The Beatles: The Original Studio Recordings
Ltd Rmst ed.
Remastered, Box Set
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Anyway, the problem with this box set is the box itself is not very sturdy. For a premium-priced complete box set, stronger construction would've helped greatly. Mine arrived ripped down one seam, though it wasn't worth it to me to return it so I just kept it. I hate the cardboard sleeves, which seem so disposable and are prone to wear. But again, if the outer carton is prone to ripping from the weight of cardboard sleeves, it would've never supported jewel cases.
The bonus DVD is nothing special but at least its something. This package should've/could've been far more monumental overall though, given the band's legacy and stature. Oh well, maybe in twenty more years...
equipment used: Rega Planar 3 turntable, Grace 707 tonearm, A & R P77 cartridge
I have only been compelled to write one other review on Amazon. However, based on the controversy surrounding this item I think I need to say something. I was hesitant to pull the trigger on this one based on many of the people stating issues with these albums. I decided I would order the set and try them out one at a time (I did so in reverse chronological order) and see for myself if there were any issues. Here is my experience.
Shipping: I received the set quickly, within 4 business days. The box arrived well packed with foam inserts that suspend the entire set and everything was in pristine condition.
Opening the album box: I chose to carefully razor open the “sleeve” that surrounds the box of albums from both the top and bottom. I cut only the front, back and left side on the top and front, back, and right side on the bottom. I then taped down the front and back shrink, top and bottom using crystal clear tape. Then I taped each “free” side and folded down the remaining two-shrink wrap “flaps” inside the “sleeve” and taped them down. This allows the “sleeve” to remain protected and still slide on and off.
Opening the albums: I opened each album with a razor blade and taped down the shrink (as I do with all my new albums) using crystal clear scotch tape. I carefully slide out each album as I was playing them and gently wiped them with a microfiber towel. (When I say gently, I mean barely making contact. Just enough to get rid of dust and not build up and static electricity.) All the original items that were included with the albums are here - posters, custom inner sleeves, information cards, 5 x 7 pictures, etc. - all in pristine condition. Each album has a custom inner sleeve with a poly liner – white for the Parlophone releases and black for the Apple releases (that’s right, no Capitol reprints – I was so used to my own albums it was interesting to see the difference). These are all exact copies of the originals, seeing them in their “original” condition was great, but hearing them was even better.
Playing the albums: I had almost zero issues with all albums. The all played nearly flawlessly. All the albums played fine on my both my Jensen JTA-220 and Crosley CR49 (That’s right, I played them all twice on two separate record players). The music was crisp and clear, much better than my collection of second-hand Beatle albums I had collected or inherited over the years. The tone was slightly better on my Jensen as it has external speakers. I could hear sounds that I had not previously and was pleasantly surprised. Now for one minor issue. The exceptions were Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road. The albums played great just like all the others. However, there was a slight “wooshing” sound as the album made each revolution – ONLY audible during the “blank” spaces between songs. When I looked closely I could see that the disc was not laying completely flat and my stylus was moving up and down a bit more then usual. (Not breaking contact mind you, just moveing up and down with the motion of the record.) Let me repeat that this sound was ONLY noticeable for the first couple of “spaces” between the songs. While the songs were playing, I could NOT hear the “wooshing”. Also, as the stylus moved toward the center the sound became almost inaudible. By the time the last break between songs had passed it was a non-issue for me.
Overall: I loved listening to all these albums again and will continue to enjoy them on a regular basis. I have a special place in my heart (as millions do) for The Beatles and their songs. (I even wrote my undergrad thesis on the marketing of The Beatles to American audiences during the 1960s) Yet I digress. I believe that this set is better then most have stated and that there may have been significant issues early on in the release of these albums, but for me they were spot on and a major upgrade from the albums I possessed prior to purchasing this wonderful set. Try it for yourself. Worst-case scenario, you return it for a refund. Just be sure to order from Amazon.
P.S. I have yet to open the book. I have numerous Beatle books and want to keep this one sealed for the time being.
Most recent customer reviews
on the very early releases.Read more