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The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) Box set, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered 17 disc box set (16 CDs + DVD) containing all 14 original Beatles albums released between 1963 and 1970 plus the two CD Past Masters collection of non-album tracks and a bonus DVD containing all the mini documentaries that can be found as enhanced tracks on each of the individual CD releases. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere. The albums have been remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London utilizing state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. Within the CDs' new packaging, the booklet includes detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. Capitol.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. Misery
  3. Anna (Go to Him)
  4. Chains
  5. Boys
  6. Ask Me Why
  7. Please Please Me
  8. Love Me Do
  9. P.S. I Love You
  10. Baby It's You
  11. Do You Want to Know a Secret
  12. A Tast of Honey
  13. There's a Place
  14. Twist and Shout

Disc: 2

  1. It Won't Be Long
  2. All I've Got to Do
  3. All My Loving
  4. Don't Bother Me
  5. Little Child
  6. Till There Was You
  7. Please Mister Postman
  8. Roll Over Beethoven
  9. Hold Me Tight
  10. You Really Got a Hold on Me
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man
  12. Devil in Her Heart
  13. Not a Second Time
  14. Money (That's What I Want)

Disc: 3

  1. A Hard Day's Night [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  2. I Should Have Known Better [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  3. If I Fell [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  4. I'm Happy Just to Dance with You [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  5. And I Love Her [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  6. Tell Me Why [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  7. Can't Buy Me Love [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
  8. Any Time at All
  9. I'll Cry Instead
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. When I Get Home
  12. You Can't Do That
  13. I'll Be Back

Disc: 4

  1. No Reply
  2. I'm a Loser
  3. Baby's in Black
  4. Rock and Roll Music
  5. I'll Follow the Sun
  6. Mr. Moonlight
  7. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  8. Eight Days a Week
  9. Words of Love
  10. Honey Don't
  11. Ever Little Thing
  12. I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
  13. What You're Doing
  14. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Disc: 5

  1. Help! [from the Film "Help! "]
  2. The Night Before [from the Film "Help! "]
  3. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [from the Film "Help! "]
  4. I Need You [from the Film "Help! "]
  5. Another Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
  6. You're Going to Lose That Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
  7. Ticket to Ride [from the Film "Help! "]
  8. Act Naturally
  9. It's Only Love
  10. You Like Me Too Much
  11. Tell Me What You See
  12. I've Just Seen a Face
  13. Yesterday
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Disc: 6

  1. Drive My Car
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You Won't See Me
  4. Nowhere Man
  5. Think for Yourself
  6. The Word
  7. Michelle
  8. What Goes On
  9. Girl
  10. I'm Looking Through You
  11. In My Life
  12. Wait
  13. If I Needed Someone
  14. Run for Your Life

Disc: 7

  1. Taxman
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. I'm Only Sleeping
  4. Love You To
  5. Here, There and Everywhere
  6. Yellow Submarine
  7. She Said She Said
  8. Good Day Sunshine
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing
  10. For No One
  11. Doctor Robert
  12. I Want to Tell You
  13. Got to Get You into My Life
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows

Disc: 8

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. With a Little Help from My Friends
  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  4. Getting Better
  5. Fixing a Hole
  6. She's Leaving Home
  7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
  8. Within You Without You
  9. When I'm Sixty-Four
  10. Lovely Rita
  11. Good Morning Good Morning
  12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  13. A Day in the Life

Disc: 9

  1. Magical Mystery Tour [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  2. The Fool on the Hill [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  3. Flying [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  4. Blue Jay Way [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  5. Your Mother Should Know [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  6. I Am the Walrus [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  7. Hello Goodbye
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Baby You're a Rich Man
  11. All You Need Is Love

Disc: 10

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  5. Wild Honey Pie
  6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
  9. Martha My Dear
  10. I'm So Tired
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Raccoon
  14. Don't Pass Me By
  15. Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

Disc: 11

  1. Birthday
  2. Yer Blues
  3. Mother Nature's Son
  4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  5. Sexy Sadie
  6. Helter Skelter
  7. Long, Long, Long
  8. Revolution I
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. Cry Baby Cry
  12. Revolution 9
  13. Good Night

Disc: 12

  1. Yellow Submarine
  2. Only a Northern Song
  3. All Together Now
  4. Hey Bulldog
  5. It's All Too Much
  6. All You Need Is Love
  7. Pepperland [Original Film Score]
  8. Sea of Time [Original Film Score]
  9. Sea of Holes [Original Film Score]
  10. Sea of Monsters [Original Film Score]
  11. March of the Meanies [Original Film Score]
  12. Peppeland Laid Waste [Original Film Score]
  13. Yellow Submarine in Pepperland [Original Film Score]

Disc: 13

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus's Garden
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes the Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came in Throught the Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End

Disc: 14

  1. Two of Us
  2. Dig a Pony
  3. Across the Universe
  4. I Me Mine
  5. Dig It
  6. Let It Be
  7. Maggie Mae
  8. I've Got a Feeling
  9. One After 909
  10. The Long and Winding Road
  11. For You Blue
  12. Get Back

Disc: 15

  1. Love Me Do [Original Single Version]
  2. From Me to You
  3. Thank You Girl
  4. She Loves You [Mono Version]
  5. I'll Get You [Mono Version]
  6. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  7. This Boy
  8. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
  9. Sie Liebt Dich
  10. Long Tall Sally
  11. I Call Your Name
  12. Slow Down
  13. Matchbox
  14. I Feel Fine
  15. She's a Woman
  16. Bad Boy
  17. Yes It Is
  18. I'm Down

Disc: 16

  1. Day Tripper
  2. We Can Work It Out
  3. Paperback Writer
  4. Rain
  5. Lady Madonna
  6. The Inner Light
  7. Hey Jude
  8. Revolution
  9. Get Back
  10. Don't Let Me Down
  11. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  12. Old Brown Shoe
  13. Across the Universe
  14. Let It Be
  15. You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) [Mono Version]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,066 customer reviews)
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797 of 833 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Swan on September 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Who could have ever thought it would have been possible? 09/09/09 has become a red-letter date in the history of Beatle-dom. It could be the repetitive nature of the phrase "Number Nine, Number Nine" featured in the track "Revolution 9" from "The White Album". Or, even the bit of dialogue "dial 9-9-9" from the 1965 motion picture "Help!" However, 09/09/09 has become important for a far better reason.

After more than 22 years of having The Beatles' albums on CD, we are finally treated to the definitive box set of Beatles music. This time, the folks at EMI and Apple finally got things right for a change. While having Beatles CDs is a thrill, it is now even more-so with this brilliant audio collection. For the very first time, their entire recorded output has been remastered for the 21st century, complete with unique liner notes and special digipak-packaging to boot. With the exception of the "Past Masters" set, each disc also contains a brief mini-documentary about that album. These short bits can only be utilised with the assistance of a computer's disc drive. However, the box set does include a bonus DVD disc featuring all of these short sequences together so you can enjoy it on your very own DVD player. What you have here are the original British Beatles albums just like what had been released before; only now, the listener can enjoy the first 4 albums - "Please Please Me". "With The Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", "Beatles For Sale" - available in true stereo for the very first time. Combined with the remaining 9 albums recorded by the group between 1965 and 1970, this is a masterpiece set, and a special treasure trove of timeless, classic songs that changed the entire structure of popular music as we know it today.
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233 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Music fan in the Midwest on October 31, 2009
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Fact: The stunning reaction to the mono set took nearly everyone by surprise.
Fiction: You made the wrong choice by buying the stereo set.

Fact: The vocals/instruments separation in some of the stereo albums is wider than the actual crosswalk shown on the Abbey Road cover.
Fiction: You made the wrong choice by buying the stereo set.

Fact: The mono set's enthusiasts' reviews have a lot of merit and are based on more than mere nostalgia.
Fiction: You made the wrong choice by buying the stereo set.

Being a 57-year-old Beatles fan has its advantages, not the least of which is having some perspective on the two current remastered sets from EMI. (By the way, I bought from Amazon the individual stereo CDs -- except for the YS soundtrack -- at low prices and applied the money I saved toward the mono box set, which I had intended to get all along.)

I don't consider myself a Beatles completist. Still, at one time or another over the years I have had and embraced the original Vee-Jay, Swan, and Capitol mono 45s; nearly all the mono and stereo albums from Capitol (the stereo versions of which I had rebought at least twice by 1980); various British, German, and other European imports (mono and/or stereo, depending on the album); reissued British (mono) EPs on vinyl; all the 1987 EMI compact discs; the three "Anthology" sets; the "YS Songtrack," "1", and "Let It Be...Naked"; the Capitol box sets from a few years ago (which I really like); and now these terrific EMI remasters. And while I have never bought any Beatles bootleg CDs, over the years I have listened to other fans' exhaustive box sets of the "Let It Be" sessions and the BBC sessions, all kinds of live shows from around the world, and other entries in the band's unofficial output.
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367 of 389 people found the following review helpful By Sarasotan on September 8, 2009
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I was disappointed with the 1987 CDs, so I put my Mobile Fidelity albums (state of the art record albums back then, from the master tapes) onto CD around 1992 and have been listening to those since. I long since sold my 1987 CDs. Now I can get rid of those Mobile Fidelity CDs because the sound quality of these remastered CDs exceeds even them.

For those 1987 CDs the first four albums were in mono. I can sort of understand that for the first two, with their distinct, wide 2-track separation. But the second two had four-track and sounded great in stereo. At any rate, I preferred all four in stereo. So went to extreme measures to get it, in quality. Now those are all here in glorious stereo in this set.

I was afraid that they would narrow the separation on the first two albums. Fortunately they did not. If you want to listen to those two with headphones, you may be disappointed with the sound -- get the mono, but listening to them through speakers, several feet away, the stereo adds an outstanding dimension to the sound.

Throughout this set, the bass is more evident, the drums are sharper - the quality just jumps out at you throughout -- a testament to the much more sophisticated digitization techniques they have today than in 1987. A job well done!!
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587 of 634 people found the following review helpful By James N. Perlman on September 10, 2009
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Introduction: The following is pretty much a full review of both the mono and stereo reissues largely written in real time as a series of e-mails to an old friend who once owned a legendary record store here in Chicago. The story of the reissues really comes down to the technical limitations of two-track, four-track, eight-track, etc. recordings and the relative complexity of the music of the Beatles. Listening occurred on what would be considered an audiophile system with Quad 988's as the speakers. If following reading this review, you wish to read an expanded essay by me on the box sets, please visit The Beatles Wiki site by Hyperarts.

Please Please Me: The sound on the mono is just amazing. You can hear the echo in the room as John sings Anna. The vocals just soar. Ringo was just so good, even at this early stage and so was Paul. They supported and framed the songs so perfectly. And just think, in twenty-one minutes, or so, Twist And Shout! Stereo can't hold a candle to this, if for no other reason than the left/right "stereo" found later in With The Beatles, Rubber Soul and Revolver.

With The Beatles: As with Please Please Me, the mono sounds so, so, nice. As the stereo has that annoying left/right "stereo," no contest: mono hands down.

A Hard Day's Night: Seems better and more enjoyable in stereo. I think the reason is that they now had four tracks so George Martin could do proper stereo mixes and still have a mostly fresh first generationish sound. Remember, there were only two track available for Please Please Me.
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