Can the Beatles change the face of pop music, again? We’ll find out Tuesday with several area appearances of Beatles pop-up shops that hit the road in conjunction with the release on vinyl of the Fab Four’s complete studio albums.
Customized double-decker buses will travel the streets of Los Angeles and New York carrying not only the 14 individual vinyl LPs — the 12 original U.K. albums plus a double LP pressing of “Past Masters” collecting various B-sides and non-album tracks — but a deluxe box set edition along with the albums on CD plus their films “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Yellow Submarine” issued recently on DVD and Blu-ray.
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The box set, selling for $319 on Amazon, includes a 252-page book detailing the making of each album and many photos previously unpublished. The LPs, pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and housed in jackets replicating the original album artwork and liner notes, are going for $23.46 each on Amazon, with “The Beatles” 1968 double album retailing for $32.99.
The LPs use the stereo mixes of each album, constituting the first time the original U.K. versions have been released in stereo on vinyl in the U.S.
In L.A., the Beatles pop-up shop bus will park at Capitol Records in Hollywood from 9:30 to 11 a.m., then from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the ICE Skating Rink in Santa Monica and downtown at L.A. Live entertainment-restaurant complex from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Additionally, 10 high-end audio retailers will host listening parties Tuesday, including Ahead Stereo in Los Angeles at 7428 Beverly Blvd., with a session starting at 5 p.m.
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