Beatles promotional shot: EMI
Fall is looking to be a pretty good season for die hard Beatle fans as November 13 will mark the release of a brand new Beatles box set that sounds like it might just be the best one yet.
EMI announced that the “Beatles Studio Box Set” will include all 12 studio albums along with the soundtrack for Magical Mystery Tour – which is a complete album in its own right – as well as the Past Masters compilation record which features famous singles that were never released as part of any proper album.
As far as quality goes, all of the albums have been sourced from their original Abbey Road master tapes and painstakingly converted to high fidelity digital audio in order to attain the cleanest cuts possible. The albums have been mixed in the same facilities as the critically acclaimed Love record which as anyone who’s listened to that particular album can tell you, the fidelity is simply top notch.
True, this isn’t the first time all of their albums have gotten the remastered treatment but as Music Direct puts it, the effort placed on converting the albums for this particular box set has never been as rigorous.
“With EMI's legendary Abbey Road Studios providing the backdrop, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to net what is without doubt the highest fidelity possible and authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs,” reads the statement provided by Music Direct. “At the start of the restoration process, engineers conducted extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes into the digital realm using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter.”
What would a new box set be without a few little extras? Each album features original U.K. vinyl album artwork, original U.K. track listings, expanded booklets containing original and newly penned liner notes, recording notes, rare photos, and fold-out packaging.
And for those of you who are big fans of great presentation, everything comes housed in a tall, glossy, hard black lift-top case augmented with a magnetic clasp to make sure that this box set looks just as good as it sounds.
In case you might have forgot, here’s what The Beatles Stereo Box Set will get you:
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Let It Be
DVD with mini-documentaries