The Beatles ‎– Meet The Beatles!

Capitol Records ‎– ST 2047, Capitol Records ‎– ST-2047
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo


A1 I Want To Hold Your Hand 2:24
A2 I Saw Her Standing There 2:50
A3 This Boy 2:11
A4 It Won't Be Long 2:11
A5 All I've Got To Do 2:05
A6 All My Loving 2:04
B1 Don't Bother Me 2:28
B2 Little Child 1:46
B3 Till There Was You 2:12
B4 Hold Me Tight 2:30
B5 I Wanna Be Your Man 1:59
B6 Not A Second Time 2:03

Companies, etc.



Recorded in England. High Fidelity Recording. Original covers have "Beatles" in a Brown print, later pressings have "Beatles" in a Olive green print.

This version is an early press variation, which gives publishing credits to BMI for 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and credits ASCAP for all other songs.

Label typesetting by Keystone Printed Specialties, Scranton.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): ST1-2047-W9 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): ST2-2047-X10 0

Other Versions (5 of 126) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SLEM-007 The Beatles Conozca A The Beatles!(LP, Album, Tan) Capitol Records, EMI SLEM-007 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
ST 2047 The Beatles Meet The Beatles!(LP, Album, Lim) Capitol Records ST 2047 US 1969 Sell This Version
ST 2047, ST-2047 The Beatles Meet The Beatles!(LP, Album, RE, App) Capitol Records, Apple Records, Capitol Records, Apple Records ST 2047, ST-2047 US 1971 Sell This Version
AR-8026 The Beatles Meet The Beatles(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Apple Records AR-8026 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
ST 2047 The Beatles Meet The Beatles!(LP, Album, RP) Capitol Records ST 2047 US 1966 Sell This Version


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May 15, 2017

I copied this from:

It's a couple of years old, I'm surprised that I haven't seen any reference to this label variation on Discogs.

Since Capitol Records were in such a rush to release Meet The Beatles!, they did not wait around to receive performance rights information prior to ordering up the initial batch of labels to be used on the records. Consequently, the first labels were printed without BMI or ASCAP designations following each track. This run of labels can be easily identified by looking at the time printed after each song. As an example “(2:11)” appears after the track “This Boy” on the first labels. On all subsequent labels “This Boy is followed by “(ASCAP – 2:11).” All of the album’s tracks on the subsequent labels will have an ASCAP or BMI credit within the parenthesis and preceding the time, but these first labels only had the times within the parenthesis by themselves. Because only a small number of these first-run labels were printed, records without the BMI or ASCAP designations are quite scarce and worth significantly more than the records with labels printed afterwards. As of this writing the only confirmed Meet The Beatles! pressings with the earlier labels are East-Coast pressings which are identified by the lack of serifs on the “1” indicating side 1 of the record. Jacksonville, IL and West Coast pressings have serifs on the side 1 designator (see photos above).

Since less stereo pressings of Meet The Beatles! were manufactured than mono pressings, the stereo first-run labels version of the record is worth more than it’s mono counterpart. Specifically, it is valued at around $2200 in near mint condition. This album like other sixties copies of Meet The Beatles! came with a blue inner sleeve promoting other Capitol albums (the plain white sleeve David mentions in his question is not original). The labels are black with a circular color band and have no text stating “Subsidiary of Capitol Industries” as later pressings have. The mono version of this record has similar labels, identical inner sleeves and is worth around $1500 in near mint condition.


November 7, 2016
I have a mono pressing from 10-16-66 with black rainbow labels. The ASCAP/BMI attributions* are different, and the sleeve advertises Help and Rubber Soul but not Revolver! *(ASCAP: all of SIde One except A1, A2; all of SIde Two except B5 - the exceptions are BMI.)


August 2, 2016
The one I have has bmi listed beside "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Wanna Be Your Man". Help !!!!


April 23, 2016
I am perplexed by a variation of Meet The Beatles! I have.

Matrix / Runout (Label A): ST-X-1-2047
Matrix / Runout (Label B): ST-X-2-2047
Matrix / Runout (Runout side 1): ST-1-2047-A5
Matrix / Runout (Runout side 2): ST-2-2047-A5

RIAA 6 on the back signifying a Los Angeles.

In fact, everything matches this pressing:

EXCEPT for two things.

First, the word "Beatles" on the front is the later army green color. Second, two songs are credited to BMI instead of three:

A1 I Want To Hold Your Hand
B5 I Wanna Be Your Man

A2 I Saw Her Standing There is ASCAP, as are all the other tracks.

Any ideas?


January 27, 2016
I own the mono T 2047 Capital records Meet the BEATLES! (Recorded in England) Pat. No. 2,631.859 T-X-2-2047 and T-X-1-2047 my cover is unique because apparently the person that bought it was named Lupe Diaz and she wrote under the High Fidelity logo March 1964 also under Paul's printed name she wrote Lupe under John's she wrote Kita on George's Linda and on Ringo's she wrote Pennies. I can't imagine how they or she must of felt hearing this album by the very first time. I imagine her being a teenager and in love with the Beatles.


August 28, 2015
Hi guys, I'm new to this, I have a version where the labels say "Capitol" in a taupe color on the bottom of a coral label. I can't seem to find it listed here, can somebody please help? It's a mono and the cover has "Beatles" in a lighter brown than the other one I have. Thanks!


August 26, 2014
I have a copy of this, but it's a misprint. The actual "Meet the Beatles Album cover is glued over the top of another cover - yet the back is the correct back cover. Looks like capital made a printing mistake and instead of printing new records covers, printed just sheets to be glued on the top. The misprint is of a band called David Guarrd and the Whiskeyhill Singers. Maybe they were trying to salvage the misprint on that cover, as its off center, and printed the Beatles over the top and on the back. Hope that makes sense? Does this have any value because its a misprint?


June 9, 2010

Easily America's most beloved Beatle album, this first Capitol release ensured years of upcoming Beatlemania. There's not much wrong with this album. Plus, we actually got TWELVE Beatles' tracks on this lp. Capitol would soon start shortchanging American fans with the miserly eleven song per lp format.
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is of course, classic Beatles' pop. "I Saw Her Standing There" is truly one of the Beatles best rock and rollers. "This Boy" could have easily been a trifle, if not for the beautiful harmonies. "All I Got to Do", along with "Little Child" may be the weakest cuts from the album.
"All My Loving" still sounds great, thanks to that frantic rhythm guitar provided by Lennon.
"Don't Bother Me" is George Harrison's writing debut for the group. Frankly, I'm not all that impressed by Harrison's contributions on Beatle lps. "Don't Bother Me" may be one of his best offerings.
"Till There Was You" defines McCartney from the start as a crowd pleaser. This is the one non-Beatles' song, coming from Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man". It's a lovely tune, and McCartney handles it well. Although I'm still trying to figure out the british accent that leads to "I never sore them winging...."
"Hold Me Tight" is often overlooked, but McCartney gives a fine vocal performance and the tune rocks steady.
Ringo's "I Wanna Be Your Man" works fine in its way. But to be honest, after I heard the Stones' version of this tune, the Beatles' take seems rather insignificant.
"Not a Second Time" is a lovely, moody John Lennon tune. Like "Hold Me Tight", I think this song is underrated.
This album is easily in my top five Beatle albums. This is a huge step from "Introducing the Beatles", which has very few Lennon-McCartney compositions. In the vast scheme of things, I have a feeling that historically "Meet the Beatles" is more important than "Sgt. Pepper's". The Beatles may have been a hype, but unlike so many hypes these days, the Beatles DELIVERED. In short, Beatlemania was REAL.