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The Beatles: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (Remastered, Double CD) & 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (Remastered, Double CD) - £5.99 Each @ Amazon
The Beatles: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (Remastered, Double CD) & 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (Remastered, Double CD) - £5.99 Each @ Amazon

The Beatles: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (Remastered, Double CD) & 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (Remastered, Double CD) - £5.99 Each @ Amazon

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The Beatles: 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (Remastered, Double CD) & 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (Remastered, Double CD) - £5.99 Each @ Amazon

Brand new 2010 digital remaster of the classic Beatles albums.

The Red Album

This superb compilation, often called "the red album", brings together the majority of the Beatles' hits from the early to mid 60s. Consequently, it plays like an overview of thesome of the most popular and indelible rock songs of all time. From the "yeah, yeah, yeah"'s of "She Loves You" throughthe amped-up giddiness of "I Want to Hold Your Hand", the minor-key melodicism of "And I Love Her", and on to the chiming power pop of "Eight Days a Week" and the tweaky feedback of "I Feel Fine", these are the songs that turned the entire Western world on its ear.

The second half of the set--in addition to its phenomenal songs-- is interesting in that it charts the Beatles' move from straightforward pop toward the new chapter of rock the band would help script in the late 60s. After the expansive chords and slinky melodies of "Ticket to Ride", the band becomes alternately darkly introspective ("Yesterday") and looser and more groove-obsessed ("Drive My Car"), while trying on allegorical Dylan-inspired narratives ("Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"), and happy-go-luck psychedelia ("Yellow Submarine"). These songs are part of our living, breathing cultural identity, and--as this collection reminds us--for good reason.


The Blue Album

The companion piece to the 1962-1966 singles compilation, this set (often called "the blue album", as opposed to its chronological predecessor "the red album"), brings together the Beatles best known songs from 1967 through 1970. The Beatles were fiercely, relentlessly experimental during these years, and the swirling, visionary soundscapes of "Strawberry Fields Forever", which opens the collection, sets the tone with its effects-heavy production and backward tape loops. John Lennon's psychedelic songwriting, which emphasised crystalline melodies and surreal wordplay, can be heard on tracks like "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" and "Across the Universe".
Paul McCartney's fascination with English music hall and novelty numbers is clear on "Penny Lane" and "Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-Da", and the set also has some of his finest ballads, including the mega-hits "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude". George Harrison emerged as a fine songwriting talent during these years with "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun". Yet despite evidence of their diverging individual directions, the Beatlesstill rock as a band on cuts like "Revolution". (The set includes the single versions of "Revolution", "Lady Madonna", and "Hey Jude"). The Beatles set the tenor of the late-'60s with this spectacular soundtrack, and it remains--even afteryears of overplaying--original, beautiful music.

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Red Album link here.

Blue Album link here.

great price.

Yeah that's a crackin deal, I remembered a recent deal but it was £13 for the pair and thats now expired

If they're selling off Beatles so cheap it's a clear indication that the CD is near death.

never heard of them

Jimmy67

Yeah that's a crackin deal, I remembered a recent deal but it was £13 for … Yeah that's a crackin deal, I remembered a recent deal but it was £13 for the pair and thats now expired



yep, I bought that one so this is a pound cheaper

Ordered, hot!

mod

Good spot and heated

If anyone else is really into the Beatles then I'd recommend the (Stereo Box Set 16CD & DVD) (2009 Digital Remaster). As long as the price is right you can't go wrong.

£17.99 on iTunes, what idiots pay that?

johnmcglinchey

If they're selling off Beatles so cheap it's a clear indication that the … If they're selling off Beatles so cheap it's a clear indication that the CD is near death.



Dunno, I'd still much rather buy a CD than pay to download an album. You get better sound quality, you can usually find them cheaper and they have at least some resale value.

I don't use the iTunes store but my sister does. Her hard drive crashed and I assumed that you'd automatically be able to download pre-purchased music again through your iTunes account (like the app-store) but not so apparently (unless i've missed something).

CDs all the way for me....
Edited by: "fuzzface" 31st Mar 2011

Hot from me as this is a good deal; however, I own the albums (yes, the vinyl versions) and prefer the original recordings. I find something is lost when an album is 'remastered'.

fuzzface

Dunno, I'd still much rather buy a CD than pay to download an album. You … Dunno, I'd still much rather buy a CD than pay to download an album. You get better sound quality, you can usually find them cheaper and they have at least some resale value.I don't use the iTunes store but my sister does. Her hard drive crashed and I assumed that you'd automatically be able to download pre-purchased music again through your iTunes account (like the app-store) but not so apparently (unless i've missed something). CDs all the way for me....



Ditto. Cd's all the way for me too (apart from when I'm 'cherry-picking' decent tracks off otherwise crap albums e.g Nueva York off Santana's poor album 'Shango)

Hot price and ordered (despite the fact I've got all of these on one format or another!
Edited by: "Keefy68" 31st Mar 2011

Blue album is now 8.99. Not a must buy either: a lot of CD 2 has some quite inessential tracks - 'Old Brown Shoe'? 'The Ballad of John & Yoko'? Come on!!??

paul.jacobs

£17.99 on iTunes, what idiots pay that?


Mactards?

I paid almost £30 each for these 15 years ago!

Be warned that the Red one, 62-66, only carries 31 mins of music on each CD, that's 62 mins spread over 2 CD's! You can get more than that on just one CD.

The Blue one, 67-70, ain't much better at 54 and 45 mins.
Edited by: "sprint" 31st Mar 2011

johnmcglinchey

If they're selling off Beatles so cheap it's a clear indication that the … If they're selling off Beatles so cheap it's a clear indication that the CD is near death.



The CD will never die until something comes out that is better than CD quality. At the moment nothing is.

Keefy68

Ditto. Cd's all the way for me too (apart from when I'm 'cherry-picking' … Ditto. Cd's all the way for me too (apart from when I'm 'cherry-picking' decent tracks off otherwise crap albums e.g Nueva York off Santana's poor album 'Shango)Hot price and ordered (despite the fact I've got all of these on one format or another!



Ditto again. Cd will go the way of vinyl and be bought by die hards but I'll be one if them.
Buying something you can't hold just isn't right. Maybe I'll be more open to downloads when spotify start doing consistent high quality files like Linn or Society of Sound.

Oh the deal? Cracking... just want a good deal on the box set now.

Keefy68

Blue album is now 8.99. Not a must buy either: a lot of CD 2 has some … Blue album is now 8.99. Not a must buy either: a lot of CD 2 has some quite inessential tracks - 'Old Brown Shoe'? 'The Ballad of John & Yoko'? Come on!!??


the ballad of john and yoko is one of the few beatles tunes i like

I'll buy the red album the day they release it as a single disc.

The "double cd" adds up to about a hour iirc.

Got the blue album, excellent apart from "Hello Goodbye" that annoys me for some reason, the endless repetition of the title presumably.

Agree the CD will not die until replaced by something better, and even when something better comes along it will take some years to get established as the CD did. There's a lot of audiophile equipment out there (and in my living room), for which an MP3 is totally inadequate.
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