The Bottom Line
- A long-overdue remastering job.
- Replicates the running order of the original US releases.
- Contains both stereo and mono mixes.
- Offers better packaging than Volume One.
- The US albums, with the possible exception of "Rubber Soul," are inferior to the UK versions.
- US releases
- Original mixes
- Dual mixes
- Accompanying booklet
Guide Review - The Beatles: Capitol Albums Volume 2
Actually, this version has a few things to recommend it over the first volume. For one thing, Capitol has apparently listened to the fans, recognizing that the packaging of Vol. 1 wasn't lush enough, they've corrected that with more photos, a full essay, and a more user-friendly package. The mono/stereo differences are more pronounced in later albums, especially Rubber Soul. And speaking of that landmark album, many US fans have long contended that the stateside version actually has a more pleasing flow than its British counterpart; it's folkier and more consistent in tone, they say. You'll have to decide that for yourself, but now, in remixed form, you can. (NOTE: Due to a mastering error, some early copies of this box set contain a new mono mixdown instead of the original mono mixes. If your mono version of Rubber Soul contains a false start guitar intro, it's a bad copy. Capitol will be replacing these.)