The Beatles’ Stereo Box Set Wins GRAMMY Award
by Daniel Haim
At today’s 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, The Beatles’ acclaimed stereo box set won the GRAMMY for Best Historical Album (Jeff Jones and Allan Rouse, compilation producers; Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell, Paul Hicks, and Sean Magee, remastering engineers).
The September 2009 CD release of The Beatles’ remastered original albums and new boxed collections in stereo and mono was one of the year’s top entertainment events, breaking chart records around the world. The Beatles’ original UK studio albums were remastered by this dedicated team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.
The remastered catalogue comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ which became part of The Beatles’ core catalogue when the CDs were first released in 1987. In addition, the collections ‘Past Masters Vol. I and II’ are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs. The Beatles’ self-titled stereo box set includes these 14 remastered titles and a DVD collection of mini-documentaries about the albums. ‘The Beatles in Mono’ collects, in a limited edition box set, all of The Beatles’ recordings that were mixed for a mono release.
Released digitally on November 16 along with the remastered core catalogue, iTunes’ exclusive digital Beatles Box Set features all of the GRAMMY-winning stereo collection’s remastered audio and visual elements, plus the concert film “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964,” a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures The Beatles’ very first U.S. concert.
On February 8, The Beatles’ GRAMMY-winning ‘LOVE’ album made its worldwide digital debut exclusively on iTunes. The album’s songs, including iTunes-exclusive, previously unreleased ‘LOVE’ versions of “Fool On The Hill” and “Girl,” are also available to purchase and download individually.
‘All Together Now’, the GRAMMY-winning feature-length documentary about the making of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil®, is now available for pre-order on iTunes worldwide.