Mike’s Dream Bootleg: Beatles Complete Anthology Recording Sessions Box Set

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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions Anthology Box Set

A beautiful sight for Beatles fans.

One of my dreams for this site has been setting up a page for each UK album, then collecting all the available session recordings on YouTube, plus outtakes and remixes, and putting it in that one place. Organized chronologically, so that scholars could reconstruct the process by which the songs came to be—all the minute creative decisions that The Beatles did so well.

Seems like I’m not the only one with these kind of ambitions. In Dullblog’s vast refurb, I stumbled across something called “The Beatles Complete Anthology Recording Sessions Box Set,” a 62 CD, 10 DVD motherlode. The link goes to its entry on Bootleg Zone, for your further research. As I’m typing this, I’m listening to one of the CDs of the Revolver sessions (you thought I was going to say Magical Mystery Tour…hey, that’s a good idea).

As the Bootleg Zone people point out, there’s nothing new here, but it’s the compilation that is so exciting to me. I’m weird, I know. But I am comfortable with it, and in this way hope to make others comfortable as well. This is how society moves forward, people.

It’s available on eBay, but a little out of my price range: $1175. It could be more by the time it sells. The worst thing is, the seller’s in Long Beach, just 30 miles away from where I’m typing.

I’m planning a heist. Who’s with me?

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar Karen wrote:

    I’m in. 🙂

    I think the seller should be your new best friend. Maybe you get borrow it and burn a copy of two.

  2. It sold for $1100! A steal, in my opinion. 🙂

  3. Avatar Bpmills wrote:

    I have this set, and didn’t pay anywhere near the 1200 some are selling it for. Beware, a lot of good stuff, but also a lot of duplicate tracks with different descriptions….. So it looks like you are getting 7 different versions of a song, only to find out that it is 3 versions, with exact duplicate tracks….Also, a lot of this music is the mono recordings, which are great if you don’t have the mono box…..and the sound is fairly thin on some of these like they were taped from a speaker….. I still hope to discover some great stuff, but there is definitely no quality control.

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