The Beatles Box Set

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The Beatles Box Set
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Released15 November 1988
Recorded4 September 1962 – 1 April 1970, primarily at Abbey Road Studios, London
ProducerGeorge Martin, Phil Spector (Let It Be)
The Beatles chronology
Past Masters
The Beatles Box Set
Live at the BBC
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

The Beatles Box Set is a sixteen-disc box set compiling the entire recorded works of the Beatles as issued by the band between 1962 and 1970. It was released on 15 November 1988 in Britain and America, with the same catalogue number (Apple BBX2-91302) in each of those countries.[2] While available also in vinyl LP and cassette formats, the box set was the first complete collection of original Beatles material to be released by EMI and Capitol Records on compact disc.

The Beatles Box Set included all of the original UK album releases by the band, together with the 1967 US album Magical Mystery Tour. The latter had been issued in the UK in November 1976, at which point the LP version superseded the original British EP of the same name. The box also contained the 1988 compilations Past Masters: Volume One and Past Masters: Volume Two, which grouped together singles, B-sides, EP tracks, and foreign releases not found on the band's UK studio albums. Although all these 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 over 1987–88,[2] which caused a considerable furor among Beatles fans and audiophiles.

The collection was encased in a black oak roll-top box and included a soft-cover book with commentary on the songs by Beatles recording historian Mark Lewisohn.[3] The set was also issued in a black vinyl covered cardboard box in Japan.[citation needed] Although The Beatles Box Set failed to chart in either the UK or the US, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Beatles The Ultimate Box Set". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2.
  3. ^ a b Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Originally released on Apple Records in both the UK and the US.