Monday, April 22, 2024

The Beatles Want Us to Buy All of Their CD’s Again in Yet Another Box Set


Ok, even I have to say this is nuts. The Beatles are going to issue a new box set on January 21st. Of all the albums. Except this time it’s the US releases. Sort of. What? You already bought the box set in 2009? And the mono box? Well guess what? This box has all the American releases in stereo and mono. Feel ripped off? A little bit.

Back in 1987, the Beatles put out all their CDs in just the British versions. More or less they remained that way until 2009, with the two new super duper box sets. Those sets also issued just the British versions, because that’s “the way the albums were supposed to come out.” Really, all that was missing was the American CD called “Hey Jude.” And the “Rarities” album.

So now, “Hey Jude” will appear and you can buy it individually. But the rest of it is unnecessary unless you have lots of disposable income. And plenty of room to store more CDs.

I have all the original American LP albums, the first cycle of 1987 CDs, the few updates in between (there was a nicer “Sgt, Pepper,” an upgraded “White Album,” and the 2nd edition “Yellow Submarine”), and the two 2009 box sets. Plus singles from the 60s. Now we’re supposed to buy the American albums on CD. But if you have the 2009 box sets you’ve got everything. And for 26 years, the British versions have sufficed.

Yes, “Beatles 65” disappeared. But I just made my own.  With home digital libraries, you can re-sequence, make your own albums. The announcement today says the box will include “all the original artwork.” The 2009 boxes had all that art work.

“Hey Jude” will be nice to see again. But where is the “Let it Be” movie? Where is “Rarities”?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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