The Beatles, The Beatles Box (1980)
Growing up, the music of The Beatles was all around – my dad had lost/got rid of some of his records but we had a decent smattering and some of the solo records from the post-break-up years too. A couple of compilations were added to the collection as we grew up – and the band’s music has been forever in my life. And I think anyone suggesting their legacy is now meaningless or that the music is overrated is way off. By all means – don’t like them. If you must. If you think that’s how it should be. But the music is gold standard stuff. It really is. There can be no denying. Masterfully simple/simply masterful pop tunes. And a great sum-is-better-than-the-parts band. I’d always wanted to get hold of this box despite having all of the albums on CD and many of them (and some a few times over) on vinyl. I love a good vinyl boxset – this one, released only in some parts of the world, was the last reissue to be released while all four Beatles were alive. Just sneaking in there (November, 1980). It’s a wide-ranging “Greatest Hits”. And now, thanks to the kindness of a family friend, I have a copy. They decided they weren’t using it, didn’t need it. And that I would use it. And did need it. I will. I do. Hooray!
Sample Track: Love Me Do
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