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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 07:48 AM
Does anyone else own these?

Beatles fans tend to avoid these two sets as they are fairly pricey...typical price $30 to $35 each...and they're only 2 CD sets. And of course, true fans will already own every single original release...US and British versions.

But around Christmas time last year, Barnes and Noble had a 40% off sale on all CDs for like a two day period only. So I happened to come across these two sets.

I must say: the ONLY Beatles I currently own is Sgt Pepper and even though I have huge respect for them, I have been so overexposed on the Liverpool Lads thanks to commercial radio that I've never had the urge to buy any other Beatles at all.

Yes. I know. I'm a heathen...

But as I was able to obtain these for such a great price (about $19 each), I took them home and was not only impressed by the cool packaging, but also by the very nice selection of music. These truly feature all the "big Hits" as well as some of the best material from the later years. A very nice selection.

I am currently listening to them back to back. I am up to disc 1 of the Blue CD and am enjoying the music immensely.

In fact, I am now thinking... I need to buy every damn Beatles CD out there before they are gone...Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Abbey Road for sure.

Any one else own these and play them at least occasionally?





[Edited on 4/4/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 08:10 AM
The "RED" one was the very very very very first popular music item I have ever owned in my entire life! The one that started it all!

Actually it was a Capitol Records cassette, one of those cheap 70s plastic varieties. It was purchased by my father (the closest thing to rock he had). Once I was given it to "borrow", I basically owned it and of course played it for years and years until the cassette basically fell apart (as those cassettes had a short play life).
About ten or so years after the cassette died, my father still asked me if I was done borrowing the tape, and if he could have it back!!!!!

By the way look at the faces of the Beatles on the cover of both albums? Don't they look weird? From that angle, it doesn't look like Paul, Ringo and George. I've always wondered if those were actually stand-ins for the Beatles. Especially Paul on the red album! That's not him!!

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 08:26 AM
LOL!

62-66 was my first Beatles album.

I have the originals on Apple vinyl plus I have 62-66 on red vinyl also. I have a ton of memorabilia as I used to be a heavy collector. I still keep my eye open but haven't bought anything $$ in a while.


As I own the British released cds I do not own 62-66, 67-70 or Past Masters on cd. For the same reason you did't get them. They should be priced around 20 -25 range.


I really want to get the American released cds but couldn't justify the price for the sets either. Borders has those 40% off coupons too. A couple of times I went looking for these but did not have them in stock when I had the coupon



 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 08:36 AM
I have both of these - nice compilations! And small world ... purchased them with a B&N coupon!!! (These are great for travelling, I've found ... allows a good Beatles road fix without having to pack as many CD's for the trip )

[Edited on 4/4/2009 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 08:56 AM
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I have both of these - nice compilations! And small world ... purchased them with a B&N coupon!!! (These are great for travelling, I've found ... allows a good Beatles road fix without having to pack as many CD's for the trip )

[Edited on 4/4/2009 by lolasdeb]


Great minds...

There were a couple other cool things I could have grabbed but as soon as I saw they had both of them, that was it.

I gave my coupon to the lady at the counter for the music section first and when I handed her the two sets she said "Oh! Great choice!."

I think she might have been one of us...

[Edited on 4/4/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 08:58 AM
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LOL!

62-66 was my first Beatles album.

I have the originals on Apple vinyl plus I have 62-66 on red vinyl also. I have a ton of memorabilia as I used to be a heavy collector. I still keep my eye open but haven't bought anything $$ in a while.


As I own the British released cds I do not own 62-66, 67-70 or Past Masters on cd. For the same reason you did't get them. They should be priced around 20 -25 range.


I really want to get the American released cds but couldn't justify the price for the sets either. Borders has those 40% off coupons too. A couple of times I went looking for these but did not have them in stock when I had the coupon






I know. The Borders here are getting more and more hit and miss as they have halfed their music section recently and are still chopping away at a frightening rate.

Very little stuff left there that I want or don't already have ...

The brick and mortar days are almost over for CDs



[Edited on 4/4/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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The "RED" one was the very very very very first popular music item I have ever owned in my entire life! The one that started it all!

Actually it was a Capitol Records cassette, one of those cheap 70s plastic varieties. It was purchased by my father (the closest thing to rock he had). Once I was given it to "borrow", I basically owned it and of course played it for years and years until the cassette basically fell apart (as those cassettes had a short play life).
About ten or so years after the cassette died, my father still asked me if I was done borrowing the tape, and if he could have it back!!!!!

By the way look at the faces of the Beatles on the cover of both albums? Don't they look weird? From that angle, it doesn't look like Paul, Ringo and George. I've always wondered if those were actually stand-ins for the Beatles. Especially Paul on the red album! That's not him!!


Cool story....

I bought nothing but pre- recorded cassettes in my early music listening days , so I can vouch for their quality "cheepnis" and short playing life ...

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:25 AM
"In fact, I am now thinking... I need to buy every damn Beatles CD out there before they are gone...Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Abbey Road for sure. "

I'm so glad you discovered the true greatness of the Beatles....so many of my friends say they like "some" of the Beatles' music, having only ever heard them on the radio...when I let them borrow some of my cd's they realize what they have been missing.

Yes, you absolutely need to buy all of the Beatles' individual albums. You already have Sgt. Pepper....I would start with Revolver (which I would rate as the greatest rock album of all time), then move on to the White Album and then Abbey Road....but what the heck, you need to get all of them at some point....enjoy!

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:36 AM
A buddy of mine got both on 8-track in 1975, and that's all we listened to in his van. I didn't have my license yet, so I spent a lot of time in his van trucking all over. Handy vehicles, those vans are when you're 15-16. I did kind of get tired of those two by the end of that summer though.
 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:41 AM
I own them both as well along with some of their later albums I did not care for the early 60's stuff it was too pop for my taste. To me their music very much improved with their drug use.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:45 AM
Those were my first Beatles CD's, I got them when I was in highschool, sometime around 91 or 92. It opened the door for me to eventually go out and get all of their stuff.
 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:48 AM
got 'em both...love 'em,of course..........ROLL UP !!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 09:59 AM
When I was about 11 or 12, one Christmas my young hip uncle (who would have been 21-22 at the time) bought me the Red, White, and Blue albums. It was perfect timing, as I was at the beginning of my musical exploration - I was a little Kiss head in my early years, then get exposed to Zeppelin, the Black, Pink and Purple, and various Prog bands . . . so I was ready, and they digested well.

 

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I own them both as well along with some of their later albums I did not care for the early 60's stuff it was too pop for my taste. To me their music very much improved with their drug use.


Actually, I'm inclined to agree. Especially after Bob Dylan introduced them to "tea".

No wait....sorry...that was The Rutles...

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 12:31 PM
one of my older brothers had these on vinyl. if i remember correctly doesn't the version of "help" on this have the "james bond" intro? i always thought that was a cool intro in the movie.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 07:02 PM
Like COJ, the "Red" set was one of the first albums I ever owned
In fact I still have it - framed and hanging on my wall, next to my original copy of Double Fantasy.

As for cd's, I own them both. As well as the entire 'british" catalog.

Like a few others here, I just cant justify paying the $$$$ for the American box set re-releases.

Besides, I am kind of a Beatles snob I would prefer to just have the discs the way the Band envisioned them.

 

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got 'em both...love 'em,of course..........ROLL UP !!!!!!!


LOL!!

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 07:21 PM
I heard The Beatles all throughout my life, of course, but I'm really getting more and more into them these days. I had a few CDs, including the "red" album. I'd heard or read somewhere one time to get "red" and then all of the individual albums after that.

I received "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America" by Jonathan Gould, for Christmas, and it is an outstanding book. I was so sad when I finished it.

I'm also on episodes five and six of "The Beatles Anthology" DVDs from Netflix. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

 

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Like COJ, the "Red" set was one of the first albums I ever owned
In fact I still have it - framed and hanging on my wall, next to my original copy of Double Fantasy.

As for cd's, I own them both. As well as the entire 'british" catalog.

Like a few others here, I just cant justify paying the $$$$ for the American box set re-releases.

Besides, I am kind of a Beatles snob I would prefer to just have the discs the way the Band envisioned them.


I can't argue with that Wharfy...

If the original song sequence was good enough for the band, I don't need the American versions.

BTW. I stopped by Borders today for their 40% off sale and told myself I had to limit myself to 2 CDs only. I brought home Johnny Cash's American 5 and

The Beatles -Revolver

I'm on my way...

[Edited on 4/5/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 07:29 PM
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"In fact, I am now thinking... I need to buy every damn Beatles CD out there before they are gone...Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Abbey Road for sure. "

I'm so glad you discovered the true greatness of the Beatles....so many of my friends say they like "some" of the Beatles' music, having only ever heard them on the radio...when I let them borrow some of my cd's they realize what they have been missing.

Yes, you absolutely need to buy all of the Beatles' individual albums. You already have Sgt. Pepper....I would start with Revolver (which I would rate as the greatest rock album of all time), then move on to the White Album and then Abbey Road....but what the heck, you need to get all of them at some point....enjoy!

Adam



Please see my post to WharfRat....

And thanks for the recommend...

[Edited on 4/5/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 07:37 PM
The only Beatles I own are the red and blue albums on vinyl.

I also have Concert for Bangladesh and Double Fantasy on the big black discs as well.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 10:19 PM
These were the first two Beatles music I ever owned back in 1978, not long after they came out. They were actually two of the first albums I ever owned. Today, the thing to do is own all the British version CD's and the two collections Past Master Volumes I and II. Then you will have every originally released Beatles tune which is a must own for any serious music fan.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 10:22 PM
I wore out the Blue one in my younger days. Didn't listen to the Red one as much.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2009 at 10:27 PM
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The Beatles -Revolver

I'm on my way...


You on you way brother

Next up, I recommend my all time fav Rubber Soul

 

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Like COJ, the "Red" set was one of the first albums I ever owned
In fact I still have it - framed and hanging on my wall, next to my original copy of Double Fantasy.

As for cd's, I own them both. As well as the entire 'british" catalog.

Like a few others here, I just cant justify paying the $$$$ for the American box set re-releases.

Besides, I am kind of a Beatles snob I would prefer to just have the discs the way the Band envisioned them.


I can't argue with that Wharfy...

If the original song sequence was good enough for the band, I don't need the American versions.

BTW. I stopped by Borders today for their 40% off sale and told myself I had to limit myself to 2 CDs only. I brought home Johnny Cash's American 5 and

The Beatles -Revolver

I'm on my way...

[Edited on 4/5/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]


Next has got to be Rubber Soul.

Andrew, I think I have an extra copy. PM me your address and I'll send it to you. You HAVE to have this.

The Beatles were the first band I got into after seeing them the first time they played on the Ed Sullivan show in '64....my brother (who was about 4 1/2 then) and me were jumping up on the couch like monkeys. It was a life changing experience.

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for them. They changed everything - the influence they had on the world in the '60s cannot be overestimated. One of the only things the older generation and the younger generation both liked was the Beatles back then...

And they were fantastic musicians. McCartney might be the greatest bass player in rock history, Lennon was a fantastic rhythm guitar player and had, I think, the best rock 'n' roll voice ever, George Harrison was a great rock guitarist and Ringo was the perfect drummer for the band.

And they had the best harmonies too. And the best songs.

 

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