Look what arrived in the post today:
Yes, it’s the 2015 edition of The Beatles 1 on double vinyl, complete with the Giles Martin remixes and remastering.
This one is staying sealed for now so we can’t show you the detail of what’s inside (for that go to this post to see in detail the 2000 edition). The contents themselves for all editions are very much the same. What we can show are some of the key visual external visual differences between the 2015 edition, directly alongside those from 2014 and the one from 2000.
Firstly that front cover. Two things really. The words “The Beatles” are in yellow on the 2015, while for both the 2014 and 2009 versions those words are sort of a light pink. Also on the 2015 edition the big figure “1” is more solidly coloured in and is a much brighter shade of yellow. Compare the front cover image of the 2015 edition above with 2014 (which is also still sealed and came with a sticker attached to the plastic):
And here’s the older 2009 (which has been opened and hence is not as glossy as the others in the photos). The printing of these two is very similar:
On the rear all covers are very similar. There is just a simple track-listing running down the centre. The part where they differ is at the top right-hand side where logos, barcodes, and the small print about who has the rights to what appears. Firstly 2015 (note the references to Calderstone Productions, the Universal Music Group, and Apple:
Here’s the 2014 edition (again, Calderstone, Universal and Apple):
And lastly the 2009 (back when EMI held the reins):
Finally the spines. Here they are stacked on top of each other. On top is the 2015 edition, then 2014, and on the bottom 2009: There are quite a few variations. (Click on the image to see a larger version).
I don’t have the 2009 vinyl version in my collection yet. There was no sticker on my 2015 copy oddly enough. Haven’t opened it yet. Still busy enjoying 1+.
I think that previous versions will become increasingly rare as Apple intends the 2015 re-mixes to become the new standard and all other editions will be withdrawn.
There was no sticker on my 2015 copy either. There was one on the 2014. And yes – still enjoying 1+ too!