Offered for sale is a scarce stereo pressing of the 1964 documentary 2 LP set, The Beatles Story issued by Capitol Records.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is in beautiful condition and is a much rarer stereo copy. The records are M-, with no marks of any kind on either the vinyl or the label. The cover is VG++, with the faintest traces of wear on the bottom of the front of the cover. There are no splits or tears.
The discs are Los Angeles pressings, with the common 1-4, 2-3 labels, as the record was designed to be played in sequence on record changers. This is an early pressing without the “subsidiary…” text that appeared on later labels.
Matrix numbers are:
SIDE 1: STBO-1-2222-A-3
SIDE 2: STBO-2-2222-A-3
SIDE 3: STBO-3-2222-A-3
SIDE 4: STBO-4-2222-A-3
One disc has a plain white inner sleeve; the other has a custom white Capitol sleeve with the word “Capitol” around the perimeter.
Background: At the height of Beatlemania, record companies couldn’t get enough Beatles product out on the shelves to satisfy consumers. When Vee Jay records issued the interview-only album Hear the Beatles Tell All, Capitol issued their own documentary album as a two-record set, entitled The Beatles Story. This album featured interviews, press conference excerpts, narration about the history of the band, and brief snippets of some of their songs.
The album reached number seven on the US albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.
The strangest of all albums released during the Beatles’ lifetime, The Beatles Story appeared in November 1964, during the thick of Beatlemania. In fact, Beatlemania, not the Beatles, is the very topic of The Beatles Story, a tedious neo-documentary record that tells the tale of the Fab Four’s rise to power via a collection of musical snippets, interview excerpts, and scripted narrative. …It’s an artifact and it’s interesting because it captures some of the madness surrounding Beatlemania, but it’s not something to hear more than once.
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|Country of origin:||US|
|Year of Release:||1964|