Beatles Official Vinyl Announcement

 

Nov. 13 is the big
day.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Several days ago we posted the news that the Beatles’ catalog is
finally getting reissued on vinyl; the stereo versions of the UK releases will arrive in stores
on Nov. 13, and there will be an accompanying stereo box set collecting all of
them under one cover (see image above). There is also a rumored limited edition
mono box, but no firm word on that just yet. Today EMI finally sent out
confirmation of the stereo reissues, and since we know you Beatles fans and
collectors are the ultimate completists, here is the complete official
announcement of the vinyl series, direct from EMI:

 

 

 

From EMI:

 

The Beatles’ acclaimed original studio album remasters,
released on CD in 2009 and in 2010 for digital download exclusively on iTunes,
will make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut on 12th November (13th November in North America).

 

Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with
replicated artwork,  the 14 albums return to their original glory with
details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album),
the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band‘s cutouts, and special inner
bags for some of the titles.  Each album will be available individually,
and accompanied by a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book in a
lavish boxed edition which is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide. 

 

The book, exclusive to the boxed edition, is authored by
award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a dedicated chapter for each of the albums, as well as insight into
the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared.  The
12″x12″ book showcases a wealth of photographs spanning The Beatles’ recording
career, including many images which were not included in the 2009 CD booklets.

 

The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums,
first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour,
now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One &
Two
, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. 
With this release, The Beatles’ first four albums make their North American stereo
vinyl debuts.  In 2013, the remastered albums will make their mono vinyl
debuts. 

 

Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on
a variety of formats – from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track
cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more
romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We
‘play’ records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve,
cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the
reproduction of the music.

 

When The Beatles’ albums were first released, the listener
enjoyed a tangible relationship with the music in the grooves of a record.
There was an emotional connection to the artifact carrying the sound, and this
bond was strengthened by the LP sleeve. Rather than a merely functional object
to protect the disc, it was elevated to a stylish accessory. Certainly, the
cover of a Beatles album conveyed a message about the music it was wrapped
around. For example, the dominant orange and brown hues and elongated faces on
the front of Rubber Soul seem to embody the sound of the record. With
the advent of the cassette tape in the seventies and the compact disc in the
1980s, album artwork was reduced in size and importance, losing much of its
charm. That is partly why vinyl LPs have not, as predicted, been discarded.

 

None of that would really matter, were it not for the
enduring power of The Beatles’ music. In September,
2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world.
Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of
the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The
Beatles has captivated generation
upon generation.

 

For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded
achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle.  “If we look at it by
today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will
typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series
interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle.  And think of
the growth or change between those two albums.  The idea that The Beatles
made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change… it
can’t be done.  Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s
beyond man’s ability.”

 

www.thebeatles.com

 

 

The Stereo Albums

Available individually and collected in a boxed collection,
accompanied by a beautiful 252-page hardbound book.

 

Please Please Me

“Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love
You” are presented in mono

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

With The Beatles

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

A Hard Day’s Night

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

Beatles For Sale

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

Help!

Features George Martin’s 1986
stereo remix

 

Rubber Soul

Features George Martin’s 1986
stereo remix

 

Revolver

Original album

 

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band

Packaging includes replica
psychedelic inner sleeve, cardboard cutout sheet and additional insert

 

Magical Mystery Tour

Packaging includes 24-page colour
book

 

The Beatles (double
album)

Packaging includes double-sided
photo montage/lyric sheet and 4 solo colour photos

 

Yellow Submarine

“Only A Northern Song” is
presented in mono. Additional insert includes original American liner notes.

 

Abbey Road

Original album

 

Let It Be

Original album

 

Past Masters, Volumes One
& Two
(double album)

“Love Me Do” (original single
version), “She Loves You,” “I’ll Get You,” and “You Know My Name (Look Up The
Number)” are presented in mono. Packaging, notes and photographic content is
based on the 2009 CD release.

 

 

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