Fresh Beatles memorabilia ... just in time for the holidays

We have been asked many times lately at Triple Play Records about the details of the new Beatles box sets.

It was a bit confusing when they were released, so I will now try and clear that up for you, as well as explain some of the other Beatles items that have been released recently.

On Sept. 9, Capitol records released the entire Beatles catalog remastered in stereo (four channels) and mono (two channels) as two separate box sets.

Capitol also issued all of the Beatles albums individually in stereo, but not mono.

The stereo mixes can be purchased individually, but if you want the mono mixes, as many purists do, you have to buy the box set.

Here is what allmusic.com had to say on the mono mixes, and this may explain why the purists are after the mono set.

“This limited-edition box is laden with new-to-CD mixes, including the genuine rarities of the previously unreleased mono mixes of the four new songs from ‘Yellow Submarine,’ and its packaging is gorgeous, filled with mini-LP replicas with stiff cardboard sleeves of every album from ‘Please Please Me’ to ‘The Beatles,’ complete with replicated gatefolds and packaging inserts, all protected in resealable plastic sleeves. As pure physical product, this satisfies any collector itch, but this also is arguably the better-sounding of the two sets, providing ample evidence that the Beatles did spend more time on mono mixes during much of their career.”

The Beatles stereo box is 17 CDs that feature the band’s 14 studio albums plus the two-CD “Past Masters” set.

The mono set contains 13 CDs. There is a limited edition DVD in each box set containing mini documentaries on the making of each album.

Both sets are available now and will be throughout the holiday season. We are taking several orders for them right now at Triple Play.

The original pressing was almost completely bought up by a major chain for online sales but Capitol Records is now caught up on the demand.

I am going to ask Santa Claus for the mono box set because I have already opened most of the stereo CDs for in-store play, and I really want to hear the original mono mixes. If the stereo reissues are any indication of the sound, the mono CDs should sound amazing!

To help celebrate the release of the Beatles’ remastered catalog, Apple issued Beatles clothing for the entire family.

It starts with a really sweet onesie for babies to T-shirts for toddlers all the way up to XXL adult shirts. There are 13 different styles available with something for everyone in the family.

Also available are CD and T-shirt (XL only) packages with “Help,” “Hard Days Night,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” and the LP version of “Abbey Road” available with large or extra-large T-shirts.

In addition to the aforementioned, there are Beatles Trivial Pursuit and Beatles Monopoly games available.

Both, games, as well as the box sets, will undoubtedly become collectors’ items.

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit features a customized board, Beatles dice and more than 2,500 questions in six categories: songs, movies, history, The Beatles in America and on their own.

The Monopoly game is really cool with an impressive game board and six collectible pewter tokens: “Here Comes the Sun,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Rocky Raccoon,” “Octopus’s Garden” and, of course, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”

I hope this isn’t more confusing. You can always e-mail, call or visit the store if you have any questions.


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