Last time I posted on getting a bargain on the HMV box set of “Sgt Pepper”. This comes from back in 1987 when the Beatles catalogue was released on Compact Disc for the very first time. EMI used their UK record store chain HMV to release all the titles in special, limited edition 12″ box sets.
The other set I was able to get at the same time was “The Beatles 1962-1966” (which was issued later – in 1993).
This is a limited edition box with the catalogue number BEACD25/11. It contains the well-known Red Album double CD set, and comes with a large-format 12-page colour booklet featuring song reviews, a 16″ x 24″ colour poster of the band (posed in front of a big US flag), and a special metal badge.
The front of the box looks like this:
Note the original price sticker still attached. When you take off the lid, this is what you see:
This is the 12-page booklet, and it is different to the small booklet which comes with the CD itself. It features some great photos, a short essay, and a song-by-song commentary by Andy Davis from Record Collector magazine:
Next in the box there’s a large poster:
Then comes the CD itself, held in place by a special cardboard holder with a slot just right for the CD and it’s outer cardboard sleeve. There’s a small thumb-slot at the bottom to help you get the CD out. This box, by the way, is thicker so that it can accommodate the jumbo-sized double “Red” CD :
Also in the box is a small metal pin or badge:
As already mentioned, the CD’s which come with this are in the red jumbo-sized double CD holder – which comes with a booklet:
Inside the lid of the HMV box there’s a limited edition stamped number:
See also the “Sgt Pepper” HMV box set.