The Beatles Box Set
is the first complete set of original Beatles
material released by EMI
(catalogue number BBX2-91302) in Compact Disc
format. Released in 1988, for the first time a music fan could purchase the entire Beatles catalogue digitally formatted in a single set. The box set, available on CD, vinyl, or cassette, included all of the original UK
releases. It included the LP version of Magical Mystery Tour
, which had been released in the United States in 1967 as an LP but not released in the UK in this format until 1976, when the U.S. LP version superseded the original British EP. It also contained the compilations Past Masters: Volume One
and Past Masters: Volume Two,
which featured singles, B-sides, EP tracks, and foreign releases not found on the other thirteen albums. Although all the original British albums had been previously available in stereo on both vinyl and cassette, the versions of the first four albums included in the boxed set were the digitally remastered mono mixes released on CD in 1987.
The collection also includes a soft-cover book by Mark Lewisohn
which describes every track in the collection which is encased in a black oak rolltop box.
A new Stereo Box Set
, containing remastered versions of the Beatles' core albums and Past Masters
, was released on September 9, 2009 along with The Beatles in Mono
and new stereo reissues of the individual albums, including the first four albums given their stereo debuts on CD.