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Another great year for Beatles holiday shopping!

By Bruce Spizer

Beatles fans have for years complained that Apple was not issuing enough Beatles product. While the quality of the releases had been exceptional, significant new items seemed to be coming out years apart. Fans wondered if the core catalog would ever be upgraded.

2009 was an incredible year as Apple moved forward with is 9-09-09 campaign, which including the entire core catalog remastered and repackaged. The upgrade was stunning in both sound and vision. There were mono and stereo box sets. And Apple's licensed products were also compelling. Rock Band gave us a fun way to interact with the music with family and friends. It was visually exciting and contained some interesting mixes, count-ins and endings that were fresh and different. The Trivial Pursuit game proved challenging, but was a great way to learn more about the Beatles. Box of Vision was not only a great way to store your Beatles CDs, but also came with a book of full size album artwork and a book summarizing the U.K. and U.S. releases.

Beatles fans with limited disposable income had hard choices to make. Which remastered albums should I buy? Do I really need the mono box? If I get the mono box and can't afford to also buy the stereo box, which stereo albums should I get besides "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be"? Do I really want to get into video games and buy Rock Band? Do I need the collectors Rock Band set with the drum kit and Hofner bass? Decisions, decisions. But if you had the money and/or an abundance of family and friends wanting to buy something Beatles for you, you gladly got it all! For many Beatles fans, 9-09-09 seemed like $909.09. But few were complaining.

Lennon Box of Vision

2010 is another great year for Beatles holiday shopping. Apple has released upgraded editions of the "Red" and "Blue" collections and a carton full of albums by Apple artists with names other than John, Paul, George and Ringo. EMI/Capitol, in coordination with Yoko Ono, has issued several John Lennon releases. Box of Vision has issued a beautiful John Lennon edition. Concord will start with the first of its upgrades for the Paul McCartney catalog. So once again, it's time to figure out what to buy and put on your holiday want list to give to family members and friends who desire to make yours a Merry Beatles Christmas.

During the next several weeks I will be commenting here on Beatles News on the exciting new releases to help you make your decisions on what to buy and/or request for Christmas. Look first for my comments on the "Red" and "Blue" collections, two old friends given the special Apple upgrade.

Bruce Spizer is the author of a series of critically acclaimed books on the Beatles American record releases. He also wrote "The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America," which is the definitive book on the subject. He served as editor and publisher of "Price Guide for the Beatles American Records," which was written by Perry Cox and Frank Daniels. Bruce is currently working with Frank Daniels on a new book covering the Beatles U.K. record releases from the sixties titled "Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records." He has served as a consultant for EMI/Capitol Records on Beatles projects. Information regarding his books can be found at his website

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Published November 15, 2010

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