Beatles 4 Sale…..Again

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Submitted by Don Graham

“The Beatles Stereo Album LP Limited Edition Box Set” They’re baaaaaack! Fifty years later and The Beatles are back with product available for your listening pleasure! A 14 album, and I say album because that’s what they are, 12 inch, hold in your hand, read the liner notes without a magnifying glass, 33 1/3 RPM records! It isn’t magical and there is no mystery as to why a tour de force in the recording industry is still selling records. It’s quite ironic that  some of the new acts are finding it difficult to sell hard copies of their music, be it CD or vinyl yet a band from 50 years ago will have trouble keeping up with demand for their latest offering.

For producer Rick Rubin, The Beatles' recorded achievements is somewhat like witnessing a miracle. "If we look at it by today's standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years," Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. "So, let's 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 can't be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it's beyond man's ability." Lofty praise for a rock ‘n’ roll band. Remastered and manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with exact replicated artwork, the 14 albums come back to all their original glory including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album) and the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band's cutouts. The titles include The Beatles' 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. Interestingly with this release, The Beatles' first four albums make their North American stereo vinyl debuts. They were previously released in mono only.

The 14 albums will be available separately or as a box set. The suggested retail price for the box set is $399 so if it isn’t in your budget to buy the complete set you can pick them up one at a time. There is a 252-page hardbound book, exclusive to the boxed edition written by radio producer Kevin Howlett and each album has it’s own dedicated chapter. In addition the 12"x12" book has an amazing collection of photographs spanning The Beatles' recording career and some insights into how the remasters were created and how the vinyl albums were prepared.

With EMI’s legendary Abbey Road Studios being  the main studio, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to get what is t the highest fidelity possible and authentic, crystal clear sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs.

This collection is a must have for audiophiles who yearn for the “good old days” and make the perfect Christmas gift for the special Beatlemaniac in your life.

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