These include Meet the Beatles, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, the "White Album and Abbey Road.
Also on the list are George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, John Lennon's Imagine, Ringo Starr's Ringo (yeah!) and Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run. Plus many other great albums by other Capitol artists.
Many Beatles fans will likely be disappointed by the choices, as the track lineups of Pepper, the "White Album" and Abbey Road are the same as the UK versions, which are already available in both stereo and mono formats.
But all the Beatles' albums on Capitol prior to Pepper feature different track listings and, in many cases different mixes and added reverb. Yet, of those only Meet the Beatles and Revolver are getting the vinyl treatment.
Not every fan likes Capitol's Beatles' albums, but for those of us who grew up on them, they carry a nostalgic and historic interest.
Given, this is a celebration of the label, it would've been nice to see all of those records included in this campaign. At the very least, Capitol's version of Rubber Soul would be a nice inclusion - as it's Capitol's sequencing is quite enjoyable with its emphasis on acoustic tracks.
Here is Capitol's complete news release:
Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett today announced three of the company's planned endeavors: A year-long major vinyl reissue campaign – The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that illustrate the unparalleled artistry of Capitol Records throughout its history – launched in partnership with leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel; the publication of a deluxe photograph and essay book from TASCHEN, 75 Years Of Capitol Records, on December 15, and the development of a Capitol Records docuseries being produced by Nigel Sinclair/Whitehorse Pictures (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan), with individual episodes to be directed by music luminaries and Capitol artists, past and present.
The year-long celebration will commence on Tuesday, November 15 when Capitol becomes the first record company to receive a star of recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which will be installed in front of the landmark Capitol Tower and adjacent to the internationally-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star's unveiling, the State the Los Angeles City Council will present Capitol with a resolution declaring November 15 Capitol Records Day in the city. Beginning that evening, the spire on top of the Capitol Tower that has always emitted "Hollywood" in Morse code will change to "Capitol 75," and will continue to flash in that manner for the next 12 months.
The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection – Vinyl Reissue Program
To select 75 albums that represent the best of Capitol Records from among literally thousands of works the company has released over the past 75 years, the label convened an advisory board of noted music journalists, authors and renowned creative figures to decide on the final list of albums that comprise The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection. The result spans myriad Capitol eras and musical genres, and includes best sellers, influential works and lesser-known gems (see below). The reissue program begins this month, and titles will be available through music retailers throughout 2017.
Crate and Barrel & American Airlines Partnerships
Leading home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel has partnered with Capitol for its 75th Anniversary celebration to feature The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection in stores nationwide. The collection can be found within The Listening Room, where consumers can find an exclusive collection of furniture, accessories and cutting edge audio equipment. American Airlines continues their partnership with Capitol Records and Universal Music Group to celebrate a Hollywood Icon and its contribution to music around the world. In 2017, American Airlines will continue their commitment to the industry by launching, "Fly to the Beat" – a Global Music platform, connecting consumers to their favorite musicians – including Capitol artists --- and moments across five continents.
75 Years of Capitol Records – TASCHEN Release in December
To commemorate Capitol's extraordinary history of recorded music, TASCHEN is publishing the official account of Capitol Records from its founding year of 1942 through to today. To be released December 15, 75 Years of Capitol Records follows the label's evolution and the making of some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The book includes hundreds of images from Capitol's extensive archives, as well as a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics. This photographic and musical history includes the label's most commercially successful, creative and important artists whose work has defined Capitol Records, music and popular culture for the past eight decades. 75 Years of Capitol Records is also available at Capitol's online store.
Capitol Records Docuseries – Produced by Nigel Sinclair / Whitehorse Pictures
This series – planned for release in the autumn of 2017 – will tap into the creative passions of Capitol's artists, the hidden glories of the company's extensive archives and the many stories that have taken place within the Capitol Tower throughout its 75-year as one of the world's premiere music companies. But it will be more than just the illustrious history of such a storied label; it will also tell the story of America's love affair with popular music and an exploration of how Capitol's
artists and their music have helped shaped social movements, transform our popular culture and helped define our lives. This docuseries will be produced by Nigel Sinclair's Whitehorse Pictures, the creative team involved in numerous music-centered documentaries, including the award-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and the just-released The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Each episode in this docuseries will be directed by a past or present-day Capitol artist or other cultural luminary who will bring a unique and knowledgeable perspective to the stories being conveyed.
The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection(alphabetical by artist)
1 Ashford & Simpson Solid 1984 2 Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique 1989 3 Beck Morning Phase 2014 4 Blind Melon Blind Melon 1992 5 Bob Seger Night Moves 1976 6 Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billy Joe 1967 7 Bobby Darin You're The Reason I'm Living 1963 8 Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time 1989 9 Bonnie Raitt Luck Of The Draw 1991 10 Buck Owens Buck Owens 1961 11 Cannonball Adderley Mercy Mercy Mercy 1966 12 Coldplay Parachutes 2000 13 Crowded House Crowded House 1986 14 Dean Martin Dino: Italian Love Songs 1962 15 Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington 1953 16 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters 1994 17 Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours 1955 18 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! 1956 19 Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me 1958 20 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely 1958 21 Freddie Jackson Rock Me Tonight 1985 22 Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Bluejean Bop 1956 23 George Clinton Computer Games 1982 24 George Harrison All Things Must Pass 1970 25 Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix 1968 26 Grand Funk Railroad We're an American Band 1973 27 Heart Heart 1985 28 James Taylor James Taylor 1968 29 Joe South Introspect 1968 30 John Lennon Imagine 1971 31 Johnny Mercer Accentuate the Positive 1957 32 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall 1961 33 Katy Perry Teenage Dream 2010 34 Kingston Trio Kingston Trio 1958 35 Knack Get The Knack 1979 36 Les Paul and Mary Ford Les and Mary 1955 37 Linda Ronstadt Heart Like a Wheel 1974 38 Louie Prima The Wildest 1956 39 Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 1977 40 Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See 1993 41 MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em 1990 42 Megadeth Peace Sells 1986 43 Merle Haggard Mama Tried 1968 44 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool 1957 45 Nancy Wilson How Glad I Am 1964 46 Nat King Cole Unforgettable 1953 47 Natalie Cole Unpredictable 1977 48 Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer 1980 49 Norah Jones Come Away With Me 2002 50 Peggy Lee Is That All There Is 1969 51 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 1973 52 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 53 Raspberries Raspberries 1972 54 Richard Thompson Rumor & Sigh 1991 55 Ringo Starr Ringo 1973 56 Robert Glaspar Black Radio 2012 57 Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac 2006 58 Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour 2014 59 Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle 1976 60 Tavares In The City 1975 61 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 1960 62 The Band Music From Big Pink 1968 63 The Band The Band 1969 64 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl 1963 65 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds 1966 66 The Beatles Meet The Beatles 1964 67 The Beatles Revolver 1966 68 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 69 The Beatles The Beatles 1968 70 The Beatles Abbey Road 1970 71 Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 72 Various Oklahoma 1955 73 Various Funny Girl 1968 74 Wanda Jackson There's a Party Goin' On 1961 75 Wings Band on the Run 1973