THE BEATLES: Their US Albums: How the classics were butchered

As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics.

If George Bernard Shaw was correct in asserting that Britain and America were two countries "separated by a common language", then the new box set of The US Albums by The Beatles offers the musical confirmation. Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group's first visit to America these albums are available in the UK for the first time, and provide a revelatory eye-opener to the differences with which the two countries regarded this musical phenomenon.

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