When I Grow Up I Want to be a Beatlologist

I was flipping through some back issues of the excellent Beatles collectible magazine Beatlology and thought to myself “This stuff is so cool! I would love to collect something Beatles but where oh where do I start?” (OK I didn’t actually sound like that but you get the drift) There is so much info on the ‘Net that it is difficult to figure out where the heck to start. I was thinking of collecting original Canadian LP pressings but I am pretty much open to anything within financial reason. How do I get started? Enquiring minds want to know.

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  1. I wanted to get all the Beatles on LP, but since so many different versions exist (Capital USA, Parlophone UK, etc) I didn’t know where to start.

    The newer LPs are sourced from the same digital copies that the CDs are made from. Pointless, especially considering that George Martin remixed Rubber Soul and Help! in he 80s (complete with digital reverb… yuck).

    I ended up buying the Beatles “Blue Box,” aka the BC-13 box set. This is a collection of all the proper stereo Beatles LPs as released in England. They used some of the original stampers to make these records, and they sound excellent. It also includes a copy of Rareties. You can usually find this box set for less than $300.00.

    Since Magical Mystery Tour was an EP in England (and Capital totally screwed up the US release), I turned to the German version. This is just like the US version, except they used the original UK tapes to make the record. It sounds awesome.

    The only thing left after this is a lot of the singles… which you can get with either the UK or German copies of the “Red” and “Blue” collections.

    This is the best way to get into it… once there, you might want to start tracking down mono UK copies (getting expensive), records like “A Collection of Beatles Oldies” or “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” etc.

    I learned everything about Beatles collecting over at the Steve Hoffman forums. Steve is a mastering engineer extraordinaire. The folks over at the forum are cool, and there’s a wealth of information in the archives. Due a search for BC-13 or Magical Mystery Tour and you’ll find TONS of cool information. Don’t let the “audiophile” vibe scare you… the people there are nice and not snobby.


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