Thursday, August 16, 2007

Capitol Albums Vol. 3 Thoughts

Fans are busy speculating about what should be the contents of The Capitol Albums, Vol. 3.

Suggestions include The Beatles Story, A Hard Day's Night, Revolver, "Yesterday"...and Today, Hey Jude, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Rock 'n Roll, Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour.

After thinking long and hard about it, I think the answer is pretty simple. The collection is called The Capitol Albums, right? And the purpose of the project was to give fans the Capitol versions.

Taking The Beatles Story out of the picture (it's obviously been nixed. It would've already come out as part of Vol. 1), I think it's a no-brainer. Each set has four albums, and there are four Capitol albums left. Forget A Hard Day's Night (yes, I know Capitol got the rights to it in 1980, but it was originally a United Artist album), and Hey Jude (Apple). We'll get those eventually, along with Hollywood Bowl and the collections (Rock 'n Roll, Love Songs, etc.)

I'm pretty certain that Vol. 3 will contain:

"Yesterday"...and Today
Sgt. Pepper
Magical Mystery Tour

It doesn't matter that Pepper and MMT are identical to the British versions. What we'd get are stereo and mono versions which we don't have. And the Pepper mono version is considered by many to be superior to the stereo one. And sure, Revolver doesn't provide any change of material except for three missing Lennon tunes. But it's the version we heard back in the Summer of '66.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed 100%....Many feel that the next four lp's should be released from 1966-67. Contrary to what some may think, these albums ARE different to the UK versions. Magical Mystery Tour was originally a Capitol creation and also has alternate mixes not on the UK versions. If a Vol. 4 should ever happen, it should contain:

Hey Jude
Live At HB
A Hard Day's Night

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