The Beatles Box Set
|The Beatles Box Set|
|Box set by|
|Released||15 November 1988|
|Recorded||4 September 1962 – 1 April 1970, primarily at Abbey Road Studios, London|
|Producer||George Martin, Phil Spector (Let It Be)|
|The Beatles chronology|
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. 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 The latter had been issued in the UK in November 1976, at which point the LP version superseded the original British EP of the same name.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, 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. The set was also issued in a black vinyl covered cardboard box in Japan. 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.
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.
|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||Capitol||22 November 1968||25 November 1968|
|Yellow Submarine||Parlophone||Capitol||17 January 1969||13 January 1969|
|Abbey Road||Parlophone||Capitol||26 September 1969||1 October 1969|
|Let It Be||Parlophone||Capitol||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|
- The Beatles Collection
- The Beatles Box
- The Beatles: The Collection
- The Beatles Mono Collection
- The Beatles Stereo Boxed Set
- The Beatles in Mono
- Monger, James Christopher. "The Beatles The Ultimate Box Set". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2.
- Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2.
- Originally released on Apple Records in both the UK and the US.