On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil. Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 73 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In what remains one of the world’s top-viewed television events of all time, The Beatles performed five songs on the live broadcast and ‘Beatlemania,’ already in full, feverish bloom in The Beatles’ native U.K., was unleashed with blissful fervor across America and around the world. The British Invasion had begun.
The box set includes the following discs and titles:
MEET THE BEATLES!
THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]
THE BEATLES’ STORY
THE EARLY BEATLES
HELP! [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]
YESTERDAY AND TODAY