The US Albums Box set
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The US Albums marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary first trip to the USA. Just after their arrival in the US in early Feb 1964 the band performed on the Ed Sullivan show and US teenagers from coast to coast caught a huge dose of Beatlemania! The rest they say, is history. This limited edition box set contains 13 discs, each album in a reproduction of the original vinyl packaging with outer plastic case and obi band. Contents Include
Discs 1: Meet The Beatles Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: January 20, 1964
Disc 2: The Beatles' Second Album Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: April 10, 1964
Disc 3: A Hard Day's Night [OST] Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: June 26, 1964
Disc 4: Something New Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: June 20, 1964
Disc 5: The Beatles Story Original Release: November 23, 1964
Disc 6: Beatles '65 Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: December 15, 1964
Disc 7: The Early Beatles Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: March 22, 1964Disc 8: Beatles VI Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: June 14, 1965 Disc 9:HELP! [OST] Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: August 13, 1965 Disc 10: Rubber Soul Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: December 6, 1965 Disc 11: Yesterday and Today Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: June 20, 1966 Disc 12: Revolver Mono Mix & Stereo Mix, Original Release: august 8, 1966 Disc 13: Hey Jude Original Release: February 26, 1970
Top Customer Reviews
1) This is NOT a complete box set of the Beatles' output in America, and contains no material from 1967 onwards.
2) The mixes contained on here are those approved by The Beatles and George Martin in the 60s, and NOT the butchered, fake stereo, reverb-laden... etc... tracks issued by Capitol without their consent.
3) Aside from a few unique mixes and quirks preserved for this box (see below), there is no new music on here that you won't find in either the Stereo or Mono boxes released back in 2009 (Apart from a few instrumental tracks on the 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!' soundtracks, that is)
To state the obvious, your interest in this set will largely depend on the level of your interest in The Beatles. This US Albums box is aimed squarely at the completist / collector audience who wants / needs it all.
If you haven't got anything by The Beatles, buy the Mono boxset first, and then get 'The White Album' in stereo, 'Let It Be... Naked' (instead of the original), the 'Yellow Submarine Songtrack' (again, instead of the original), the 'Past Masters' compilation and 'Abbey Road' to complete your collection. This box is just a happy bonus for Beatle nuts who can't get enough of them.
However, this is what you DO get with this set:
1) Well-crafted replica sleeves of the (cheesy) original US Albums listed above, sequenced as per the original Capitol releases, with all the surprising / baffling tracklisting choices associated with them.
2) Mono AND Stereo mixes of almost all of the band's material up to and including Revolver, together with the odds-and-sods, contract-fulfilling, stereo-only compilation 'Hey Jude', released in 1970.Read more ›
As for the music (of course- superb), I'm a fan of many years, but NOT an expert when it comes to the various differences in mixes etc, that made the US albums intriguing for us Brit's. However, what I CAN say is:
This collection IS NOT just a reformatting/re-sequencing of the 2009 remasters, as has been presumed by some (myself included), though the differences aren't listed anywhere in the notes. This isn't an 'archealogical dig' folks. Of course, it made sense to get rid of the horrible 'fake stereo' tracks (which were enough to drive you nuts through headphones) & the original US applied reverb was an acquired taste. Never having owned all the US albums, I can't go into this in great detail (though someone will I'm sure)& personally I actually LIKED IT on 'The Beatles Second Album': one of the few I picked-up years ago & thought: "Hey!- this sounds kinda different!". Well- in that instance, the reverb's gone. But fear not: the mono versions of 'I Feel Fine' & 'She's A Woman' have their reverb intact & still sound like they were recorded in an aircraft hanger (for better or worse).Read more ›
However a closer look reveals some frustrating flaws which for something which seems to have been designed and created so meticulously - is unforgivable.
Firstly - packaging - the early to mid sixties US Beatles albums had 2 part covers pasted onto cardboard stock. The back sheet also contained top/bottom and spine info and was pasted to the back first and then wrapped around the sides. The front cover square was then pasted on to complete the cover. These new releases are the opposite way about with the front covers wrapping round to the back. A small observation - but important to those looking for authentic reproductions. Evidently the Japanese version of the box set does does it 'right'.
Secondly - music - Most Beatles mixes were standard the world over but, as with some other countries, the US occasionally got unique mixes and edits. The US also reformatted some of the standard UK supplied mixes to suit american tastes by adding reverb, or converting stereo mixes to mono and vice versa when the correct type of mix wasn't to hand.
These new releases promise to use the correct mono/stereo mixes so in most cases the approved 1st generation UK masters are now used, the US tapes only being used where the mix/edit is unique. All sounds good right? Not Quite...
Again due to factors unknown the set doesn't quite deliver what it promises.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thank you .... despite a bad start (item wet due to heavy rains in France) and my messing up when returning the item everything turned out just fine thanks to your competence .Published 2 months ago by dodu
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Firstly, it took me ages to decide if I really needed this box set, with having all the 2009 re masters, then I watched a review and unboxing on YouTube and quickly (if a little... Read morePublished 5 months ago by lefty
I already have the original and remastered Beatles sets but not the mono versions so when I saw this in the lightning deals I jumped at it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bluebottlethethird
Just got this for myself for Christmas. Already have the capital box sets.but if you are a fan like me go and buy it its fantastic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by steff