The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) Stereo Box Set 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. Stereo Box Set
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But, when the pressing is okay, they *do* sound pretty good. And the package, the book and the other little touches are pretty nice. Hence the 3 stars instead of 1 or 2.
For the one that is unplayable, instead of returning the whole thing, I found a seller to just buy "With the Beatles" from. Hopefully, it isn't also bad. I'm not sure what I would've done had there been multiple records in the set that were unplayable.
Nevertheless, this is a HUGE quality control problem. And, it appears to be squarely on the shoulders of the plant where these were pressed (Rainbo Records?). I will be very interested in seeing how this falls out - the uproar will be BIG. $319 ain't chump change.
Lastly on the label of the Magical Mystery Tour LP, George Harrison is listed as the composer of "Baby, You're a Rich Man". Hmm, that's not what my '67 original pressing of MMT says.
So, if you're buying this set to put on your mantlepiece and look at, go ahead. But, if you're expecting high quality pressings that you're going to actually listen to, then buyer beware.
I had read many reviews, both positive and negative, and I thought about it a lot before deciding to buy this incredible Box.
Maybe I am lucky, but I was not dissapointed in any way with this Box!!
I began listening to every album in chronological order, slowly, sometimes listening to one album a day, sometimes two. I just finished listening to all of the albums today!!
Fortunately, not one of the records in the box have any of the problems mentioned in some of the reviews, nor do they have any problems at all!!
These problems other people wrote about include, warped records, records with "skips" in them, and records pressed off-center, and noise.
The records in my box are all perfect and it has been an absolute delight listening to these gems again!!
The remastered sound is incredible!! I really did feel like the Beatles were playing in my room! The records have a warmth in the sound that is just not present on the CD Boxes (I have both the Mono and Stereo Remastered Cd's).
I have a recent UK vinyl pressing of "Abbey Road" that was pressed from a Direct Metal Master, or so it says on the back of the record jacket. I listened to this copy of "Abbey Road" after listening to the "Abbey Road" album from the Box, and I must say, while both sound great, the copy from the Box sounds even warmer!!
The packaging on each album is amazing!! All the albums are issued with the original labels used at the time of their original UK release, and in the case of the "Magical Mystery Tour" album, the original Capitol "rainbow" label (I am assuming it is the original because my old MMT vinyl record is from the late 70's and it has an Apple label, a green one, like many 70's US Beatles albums have.).
The pre- Apple albums have white inner sleeves and from the White Album onwards, they have black inner sleeves, except for Disc One of the "Past Masters" album, which has a white inner sleeve.
The White Album is made so the records are removed from the sides rather than from the top as in the original album's first pressings, and the covers are not numbered, but I don't think that diminishes this Box Set in any way!!
The double album "Past Masters" has the Yellow and Black Parlaphone labels on Sides 1 and 2 and the green Apple labels on Sides 3 and 4. I think that is very very cool!!
In regard to the book included with the Box, I cannot give it enough praise!! It is simply BEAUTIFUL!! Very lavishly produced and printed, not unlike the first hard-back edition of the "Anthology" Book.
As for the way the box was packaged, I could not have been more pleased, and I have written positive feedback for the packaging, specifically, as well. The box arrived packed in a large and sturdy cardboard box. There were foam inserts placed in a way that the box itself did not move within the shipping box at all.
I read reviews where people wrote that the shipping box was too big for the Box and that caused it to move, and be damaged during shipping, but that was not the case with me.
The Box arrived in absolutely PERFECT condition, without any dings or dents on the box itself or the record sleeves.
I listened to these albums on a Teac GF 650 Record Player that I purchased from Amazon. It may not be an "audiophile" level player, but it suits me just fine and the Beatles records sound great on it!
I use it to play my most recent vinyl purchases, such as the various Paul McCartney Archive Collection albums issued so far, the Beatles 1 Vinyl LP, and the Beatles Anthology albums on vinyl. All of them sound great!!
There are record stores in Monterrey that sell the Box, but Amazon had a much better price, and even with the Two-Day International Shipping (the cost of which was not too bad considering what I ordered and less than the purchase price, which is not always the case), it cost me much less than I would have paid at the stores in Monterrey.
I have no doubt that there have been serious quality control issues with the U.S. version of The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set, but I also think there must be many Boxes out there without those issues. Hopefully, EMI will take notice of them and resolve them, and make sure these issues do not affect the Mono Vinyl Box.
I think this Box is worth buying, and I cannot wait for the Mono Vinyl Box.
I give this Box a 5 Star rating, and if it were a Concert, I would also give it a Standing Ovation!!