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)

Help!
Features George Martin’s 1986 stereo remix

Rubber Soul
Features George Martin’s 1986 stereo remix

Revolver
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.

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  1. It’s got to be ‘Abbey Road’ for me. Aside from the musical reasons, it was the first vinyl I ever owned and has a lot of sentimental value because my girlfriend gave it to me.

  2. Rubber Soul – most intimate, less known and it contains Norwegian Wood!

  3. I change it constantly, but Rubber Soul would have to be my answer. It is the perfect blend of their early pop records and their following experimental albums.

  4. Rubber Soul – I think my favorite part about it is that Brian Wilson said he heard Rubber Soul and then wanted to top it, so he made Pet Sounds. That’s amazing. Abbey Road got me into the Beatles, but Rubber Soul made me faaaalll in loooooovvveee

  5. White Album. Diverse and trippy.

  6. The White Album- most cohesive collection of non-cohesive songs ever

  7. Hands down The White Album! Drugs anyone?

    • Although John did start using heroin at some point during the recording of that album, the majority of the songs were written sober in India. The Beatles generally abstained from drug use as they composed these songs due to their disillusionment with psychedelics, as part of their spiritual quest (sneaking pot here and there when the Maharishi wasn’t around), and of course, as a reaction to Brian Epstein’s death, hence the album’s unadorned (pure) cover.

  8. Tough call, but probably Abbey Road.

  9. For me the album Help is a band in between it’s powers, still hanging on to their popcraft powers while letting some of that experimentation seep in.

  10. I have a soft spot for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I guess because it’s impossible not to have a great day after listening to it. There’s something inexplicably special about the way the songs are put together.

  11. Revolver, because it found such a perfect balance of pop songwriting and studio innovation. Tomorrow Never Knows still sounds futuristic!

  12. Abbey Road! ‘Oh Darling’ nearly makes me break down and cry.

  13. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  14. tough to choose, but I’ll go White Album, because it’s totally excessive and so all over the place, but so chock full of great tracks.

  15. Tough choice, but Rubber Soul wins the race by a hair.

  16. it’s a tie between Magical Mystery Tour and Rubber Soul. Rubber Soul was my first favorite thirty years ago, and MMT is the one that hits me the most now. The White Album held the title for over a decade in between.

  17. Revolver is my favorite Beatles record. I think it represents a sea change in the way John and Paul wrote their songs, tighter, more avant garde, more eclectic, and yet still rollicking, simple, and always beautiful.

  18. Gonna be perverse and say “Magical Mystery Tour.” It’s the Beatles’ last significant transitional album, and it has their best psychedelic song ever (“I Am The Walrus”).

  19. The best has gotta be Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (and it’s got the best cover). Abbey Road is a close second.

  20. Abbey Road – that medley is just the best.

  21. White Album – perfect soundtrack for sleepless drunken nights.

  22. I can never decide which is my favorite but I listened to Sgt. Pepper’s more than any other when I first became a fan

  23. White Album!

  24. The White album is a masterpiece.

  25. A Hard Day’s Night – The first Beatles album of all original material.

  26. It’s always changing, but Sgt. Peppers is the one I come back to the most. Such a cohesive unit played on that album. Also, A Day In The Life is possibly the best closing track on any album, ever.

  27. The White Album is my favorite Beatles album and #6 on my list of favorite albums. It contains the blueprints for almost every style of modern rock music. I got it for my 16th birthday, and I have listened to it more times than any other Beatles album. I’m sure if you asked Paul he would say that it is not really a concept album, but the Beatles spent a ridiculous number of hours deliberating over its sequencing. What I hear over and over again is a musical narrative of the journey from innocence to experience. The album was meant to be a return to simple, stripped-down songwriting and recording, but in every song there is still something slightly, and I believe deliberately, askew. We have a surf song about being back in the USSR, not the USA. We have a song of hope and joy…about a woman who was starting to crack. We have John mentioning Beatles songs and acknowledging the reality of the truths conveyed in them while simultaneously mocking the fact that they are still creations, representations of perceived reality. We have the blurring of gender roles in a song about a supposedly simple and traditional family. We have a children’s song that both celebrates and criticizes a cartoon character. Later on we have a Paul song that is all about lust back to back with a Paul song that is all about true love. The second disc begins with a song of birth and a song of death. I could do this all day. The tail-end of Cry Baby Cry is a snippet of Paul singing, “Can you take me back where I came from? Can you take me back?” This is the album’s great question, and the definitive answer comes in the form of Revolution #9, a virtual maelstrom of cultural chaos. But then the Beatles soften their position a bit and let us know that even if we can’t really go back, we can at least have some peace of mind. We can still sleep at night: The album ends with a lullaby.

  28. ‘The White Album’ is my favorite from the Beatles because I think it’s the most diverse. Also it has some of George’s and Lennon’s best — ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Yer Blues’!

  29. the white album. got me through some hard adolescent times and has something for everyone.

  30. “Magical Mystery Tour”. I am the Walrus.

    Fantastic contest Stereogum.

  31. Favorite Beatles “album” is the US Capitol release of “Yesterday and Today” which is chalk full of HOTT jams. Favorite official release is The White Album / The Beatles with Side C being one of the greatest collections of songs in rock ‘n roll history.

  32. Beatles For Sale. Not because I think it is their absolute best album, but because I think it’s the perfect mix of their folk, rock, and country influences. And the stereo mix is just so buttery and beautiful.

  33. The White Album because it sounds like nothing else.

  34. The White Album. There isn’t a song on it I don’t like… Well, I don’t actively dislike Wild Honey Pie anyway…

  35. My favorite is Abbey Road. Just love the suite on side two.

  36. Rubber Soul. I’m not of the opinion of most people that the Beatles were infallible and this is the only album of theirs that I listen to straight thru without skipping anything.

  37. Help.

    I actually disliked the Beatles, or rather, the title-song as a child – my elementary school required every class to do choreography to it; later on the joy of “I’ve Just Seen A Face” and the emotion of “Yesterday” began to match pretty well with my life.

  38. Revolver is the Beatles’ best album by far. I LOVE STEREOGUM.

  39. Currently it’s Revolver.

  40. Abbey Road. Not only does it have the incredible medley at the end, but it also has “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” “Something,” “Octopus’ Garden,” “Oh Darling.” Oh, and a little song called “Here Comes The Sun.” One of the greatest albums of all time and the creative peak for the band.

  41. Rather unoriginal but it has to be Revolver. Such a perfect mix between gorgeous pop melodies and innovative experimentation. Genius.

  42. White Album is my favorite. Remember staying up listening to the CD for the first time on a middle school overnight bus trip. It’s such a journey: into the universe, through the history of music, and into the minds of the artists that crafted it.

  43. Abbey Road, no question. Not necessarily my favorite album of all time, but it is, without a doubt, the greatest album ever recorded. Everything about it is absolutely perfect.

  44. the white album. “i will” is all i’ll ever need.

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