The Beatles Vinyl Box Set

The Stereogum prizewagon is back today to give away one of the hottest items out — the stereo edition of the Beatles vinyl box Apple/EMI put out earlier this fall (here’s the product link). To enter the sweeps, you need be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and comment with your favorite Beatles album (maybe a sentence about it, too?) via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). Sweepstakes ends 11/29 at 6 PM EST and the winner will be picked at random. An exhaustive list of the LPs is included below (via Press Release).

Please Please Me
“Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” are presented in mono
(North American LP debut in stereo)

With The Beatles
(North American LP debut in stereo)

A Hard Day’s Night

(North American LP debut in stereo)

Beatles For Sale
(North American LP debut in stereo)

Features George Martin’s 1986 stereo remix

Rubber Soul
Features George Martin’s 1986 stereo remix

Original album

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Packaging includes replica psychedelic inner sleeve, cardboard cutout sheet and additional insert

Magical Mystery Tour
Packaging includes 24-page colour book

The Beatles (double album)
Packaging includes double-sided photo montage/lyric sheet and 4 solo colour photos

Yellow Submarine
“Only A Northern Song” is presented in mono. Additional insert includes original American liner notes.

Abbey Road

Original album

Let It Be
Original album

Past Masters, Volumes One & Two
(double album)
“Love Me Do” (original single version), “She Loves You,” “I’ll Get You,” and “You Know My Name
(Look Up The Number)” are presented in mono. Packaging, notes and photographic content is based
on the 2009 CD release.

The set also includes a 252-page book of photos and context.

Comments (480)
  1. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is my favourite album. In a way so different from other Beatles albums, but still so perfect and mysterious.

  2. By far Abbey Road.

  3. Magical Mystery Tour – Blue Jay Way kills me every time.

  4. Overrated? Over Hyped? Possible, but it makes no difference to me, Rubber Soul…. I’m Looking Through You is my JAM.

  5. The White Album, in all its messy, deranged, schizophrenic glory :)

  6. Abbey Road.
    Even when the band were at their most fragmented, and ‘even though Lennon/McCartney’ didn’t even really mean that the song was a collaboration anymore, they still made a perfect album. It has the sweetness of Harrison’s “Something”, the building intensity of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy), the overspilling joy of “Oh Darling”, and the loose solo jams of “The End” from the side 2 suite. I don’t even mind that the final chord of “Her Majesty” is missing.

  7. Rubber Soul hits the sweet spot for me between pop craftsmanship and psychedelic experimentation.

  8. Rubber Soul (damn it is so hard to choose!) My first Beatles album ever, which I bought 20 years ago and it has the most beautiful pop song ever written on it: In My Life. Beatles are the greatest band ever. Pure genius, no doubt about that.

  9. Let’s be honest. There isn’t a bad album but in my opinion, Abbey Road is the best one. It’s the perfect ending to the career of what some say is the greatest band of all time.

  10. This is a hard one, but it has to be Revolver. That was the one that really got me hooked on the Beatles. I always liked Taxman for the gritty guitar solo but once I finally got to the pop turnarounds on And Your Bird Can Sing and the infectious psychedelia of Tomorrow Never knows, I was sold.

  11. The White Album

  12. The White Album, even though it could be considered a collection of solo efforts, with Revolver a close second.

  13. “Revolver”. Similar to Mary Poppins in that it’s “practically perfect in every way”.

    Though I also love “A Hard Day’s Night” – a young band basking in their still innocent brilliance.

  14. So hard to pick a fave since they are my favorite band of all time and I am named after ‘Michelle’. Rubber Soul is jam packed with such wonderful songs, I’ll pick that as my fave.

  15. There are too many Beatles albums to choose from. Honestly, I love Help, especially songs like “I Just Saw A Face”, which was exceptionally uplifting given the rest of the material on the album. Beyond that, Abbey Road is the obvious choice for me, with songs like ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’, and of course the Medley at the end. So perfect.

  16. Surely Revolver. And its lovely album cover.

  17. The White Album (as of now….), this seems to change every couple months

  18. Abbey Road. They went out in top form.

  19. The Beatles (White Album)

  20. Abbey Road. The medley at the end of that album always makes me emotional.

  21. Magical Mystery Tour is a little underrated – you gotta love Blue Jay Way, Flying and especially Strawberry Fields.. so excellent

  22. Abbey Road because it’s what I listened to as a kid

  23. Would say Sgt. Pepper’s if it included “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields” as originally intended. Have to say Revolver.

  24. Rubber Soul

  25. Revolver blows my mind every time I listen to it. For a nearly 50-year-old album, it’s amazing how often you can hear the basis for so much current music in each song.

  26. Abbey Road. Amazing that they could put their differences aside for the sake of going out on a high note.

  27. The White Album is a master piece and maybe my favorite one!

  28. My favorite Beatles record is (obviously) Revolver. It’s the perfect bridge from love-me-do poppies to post-pepper’s weirdness. Every song is an absolute classic, but the real standouts are Taxman, For No One, and the foreshadowing Tomorrow Never Knows.

  29. White Album — this set looks awesome.

  30. Revolver. It really shows where the band was coming from and where they were headed.

  31. Sgt. Pepper, while It might not have been intended as a concept album, it flows together and is a beautiful, cohesive work of art

  32. Rubber Soul for sure. Absolutely gorgeous songs from front to back. “Girl” gets me every time.

  33. Abbey Road! It raised the progressive pop bar that Sgt. Pepper previously had set.


  35. It’s always a struggle to choose my fave. Right now it’s probably A Hard Day’s Night. And I Love Her is possibly my favorite Beatles track, and it’s got If I Fell and Things We Said Today and I’m Happy Just to Dance with You and I’ll Be Back…just a killer album that caught the beginnings of their transition to their second form.

    A Hard Day’s Night is basically like a Bulbasaur that just evolved to Ivysaur.

  36. Abbey Road. While there are more critically acclaimed Beatles albums, Abbey Road has “Something,” as well as other great songs, which always reminds me of my lady.

  37. “The Beatles” (The White Album). I found a copy of it in my dad’s CD collection as a small child and after the first listen became a lifelong Beatles fanatic.

  38. Abbey Road for the qualitative win

  39. My favorite Beatles album has changed through-out my life, but for the past 5 years or so I would say it’s Rubber Soul. I think it’s overall their strongest and is a perfect mid-point between their earlier clap your hands stuff and the later experimental stuff. Honestly though I’d also defend every album after that as their best.

    Oh man you guys gimme this!

  40. A Hard Day’s Night !

    Cuz… I If I fell in love with you, Would you promise to be true. And help me understand?

    Peace n’ Love from Brazil! :D

  41. Love Let It Be for “Long and Winding Road.”

  42. Revolver, And Your Bird Can Sing plus tomorrow never knows. Best by far.

  43. The White Album is amazing.

  44. It depends on the day you ask, but I’d go with the White Album just because it has such variety on it. I also think it has some of Lennon’s best material. Glass Onion and Dear Prudence, in my opinion, stand in the top 5 best songs the group put out.

  45. With the Beatles, because where else can one find those sweet, sweet aoleonic cadences?

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