Today on the Fab Four at Four, I'm focusing on Meet the Beatles!
Meet the Beatles! is the second Beatles' album released in the United States, despite the "first album" claim on its cover. Ten days prior to the release of Meet the Beatles!, Chicago's Vee-Jay Records released the Beatles' first album, Introducing... The Beatles, which had been delayed for release from the previous summer. It remained at number one for an impressive 11 weeks before being replaced by The Beatles' Second Album; the first time that an artist replaced itself at the number one album position.
Meet the Beatles! contains many of the tracks from the earlier British album With The Beatles and shares the same cover photograph. However, "You Really Got a Hold On Me", "Devil in Her Heart", "Money (That's What I Want)", "Please Mister Postman" and "Roll Over Beethoven" were omitted from Meet The Beatles! and released on the next Capitol album, The Beatles' Second Album.