The Beatles Box Set

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For the original 1978 LP boxed set, see The Beatles Collection. For the 2009 remastered sets, see The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) and The Beatles in Mono.
The Beatles Box Set
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Box set by The Beatles
Released 15 November 1988
Recorded 4 September 1962 – 1 April 1970, primarily at Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 562:46
Label Parlophone/Capitol/Apple
Producer George Martin, Phil Spector (Let It Be)
The Beatles chronology
Past Masters
The Beatles Box Set
Live at the BBC
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. Issued in 1988, the entire digitally formatted Beatles catalogue could be purchased in a single set for the first time. The boxed set, available on CD, vinyl LP or cassette, included all of the original UK Beatles releases. It included the album version of Magical Mystery Tour, which had been issued in the United States in 1967 as an LP but never released in the UK in this format until 1976, when the US LP version superseded the original British EP. The box also contained the new 1988 compilations Past Masters: Volume One and Past Masters: Volume Two, which featured singles, B-sides, EP tracks, and foreign releases not found on the original albums. Although all the original UK albums had been previously available in stereo on both LP and cassette, the versions of the first four albums included in The Beatles Box Set were the digitally remastered mono mixes issued on CD in 1987.

The collection was encased in a black oak roll top box and included a soft-cover book with commentary on the songs by Mark Lewisohn. The set was also issued in a black vinyl covered cardboard box in Japan.

A new Stereo Box, 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
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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  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Beatles The Ultimate Box Set". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  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.