Remastered boxed sets – first look
These are cell phone pictures from the new Beatlefest catalog
HMV in Japan has the new remastered stereo and mono boxed sets listed on their website for pre-ordering, but without images.
The pre-order prices roughly converts to:
Mono Box…….. USD 357,00
Stereo Box…… USD 311,00
What appears to be a difference in sizes of the boxes could be explained by the description on HMV Japan. They refer to the stereo box as “Long Card Box With Bonus Dvd”, while the mono box is just described as “Beatles in Mono”.
A mock-up I made based on the above two pictures, for size comparison
The stereo box contains the 12 original UK albums plus “Past Masters” and “Magical Mystery Tour”, and includes a DVD with mini-documentaries about each album. The audio for “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” were remixed for stereo by George Martin in 1987, and it’s these mixes that will be either utilized or mimicked on these discs.
The mono box gathers together all of The Beatles recordings which were mixed for a mono release. It will contain 10 albums with their original mono mixes plus 2 more discs of mono masters (covering similar ground to the tracks on “Past Masters”) As a bonus the discs for “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” also include the original 1965 stereo mixes.
HMV Japan Mono box
HMV Japan Stereo (Long Card Box With Bonus Dvd)