The Beatles Box Set

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For the original 1978 LP box set, see The Beatles Collection. For the 2009 remastered sets, see The Beatles Stereo Box Set and The Beatles in Mono.
The Beatles Box Set
Box set by The Beatles
Released 15 November 1988
Recorded 4 September 1962 – 1 April 1970, primarily at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, United Kingdom
Genre Rock
Length 562:46
Label Parlophone/Capitol/Apple
Producer George Martin, Phil Spector (Let It Be)
The Beatles chronology
Past Masters
(1988)
The Beatles Box Set
(1988)
Live at the BBC
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Beatles Box Set is the first complete set of original Beatles material released by EMI and Capitol (catalogue number BBX2-91302) in Compact Disc format. Released in 1988, for the first time a music fan could purchase the entire Beatles catalogue digitally formatted in a single set. The box set, available on CD, vinyl, or cassette, included all of the original UK releases. It included the LP version of Magical Mystery Tour, which had been released in the United States in 1967 as an LP but not released in the UK in this format until 1976, when the US LP version superseded the original British EP. It also contained the compilations Past Masters: Volume One and Past Masters: Volume Two, which featured singles, B-sides, EP tracks, and foreign releases not found on the other thirteen albums. Although all the original British albums had been previously available in stereo on both vinyl and cassette, the versions of the first four albums included in the boxed set were the digitally remastered mono mixes released on CD in 1987.

The collection also includes a soft-cover book by Mark Lewisohn which describes every track in the collection which is encased in a black oak rolltop box.

A new Stereo Box Set, containing remastered versions of the Beatles' core albums and Past Masters, was released on 9 September 2009 along with The Beatles in Mono and new stereo reissues of the individual albums, including the first four albums given their stereo debuts on CD.

Album listing[edit]

Album Label Release date Peak position
UK US UK US UK US
Please Please Me Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 22 March 1963 26 February 1987 1
With the Beatles Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 22 November 1963 26 February 1987 1
A Hard Day's Night Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 10 July 1964 26 February 1987 1
Beatles for Sale Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 4 December 1964 26 February 1987 1
Help! Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 6 August 1965 30 April 1987 1
Rubber Soul Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 3 December 1965 30 April 1987 1
Revolver Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 5 August 1966 30 April 1987 1
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Parlophone Capitol 1 June 1967 2 June 1967 1 1
Magical Mystery Tour Parlophone Capitol 19 November 1967 26 November 1967 31[2] 1
The Beatles Parlophone[3] Capitol[3] 22 November 1968 25 November 1968 1 1
Yellow Submarine Parlophone[3] Capitol[3] 17 January 1969 13 January 1969 3 2
Abbey Road Parlophone[3] Capitol[3] 26 September 1969 1 October 1969 1 1
Let It Be Parlophone[3] Capitol[3] 8 May 1970 18 May 1970 1 1
Past Masters, Volume One Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 7 March 1988 8 March 1988 49 149
Past Masters, Volume Two Parlophone Parlophone/Capitol 7 March 1988 8 March 1988 46 121

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1538
  2. ^ As American import
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Originally released on Apple Records in both the UK and U.S.