The Beatles' entire catalogue will be reissued on vinyl on a 16-album box set on November 13th. The new collection, which features all 12 of the "Fab Four's" studio albums, will also include the U.S. Magical Mystery Tour set along with the 1988 double album catch all collection, Past Masters. All of the albums will be released in stereo and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The mastering will be the same as on the critically acclaimed 2009 CD reissues. The list price for the box set is a steep $499.
The Beatles' catalogue is: Please Please Me (1963), With the Beatles (1963), A Hard Day's Night (1964), Beatles For Sale (1964), Help! (1965), Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), The Beatles aka the "White Album" (1968), Yellow Submarine (1969), Abbey Road (1969), Let It Be (1970), and Past Masters (1988).
Drummer Charlie Watts remembered that as big as the Rolling Stones got, they never penetrated the global psyche the way that the Beatles did: "The Beatles, the phenomena of them was something else. But I don't think, I don't think you could put the same sort of madness that they had going (on the Rolling Stones). I think there was at concerts where you'd turn up and play, but I mean generally where you had every joke on television was a Beatle joke, or something -- or The Brady Bunch would say 'I'm going to a (Beatle concert).' Y'know, on that level."
Ken Mansfield, the former U.S manager of Apple Records, started out his career as a promo man for the Beatles' American record label, Capitol Records. He told us that the band was so massive in the '60s that they not only blocked acts from other labels from hitting the top spots on the album and single charts -- but even artists from the Beatles' own label: "They were always mad. Think about it -- we had legitimate Number One records with other artists on our label; but they couldn't go to Number One (because of the Beatles' dominance), they could only go to Number Two. 'I had a Number One record' (or) 'I had a Number Two record' -- which one sounds. . . y'know, there's just that difference. So, we constantly had this problem. Y'know, it went further than just the airplay and the charts -- it also went with the pressing plants. Here, an artist has a record out, a Beatles record comes out, it just stopped our pressing plants. All we could do is press Beatle records."