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The Beatles to Re-Release Japanese Albums

Capitol Records

It seems as though the Beatles have found a way to release their catalog in almost every format imaginable. First they came out with the full-on remaster treatment, and then came the mono versions, followed by the re-release of original U.S. albums. And yet, that’s not the end of it.

Capitol Records has just announced that they will be releasing the Fab Four’s five original Japanese albums in a brand new mini-LP box set. As with the U.S. albums before them, these new records will all be sourced from the group’s approved 2009 remasters. The new set also comes with a 100-page booklet and assorted memorabilia re-creations.

This new box marks the first time that these releases will ever be set to CD and according to the press release, they “faithfully replicates the original Japanese album artwork, including OBI and inner sleeve.” The five discs as included are, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles No.5’ and ‘Help!’ The first two discs come in mono, while the latter records are presented in stereo.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ are identical in the track listing to their U.K. counterparts, but feature different artwork. The other three appear to be the same as their similarly named U.S. albums (with ‘Beatles No. 5′ taking the cover of ‘Beatles ’65′), the song selections are very different and seemingly every bit as randomly compiled. See below for the complete track listings of all five albums.

The new set is available for pre-order now and hits the shelves in the U.S. on July 15.

The Beatles Japan Box Track Listing

‘Meet the Beatles!’

‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’
‘She Loves You’
‘From Me to You’
‘Twist and Shout’
‘Love Me Do’
‘Baby, It’s You’
‘Don’t Bother Me’
‘Please Please Me’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
‘P.S. I Love You’
‘Little Child’
‘All My Loving’
‘Hold Me Tight’
‘Please Mr. Postman’

‘The Beatles’ Second Album (Beatles No. 2)’

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’
‘Thank You Girl’
‘A Taste of Honey’
‘It Won’t Be Long’
‘I Wanna Be Your Man’
‘There’s a Place’
‘Roll Over Beethoven’
‘Misery’
‘Boys’
‘Devil in Her Heart’
‘Not a Second Time’
‘Money’
‘Till There Was You’

‘A Hard Day’s Night’

‘A Hard Day’s Night’
‘I Should Have Known Better’
‘If I Fell’
‘I’m Happy Just to Dance with You’
‘And I Love Her’
‘Tell Me Why’
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Any Time at All’
‘I’ll Cry Instead’
‘Things We Said Today’
‘When I Get Home’
‘You Can’t Do That’
‘I’ll Be Back’

‘Beatles No. 5′

‘Long Tall Sally’
‘Sie Liebt Dich’
‘Anna (Go to Him)’
‘Matchbox’
‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’
‘She’s a Woman’
‘Ask Me Why’
‘I Feel Fine’
‘Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand’
‘Chains’
‘Slow Down’
‘All I’ve Got to Do’
‘I Call Your Name’
‘This Boy’

‘Help!’

‘Help!’
‘The Night Before’
‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’
‘I Need You’
‘Another Girl’
‘You’re Going to Lose That Girl’
‘Ticket to Ride’
‘Act Naturally’
‘It’s Only Love’
‘You Like Me Too Much’
‘Tell Me What You See’
‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’
‘Yesterday’
‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’

Next: A Complete Guide to the Beatles U.S. vs. U.K. Albums

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