If you own the 2004 CD box-set release of “The Capitol Albums – Vol. 1″ you might not be aware that respected Beatle historian and author Bruce Spizer has written and self-published an additional little booklet designed to accompany that set. “The Capitol Albums – Vol. 1″ set containing the first four Beatles releases on that label looks like this:
The front cover of Bruce’s companion 12-page booklet for this set looks like this:
This booklet is in addition to the official booklet that comes in the four CD box set (which also contains a wealth of rare photos and has notes by well-known Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn). You can find out more about Bruce’s booklet here. It is CD-sized and designed to simply slip into the box set alongside the CDs.
Bruce Spizer ended up writing the liner notes for the official booklet that comes with “The Capitol Albums – Vol. 2″, and he’s the author of a suite of impressive (and very large and heavy!) books on the history and discography of all the Beatles record releases.
His latest work is “The Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records” annotating in minute detail all the band’s British record releases. That book joins his previous works detailing in a similar comprehensive manner all the US releases on Capitol, Apple, VJ, Swan, and other labels. They’re all well worth seeking out but are becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find due to them being self-published and therefore only released in limited numbers. Bruce’s website is at beatle.net
Anyway…..this is long way of getting around to saying I have a spare copy of the little companion 12-page booklet he wrote for the Beatles “The Capitol Years – Vol. 1″ and I’d like to give it away to a lucky reader.
It is not an expensive item but one you might like to add to your collection if you own a copy of “The Capitol Albums – Vol. 1″.
Just so you know: what happened was I ordered this booklet through Bruce’s site just before Christmas but due to a mix-up I received two copies, not one. So, I’d very much like to give one away to someone who’d like it.
All you need to do to win is answer this easy question: “Meet The Beatles!”, one of the US Capitol records included in the box set, features the same striking black and white cover photo as the British LP “With The Beatles”. Who took that photograph?
The first correct answer sent to me at email@example.com, complete with your name and postal address, will win. I will post the booklet to you. It’s as easy as that.
Bruce has written an interesting article on “The Capitol Albums – Vo.l 1″ here.