It was 57 years ago today — January 20th, 1964 — that arguably the most important rock album of all time was released, the Beatles' Meet The Beatles. Although, it wasn't the first Beatles record released in America; Vee-Jay's Introducing The Beatles beat the band's Capitol Records debut by just short of six months, it was Meet The Beatles, with its hit chart-topper “I Want To Hold Your Hand” that kick started the post-Kennedy '60s, the British Invasion, and completely revolutionized how music was written, played, sung, and produced — not to mention help change the fashion world all but overnight. In short, Meet The Beatles ushered in the modern era.
The album, which had an advanced order of 240,000 units, was a cobbled-together version of the group's second album, the UK chart-topper, With The Beatles, and featured 12 songs — 10 John Lennon – Paul McCartney compositions, one by George Harrison and one then-popular show tune.
The tracklisting to Meet The Beatles is: