Beatles Reissues on VINYL Finally

Set to ship on November 13th, 2012.

The Beatles Stereo Albums 180g 16LP Limited Edition Box Set, plus available as individual LPs.

All 12 Studio Albums plus Magical Mystery Tour and Past Masters in a Stereo Box Set.

Sourced from the Original Master Tapes.

Cut at Abbey Road Studios by a First-Rate Team of Producers and Engineers.

Proper care and a painstaking series of steps were taken to ensure that music lovers would hear the Fab Four in all their glory. With EMI’s legendary Abbey Road Studios providing the backdrop, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to net what is without doubt the highest fidelity possible and authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings.

At the start of the restoration process, engineers conducted extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes into the digital realm using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance, and poor edits were improved upon as long as it was determined that doing so didn’t at all damage the integrity of the songs. Similarly, de-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. Compression was also used sparingly and only on the stereo versions to preserve the sanctity of the dynamics.

A rigorous string of checks and balances ensured that the results exceeded expectations. Subject to numerous playback tests, songs were auditioned by the remastering team to determine if any lingering mistakes needed correction. The restored versions were also compared side-by-side against the original vinyl pressings (loaded into Pro Tools), and then again auditioned in the same studio where all recent Beatles projects, including Love, were mixed. Once all EQ issues had been addressed, another round of listening litmus tests occurred in still another location. Finalization required the approval of everyone involved in the remastering process. For this project, there was no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Yes, it took a village to get it right.

Each album features original U.K. vinyl album artwork, original U.K. track listings, expanded booklets containing original and newly penned liner notes, recording notes, rare photos, and fold-out packaging. Everything comes housed in a tall, glossy, hard black lift-top case augmented with a magnetic clasp.
I stopped by my local record shop yesterday to pick up one or two of these reissues. To my disappointment the guy there told me they did not have any copies of Abbey Road because all of the ones they received were defective. Apparently they all had extremely obvious surface noise and poor overall sound quality. Reading reviews from customers on Amazon confirms that several of these were pressed very poorly. The White Album is the other one that gets mentioned as having lots of surface noise. I was really excited about these albums being reissued and almost bit on the presell of them, but decided to wait to hear the reports on their sound before committing. It looks like I made the right choice. I'll probably buy one or two of the individual releases when they are on sale but no box set for me. Too bad.
Got Magical Mystery tour because my 1978 Netherlands blue box set didn't have it. Upon first listen the sound is quite good and detailed, the opening horns, drums and bass are all solid and confirm how heavy the Beatles were. The artwork and graphics are all great and well done. I'm satisified with the MMTour at least.
I decided to try Past Masters because it's a unique collection I don't have elsewhere (non-LP singles) and I was curious about these reissues. Mine was at 1/2 Price Books of all places. They seem to carry more new vinyl these days. Anyway, I'm pleasantly surprised by the sound. I don't know if I'll buy any more because I have the Blue Box which is better. I also have the original Capitals and Black and Yellow Parlophones. It's hard to beat the old Parlophones but each one is a $100+ gamble to find a clean sounding one.
I'm sorry to hear about the Abbey Road problems because that's another I would be tempted to try.
Any feedback on Sgt. Pepper? A good copy of that can sound amazing. Paul's bass can have a full tubey quality that's rarely encountered. If this reissue reproduces that well it's worth $22 just for that.
I noticed almost all of the feedback is from the US. Are there other pressings from other countries? If so, what are you hearing?

I picked up Rubber Soul to fill a hole in my collection, and other than the mid 60's funky stereo, found it good. Also picked up Revolver and after changing VTA thought it was good also. Originally sounded muffled. I do not have any other vinyl versions of these two recordings to compare these to so I am satisfied with my purchase. Maybe I would be more critical if I had 6 versions but was never that kind of fan.
I opened my extra copy of SPLHCB last night (still haven't open the box set) and was pleasantly surprised; it sounds decent, not wonderful but good. I wish that they had used a better pressing plant, the vinyl is nosier than it has to be be. The cover art is also decent, much better I think than Abbey Road....

I will still probably return the unopened box set (alread got the RMA # from AS) but I am going to wait until I receive the 1978 Blue Box set that I picked-up off of eBay; if it is as good as I have heard others claim then the new box set goes back.