The Beatles Remasters to Make Vinyl Debut
UPDATED: The 14 sonically enhanced titles that debuted in 2009 will be issued Nov. 13 as 180-gram LPs individually and as a box set.
Check your cartridge and sharpen your stylus: Beatlemania is coming full circle.
The remastered Beatles albums that dropped on 9-9-09 will be released as LPs on Nov. 13, Apple Corps and EMI said Thursday. It’s the first time the sonically polished versions of the treasured records will be available in their original platter format.
The Fab Four’s 12 U.K. studio albums, plus the U.S.-originated Magical Mystery Tour and the double-disc 1988 rarities collection Past Masters Volume One & Two, will be issued on 180-gram vinyl individually and in a limited-edition box set.
The band’s first four albums -- Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night and Beatles for Sale -- will make their U.S. debuts as stereo LPs. The mono versions of the remastered vinyl albums will be released next year. Rubber Soul and Help will use the stereo remixes that Beatles producer George Martin supervised a quarter-century ago.
The LPs will feature such throwback accessories as the poster that came with The Beatles (aka The White Album) and the cutouts from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The box, limited to 50,000 units, will include a 252-page hardcover book written by Kevin Howlett and feature career-spanning photos, a chapter for each of the albums and a look at the creation of the remasters and how the new LPs were prepared. Pricing for the package was not announced.
The remasters were a global hit upon their release in September 2009, coinciding with the debut of The Beatles: Rock Band, the video game that marked the group’s first toe-dip into digital waters. (The albums wouldn’t make their iTunes debut until November 2010.) More than 17 millions units were sold worldwide during the first seven months.
Also coming soon for Beatle lovers and the general public is the restored version the long-out-of-print 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, which hits DVD/Blu-ray on Oct. 8 after a one-night-only screening tonight in select theaters.
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