Hold Me Tight (Remastered 2009)
Released November 22, 1963, the album was an unprecedented success, becoming the first album by British recording artists to sell a million copies. The energy, joy and adrenaline bursting from its grooves made it irresistible.
None of the songs were released as singles, but it didn’t matter: Lennon and McCartney had hits to spare. The Rolling Stones were given “I Wanna Be Your Man” and a number of artists covered “All My Loving,” often recording it with a mellower arrangement. Along with eight original compositions, including George Harrison’s first recorded song “Don’t Bother Me,” were six covers. Three of them -- “Please Mister Postman,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Money” -- had been recent U.S. hits for Motown artists. Recording those songs was a radical choice. American rhythm and blues was underground music in the U.K., seldom heard on BBC radio and rarely hitting the charts. The Beatles’ covers introduced R&B to millions of new fans.
In America, the sudden success of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” led to the 1964 release of the group’s first Capitol Records album, Meet the Beatles! The U.S. album featured nine tracks from With the Beatles, the debut Capitol single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There,” plus the U.K. B-side “This Boy.” Please Please Me ignited the British musical explosion of the ‘60s, but the band’s confident follow-up made them international stars. With the Beatles changed everything.