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23 seven-inch singles in a box • Cut from original mono/stereo tapes

The Beatles / The Singles Collection seven-inch box set


Apple Corps and Universal Music will issue The Singles Collection in November, a new Beatles box set that gathers all of their seven-inch vinyl single releases together in one box set.

The package gathers all 22 UK singles from the original era with their respective B-sides (or AA-side in the case of some). The exception to this is 1995’s ‘Free As A Bird’, which is the 23rd and final seven-inch included in this package, but becomes a double A-side with 1996’s Real Love. The original B-sides of those two Anthology-era singles – ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ and a live recording of ‘Baby’s In Black’ – are ignored). The EPs aren’t included in The Singles Collection, so no ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ or ‘Long Tall Sally’, for example.

Every single here reached number one in the UK charts, except ‘Love Me Do’ (#17), ‘Please Please Me’ (#2) ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/’Penny Lane’ (#2) ‘Something’ (#4), ‘Let It Be’ (#2), Free As A Bird (#2) and Real Love (#4).

To make things interesting these seven-inch singles will use various international cover art, so the ‘Love Me Do’ sleeve is from the USA, ‘She Loves You’ from Germany and ‘Ticket to Ride’ is from Sweden (‘Free As A Bird’ had the same artwork everywhere).

Each seven-inch single is pressed on heavyweight vinyl (incorrectly described as “180g” by the label) and these are “newly cut for vinyl from their original mono and stereo master tapes” by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios.



The front cover of this box set is consistent with previous packages like the 2014 The Beatles in Mono vinyl box and this comes with a 40-page booklet with notes by Kevin Howlett.

Sadly, in this rather vinyl obsessed age, this singles box set isn’t being issued on CD. I doubt it was even considered but a set with Japanese style 3″ CD singles would have been cool.

The Singles Collection will be released on 22 November 2019. This is described as a ‘limited edition’ box although we don’t know how limited it is.

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1962 [SLEEVE ART: U.S.]
1 A: Love Me Do
2 B: P. S. I Love You

1963 [SLEEVE ART: CHILE]
1 A: I Want To Hold Your Hand
2 B: This Boy

1963 [SLEEVE ART: GREECE]
1 A: She Loves You
2 I’ll Get You

1963 [SLEEVE ART: ITALY]
1 A: Please Please Me
2 B: Ask Me Why

1963 [SLEEVE ART: NORWAY]
1 A: From Me To You
2 B: Thank You Girl

1964 [SLEEVE ART: AUSTRIA]
1 A: Can’t Buy Me Love
2 B: You Can’t Do That

1964 [SLEEVE ART: HOLLAND]
1 A: A Hard Day’s Night
2 B: Things We Said Today

1964 [SLEEVE ART: SWEDEN]
1 A: I Feel Fine
2 B: She’s A Woman
1965 [DO

DOUBLE A-SIDE / SLEEVE ART: FRANCE]
1 A: We Can Work It Out
2 A: Day Tripper

1965 [SLEEVE ART: BELGIUM]
1 A: Help!
2 B: I’m Down

1965 [SLEEVE ART: SPAIN]
1 A: Ticket To Ride
2 B: Yes It Is

1966 [DOUBLE A-SIDE / SLEEVE ART: ARGENTINA]
1 A: Eleanor Rigby
2 A: Yellow Submarine

1966 [SLEEVE ART: TURKEY]
1 A: Paperback Writer
2 B: Rain

1967 [DOUBLE A-SIDE / SLEEVE ART: AUSTRALIA]
1 A: Strawberry Fields Forever
2 A: Penny Lane

1967 [SLEEVE ART: MEXICO]
1 A: Hello, Goodbye
2 B: I Am The Walrus

1967 [SLEEVE ART: WEST GERMANY]
1 A: All You Need Is Love
2 B: Baby, You’re A Rich Man

1968 [SLEEVE ART: JAPAN]
1 A: Lady Madonna
2 B: The Inner Light

1968 [SLEEVE ART: SOUTH AFRICA]
1 A: Hey Jude
2 B: Revolution

1969 [SLEEVE ART: DENMARK]
1 A: Get Back
2 B: Don’t Let Me Down

1969 [SLEEVE ART: ISRAEL]
1 A: Something
2 B: Come Together

1969 [SLEEVE ART: PORTUGAL]
1 A: The Ballad Of John And Yoko
2 B: Old Brown Shoe

1970 [SLEEVE ART: UK]
1 A: Let It Be
2 B: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

1995 / 1996 [EXCLUSIVE DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE / SLEEVE ART: WORLDWIDE]
1 A: Free As A Bird [1995]
2 A: Real Love [1996]

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bobbysdad

Has anyone seen it cheaper than Discrepancy Records AU$379.99 [FREE delivery included] in Australia yet, please?
JB-HIFI have it listed at AU$399 [+ AU$4.99 delivery].
Both sites don’t appear to have stock tho’.

bobbysdad

UPDATE: JB-HIFI are no longer selling it, but Discrepency Records still are but have upped the price by AU$20 to AU$399.99 & still offering FREE Delivery.

Jim Galvin

This box set is discouraging me from ever buying vinyl again. I was on board from the get go even saying they should have done a complete US/UK singles box 2 years ago. That said, I received my box set last friday here in the U.S. and when I finally got to play it Saturday evening I was appalled at how bad some of it was. First off, MOST of the singles were warped. Next, the quality of some of the pressings leave the sound very distorted (before anyone says it’s my cartridge, i’m using an Ortofon 2M Red that has less than 200 playing hours on it). One non warped single was A Hard Day’s Night/Things We Said Today but that crackled a bit at the end of side A. Next up were I Feel Fine/She’s A Woman, We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper, Help!/I’m Down, Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is which were all distorted like they had been played on a jukebox 1000 times. Get Back/Don’t Let Me Down was warped and off center. All the warped ones played through without the needle jumping off the record but at $200+ they should have taken more care for these releases. Quality Control is gone. I’m waiting on a replacement and expecting a recall because as i’m finding out i’m not the only one that received warped discs. (Steve Hoffmann Forums)

Bip

Everything you say is true. and ,in addition to the use of the historically innacurate wet LP mix of Ask Me Why instead of the less reverbed dry single mix ,I believe quality control is a major issue for this set.
The quality of these pressings pales in comparison to the RSD red box 45rpm release from a few years ago.
I believe all of these new boxes were pressed in Germany
.Apple/Universal should clearly up its game.I’m sure there are better pressing plants around.
I will probably hang on to my box.I’m afraid if I return it,the replacement will suffer from the same issues.

Bip

I would also like to add that,despite the warpage of several of the singles,they all played on my player and visually the packaging is a 10 out of 10.
I do not regret buying it.
I just wish that the quality of the vinyl was much better.

Odonnell

I wish i had read your comments before buying. I opened this on Christmas day and my jaw dropped at how shit it was. I own French and Italian OVs that sound great although bought on flea markets. I took the to the shop where i got a total refund after we compared on thw cheap shop turntable.
O

Derek

I believe the faults as you list were always typical of vinyl , which is why we so happily dumped the format in favour of CD’s back in the ’80’s ! It seems ridiculous that a music industry desperate for revenue have brought vinyl back with the same flaws and people have just bought into it . The packaging is admittedly far more attractive than CD’s but you don’t play the covers , and vinyl is a fatally flawed media for music .

Mike

Can anyone confirm if the worldwide releases are all identical – pressing origin, labelling, etc. I normally buy the UK / EU releases but these always seem to more expensive than other country versions, even with postage added. but if they are all the same, I want to save money!

Bip

This is a beautiful set,although the Sie Liebt Dich/Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand 1964 German Picture Sleeve Odeon single would have worked well as a bonus 45 rpm .
It’s non-inclusion is a minor missed opportunity for Apple.

hendry doran

Got my box set this afternoon

M.Abram

The pitchforks and torches are out over at Steve Hoofman, thanks to Michael Fremer’s “review”.Comedy gold.

Peter Kavanagh

Not quite, but definitely will hurt Fremer’s reputation, he will get some kudos for sticking by his original review but will be mocked re his hearing and digital sound artifacts allegedly being present ( my description ) given Sean Magee insists that 20 of the 24 singles are true AAA.

Oliver

Any idea what this version is all about?
https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/the-beatles-the-singles-collection/hnum/9509372

The call it: “The Singles Collection (Limited Edition) (Non Japan-Made Discs)” and charge €280 +

ZoetMB

There’s no such thing as AAA for a CD release. At best, it can be AAD because a CD always requires a digital master. The first letter is for recording, the second for mixing and the third for mastering. Now you can have an analog mix and an analog master, but that analog master would still have to be copied to a digital master for CD, streaming or downloading.

DJ XREY

Paul…When I saw this on SDE I immediately thought “uh-oh: here we go again with the arguments about which tracks, versions, mixes, and covers will be used.” There’s no way Universal can make everyone happy. I’m glad Apple Corp. finally standardized their catalog in 2009 with the UK c0nfigurations. The UK albums and single releases were often different (as were The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, and many other UK-based acts) compared to North America and many international territories. My fellow Americans won’t stop crying about wanting The Beatles US albums and the singles Capitol Records drowned in reverb for this market, which btw, has always out-sold the UK, so Capitol knows this market. “Yesterday” is one of the most played radio songs of all time, and without being a US single, it wouldn’t have gotten as much airplay. It’s a shame the UK didn’t release it too. I’m also glad Giles Martin finally put the “mono/stereo” debate to rest with his fresh, punchier stereo album mixes of Sgt. Pepper, and The Beatles (“white album”) that the mono versions always possessed. Finally after 50 years their catalog has some consistency. By now I believe I have their songs on CD in mono and stereo, in the US and UK versions, and am now awaiting a more mono compatible remix of some of the earlier albums as time allows. I just hate to see the vinyl crowd post their 1-star reviews on Amazon because “their Abbey Road vinyl is warped/scratched/skips” instead of contacting the seller where it will actually help them. I hope the new singles collection doesn’t have the same issues (now it will be big spindle holes, punch-outs, or little holes). I don’t need this box because my CD’s rule!

winston groome

why the desire for the boring consistency of everything sounding the same ?
the difference in recordings over the years is to be applauded for it shows the group going from young band to maturing individual artist.
the martin mixes are a tilt towards a modernistic brand of blah sound that will never match the freshness of the originals.

Jim Galvin

What’s wrong with wanting the Capitol U.S. albums reissued? That’s how I grew up with them. Also, I own the Stereo & Mono sets on CD and Vinyl and the Capitol Masters Vol 1 & 2. Having original (my version of original) recordings again on vinyl would be nice. This singles collection should be melted down and repressed correctly though.

Dieter Leclercq

I’m a bit disappointed that the Larry Williams covers ” bad boy”, “slow down”, and “matchbox” aren’t included! They sound so rock and roll and it would be great to play them as a single!

Jamie

You could pick up the repressing of the Long Tall Sally EP which came out on RSD awhile back. It has 2 of those 3 songs and it would fit nicely next to the others in the box.

william

Collection wise, these look fantastic. Music wise, I’m happy with my cds/vinyls I have. If I ever find this at a bargain basement price, I would get one then.

Stephanie

Really love the work you do on this site Paul. When you first posted this on your site,I immediately went and ordered it from AmazonUSA. However,when I checked out,my total was $29 less than was posted on your site. I guess timing is everything because I have checked several times since then and the price has been what you had posted.
And I really like the picture sleeves coming from different countries for this set.
Thx for the info,
Steph

Mickey Ward

The big $64,000 question is: are these going to be full analog (AAA) pressings or digital->analog (a la the Stereo Albums Vinyl set)? The tricky phrasing of “newly cut for vinyl from their original mono and stereo master tapes” gives me serious doubts that it will be AAA.

craig lee

When can we know if they are AAA?

Bip

I hope that this box contains the original dedicated mono mixes.
Previous Beatles UK vinyl 45RPM singles boxes mistakenly used stereo fold downs for some of the tracks ,such as Yellow Submarine and All You Need Is Love.
PLEASE get it right this time!

Norbert

Squeeze that apple…

Paul Taylor

I have around half a dozen singles box sets in my collection although none as large as 23 singles. I don’t play them very often but some get an outing now and then. If I wanted to buy this it would be no different as I buy stuff to play it at least twice! :-D
Regional variations are nothing new, and I fail to understand why folk are getting knickers in a twist about this box being the UK releases and/or the later two A sides being coupled. I’m sure Apple will be more than happy to wrench Dollars, Euros or any other currencies from people’s wallets in the future if there’s demand for regional variants!
It’s a collectors’ piece presented in a nice box, with 23 records in picture sleeves working out at less than £9 each. On that basis alone it represents reasonable value. Ok, you might not want to spend £200 on a bunch of singles but that’s down to CHOICE.
You might want to question WHY when they’ve been reissued so often previously…….

Simon

Slightly off topic… went along to listen to Hornsey Road tonight. Very enjoyable, although a shame the lawyers turned the screws and prevented the playing of the new element of the tape that was set to be the big finish.

bruce kelso

between 1964 and 1970 emi/ parlophone/apple issued 66 singles in the philippines . over half were unique couplings. so where is that box set? also in Portugal there were no singles as the ep was the norm. with again unique track listing and many cover images unseen else where that would make a great box. and how bout in india where the 78 rpm was still in use until 1966, how bout a box of 10 inches that play 45 as a box set. as with the Philippines many weird tracks were used. this of course will never happen.

Cobber Outback Gummidge

No Aussie No 1’s like Ob-la-di or While My Guitar Gently Weeps?
This is a load of twaddle, Apple.

michael1984

I have the original CD issue of this from the 90s. I have both of the Past Masters sets. No interest in vinyl and they didn’t even have the consideration to reissue the 2 Anthology singles with their REAL B-Sides (double 7 inch would not only made it possible but would have boosted the price!). Another Beatles cash grab like the vinyl only Christmas “singles” box with no CD included.

It seems like Apple gets things really right (Sgt. Pepper & White Album 50th box sets) or really wrong (see above).

Michael

Normally I go for anything Beatles, and although I like the overall design of the ‘Singles Collection,’ I find nothing nostalgic or even attractive about most of the 45 RPM record sleeve art that was chosen. Even the physical design of the records themselves have been manufactured with small diameter LP record holes, so the vinyl itself doesn’t really look like a 45 RPM record from the 1960’s.

Even though there were just four records included in the 2011 “The Singles Box Set,” by the Beatles, which I own, those four 45’s are a much better and more satisfying reproduction than what’s offered in this deluxe box set. Really a shame.

Tobias

Just when I took a step back letting my wallet rest after the Abbey Road 50″ releases, Apple does this! :) I pressed buy, but really wish this wouldn’t be released until next year. I mean, McCartney Archives will probably release London Town/BTTE later this year and will not be for free. But what can you do! It’s a lovely item this one and it will look good among the other boxsets at home. And my life will be even more complete yada yada :)
I like it but you get the idea?

Dave Douglass

Two things wrong with this box set. It should be the U. S. singles and have the U. S. sleeve art.

SuperSteve

Nah, the US couldn’t even get the albums right… :)

Dave Douglass

What about UK singles in the 60’s didn’t have picture sleeve art. Only Penny Lane and Ballad of John and Yoko had them.

Dave Douglass

Wasn’t Ballad but Let It Be.

Leemer

Why? Were there more singles in the USA?

J T

Released as singles in the U.S. but not the UK and so missing from this set include their biggest hit and some of their best-loved songs:
“Yesterday”
“And I Love Her”
“If I Fell”
“Twist And Shout”
“Nowhere Man”
“Eight Days A Week”
“The Long And Winding Road”

Also missing:
“Michelle”
“Ob-La-Di”
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Most if not all these tracks appeared on EPs in the UK, which were relegated to a different chart. I would expect we’ll eventually see a UK EP box. (For that matter, I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see a U.S. singles box.)

Ben Williams

Why is that? They are a British band after all.

johneffay

Nice looking box which will sit nicely next to the mono one, but there are some horrible covers in there. I wonder what the selection criterion was? I’ve not seen the Danish ‘Get Back’ before – Why would you choose a shot up Ringo’s nose over some of the other variations available?

Anyway, it’s not for me, although if they put them all on 2 or 3 CDs I’d probably pick that up.

Jamie

Does anyone know if this will be available in actual record shops? I want to go and buy it in HMV like the good old days! I hope it won’t be one of those situations where it sells out fast and is then only seen on eBay for ridiculous prices. I must admit I’m a little disappointed (they can’t please everyone!) I would have rather seen faithful UK reproductions but as they have gone this route they may as well have used coloured vinyl.

Neil gregory

Prob is a lot of early- mid era singles released in U.K. had plain covers. Personally I think the world release variety of covers is more interesting

Geoff Kavanagh

The only comment I have to make about this new set is that we should all remember that the record company is in business to make money. If you happen to like or want an item, you buy it.

For those who want this material on CD, I suggest that you search out the 1992 box sets “The Beatles CD Singles Collection” and “The Beatles Compact Disc EP Collection” which can still be found for reasonable prices. Both of these sets use UK sleeve designs for the discs.

James Sanders

kavanagh thanks for the memory jog ! forgot about those earlier boxes. if i was in the market th cd singles would be the set to go for. 7in vinyl singles are just a pain in the ass to handle.

Martin

Are we getting the original version of Love Me Do with Ringo on drums? Or the “Andy White” version?

Andreas

Probably the way it was released in the US, because of the sleeve

Ian E

This is shockingly expensive. Why am I being compelled to buy this?

Oh….I’m not.

Ok, so… yet another missed opportunity to issue a special one-off edition of Carnival of Light. When will these record companies ever listen?

My serious contribution to this is that it looks rather a beautifully done package. It’s a really lovely object and thanks to Apple for making it so. £185 doesn’t seem too pricey for such a desirable artifact. I’ve read the comments about tracking down Beatles 7 inch records at record fairs for way less money. That’s a very valid point, but this set is brand spanking new and we all love to unbox one of those (excepting those who are loathe to remove the box shrink wrap). For example I still get a disproportionate amount of pleasure out of the Beatles mono box because of the epic quality and attention to detail. I mean the bling element, the box, the sleeves, the inners. And that’s before I even proceed to playing a disc. I really love the international aspect of this new set. It was a fun idea and I bet those people who spring for it will not have a moment of regret. The trick is, if you can afford it, to press “buy” and then not think about the financial aspect of the transaction ever again.

Craig Hedges

Paul, I love this site, it’s the only one I have dedicated link to on my phone and look in several times a day. You’re doing a great job, sad to read that it not appreciated by some people. Not trying to add to your workload but have you considered adding a snap poll on major releases like this where there are going to be a lot of comments, just a couple of questions eg, do you like? Are you going to buy?

H

Well said Craig it’s clear there are quite a few negatives creeping in which Paul does not deserve – he does a cracking job bringing everything together and would hate to think his efforts are not appreciated – they certainly are by me . Information and discussion is great but don’t shoot the messenger – negative opinions are fine but shouldn’t be personalised and should be aimed at the record labels and artists ( who usually have some creative input so know what’s being put out and its cost ) . Love the idea of a snap poll – you could run it like Juke Box Jury (look it up – sorry really showing my age now ) – it would be interesting to see a count if people are going to buy or not.

Rowly75

A poll oh god! 52per cent yes. 48 per cent no probably hahahaha!

RJS

“52per cent yes. 48 per cent no”

SDExit!

JayCee

Looking forward to the Let It Be / Get Back megabox next May and the EP Collection on vinyl for Christmas 2020… keep ‘em coming, lads!

george glazener

@JayCee; Now you are, but wait until you see the prices…! LOL.

george glazener

I can just hear the conversation now in some APPLE accountant’s office:

“Ok People: They paid us $79.95 for Sgt. Pepper without flinching. Then they paid us $84.95 for The White Album with nary a whimper. Then they gladly paid us $89.95 for Abbey Road with no questions asked. And all those albums were readily available in many other forms prior to these SDE releases. So let me ask the members of the board seated here today: For a long out of print movie, and with unprecedented demand and anticipation for what’s being called “The Holy Grail” of Beatle’s reissues, where shall we price next year’s “Let it Be” DVD, CD, Blu-Ray SDE, 100-page Book and 5-Bonus CD package?

“499.95”, answers Brenda Sue.

“I say 549.95”, replies Angie Lou.

Then Cindy Lu Hoo pipes up: “My research supports a suggested retail price of 599.95, complete with a free bonus 18” x 24” full color poster of The Beatles on the Rooftop.

All hands clap in unified approval, and the price is thus set.
“Let’s share the good news with the good folks at SuperDeluxeEditon. Thanks everyone.!”

excerptsoon

I don’t like the sleeves and the price vs content is almost obscene.

Even with the increase in used trendy hip vinyl prices, people would IMO be better off getting the all-analogue 1970s green sleeve Parlophone reissues of all the Beatles 45s. As recently as five years ago these could be found at record fairs etc for between £1 and £3 each. Probably a bit more expensive nowadays, but over time I’m sure you could pick the whole lot up for £5 or under each. They sold well at the time and are not rare. IIRC most of them were pressed from the original 1960s stampers.

What a shame the amazing-sounding, amazing-looking analogue vinyl Beatles LPs from 2014 have long ago disappeared from stores and shelves. They were the bees knees and worth every penny..

Tim Abbott

As a former fan of The Beatles who one day realised the truth (that they’re the McDonalds of pop music and I never want to eat a Big Mac again), my initial thought was that this was spending two hundred quid on an inferior and much fiddlier version of an album that’s available for 10% of the price.

But looking at this again, the premise is satisfying, and their team has obviously put some effort into making this desirable both visually and sonically; I wonder if this might be the benchmark for comprehensive singles sets from the other big hitters (Queen are the first that spring to mind and their own singles box sets a few years ago were a disaster)?

It’s sad that the 7″ single is more or less dead for new music (I’ve bought a total of four new 7″s this year, three of which were on RSD, compared to 30+ for the past few years), but perhaps this might have the knock-on effect of revitalising the format?

RICHARD

Hi Tim

Re your description of the Beatles as the McDonalds of music. Do you mean their ubiquity or from a packaging perspective? I can’t understand how that analogy could be applied to their music, social impact, influence or legacy. I’m not being confrontational, I’m genuinely interested as I’ve never known anyone who has been a fan of the Beatles but then become jaded with them. Best wishes, Richard

Tim Abbott

Good question, Richard – as far as I can explain it, I’ve just lost any sort of passion for their music, despite being a Beatles fanatic in my teens and early 20s. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve overplayed them, or everyone else has (hence the McDonalds analogy; it’s impossible to escape their presence, which doesn’t help), but if I want to listen to 60s pop music these days, I get a lot more enjoyment from bands who’ve taken the Beatles template and done something different with it.

Alongside that, there’s been a saturation of posthumous Beatles releases from Anthology onward that have made their previously flawless back catalogue into something less than incredible. It sounds a bit precious, but that’s tainted my perception of them too; they’re not pop music wizards now, but just another band with some decent songs and a bunch of mediocre unfinished ones too.

MARK LEVY

Actually I just thought, if this is a worldwide release why just focus on the UK singles. Where are the other American number ones? Eight Days A Week, Yesterday and The Long and Winding Road?

seikotsi

I really hope the people who say they will buy and never play it, and the people who care about remastering / remixing / versions used are not the same. I love this site but don’t really understand collectors who do not unpack their music.

AndyHaines

I am slowly replacing vinyl I, (stupidly), got rid of because I got them on CD instead. Granted some copies had been through the mill a bit, but it takes time finding the right quality at the right price. I listen to my vinyl. Always have and always will. There are those who use vinyl, like wine, cars, paintings etc as an investment and not an object to enjoy, God forbid you actually played that first edition album in case you put the slightest mark on and devalued it!! That said, I will admit to buying two copies of certain releases, one to play and one to sell, but I’d never buy something I don’t like purely for resale however tempting.

MARK LEVY

I do. Because I might just want to play them. I’ve got so many

Philip Franklin

How about EMI/APPLE /UMG putting out a reissue of the Beatles In Mono vinyl box set for those who missed the first run, in AAA mastering, of course; now this would be worthy of a rerelease, and surely the demand is there what with the few remaining sets going for insanely deficit prices. Hope you’re reading and thinking, EMI.

stevieb

Totally with you Phillip. I missed out in 2013 because I couldn’t afford it at the time. I did contact Apple about this a couple of years ago but they replied that they had no plans to press further copies. Really can’t see why they wouldn’t, they’d sell them soon enough and would the storage costs be that great?

Liam Bastick

Can I just say for those of us neglected in Australia (I know, change the record…) Townsend Music are doing a brilliant deal [comparatively!] including p&p. It’s not a red hot price, but no additional GST and a very reasonable postage price – well at least for me – to Oz. Definitely worth a mention!

Steve Devery

Just checked Townsend music on your recommendation. Price was 175 sterling plus 44 sterling shipping. Is there a deal I’m not seeing?
JB have the preorder for $399…

CraigH

One more little piece of trivia. This set was released in Japan and Europe in 1989 on 3″ CDs. 22 CDs … obviously without the Free As A Bird/Real Love single.

Scott Sparks

With the same sleeves?

CraigH

The singles collection was released on CD back in 1992 in the US. 22 CDs with everything contained here sans the Free As A Bird/Real Love single. Maybe this has already been mentioned, but I didn’t read all 150+ comments. Apologies if already covered. Just bringing it up because I did read several comments that stated that people wish this was available on CD.

MFG

Would like to have a 3-CD version of this:

Disc One: from Love Me Do to She’s A Woman
Disc Two: from We Can Work It Out to Baby You’re a Rich Man
Disc Three: from Lady Madonna to Real Love

I never liked the Past Masters discs because they are missing the 1967 singles. Jumping from Revolver-era to White Album-era songs is too abrupt.

Granted, Magical Mystery Tour sort of works as an album on its own (a nice supplement to Sgt. Pepper). But it would be nice to have a CD set with a continuous run of the singles, and no German-language versions. :-)

gootsy

I agree, I think about it every time I’m listening to past masters. I think they should have released MMT as the mini-album (or double single) it originally was and add the b-side on past masters.

thomas solimine

Another label/artist cash grab. The DM box is clearly a cash grab as is this Beatles box. A rather function-less memento from a by-gone era. Is this Beatles released targeted to the generation in which it was released? That would be people in their 70’s. Newer vinyl buyers/collectors? Likely, so the price gets jacked up. Sorry, as usual, I will pass.

Matt

thomas solimine – no one is forcing you to buy this.

wayne A KLEIN

…but which version of “Free As A Bird” as I recall Jeff Lynne went back for the Anthology digital releases and reworked it a little bit.

Ma

Hi Paul
Loved the link Ben supplied . Hours of enjoyment to come. Off the top of your head is there any good books about said info. Would love to know.
Ta MJ

Steve Benson

Thank goodness, a Beatles deluxe edition I don’t need to or want to buy. Think of the savings!
Years ago I bought the full set in a Black box with Gold lettering – was it World Record Club? That’ll do me. Also I don’t care for the international picture sleeves – sometimes using a picture from a period different from the time the single was issued.

AndyB

Dumb question: Will the Xmas records ever see the light of day on CD? I patiently wait.

RODOLFO MIGUEL MARTIN

No happy and satisfied with the good sells of Abbey Road Anniversary Edition, now they come out with the vinyl singles. I think it is a bad timing. Maybe this is only for super core fans. I can;t complaint. This is a free world. You can buy or let it go. I don’t see the reason to buy the singles if one owns the remastered LPs. I only hope to see the release of Let it Be deluxe soon and after that, EMI should be working on deluxe editions of all the other albums prior to Sgt, Pepper in whatever order they want..It will happen.
About the sleeve art of these new singles, there are so many different sleeves around the world, that every country should release the singles in their own original cover art. Japan will probably do it. Sorry for those who have to make a big effort in order to keep up with their Beatles collection. Happy not to be one of those although I am a big fan.
The Beatles taught the language of Shakespeare to several generations of non-English speakers around the world. I am one of those who learned a lot from those lyrics because I knew there were no silly lyrics with that great music. This was in the early 70s, maybe late late 60s and I remember buying a book with all Lennon-McCartney lyrics. Unfortunately, Harrison’s songs were not included which at some point was a big frustration but helped me to realize who had written what. The following step was learning to differentiate when a Paul or John were singing (even as a parent, I continue playing with my kids in the car “Who is singing this one?”. I don’t know why I am telling this. But for most of you who are native English speakers and take if for grant it, non-native English Speakers had to struggle to understand the words. Long life to vinyl (even I don;t buy them), music is great, deluxe editions are always awesome and needed, and long life to this wonderful site.

John McCann

The Beatles,,no silly lyrics,

Rodolfo Martin

John, I know they can sound silly but they are still good pop lyrics. They did it write like Dylan, or Joni Mitchell (some of my favorite writers) but as a kid, been able to sing those song was very enriching to me. WhenI moved to the USA, I was 40 year old and I was so jealous of my kids because they were able to sing The Beatles so naturally. The Beatles invented a culture And a business that that still last. That is respectable. I think people are buying because of the nostalgia. I disagree but everyone is free to buy orbit to buy. I don’t know what I would do if I had more money and more room in my home. I don’t know what I would do if my wife would no be asking me why do you still by records. You are right. Maybe the Beatles lyrics that really shock me came with the last 5 albums and were mostly written by Lennon.

John McCann

Fair enough

Lorenzo

This is a fantastic release. I too would love to have this on CD as well. Heres what I don’t understand. Why is there so much love for the redundant nature of this box and so little for much the same idea for the Depeche Mode box? I hope I can afford it all. Thanks Paul for out of the gate reviews on both!

Rob S

Ryk, you could try TramikiSupplies.co.uk. I’ve used them for outer sleeves for the last few years. Cheers Rob

WOW!

AAA is perhaps the best news Ive ever heard in my life. Holy shi*!

Kudos to the Beatles, no wonder these are unavailable already.

Mike Williams

Just an FYI – in 1976 Both “Got to Get You into My Life”/”Helter Skelter” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”/”Julia” were released for the first time on 7″ singles in the USA only, reaching #7 and #49 respectively.

Steve G

I got a German pressing of GTGYIMLife / Helter Skelter bought when I was 12 on a trip there in 1976.

Chris S

Wish they would release the Mexican EP collection from the early 70’s as a new set.