The Beatles' Story

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For the exhibition and museum in Liverpool, see The Beatles Story.
The Beatles' Story
Studio album / spoken word album by The Beatles
Released 23 November 1964
Recorded Capitol Records Building and The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll, documentary, interview
Length 49:22
Label Capitol
Producer John Babcock, Roger Christian, and Al Wiman (documentary), George Martin (music)
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The Beatles' Story is the sixth album by the Beatles in the United States, issued on 23 November 1964 by Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats (although the mono was merely a fold-down of the stereo mix). It is a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, and song snippets with voice-overs, and was issued in response to interviews of the Beatles collected on the Vee-Jay Records release, Hear The Beatles Tell All.[citation needed] Originally, Capitol Records intended to release the group's 1964 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but due to a lack of advanced studio technology and the excessive amount of loud screaming fans on tape the album was shelved. Another plan was to release a 'Greatest Hits' album for the Christmas market. Four songs were to debut on the record: 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Misery', 'There's a Place', and 'From Me to You'. Again, plans were scrapped for release

The album entered the Billboard Pop Albums on 12 December at number 97, and on 2 January 1965 it reached its peak position at number seven, where it remained for four weeks before beginning its slide down the charts.[1] It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA;[2] it was also released in Canada and is currently out of print. It was released by Toshiba EMI in Japan on the Apple label (in stereo) in a box set with a deluxe 24 page 12"x12" booklet that contains the entire text of the script in English and Japanese

The album contains a brief stereo excerpt of their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert, which was unreleased until May 1977 on The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. Never released in any tape format, The Beatles' Story was being prepared for release on digital audio tape in 1996, but when the format failed commercially the plan was scrapped.[citation needed] In 2014, The Beatles Story was released on CD for the first time in the Beatles boxed set, The U.S. Albums.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "On Stage with the Beatles"   1:03
2. "How Beatlemania Began"   1:20
3. "Beatlemania in Action"   1:25
4. "Man Behind the Beatles – Brian Epstein"   2:47
5. "John Lennon"   5:50
6. "Who's a Millionaire?"   0:39
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Beatles Will Be Beatles"   7:28
2. "Man Behind the Music – George Martin"   1:04
3. "George Harrison"   4:46
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 2/5 stars[4]
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "A Hard Day's Night – Their First Movie"   3:08
2. "Paul McCartney"   2:45
3. "Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul"   3:29
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "The Beatles Look at Life"   2:05
2. "Victims' of Beatlemania"   1:10
3. "Beatle Medley"   3:58
4. "Ringo Starr"   6:24
5. "Liverpool and All the World!"   1:05


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Stannard, Neville (1981). The Long and Winding Road: A History Of The Beatles On Record. London: Virgin Books Ltd. ISBN 0-907080-96-0. 


  1. ^ Stannard 1981, p. 135.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Beatles, The – The Beatles_ Story". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  3. ^ The Beatles' Story at AllMusic
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Beatles, The – The Beatles_ Story". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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