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The Beatles - The Beatles Stereo Box Set


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The Beatles - The Beatles Stereo Box Set

EMI

Pop/Rock


180 Gram LP

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Sourced from the original master tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; the Beatles' studio albums North American LP debut in stereo

Optimum audiophile-quality sound from a first-rate team of producers and engineers

The BEATLES ON VINYL - DONE RIGHT!

For years the most anticipated vinyl reissues have been from the one, the only Beatles catalog. Finally, after a delay due to the meticulousness of the remastering process and assorted other hurdles, that day has come. Look for the start of shipping of The Beatles Stereo Box Set and individual titles beginning Nov. 13!

These titles update the Beatles classic albums, which have continued to sell strongly and attract new generations of fans long after the quartet disbanded in 1970. For this reissue, individual titles were sourced from the original master tapes. Then each title was copied into 24-bit/44.1 kHz files with no compression and cut to lacquer at Abbey Road Studios. It was a painstaking process with maximum attention paid to every detail.

Features:

• All of the albums return to their ORIGINAL glory and details right down to the album poster in The Beatles/White Album and the Sgt. Pepper cutouts. Includes extras such as the pink, white and red inner sleeve that came with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 24-page booklet that came with Magical Mystery Tour and the poster and portrait cards that came with the White Album.

• The box set edition is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide, plus it includes a 252-page hard-bound coffee table book by the award-winnning BBC radio producer Kevin Howlett. It also features in introduction by Sir George Martin, previously unseen photos and Abbey Road Studios memorabilia.

Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the White Album and Past Masters packaged in gatefold jackets.

• The lineup: Please Please Me, With The Beatles, Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver, St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (White Album, two discs), Yellow Submarine, Let It Be, Abbey Road, Past Masters (two discs).

• Available for the first time on 180-gram vinyl; unsurpassed clarity of sound.

Howlett's book features a dedicated chapter for each of the albums, as well as insight into the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared. Included in the book are many images that were not included in the 2009 CD booklets.

For its Beatles' Stereo Albums series on LP, Capitol/Apple turned to a crack team of engineers to remaster the entire studio catalog from the original sources. The team, including Guy Massey, Steve Rooke and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee undertook a four-year restoration process for the LP versions, combining state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear and rigorous testing to meet the highest fidelity standards and produce authentic unsurpassed sound rivaling the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings!

The titles include the Beatles' 12 original U.K. albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the U.S.-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group's core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One and Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. In 2013 the remastered albums will make their mono vinyl debuts.

None of the care that went into these remasters would really matter, were it not for the enduring power of The Beatles' music. In September 2009, The Beatles' remastered albums on CD sold 17 million copies within seven months — resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of the band's legacy.

For this set, Help! and Rubber Soul were mastered using digital remixed versions that George Martin, the group’s producer, oversaw in 1986. Extensive testing was done before engineers copied the analog master tapes into digital files using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and poor edits were improved upon as long as they were judged not to damage the integrity of the songs. The 24/192 transfers were done to produce an archival copy of the tapes and then those files were reduced to 24/44.1 kHz files for final mastering. De-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music.

The digital files were cut to lacquers at Abbey Road Studios. Engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD compatibility. It was decided to use the remasters that had not undergone "limiting," a procedure to increase the sound level.

Steps to eliminate vocal distortions and inner-groove distortions were addressed. The latter can affect high-middle frequencies, producing a "mushy" sound noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as "surgical EQ," problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

Lastly, the first batches of test pressings made from the master lacquers that had been sent to two pressing plants were judged. Records with any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place were rejected, on the grounds that undesired sound had been introduced either during the cutting or pressing stage. The remasters have the absolute best sound quality, producing the quietest vinyl lacquers.

For producer Rick Rubin, The Beatles' recorded achievements are akin to a miracle. The most popular bands in the world today typically produce an album every four years, Rubin told a 2009 radio audience. That's two albums as an eight-year cycle. "And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change ... it can't be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it's beyond man's ability."

Here at last is the classic rock catalog of dreams. Preorder your copies today; don't risk these remastered Beatles' LPs selling out!

This box set contains the complete Beatles' catalog, featuring the following albums:

Please Please Me

With The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night

Beatles For Sale

Help!

Rubber Soul

Revolver

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles (The White Album)

Yellow Submarine

Abbey Road

Let It Be

Past Masters

 

Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
Misery
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Boys
Ask Me Why
Please Please Me
Love Me Do
P.S. I Love You
Baby It's You
Do You Want To Know A Secret
A Taste Of Honey
There's A Place
Twist And Shout

With The Beatles
It Won't Be Long
All I've Got To Do
All My Loving
Don't Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Please Mister Postman
Roll Over Beethoven
Hold Me Tight
You Really Got A Hold On Me
I Wanna Be Your Man
Devil In Her Heart
Not A Second Time
Money (That's What I Want)

A Hard Day’s Night
A Hard Day's Night
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
And I Love Her
Tell Me Why
Can't Buy Me Love
Any Time at All
I'll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
When I Get Home
You Can't Do That
I'll Be Back

Beatles For Sale
No Reply
I'm A Loser
Baby's In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I'll Follow The Sun
Mr. Moonlight
Kansas City : Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
Eight Days A Week
Words Of Love
Honey Don't
Every Little Thing
What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

Help
Help!
The Night Before
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
Another Girl
You're Going To Lose That Girl
Ticket To Ride
Act Naturally
It's Only Love
You Like Me Too Much
Tell Me What You See
I've Just Seen A Face
Yesterday
Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Rubber Soul
Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won't See Me
Nowhere Man
Think For Yourself
The Word
Michelle
What Goes On
Girl
I'm Looking Through You
In My Life
Wait
If I Needed Someone
Run For Your Life

Revolver
Taxman
Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
Love You To
Here, There And Everywhere
Yellow Submarine
She Said She Said
Good Day Sunshine
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
Doctor Robert
I Want To Tell You
Got To Get You Into My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life

Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour
The Fool On The Hill
Flying
Blue Jay Way
Your Mother Should Know
I Am The Walrus
Hello, Goodbye
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Baby You're A Rich Man
All You Need Is Love

The Beatles (The White Album)
Back in the U.S.S.R
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
I'm So Tired
Blackbird
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Don't Pass Me By
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
I Will
Julia
Birthday
Yer Blues
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Long Long Long
Revolution 1
Honey Pie
Savoy Truffle
Cry Baby Cry

Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine
Only A Northern Song
All Together Now
Hey Bulldog
It's All Too Much
All You Need Is Love
Pepperland
Sea Of Time
Sea Of Holes
Sea Of Monsters
March Of The Meanies
Pepperland Laid Waste
Yellow Submarine In Pepperland

Abbey Road
Come Together
Something
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Oh! Darling
Octopus's Garden
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun
Because
You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
End

Let It Be
Two of Us
Dig a Pony
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Dig It
Let It Be
Maggie Mae
I've Got a Feeling
One After 909
The Long and Winding Road
For You Blue
Get Back

Past Master
Love Me Do
From Me To You
Thank You Girl
She Loves You
I'll Get You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
This Boy
Kom, Gib Mir Deine Hand
Sie Liebt Dich
Long Tall Sally
I Call Your Name
Slow Down
Matchbox
I Feel Fine
She's A Woman
Bad Boy
Yes It Is
I'm Down
Day Tripper
We Can Work It Out
Paperback Writer
Rain
Lady Madonna
The Inner Light
Revolution
Get Back
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad Of John and Yoko
Old Brown Shoe
Across The Universe
Let It Be
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
Customer Reviews (3.33 Stars) 24 person(s) rated this product.

Much Hype And Disappointment

posted on 10/12/2013
3 Stars
Reviewer: Tim
Purchased in 2012 and my wife and I could not wait to start enjoying these albums. It started out okay, then we started hearing more pops and surface noisy as we progressed through the set. Then we put on Abbey Road. One side could not be listened to because it had so much distortion, noise, whatever you want to call it. We were so upset with the quality of the pressings. We returned the box set and did not purchase another set. I do not understand how you put a great effort into the packaging, but overlook the quality of the record itself. Very poor job by EMI. What a chance they had to give us a historical release of these albums.


Disappointed

posted on 09/27/2013
3 Stars
There is little I can say about the box set except that I was disappointed in the pressing, the additional materials were interesting at best. I waited a year to rate this album but after purchasing several of the Mobile Fidelity albums there is no comparison. The box set pressings sound anemic compared the MFSL pressings and the original EMI/Parlorphone pressings as well. I am guessing EMI could have done much better since the masters that MFSL had access to were available to EMI.


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 02/12/2013
5 Stars


Beatles vinyl box

posted on 01/25/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Daniel Simon
Mastering sounds very good! Although I am not satisfied with the vinyl, the discs display quite a bit of surface noise. If only they were produced at Analog Production


Beware

posted on 01/14/2013
5 Stars
It is very telling that you haven't revealed any of the reviews for this set. I am very disappointed in the heavy bass sound of these albums. I was looking for a new level of clarity and what I hear is a very loud record with little dynamic range. The sleeves and packaging are all fantastic, the vinyl not so much.


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 01/06/2013
5 Stars


Pressing issues.

posted on 12/17/2012
2 Stars
Apple spent enormous time and attention in the remastering of this most important music, only to hand over all that hard work to a sub par pressing plant. Rainbow pressing plant has done a horrible job with this set. I purchased the box from Amazon and every disc was defective. Spindle holes off center, no-fill issues throughout, and several records would not track at all. I returned it for a refund, and have read many have tried multiple sets only to return them defective. Every other aspect of this set is top notch, but with defective pressings, they render the set useless. Perhaps the UK pressings are better, but this has been one of the most painful releases for me, and has put a dark stain on the legacy of Apple. If there are good copies to be had, I wish you all the best in finding them. As for me; I pray that Apple will choose a more reliable company to press the mono set. If so, I'll pay top dollar.


not as advertised

posted on 12/15/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: Steve
The mastering was done for CD not vinyl. It's ok but not great, whats sad is it could have been. If you want great get Japanese vinyl


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 12/06/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: Mazzy
Great remasters but horrible pressings. Try to get the Euro versions. Not fault of any retailer but the friggen US pressing plant


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 12/05/2012
3 Stars


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 11/29/2012
5 Stars


the cd's sound better

posted on 11/29/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: Don
I have The Beatles on vinyl with the original capitol rainbow, apple and parlophone labels from the 60's and 70's. They sound awesome and have the fidelity and clarity in the vocals that you'd expect from vinyl. These reissues are the compressed masters from the recently released CD boxset and sound terrible as far as I am concerned. They sound flat and the vocal is so compressed I couldn't even get thought the first song on any of the albums I listed to. Just because you put in on 180 gram vinyl doesn't make it sound any better. Save your money and buy the CD boxset, unless of course you are buying for the art work and covers which I feel they did a great job on which is why I gave two stars instead of just one.


Great!!

posted on 11/28/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Peter G K
Sounds Fantastic!!! Right up there with Toshiba/EMI. Now , All We Need is Monaural (vinyl) Please, Please, Me, Thank You.


Chad - Do for The Beatles what you did for The Doors

posted on 11/22/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: Birddogthecat
Although a few of the LP's are good to almost very good some are almost unlistenable. I am one of the lucky ones because my set arrived in perfect order and all the lp’s are almost flat – quite an achievement for low-budget Rainbo Pressing. You will know how bad the set is when you find yourself tiring of listening – CD fatigue – and these are pseudo LP’s.

It is time for Chad to step up and do this thing right just as he did for The Doors. It is a shame that there are no great 45rpm true analogue sets of The Beatles. I have all the boxed sets including the Blue USA, Blue Europe and of course the MFSL Box + 2 Anadisc MFSL numbered pressings, and a odd Japanese set my father left me in a wooden book case. And of course, several copies of British & American pressings of the whole discography – several with very low run-out numbers.

This set is a travesty. Chad do this thing right!


so far very impressed

posted on 11/20/2012
5 Stars
Have only played trough 4 later albums, but all are dead quiet vinyl. Sound quality is very impressive. Rich,dynamic, and full sound. Using a CA Concept with a Maestro cart. w/ Simaudio preamp for playback.The box itself & book are very,very nice. No scuffs marks or scratches, on ANY of the vinyl. Each album must have been protected coming off of the press. Truly impressed.


not worth the money

posted on 11/18/2012
1 Stars
Reviewer: Dean Ornish
Just received it, disappointed by quality-- then learned it's NOT mixed from the analog tapes (like the MFSL Beatles box set from 30 years ago) but from the 2009 24-bit digital masters used for the CD reissue! When I compared the new box set with the MFSL, the new ones sound like listening to a CD. The MSFL box set not only sounds much better, it feels better in a visceral way.

You'd be much better off taking the $350 and buying a used MFSL Beatles box set on eBay.


Just phenomenal!

posted on 11/17/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Kevin
I am going through them on chronological order, savoring each one from beginning to end and only through Help so far (one sitting while my wife was out of the house for a few hours), but I cannot believe how great the sound is on these remastered version.

Exceeded my wildest dreams on the sound quality.

Just phenomenal!


The Beatles Stereo Box Set - The Beatles

posted on 12/06/2012
5 Stars


Very Disappointed With Printed Materials

posted on 11/17/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony B. Creamer III
The jackets/covers for this collection are a HUGE disappointment. The image resolution looks like third generation at best and the paper stock is really low quality. Also, no gatefold for Let It Be. I know Acoustic Sounds/QRP sets the bar high for reissues but whoever produced this set doesn't even come close to being in Chad's league. I sure hope they sound better than they look, but if they cut corners with the packaging, who knows....


Disappointed

posted on 11/28/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: StickMan451
Disappointed with this reissue. I don't think that it is even as good as my 1980 MOFI. Side one of Abbey Road sounds somewhat 'closed- in' and lifeless. Side two is a bit better but not by much. This Box Set may be good enough for the 'masses' but it is not anything near an 'audiophile' level effort. The music of the greatest rock band of all time deserves far better treatment than this effort. A reissue from a 16/44 digital master copy of the original analog tapes is just not good enough. And, the vinyl quality of this set is definitely lacking; not nearly as quiet as it could or should be. I give it a "3" and that is generous.


Done Right

posted on 11/16/2012
5 Stars
While I may not have the most amazing system... RegaP7/McIntosh C2300/McIntosh MC275... I am blown away. While you can make arguments about what is lost by using hi rez over the original analog tapes, we may have reached a point where, honestly, they are not distinguishable...or at least to my ears! EVEN Let It Be sounded amazing! While I have only heard Abbie Road, With the Beatles, Yellow Submarine, and Let it Be so far, I've not encountered a single pop/crackle/untowards amount of surface noise!

A few words about the package.... Kudos to EMI/Apple for finding a compromise between damaging cheap paper sleeves and high end MFSL master sleeves. While I immediately switched to the latter, the former did no harm to my vinyl. The outer carton and foam inserts insured that my set arrived 100% intact. Other sellers are not so careful and there are plenty of examples of damage..which is a shame as these are limited in production #s. The book...in a word, stunning.


Great set but poor pressings

posted on 11/15/2012
1 Stars
After further review of the entire set, 7 of the 14 albums arrived noisy, pressed off center, warped, and dirty out of the jackets. The 7 are:

Please Please Me, With The Beatles, Help, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, Revolver, The White Album (disc 1 only).

Two of the other LP’s are a tad borderline, but I can live with those issues. Let It Be and Abbey Road are both stone dead quiet, and it’s a shame the rest of the set can’t live up to the quality of these two discs.

RAINBO Records in Canoga Park, CA is the company who pressed this set for EMI, and frankly should be ashamed of the questionable quality they produced. Simply amateur league.

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