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Beatles vinyl reissues: what would you like to see?
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4 November 2009
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I posted this on the Beatles Examiner site, but I think it's worth a repost here to get a conversation going.

Apple have confirmed that they're working on remastered vinyl reissues of The Beatles' back catalogue. Now, it's pretty obvious that they need to do something special to make people buy them all over again, particularly since the CD remasteres were touted as the collections to have.

Jeff Jarvis, head of Apple, told Mojo magazine: ""They are incredibly complicated in terms of getting the masters right and getting the packages right. ... How do you assemble them? How do you put them in a box? How much do they cost? We want to make sure we're doing it right and that people get real value from it."

So… here's my suggestion. Forget about a box set containing all the albums - they've done that trick with the CDs. Instead, release individual box sets for each album. Give the fans something proper to get excited about.

Think about what Radiohead did with In Rainbows (and others have since, including Macca as the Fireman/Electric Arguments). Release the album on heavyweight vinyl, add a bonus CD of alternative mixes/takes and a code to download digitally.

Here's the killer. Throw in some reproduction memorabilia (Beatles wigs, board game, ticket stubs etc), contemporary news reports, and some proper historical liner notes (the Kevin Howlett ones for the remasters were pretty poor, unless one gets excited reading about 'bouncing down' reduction mixes over and over). A hardback book would be nice too, with the last word on each album. Quality vinyl is a must.

What do people think? Would you buy these? Here in the UK that sort of thing typically sells for around £40-50 - about $90. It would be prohibitively expensive for most people, but I know I'd save up for them. I think they'd actually be quite popular - the mono remasters sold more than I expected, and Apple Corps would be happy at making yet more cash.

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If it's a coffee table book you're after, this is lovely: http://www.beatlesbible.com/bo.....of-vision/ (though the table in the pics is my dining room one, not a coffee table!)

I was lucky enough to be sent a freebie – before then I was skeptical that it would be worth purchasing, but I was impressed with the care and attention to detail, and the feel of the set. I still wouldn't put my CDs in there though, as it's an impractical way to store them. Anyway, one of the books has front and rear cover reproductions of the US and UK albums, in full size.

Apparently the guy behind it is working on a John Lennon one in time for the October-December celebrations. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Joe said:

If it's a coffee table book you're after, this is lovely: http://www.beatlesbible.com/bo.....of-vision/ (though the table in the pics is my dining room one, not a coffee table!)

I was lucky enough to be sent a freebie – before then I was skeptical that it would be worth purchasing, but I was impressed with the care and attention to detail, and the feel of the set. I still wouldn't put my CDs in there though, as it's an impractical way to store them. Anyway, one of the books has front and rear cover reproductions of the US and UK albums, in full size.

Apparently the guy behind it is working on a John Lennon one in time for the October-December celebrations. a-hard-days-night-john-1


 

High attention to detail except for cd storage? I wonder if he'll consider a slimmed down version because the book portion looks great.

So based on this one, do you plan to buy the John Lennon version (and the McCartney, Harrison, and Starkey editions that will no doubt follow)? If they had little legs, you could line them up for a decent length coffee table. brian-epstein

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I bought a Rubber Soul one.

It was a 'faux' gold-vinyl in it.

Costed only 15 bucks.a-hard-days-night-john-2

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