Believe it or not, the whole world didn't revolve around the Beatles. 
Almost ALL British LPs by ALL performers had 14 tracks.  Almost ALL
American LPs by ALL performers had 12 tracks.  It was because of the
cost of the mechanicals -- 2 cents per song in the us vs. approx 24
cents per album in England.  When it came to selecting the NUMBER OF
TRACKS on the Beatles albums -- or ANY album -- in the two countries
they did it because of the cost of the mechanicals.  

The selection of WHICH SONGS to include is where your story fits in.  In
the U.S. we expected the hits to be included.  In England they expected
that the buyers did not want the hits on the albums because they already
had the 45s.  

But 14 vs 12 had nothing to do with hits or no hits.  It had everything
to do with mechanicals.  Everything.  During those years the US versions
of ANY British album by any performer dropped two tracks if there were
14 on the British album.  The Beatles albums would have been changed
because of the cost of the mechanicals even if there were no hits to

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

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From: Paul Urbahns <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, September 11, 2014 10:20 am

From: Paul Urbahns <[log in to unmask]>
> That's right, but I don't think mechanical royalties was why
> Capitol started cutting up the albums.

Mike Biel wrote:
>Wrong. It WAS the mechanicals.

Actually in the United States singles sold the albums, and we include
hits on the albums. The British Beatles LPs don't include the hit
Capitol had to redo the contents of the With The Beatles to include I
To Hold Your Hand single and renamed it. So it became Meet The Beatles.
Additionally the B side to I Want To Hold , "I Saw Here Standing There"
also not on With The Beatles and it had to be added. They would not put
a 16 track LP, so they removed some songs, to make it conform to the 12
song standard US album.

It was more marketing and making a strong LP that would sell well in the

Paul Urbahns
Radcliff, Ky