Since 2012 is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first record, Love Me Do, I feel it a perfect time to celebrate and showcase what they gave us: The music, their records. Specifically their albums on Vinyl. The way they were originally intended to be heard and seen with large beautiful 12×12 cover artwork. EMI and Capitol Records have just released the Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set on remastered 180-gram vinyl, “authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs.”
The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, first released individually in 1988, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. The Beatles’ first four albums make their North American stereo vinyl debuts.
As a long time Beatles fan and collector, I follow many music and Beatles’ blogs and podcasts and one of my favorites is the one Steve Marinucci writes daily for the Examiner. It is virtually a nonstop rundown of Beatles news and information (yes there is always something stirring in the world of the Fabs), showcasing virtually anything in the world of Beatledom.
So here I present a portion of Steve’s early review of this new Beatles vinyl collection, along with a link to the full article and interview with one of the remastering engineers who worked on the project at Abbey Road Studios.
Review: The Beatles’ vinyl box set: Old is new again
BY: STEVE MARINUCCI
Remember the days when you used to run to your local record stores and grab the latest Beatles album on the day it was released? Starting today, you can hold a big chunk of the Beatles in your hands as their massive stereo vinyl box set hit the stores in the U.S.and Canada. It went on sale Monday in the UK, Japan and Germany.
This set isn’t something that everyone will be able to just tuck under their arm. The full box set weighs 22 pounds. That’s a whole lot of Beatles in one place., though the albums are available separately for those who prefer an easier haul. The box, though, is the only place you can get the massive hardcover book that has pictures and stories on each album, plus a look at the remastering process. There are no plans to make that available separately.
For sound connoisseurs who thought the 2009 remastered CDs weren’t the final word, the vinyl set is another step forward. Next year’s mono vinyl box set will add another chapter to the story…..