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The Beatles Stereo Box Set

Disc 1
1 I Saw Her Standing There
2 Misery
3 Anna (Go to Him)
4 Chains
5 Boys
6 Ask Me Why
7 Please Please Me
8 Love Me Do
9 P.S. I Love You
10 Baby It's You
11 Do You Want to Know a Secret
12 A Taste of Honey
13 There's a Place
14 Twist and Shout
15 Please Please Me Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 2
1 It Won't Be Long
2 All I've Got to Do
3 All My Loving
4 Don't Bother Me
5 Little Child
6 Till There Was You
7 Please Mister Postman
8 Roll Over Beethoven
9 Hold Me Tight
10 You Really Got a Hold on Me
11 I Wanna Be Your Man
12 Devil in Her Heart
13 Not a Second Time
14 Money (That's What I Want)
15 With the Beatles Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 3
1 A Hard Day's Night
2 I Should Have Known Better
3 If I Fell
4 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
5 And I Love Her
6 Tell Me Why
7 Can't Buy Me Love
8 Any Time at All
9 I'll Cry Instead
10 Things We Said Today
11 When I Get Home
12 You Can't Do That
13 I'll Be Back
14 A Hard Day's Night Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 4
1 No Reply
2 I'm a Loser
3 Baby's in Black
4 Rock and Roll Music
5 I'll Follow the Sun
6 Mr. Moonlight
7 Kansas City : Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
8 Eight Days a Week
9 Words of Love
10 Honey Don't
11 Every Little Thing
12 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
13 What You're Doing
14 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
15 Beatles for Sale Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 5
1 Help!
2 The Night Before
3 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
4 I Need You
5 Another Girl
6 You're Going to Lose That Girl
7 Ticket to Ride
8 Act Naturally
9 It's Only Love
10 You Like Me Too Much
11 Tell Me What You See
12 I've Just Seen a Face
13 Yesterday
14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy
15 Help! Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 6
1 Drive My Car
2 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3 You Won't See Me
4 Nowhere Man
5 Think for Yourself
6 The Word
7 Michelle
8 What Goes On
9 Girl
10 I'm Looking Through You
11 In My Life/Wait
12 If I Needed Someone
13 Run for Your Life
14 Rubber Soul Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 7
1 Taxman
2 Eleanor Rigby
3 I'm Only Sleeping
4 Love You To
5 Here, There and Everywhere
6 Yellow Submarine
7 She Said She Said
8 Good Day Sunshine
9 And Your Bird Can Sing
10 For No One
11 Doctor Robert
12 I Want to Tell You
13 Got to Get You into My Life
14 Tomorrow Never Knows
15 Revolver Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 8
1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2 With a Little Help from My Friends
3 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
4 Getting Better
5 Fixing a Hole
6 She's Leaving Home
7 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
8 Within You Without You
9 When I'm Sixty Four
10 Lovely Rita
11 Good Morning Good Morning
12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13 A Day in the Life
14 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Documentary [Multimedia Trac

Disc 9
1 Magical Mystery Tour
2 The Fool on the Hill
3 Flying
4 Blue Jay Way
5 Your Mother Should Know
6 I Am the Walrus
7 Hello, Goodbye
8 Strawberry Fields Forever
9 Penny Lane
10 Baby You're a Rich Man
11 All You Need Is Love
12 Magical Mystery Tour Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 10
1 Back in the U.S.S.R.
2 Dear Prudence
3 Glass Onion
4 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
5 Wild Honey Pie
6 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
7 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8 Happiness Is a Warm Gun
9 Martha My Dear
10 I'm So Tired
11 Blackbird
12 Piggies
13 Rocky Racoon
14 Don't Pass Me By
15 Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
16 I Will
17 Julia

Disc 11
1 Birthday
2 Yer Blues
3 Mother Nature's Son
4 Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
5 Sexy Sadie
6 Helter Skelter
7 Long, Long, Long
8 Revolution 1
9 Honey Pie
10 Savoy Truffle
11 Cry Baby Cry
12 Revolution 9
13 Good Night
14 The Beatles Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 12
1 Yellow Submarine
2 Only a Northern Song
3 All Together Now
4 Hey Bulldog
5 It's All Too Much
6 All You Need Is Love
7 Pepperland
8 Sea of Time
9 Sea of Holes
10 Sea of Monsters
11 March of the Meanies
12 Pepperland Laid Waist
13 Yellow Submarine in Pepperland
14 Yellow Submarine Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 13
1 Come Together
2 Something
3 Maxwell's Silver Hammer
4 Oh! Darling
5 Octopus's Garden
6 I Want You (She's So Heavy)
7 Here Comes the Sun
8 Because
9 You Never Give Me Your Money
10 Sun King
11 Mean Mr. Mustard
12 Polythene Pam
13 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
14 Golden Slumbers
15 Carry That Weight
16 The End
17 Her Majesty
18 Abbey Road Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 14
1 Two of Us
2 Dig a Pony
3 Across the Universe
4 I Me Mine
5 Dig It
6 Let It Be
7 Maggie Mae
8 I've Got a Feeling
9 One After 909
10 The Long and Winding Road
11 For You Blue
12 Get Back
13 Let It Be Documentary Multimedia Track

Disc 15
1 Love Me Do Single Version
2 From Me to You
3 Thank You Girl
4 She Loves You
5 I'll Get You
6 I Want to Hold Your Hand
7 This Boy
8 Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand I Want to Hold Your Hand
9 Sie Liebt Dich She Loves You
10 Long Tall Sally
11 I Call Your Name
12 Slow Down
13 Matchbox
14 I Feel Fine
15 She's a Woman
16 Bad Boy
17 Yes It Is
18 I'm Down

Disc 16
1 Day Tripper
2 We Can Work It Out
3 Paperback Writer
4 Rain
5 Lady Madonna
6 The Inner Light
7 Hey Jude
8 Revolution
9 Get Back
10 Don't Let Me Down
11 The Ballad of John and Yoko
12 Old Brown Shoe
13 Across the Universe
14 Let It Be
15 You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)

Disc 17
1 Please Please Me Documentary DVD
2 With the Beatles Documentary DVD
3 A Hard Day's Night Documentary DVD
4 Beatles for Sale Documentary DVD
5 Help! Documentary DVD
6 Rubber Soul Documentary DVD
7 Revolver Documentary DVD
8 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Documentary DVD
9 Magical Mystery Tour Documentary DVD
10 The Beatles (White Album) Documentary DVD
11 Yellow Submarine Documentary DVD
12 Abbey Road Documentary DVD
13 Let It Be Documentary DVD

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitar, piano, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, piano, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

Apple/Capitol/EMI 2009 stereo remasters of all 13 official Beatles albums plus Past Masters

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(80%)
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Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Career perfection

As bands go it doesn't get much better than The Beatles for great music and incredible songwriting. The question is, do you need their box set? For most fans of rock music the answer is Yes. If you already have copies of their best albums that sound fine to you I suppose you could skip this. But for fans stuck with old CDs or vinyl in poor shape, this is the perfect opportunity to get the whole show for a reasonable price.

I'm no audiophile but I know what I like, and to me these new remasters sound pretty damn good. The mix is quite nice and new things pop out here and there that I'd not heard before. The packaging is a joke of course, but 99% of box set packaging is a joke. Just something we have to deal with. Instead of proper jewel cases they come in these lame paper sleeves guaranteed to cause disc wear eventually and wear out pretty fast. The selling points are many however. First, you get everything. All of the proper studio albums are here, along with both parts of the fantastic "Past Masters" collection of rarities. All are lovingly presented in the best possible sound. Next, the booklets are well done. Each album's booklet features great photography, with dates and places for each photo, and come with lengthy historical and recording notes. George Martin's comments one each album are particularly interesting to read. Last, they throw in a bonus DVD with a mini-featurette of each album. The whole thing totals less than one hour, so it is pretty thin really, but nevertheless enjoyable. If you can't afford to purchase the whole set and wish to get a good sampling of the band's career by buying individual CDs, I'd recommend Please Please Me, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, and Let It Be-Naked. These are their four best albums and cover each of their stylistic phases well.

If you are a parent or uncle/aunt of teenagers, do them a favor and give them this box set for a birthday or Christmas present. Every kid should have the chance for a Beatles obsession phase and experience the days when music was special.

Review by baz91
5 stars This is it. This is the boxset with it all. Every song released by The Beatles is here, remastered in beautiful stereo. As far as music goes, you'd be hardpressed to find a boxset with more influential music and masterpiece songs than right here. The Beatles are one of the greatest bands of all time, and their music is as wonderful today as it was all those years ago. With this boxset, you can discover a wealth of music that has entertained, puzzled and moved millions of people for nearly half a century.

However, the packaging of this boxset is quite bizarre. While most boxsets allow you to select an item without disturbing the others, this set makes you do a bit more work. Let me describe the experience of opening the box for the first time. Upon removing the dust sleeve, and opening the magnetic 'door' of the box, two albums beam up at you: 'Please Please Me' and 'Magical Mystery Tour'. These appear to be stacked on top of the other albums, and these two stacks are held in place by the packaging of the box itself. You're wondering exactly how to remove the stacks, when you notice a small black ribbon to the right of each stack. You investigate by pulling this ribbon, and sure enough, the albums appear to rise out of the box. You keep pulling to see how this string works and immediately the albums begin toppling out. You quickly realise that to get just one album, you have to remember the chronological order of The Beatles' albums then move the entire stack just to get that particular album. Putting the album away after you finish is even more of a nightmare.If you have taken the entire of the stack out, great care must be taken so that the ribbon is at the top when you finish replacing the albums, as it is easy for it to get stuck underneath them, therefore making it difficult to pick up the albums again. The design for the box itself is very poor. Compare with the far more straightforward Mono Box Set.

The packaging for the albums themselves, whilst not perfect, is a vast improvement on the grotty 80s CD reissues. Each album comes in a glossy card sleeve, each with it's own set of liner notes in a wonderful glossy book. The notes themselves are brilliant, extremely factual and containing interesting details of each album. These notes are decorated with lots of lovely pictures of The Beatles themselves. Everything from the original albums are there, all the artwork (including the inner gatefold pictures), all the original sleeve notes, even the original poster from The White Album, which is replicated in a miniature form. One aspect I particularly like is the White Album is donned with a sleeve that has 'The BEATLES' embossed on it, to replicate the original sleeve. If you're extremely serious about the CD packaging though, I suggest you check out the Mono Set, in which each album is lovingly replicated in the exact style of the original vinyl record, a mini-LP if you wish. The CDs themselves are a little hard to get to, but in this modern day when we mainly use a CD once or twice to upload it to a computer, this isn't much to complain about.

Now then, the sound. You should read other reviews on the issue of the sound quality, as I am definitely not the expert. Obviously, with 20 years comes much better remastering technology, and these albums certainly sound better than the 80s CDs, but you won't be thinking 'Wow, The Beatles sound so much better now!' Interestingly, the first 4 albums have only now been remastered in stereo, as the 80s versions of these were all in mono. On some of the songs, there is a big difference, the example that I'm thinking of is Tell Me Why from 'A Hard Days Night' in which the music sounds more subdued than it's mono partner. Indeed, there is the argument that the mono Beatles are the better Beatles: more time was spent preparing these tracks in mono than in stereo because people mainly bought mono albums, and stereo was an expensive luxury. Also, with the early albums, the stereo songs sound very unbalanced, as the vocals come from only one channel, and the rest of the music doesn't have much power. However, the later albums sound much better in stereo, and in fact, Abbey Road doesn't have a mono mix at all.

The comparison I've been mainly making is with the Mono Box Set, which is apparently a limited offer, but it seems to have been selling for a while. The mono set is more expensive and, of course, doesn't contain Abbey Road. Also the content of the albums differs between the two sets, eg Helter Skelter is shorter on the mono set, and Blue Jay Way appears without the intermittent backwards music. There are quite a few pros and cons for both the Stereo and the Mono set, it must be said, but since I do not own the Mono set, I cannot judge which is better.

This boxset is an expensive addition to your music collection, but an addition your ears will thank you for. If you already have the good albums, or are otherwise happy with your current collection, then there's no need to go rushing out to buy this. If on the other hand, you really like the Beatles, but only have a couple of the old CDs, this is a great way to restart, and indeed finish your collection. The music in this boxset is timeless, and no band is more worthy of a complete-collection boxset than The Beatles.

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5 stars What can one say about The Beatles that hasn't already been said? Everyone knows and has at least one era of their life listened to them... Almost every band post-1967 was influenced by them. They helped start the Psychedelic Rock movement with albums like Rubber Soul, Revolver and Stg. Pepp ... (read more)

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