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Remastered CDs sales figures
« on: January 15, 2010, 04:00:42 PM »

I saw a story at the Examiner website which gave the sales figures for the remastered CDs from their release on 9th September through to 6th December - a period of just under three months.
The figures come from SoundScan, so I assume they are just for the US (the original article doesn't say).

Here's the list, in order of sales ....

1   Abbey Road                         272,220
2   Sgt Peppers                         211,856
3   The Beatles (White Album)   203,452
4   Rubber Soul                         160,642
5   Revolver                               138,380
6   Past Masters                        111,184
7   Help!                                    106,568
8   Let It Be                               98,599
9   Magical Mystery Tour            96,081
10   A Hard Day's Night             93,245
11   Please Please Me               73,489
12   With The Beatles                 67,405
13   Beatles For Sale                  64,373
14   Yellow Submarine                46,460
      
The Beatles' stereo box set (16 CDs + DVD)        112,564
The Beatles in Mono' mono box set (13 CDs)        38,219


Some interesting figures there, I thought. For example .....

I was surprised to see that Abbey Road outsold Revolver almost two-to-one. I thought Revolver would have been one of the biggest sellers.
And A Hard Days Night only makes it to number 10 on the list.
The White Album is obviously a popular one - it made it to number 3 in the chart even though it is priced higher than the single CDs.
And ignoring YS - which is really only half a Beatles album - the most unpopular of the bunch is BFS.
The Beatles first four LPs are at the bottom of the list (again ignoring YS). The early period is obviously not that popular with record buyers.
I was also surprised at how high up the list Let It Be is (especially given that Let It Be ... Naked was not released all that long ago).
And the pre-release rumours which suggested that the mono box was limited to 10,000 units were obviously wrong, since it sold almost four times that number!!

What are your thoughts on the figures? Are there any that have surprised you?
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 05:29:50 PM »

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 06:19:23 PM »

Interesting information. Although, overall, I am not surprised.

Mainly because – provided one had the opportunity to listen before buying, the remastering effect is more easily audible on Abbey Road and the White albums. Probably because – for most of the albums before 1968; the source tapes technology did not allow that much flexibility for remastering purposes (these were basically two track, until the mid-60’s; then four track; and ultimately eight track, beginning with White Album and all over Abbey Road).

Beatles For Sale? Again, I am not surprised. Notwithstanding the fact that it is far from being one of my favourites, this specific album does not contain any big hit(s) whatsoever – perhaps only Eight Days a Week,.

About Yellow Submarine… as you already put it, half of it is not Beatles’ stuff. Plus the fact that it was quite recently remixed (a bit) and marketed as Yellow Submarine Songtrack in 1999. I guess that The Beatles fan archetype was generally much less eager to spend hard earned bucks – in financially difficult times, to have in hand quite another version of that (half) album of sorts.

The big surprise to me is the relative low sale figures of the Mono mixes. Soundwise, I do somewhat think that these should have deserved more interest than these sale figures show.

What would be of interest? To compare these new figures against the former 33 RPM sales for each album issue (obviously excluding the Past Masters consolidation) – before CD’s were made available somewhere in the mid-1980’s.
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 10:53:00 PM »

I'm a little surprised that Magical Mystery Tour didn't come in at #3.   Its by far the most improved sound-wise, and the booklet hasn't been published since the early 1970's.   

That being said, if you haven't purchased MMT yet, do it.   It really sounds great.   
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2010, 08:32:20 AM »

More or less, the later albums are on top. Maybe it's because they sound more 'modern' to current standards?
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2010, 09:27:29 AM »

I'm a little surprised that Magical Mystery Tour didn't come in at #3.   Its by far the most improved sound-wise, and the booklet hasn't been published since the early 1970's.   

I think most record buyers are casual fans who care more about how many song titles they recognize than how long it's been since a certain booklet has been published.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2010, 03:41:47 PM »

More or less, the later albums are on top. Maybe it's because they sound more 'modern' to current standards?
Good point. And it demonstrates again how much the Beatles’ sound (and pop music at large) evolved tremendously during the 1960’s.
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 07:17:47 AM »

And now reduced prices on Amazon, due to the iTunes-competition!
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 12:23:11 AM »

I also think its worth mentioning.....

I just found out that my stereo box set (bought new on ebay) is actually fake  2ch, so how many fake sets have been sold to people like me who thought they were buying the real thing ? maybe you could double those figures !

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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 02:34:43 AM »

How did you find that out?
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2011, 02:38:17 AM »

How did you find that out?

I always wondered about it for some reason and borrowed Abbey Rd and Help of a buddy, when I compare the standard of printing mine is inferior, also the apple on each disc is too big
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 02:46:09 AM »

I see.  I bought the sets, 1 mono and 2 stereo, at Amazon.com  I gave a stereo set to my sister as a present.  They were delivered in boxes sealed with Apple-inscribed tape.
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 03:04:02 AM »

I wish Id bought it from Amazon or a shop now but I was saving money and it never occured to me that it might be fake, mine was sealed as well btw

Ive just been on there now looking at a mono set (new) for $85 from China, maybe this is one of the mono (but really stereo sets  >:(

why do ebay allow this to go on, no-one would sell new mono sets for $85........would they ?
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 03:10:25 AM »

I would get the mono set at Amazon.  Their sources and vendors are reputable.
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Re: Remastered CDs sales figures
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2011, 03:20:45 AM »

trouble is Im not sure they post to Oz, thats a good price though  :)
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2011, 03:29:22 AM »

It's a great price!  I paid more than double that when I preordered mine.

Check Amazon's website for international shipping.  Also, you can click on 103 used & new from $105.99 in the upper right side and see if any of those vendors ship to Australia.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2011, 04:11:03 AM »

Ive been looking at that screen now for 10 minutes but I cant find anywhere it mentions international shipping  :-\
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