Win a Beatles Vinyl Prize Pack!
By Patrick Luce Dec 3, 2012, 2:01 GMT
In 2013, the re-mastered albums will make their mono vinyl debuts.
The Beatles’ acclaimed original studio album re-masters have made their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut and M&C is giving away a Beatles Vinyl Prize Pack - which includes editions of ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ ‘Yellow Submarine,’ ‘Revolver,’ and a limited edition t-shirt.
Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums, (which were released on CD in 2009 and in 2010 for digital download exclusively on iTunes) return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cutouts, 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, limited boxed edition.
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, as well as insight into the creation of the re-masters and how the vinyl albums were prepared. The 12”x12” book showcases a wealth of photographs spanning The Beatles’ recording career, including many images which were not included in the 2009 CD booklets.
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, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. With this release, The Beatles’ first four albums make their North American stereo vinyl debuts. In 2013, the re-mastered albums will make their mono vinyl debuts.
Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on a variety of formats – 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 ‘play’ 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.
When The Beatles’ albums were first released, the listener enjoyed a tangible relationship with the music in the grooves of a record. There was an emotional connection to the artifact carrying the sound, and this bond was strengthened by the LP sleeve. Rather than a merely functional object to protect the disc, it was elevated to a stylish accessory.
Certainly, the cover of a Beatles album conveyed a message about the music it was wrapped around. For example, the dominant orange and brown hues and elongated faces on the front of Rubber Soul seem to embody the sound of the record. With the advent of the cassette tape in the seventies and the compact disc in the 1980s, album artwork was reduced in size and importance, losing much of its charm. That is partly why vinyl LPs have not, as predicted, been discarded.
None of that would really matter, were it not for the enduring power of The Beatles’ music. In September, 2009, The Beatles’ re-mastered 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.
The Stereo Albums (Available individually and collected in a boxed collection, accompanied by a beautiful 252-page hardbound book) include:
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 color book
The Beatles (double album) - Packaging includes double-sided photo montage/lyric sheet and 4 solo color 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 (double album) - “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.
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