ザ・ビートルズ・ボックス CD+DVD, ボックスセット, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター
2009 Japanese remastered box set. Includes 16 discs along with a DVD. Also includes a bonus Japanese text booklet & OBI. The audio/visual content is the same as all other pressings. EMI.
That slight winge aside,this collection is well packaged and the sleeve notes are informative.
On first hearing the first cd: Please,please me,i can confirm this took me aback with the sound quality, clarity and warmthness and continues throughout the consequent cd albums.none sound sterile or clinical.(a refreshing change).
All the gripes in other reviews about should it have been remixed in sacd (whats that?) etc don't hold up in my opinion.the remastering is highly appropriate and credit to the Abbey road engineers for this.
As for no bonus tracks being included; well in a clever sort of way they are and it's called the past masters double cd collection.i'll leave you to ponder over that - use your loaf folks!!
I have been a Beatles fan now since 1978 to be precise,and this box set release is long overdue and fully updates my Beatles vinyl collection.i give this box set release five stars and won't knock off a star for lack of paperwork.
The Beatles where and are a phenomina and this should introduce them to a whole new generation of admirers.as for the 1 star reviews...pathetic.
I won't go into great detail about each album.....that's been done to death. Suffice to say each one is stunning. There are harmonies and instruments playing I have never heard before. It's as if a curtain has been lifted from the previous issues....the sound is so clear. Its like being in the recording studio. Also the bass and drums are much more pronounced than on previous recordings, with the clarity of the harmonies and subtle backing vocals making you realise how good these boys really were.
Yes there may be some debate as to whet here the early albums should have been remixed into "pretend" stereo but I don't think it detracts from the music at all....I actually quite like it. There have been a few moans about the packaging but I disagree....it's compact and well put together.
If your a diehard Beatles fan like me....buy it....you'll enjoy the music even more. If you're new to The music of The Beatles....(youngsters may not have heard the albums....just the more popular singles)....buy it. It will make you realise how these four young men changed the face of music during the 60s and are still an influence today.
Play them loud on good quality headphones and enjoy!
The only reason I docked a star was that one of the early albums shows a duplicate playlist from Rubber Soul, which shouldn't really happen with a set at this price. However, the digital remixes and sound quality are otherwise excellent and shouldn't deter.
The copy of Sgt Pepper in the box is the 2017 remix. How can this be in a box supposedly pressed in 2012? No genuine box would contain this version.
Furthermore, my box contained pressings from Germany and Canada. A genuine box will feature one or the other.
I knew something was up the minute I saw soon the tatty outer packing and the fact there was no hype card surrounding the box.
Oh, and finally the book is clearly second hand with scuffs, loose pages and general wear and tear.
Disappointed beyond belief that Amazon are selling this. Someone less informed than myself will have parted with £400 for this shambles and might think this is somehow representative of the Beatles quality control.
Now to this particular reissue. I own both this vinyl boxed-set, and the FLAC USB version of the albums. They both sound wonderful, and I love them both. I would say that the 'musicality' of both versions is impeccable. They just sound 'different', but both as credible as each other.
And I'm fed-up of other reviewers 'banging-on' about the vinyl remasters being mastered from the 24-bit 44.1khz FLAC digital versions of the albums offered on the USB-set. Abbey Road, in their wisdom, must have mastered the whole Beatles catalogue in 24-bit 192khz before the issue of the FLAC USB, and I'm sure that they mastered this vinyl set from the 192khz masters. They obviously don't want to pass the original analogue masters through the analogue tape-machines any more than they need too, and IMHO 24-bit 192khz is absolutely indistinguishable from analogue. And I have a high-end Linn stereo to come to this conclusion.
So, in conclusion, these vinyl remasters sound as close as you could as possibly come to owning the original master tapes. And as for you digital critics, just get an LP12, ditch your prejudice and just enjoy the music!
Please Please Me, the song, is in all honesty, a bit of a mess; some tracks on 'A Hard Day's Night' suffer with parts being reduced in volume (whether this is due to the age of the original tape is open to conjecture); whilst 'With The Beatles' has some songs less prominant with the left right separation.
Some more enlightened authorities on here are saying this set is the first time The Beatles core product has been available on CD since 1987. Whilst this is true for most, they're forgetting the 30th Anniversary reissue of the 'White Album'.
As for the packaging, everyone has their own opinions as to what could have been done with respect to that but I certainly don't have a problem with it, nor the cost. What you have to look at is what you get for your money; nothing less than the history of British popular music.Now, that has to be worth having.
I love the packaging. I'm not really a fan of mini LP sleeves, despite having a few. To me they analogous to model cars. The new sleeves, dispensing with plastic, offer a great package of artwork and text and are very high quality prints on quite glossy stock. Having a box of them is a treat. The outer box is especially glossy with a magnetic catch. I have put the paper outer sleeve of the main box away and can now get to the individual albums quickly.
I'm sure the Mono box is great and will have it's strengths but I wholly recommend this set.