Meet The Beatles' Massive Vinyl Box Set
September 27, 2012 10:45 EDT
eatles fans, dust off your record players. The band's original studio album remasters, which were released on CD and iTunes to much fanfare in 2009 and 2010, will make their stereo vinyl debuts on November 13 as part of an elaborate box set .
The titles include the band's 12 original U.K. studio albums, as well as the U.S. version of Magical Mystery Tour, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two. The Beatles' first four albums have never been released in North America in stereo on vinyl.
Each 180-gram album will be available for individual purchase, or fans can own one of 50,000 copies of the box set, which will be housed in a retro travel case and include a 252-page book by radio producer Kevin Howlett. There will be chapters dedicated for each album, plus rare photos and audiophile-geared details about how the vinyl records were prepared.
The Fab Four's catalog of albums -- including those titles not part of the stereo reissue series -- sold a combined 626,000 units in the U.S. the first week they were reissued on CD in 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The biggest seller of the reissue series that week was 1969's Abbey Road, which moved 89,000 copies and debuted at No. 1 on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. The "Stereo" and "Mono" boxed sets debuted at Nos. 15 and 40, respectively, on the Billboard 200.
In 2010, the band's catalog was released on iTunes. That year they sold a total of 1.7 million albums. In 2011: 1.2 million. Year to date 2012: 544,000.
The Stereo Albums (via Apple/EMI)
Please Please Me "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" are presented in mono (North American LP debut in stereo)
With The Beatles (North American LP debut in stereo)
A Hard Day's Night (North American LP debut in stereo)
Beatles For Sale (North American LP debut in stereo)
Help! Features George Martin's 1986 stereo remix
Rubber Soul Features George Martin's 1986 stereo remix
Revolver Original album
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Packaging includes replica psychedelic inner sleeve, cardboard cutout sheet and additional insert
Magical Mystery Tour Packaging includes 24-page colour book
The Beatles (White Album) Packaging includes double-sided photo montage/lyric sheet and 4 solo colour photos
Yellow Submarine "Only A Northern Song" is presented in mono. Additional insert includes original American liner notes.
Abbey Road Original album
Let It Be Original album
Past Masters, Volumes One & Two
"Love Me Do" (original single version), "She Loves You," "I'll Get You," and "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" are presented in mono. Packaging, notes and photographic content is based on the 2009 CD release.