I totally agree with Marc Myers on this, 110%. I've always preferred the US versions of Beatles
albums. They are wonderful bite-sized gems, with the tunes lined up in an order that invites the
listener in and leaves you wanting the next bite. The UK albums are long enough to be ponderous,
especially the early ones, and some of the side-sequences sound like they're just an inventory of
singles. The Capitol guys weren't dummies and didn't hate rock music, they knew American tastes and
they knew what would work with American teens pushed by American disk jockeys. Proof is in the
pudding. I'm sure if you looked at Beatles royalty statements circa 1980, the Capitol albums (US
sequences) would make up the majority of their sales. Why? Simple -- the US market is huge!
Of course, Marc and my opinions run counter to Beatles orthodoxy. My take on the fallability of the
Beatles brain trust -- they considered "I've Just Seen A Face" as a throwaway tune and buried it on
the over-long UK version of "Help." It turns out, it's one of the greatest album-openers of the
60's. I suspect UK sequencing was based largely on Lennon-McCartney politics, whereas the Capitol
guys were viewing the whole thing as how to make the most commercial pop album for the US market.
Now, another matter is the sound quality of the Capitol albums vs the EMI. To my ears, EMI wins
hands-down. My solution was to take the 1999 24-bit remaster files and sequence everything pre-Sgt.
Pepper into US Capitol albums, so my music server offers my the EMI sound with Capitol sequences. I
did the same with the Rolling Stones Abkco (Decca) albums, pre "Satanic Majesties."
-- Tom Fine