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The Beatles: The Beatles: Stereo Box Set

Track List

>I Saw Her Standing There
>Anna (Go to Him)
>Ask Me Why
>Please Please Me
>Love Me Do
>P.S. I Love You
>Baby It's You
>Do You Want to Know a Secret
>Tast of Honey, A
>There's a Place
>Twist and Shout
>Please Please Me Mini-Documentary
>It Won't Be Long
>All I've Got to Do
>All My Loving
>Don't Bother Me
>Little Child
>Till There Was You
>Please Mister Postman
>Roll Over Beethoven
>Hold Me Tight
>You Really Got a Hold on Me
>I Wanna Be Your Man
>Devil in Her Heart
>Not a Second Time
>Money (That's What I Want)
>With the Beatles Mini-Documentary
>Hard Day's Night [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"], A
>I Should Have Known Better [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>If I Fell [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>I'm Happy Just to Dance with You [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>And I Love Her [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>Tell Me Why [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>Can't Buy Me Love [from the Film "A Hard Day's Night"]
>Any Time at All
>I'll Cry Instead
>Things We Said Today
>When I Get Home
>You Can't Do That
>I'll Be Back
>Hard Day's Night Mini-Documentary, A
>No Reply
>I'm a Loser
>Baby's in Black
>Rock & Roll Music
>I'll Follow the Sun
>Mr. Moonlight
>Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
>Eight Days a Week
>Words of Love
>Honey Don't
>Ever Little Thing
>I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
>What You're Doing
>Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
>Beatles for Sale Mini-Documentary
>Help! [from the Film "Help! "]
>Night Before [from the Film "Help! "], The
>You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [from the Film "Help! "]
>I Need You [from the Film "Help! "]
>Another Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
>You're Going to Lose That Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
>Ticket to Ride [from the Film "Help! "]
>Act Naturally
>It's Only Love
>You Like Me Too Much
>Tell Me What You See
>I've Just Seen a Face
>Dizzy Miss Lizzy
>Help Mini-Documentary
>Drive My Car
>Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
>You Won't See Me
>Nowhere Man
>Think for Yourself
>Word, The
>What Goes On
>I'm Looking Through You
>In My Life
>If I Needed Someone
>Run for Your Life
>Rubber Soul Mini-Documentary
>Eleanor Rigby
>I'm Only Sleeping
>Love You To
>Here, There and Everywhere
>Yellow Submarine
>She Said She Said
>Good Day Sunshine
>And Your Bird Can Sing
>For No One
>Doctor Robert
>I Want to Tell You
>Got to Get You into My Life
>Tomorrow Never Knows
>Revolver Mini-Documentary
>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
>With a Little Help from My Friends
>Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
>Getting Better
>Fixing a Hole
>She's Leaving Home
>Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
>Within You Without You
>When I'm Sixty-Four
>Lovely Rita
>Good Morning Good Morning
>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
>Day in the Life, A
>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mini-Documentary
>Magical Mystery Tour [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
>Fool on the Hill [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"], The
>Flying [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
>Blue Jay Way [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
>Your Mother Should Know [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
>I Am the Walrus [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
>Hello Goodbye
>Strawberry Fields Forever
>Penny Lane
>Baby You're a Rich Man
>All You Need Is Love
>Magical Mystery Tour Mini-Documentary
>Back in the U.S.S.R.
>Dear Prudence
>Glass Onion
>Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
>Wild Honey Pie
>Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, The
>While My Guitar Gently Weeps
>Happiness Is a Warm Gun
>Martha My Dear
>I'm So Tired
>Rocky Raccoon
>Don't Pass Me By
>Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
>I Will
>Yer Blues
>Mother Nature's Son
>Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
>Sexy Sadie
>Helter Skelter
>Long, Long, Long
>Revolution 1
>Honey Pie
>Savoy Truffle
>Cry Baby Cry
>Revolution 9
>Good Night
>Beatles Mini-Documentary, The
>Yellow Submarine
>Only a Northern Song
>All Together Now
>Hey Bulldog
>It's All Too Much
>All You Need Is Love
>Sea of Time
>Sea of Holes
>Sea of Monsters
>March of the Meanies
>Peppeland Laid Waste
>Yellow Submarine in Pepperland
>Yellow Submarine Mini-Documentary
>Come Together
>Maxwell's Silver Hammer
>Oh! Darling
>Octopus's Garden
>I Want You (She's So Heavy)
>Here Comes the Sun
>You Never Give Me Your Money
>Sun King
>Mean Mr. Mustard
>Polythene Pam
>She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
>Golden Slumbers
>Carry That Weight
>End, The
>Her Majesty
>Abbey Road Mini-Documentary
>Two of Us
>Dig a Pony
>Across the Universe
>I Me Mine
>Dig It
>Let It Be
>Maggie Mae
>I've Got a Feeling
>One After 909
>Long and Winding Road, The
>For You Blue
>Get Back
>Let It Be Mini-Documentary
>Love Me Do
>From Me to You
>Thank You Girl
>She Loves You
>I'll Get You
>I Want to Hold Your Hand
>This Boy
>Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
>Sie Liebt Dich
>Long Tall Sally
>I Call Your Name
>Slow Down
>I Feel Fine
>She's a Woman
>Bad Boy
>Yes It Is
>I'm Down
>Day Tripper
>We Can Work It Out
>Paperback Writer
>Lady Madonna
>Inner Light, The
>Hey Jude
>Get Back
>Don't Let Me Down
>Ballad of John and Yoko, The
>Old Brown Shoe
>Across the Universe
>Let It Be
>You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)
>Please Please Me
>With the Beatles
>Hard Day's Night, A
>Beatles for Sale
>Rubber Soul
>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
>Magical Myster Tour
>Beatles, The (The White Album)
>Yellow Submarine
>Let It Be
>Abbey Road

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

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.

"As you probably know by now, the remastering of the Beatles catalog was carried out with the caution of translating the Dead Sea Scrolls. Happily, the results justify the obsessive care. These 14 stereo remasters - from Please Please Me (1963) to Let It Be (1970), witha two-disc Past Masters added for good measure - make the original recordings sound newly invigorated and alive, whether you're listening on standard earbuds or a high-end system.

An enormous effort was made tostay true to the original mixes, so there aren't going to be any easyrevelations for Beatles fans. Instead, these albums sound deeper, richer and fleshed-out. The buoyancy of "Something" becomes more comprehensible when you hear clearly Paul McCartney's nimble bass line. You knew that "Twist and Shout" featured one of John Lennon's most visceral performances, but here you can feel his vocal cords shred. The horns on"Good Morning Good Morning" roar, driving the song in a way you may not have noticed before. Lennon and George Harrison's guitars on "You Can't Do That" sharpen to a gleaming edge.

One tip for deep-pocketed fans: The12-CD The Beatles in Mono box set is more than a collector's indulgence.The warmth and punch of early albums sWith the Beatles and Beatles for Sale evoke the experience of first hearing songs like "All My Loving" onthe original vinyl. But in stereo or mono, these albums have finally received the treatment they deserve." -RollingStone

The Beatles Stereo Box Set is a box set compilation comprising all of the remastered stereo recordings by The Beatles. The set was released on September 9, 2009, the same day both The Beatle: Rock Band and the remastered mono recordings were released (see The Beatles in Mono). The remastering project for both mono and stereo versions was led by EMI senior studio engineers Allan Rouse and Guy Massey.

This is the fourth complete box set collection of original Beatles albums after The Beatles Collection, The Collection and The Beatles Box Set.

Album Notes

Composers: John Lennon; Paul McCartney.

Personnel: George Harrison (guitar); Alan Civil (horns); Paul McCartney (bass guitar); Ringo Starr (drums); Anvil Bhagwat (tabla).

Audio Mixer: Peter Bown.

Audio Remasterers: Sean Magee; Sam O'Kell; Steve Rooke; Guy Massey; Paul Hicks.

Liner Note Authors: Dan Davis; Derek Taylor; Mark Lewisohn; Alan Rouse; Dan Davis; Kevin Howlett; Tony Barrow; Peter Blake.

Author: Paul McCartney.

Director: Bob Smeaton.

Editor: Julian Caidan.

Photographers: Iain Macmillan; Bruce a. Karsh; Ethan Russell; Robert Freeman; Ian MacMillan; Michael Cooper.

The Beatles always stood apart from their peers, a self-evident statement that sadly extended to the treatment of their catalog in the digital age. Where all their contemporaries from the Byrds to the Who have had their catalogs remastered and reissued in deluxe editions, sometimes several times, the Beatles remained stuck in the early days of digital, their 14 albums plus PAST MASTERS singles collections remaining untouched since 1987. The 2009 reissue campaign corrects almost all the problems of the original 1987 CDs: the sound and artwork are improved, and all the original mono and stereo mixes finally see the light of day. Naturally, it's possible to quibble about some details of the presentation, particularly the decision to split the reissue into two separate box sets, one covering the stereo mixes and one the mono mixes, with only the stereo mixes available as individual discs but both boxes still constitute the best Beatles by far. Crucially, it's also inarguably the best-sounding Beatles music ever released, robust and rich even on the earliest rock & roll. None of the albums have been remixed--although HELP! and RUBBER SOUL retain George Martin's 1987 mixes, the original stereo mixes being bonuses on the mono set--so this doesn't shock the way the YELLOW SUBMARINE soundtrack did with its reimagined stereo mix. Nevertheless, these remasters surely do surprise with their clarity and depth, with each album feeling bigger and fuller than the previous CD incarnation, but not artificially so. It's not that these are pumped up on digital steroids; it's that the veil has been lifted, so everything seems full and fresh. Appropriately, there's more to savor from HELP! onward, as the Beatles' productions grew ambitious, but PLEASE PLEASE ME, WITH THE BEATLES, and A HARD DAY'S NIGHT all have a strong punch, while BEATLES FOR SALE is warmer than the previous disc.

As a package, the stereo box is slightly unwieldy--it's a large, vertical set with two stacks of discs in slick cardboard sleeves piled on top of each other. No extra book is included with the set, but each disc has its own booklet with dry, straightforward liner notes detailing the recording process instead of analyzing the music. Nevertheless, these do offer annotation, something sorely lacking from the first CDs, and they do replicate the original notes--in the case of MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, including the entire storybook; in the case of SGT. PEPPER'S, all the 20th anniversary annotation is added-- finally bringing the Beatles to the same standard for reissues that every other major (and most minor) bands have had for years now. And the story, at least for the stereo box, is not the packaging --it's the glorious sound that makes this such a treat. There's also no question that those who waited 22 years to hear a better version of the Beatles will not be disappointed (although they may still wonder why it took so long for the Fabs to be treated as they deserve).


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