The 50th year has kicked off with a bang – the big release of the Beatles The U.S. Albums in a 13 album box set, and as individual titles on CD or digital download. Yesterday the Beatles official website unveiled a new interactive page dedicated to the release (just click on the image below to go there):
Meanwhile on YouTube, this guy was amonst the very first to get a copy of the box set and upload an “unboxing” video showing the contents in detail:
Can anyone out there confirm if these cds are indeed the original mixes released by Capitol. Many folks insist that only the original lp covers have been included in this box set. Further, all the mixes are from other sources, hence don’t sound at all like the original unique Capitol releases. So many stories and I simply will not be able to verify this myself without committing to this purchase. It just should not be so difficult to get this information. All of the marketing sites that I’ve seen are very vague about this issue. Any help on this would be great!
You have asked the question that is on the lips of fans around the world. What exactly are we getting here? Is it really the US albums as they were released originally, or mostly the 2009 digital versions and only the US cover art? Turns out it is the latter – and that is disappointing to many collectors as they already have those songs. Please see the next Beatles Blog post which will look at this in some more detail – using your comments as a stepping off point. In the meantime, to really answer your question have a look at these two sites (Beatles Rarity) which contain all the info you need in intricate detail:
Hope this helps you make up your mind as to whether to shell out $156 on the set. Interested in others views on this too. Would you have preferred the original Capitol mixes, or the fresher 2009 re-mixes?