Release Date: 12 November 2012
Format: Box Set Heavy
|Beatles The Beatles In Stereo Vinyl 14LP Box Set
Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Heart Club Bandís cut-outs, and special inner bags for some of the titles. Each album will be available individually, and accompanied by a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book in a lavish boxed edition which is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide.
The book, exclusive to the boxed edition, is authored by award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a dedicated chapter for each of the albums. The titles include The Beatlesí 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the groupís core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities.
Since it was recorded, The Beatlesí music has been heard on a variety of formats Ė from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We Ďplayí records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve, cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the reproduction of the music.
In September, 2009, The Beatlesí remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world. Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The Beatles has captivated generation upon generation.
For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatlesí recorded achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle. ďIf we look at it by todayís standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years,Ē Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. ďSo, letís say 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 canít be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because itís beyond manís ability.Ē
There has always been demand for The Beatlesí albums on vinyl. Indeed, 2011ís best-selling vinyl LP in the United States was Abbey Road. Following the success of The Beatlesí acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning 2009 CD remasters, it was decided that the sound experts at EMIís Abbey Road Studios should create new versions of The Beatlesí vinyl LPs. The project demanded the same meticulous approach taken for the CD releases, and the brief was a simple one: cut the digital remasters to vinyl with an absolute minimum of compromise to the sound.....