London – October 27, 2012 –
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 November 13th in North America.
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
cut-outs, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”