs dominate the rest of the record. The album entered the Billboard Top LP's chart on December 12th at number 97. On January 2, 1965, the album reached its peak position at number seven, where it remained for four weeks before beginning its slide down the charts. "Cash Box" entered the album at number seven, whereas "Record World" showed the record peaking at number 13. Although not a million-seller, the album was certified gold, signifying sales in excess of one million dollars, in its first week; a very respectable showing, considering that the album was little more than an elaborately packaged documentary record.

In 1996, "The Beatles' Story" was prepared for release on Digital Audio Tape (DAT), but when the format failed commercially, the plan was scrapped. This is one of the few American Beatles albums that has yet to be officially reissued on compact disc. (It was never issued in any format but long-playing record.)

In 2000, Bruce Spizer released 2 critically acclaimed, best-selling books; "The Beatles' Story On Capitol Records, Part One: Beatlemania & The Singles" and "The Beatles' Story On Capitol Records, Part Two: The Albums". Both books tell about the phenomenal success of the singles and albums by The Beatles that the Capitol record label released between December 1963 and March 1968.

Track listing

ide one

#"On Stage With The Beatles"
#"How Beatlemania Began"
#"Beatlemania In Action"
#"Man Behind The Beatles" - Brian Epstein
#"John Lennon"
#"Who's a Millionaire?"

ide two

#"Beatles Will Be Beatles"
#"Man Behind the Music" - George Martin
#"George Harrison"

ide three

#"A Hard Day's Night - Their First Movie"
#"Paul McCartney"
#"Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul"

ide four

#"The Beatles Look At Life"
#"'Victims' of Beatlemania"
#"Beatle Medley"
#"Ringo Starr"
#"Liverpool and All the World!"

External links

* [ More info on scrapped DAT release]

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