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The Beatles Collection
Box set by The Beatles
Released November 1978
Recorded 11 September 1962 – 1 April 1970, mostly at Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Genre Rock
Length 533:40
Language English
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin, Phil Spector (Let It Be)
Professional reviews
The Beatles British chronology
Love Songs
(1977)
The Beatles Collection
(1978)
Rarities
(1978)
The Beatles U.S. chronology
Love Songs
(1977)
The Beatles Collection
(1978)
Rarities
(1980)
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles Collection box and its contents

The Beatles Collection is a box set of vinyl albums released in November 1978 and the following month in the United Kingdom containing the official catalogue of The Beatles in stereo, and a new compilation called Rarities. The American issue by Capitol Records contained the British pressings of the same twelve original Beatles albums, with an American pressing of Rarities. The American pressing of Rarities differed from its British counterpart in that it included the previously released English-language versions of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," rather than the German-language version found on the British pressing.[1] The American edition of the boxed set was a limited edition of only 3,000 numbered copies.[2] The limited availability of the American release resulted in the British release becoming popular as an import into the U.S.[3]

The boxed set did not include a number of Beatles recordings, including those released on the Magical Mystery Tour album. The album had been released in the United States in 1967, but it was not counted among the group's official catalogue because it was not issued in the United Kingdom until 1976. The collection also failed to include the non-album singles that had been previously released on the twin compilation packages, 1962–1966 and 1967–1970.

Along with the LPs listed below with their sleeves, the collection also include the inserts contained in the individual albums including the cardboard cutout sheet in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the photos and poster in The Beatles.[4]

Audiophile company Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab released a similar box set in 1981 called The Beatles - The Collection consisting of the twelve British versions of the albums (Rarities was not included) pressed off the original Abbey Road studio master tapes using a technique called "Half Speed Mastering" and pressed on Japanese "virgin" vinyl. The set was highly acclaimed for its sonic accuracy and only approximately 10,000 were released. In this case, the actual covers for each album was a photo of the studio master tape along with the engineer's log sheet. The original album covers were put together in a full sized booklet.

Album listing

Album Label Release date Peak position
Please Please Me Parlophone Records PCS 3042 22 March 1963 1
With the Beatles Parlophone Records PCS 3045 22 November 1963 1
A Hard Day's Night Parlophone Records PCS 3058 10 July 1964 1
Beatles for Sale Parlophone Records PCS 3062 4 December 1964 1
Help! Parlophone Records PCS 3071 6 August 1965 1
Rubber Soul Parlophone Records PCS 3075 3 December 1965 1
Revolver Parlophone Records PCS 7009 5 August 1966 1
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Parlophone Records PCS 7027 1 June 1967 1
The Beatles (The White Album) Apple Records PCS 7067/8 22 November 1968 1
Yellow Submarine Apple Records PCS 7070 17 January 1969 3
Abbey Road Apple Records PCS 7088 26 September 1969 1
Let It Be Apple Records PCS 7096 8 May 1970 1
Rarities Parlophone Records PSLP 261 (British editions) Capitol SPRO-8969 (U.S. editions) 2 December 1978 71

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