Beatles vinyl to be sold with magazines

The UK arm of global publishers De Agostini, have launched ‘The Beatles Vinyl Collection‘ a series of magazines that all come with a stereo vinyl copy of a Beatles album.

Issue one is, inevitably, a special price of £9.99 and includes a vinyl copy of the band’s swan-song, 1969’s Abbey Road, but going forward (the magazines will be published fortnightly) all issues with single albums will be £16.99 and double and triple albums, £24.99. With 23 issues planned and mention of triples, it’s assumed this series will including Past Masters volumes, ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ compilations, the ‘1’ album, Live at the BBC, Love and more. However the publishers haven’t clarified the full list of titles.

Supported with some TV advertising, De Agnostini are hoping fans will head to their website and subscribe to the whole series, and they’ve lined up plenty of incentives to lure in the punters, including T-shirts, album artwork display frames and two ‘high quality vinyl storage boxes’.

Read more about The Beatles Vinyl Collection here.

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Germany had the same magazines until yesterday. The issue with The Beatles (White Album) had a flyer attached, that they stop the magazine for now due to quality reasons.


ok, so just a bit of info about the Italian newsstand edition (same schedule, one issue every other week, currently out: the White Album).

It’s exactly the same as the 2012 edition (artwork, sound quality).
The “magazine” is not actually a magazine but a scaled down booklet, not LP-size but more like 10”. The booklet is by Kevin Howlett and addresses each album, but it’s not the 2009 CD booklet, it’s a different text altogether (translated into Italian). Pictures are more or less the same as the 2009 edition, and it’s a 12/16 page thing (I don’t have it with me now so not sure exactly about the number of pages, but you get the idea).
The binder is NOT for the LPs but for the scaled down booklet.
This goes for the Italian edition anyway. Don’t know how this will work for the UK edition.

mario livio

Here in Italy we have the same out on newsstands. We had already 4 outputs. (records come out every 2 weeks). The first release was on January 21. Here attached the release dates of the next album: https://www.deagostini.com/it/piani-opere/

Rob Kirby

I guess it depends if you believe anything that’s ‘reported’ in the national press anymore ;) For the record, this story comes from The Sunday Times and an article by Michael Burke on, I think, page 3. A quick internet search shows a few of today’s other Sunday papers picked up on this too. This makes me think it’s come from some sort of press release.


I guess U.S. fans are out of luck!


It’s in the Mirror so it must be true :). Maybe it’s fake news??

Kenneth Tilley

It seems it’s true no bonus tracks just penny lane and strawberry fields added , and a thumbs up from macca

Rob Kirby

And all this over-shadows the other more interesting Beatles news in the papers at the weekend about the re-jigged Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary reissue. Spoiler alert if you haven’t heard :)

Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane are going to added into the album as originally intended – the move to do this has apparently been approved by everyone. I wonder who instigated the suggestion?


On the Steve Hoffman forums, there was a post from November claiming these were already cancelled after the first few releases.

Gareth Pugh

See my comment above for an explanation. Not actually a ‘cancellation’ as such.


I have a mint condition Q Magazine Beatles special still sealed in the envelope it was delivered in somewhere. Anyone know if it’s worth anything?


Answer appears to be no. I found one on eil.com, that purveyor of ridiculously overpriced musical items and it’s only a tenner…

David Glennon

I’ve got the mono box set and have had my eyes on the Anthologies and 1 vinyl….wouldn’t it just be better to buy the originals rather than these? Doesn’t seem to be much price difference.


Not quite sure who this is aimed at. The collectors will have everything anyway and there isn’t anything new to justify a subscription. The casual buyer isn’t going to want the whole set and will just pick and choose from their local record shop. And those who want to own every song the Beatles recorded don’t need the red and blue albums as well as 1. So I am struggling to think who will subscribe.


I have just picked one up from WH Smith’s purely to swap a damaged one from my Stereo boxset (Thomas the tank engines on spinning turntables do not mix)
If anyone is in doubt about the packaging Deagostini use, I received nearly 30 Jazz LPs and not one arrived damaged, I even recycled the cardboard boxes when selling vinyl on eBay.


Does anybody know if the vinyl collection by De Agostini will also be available in Germany?


I am saving my money for the 50th anniversary of Sgt Peppers that hopefully Apple won’t screw up for Beatles fans!

Kenneth Tilley

From what i’ve heard it’s going to be a box with a book of photos and the cd will have penny lane and strawberry fields added to it, that’s it.

Mike the Fish

Thanks for the info.


Just for information – those thinking about jumping in might want to take some time to read this first: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/de-agostini-the-beatles-vinyl-collection-mail-order-set-via-subscription.605031/

Vinyl quality good apparently but there may be other issues to consider…

Gary C

Plastic Soul!


I just bought my copy of Abbey Road from WH Smiths and had to look through 3 or 4 copies to find one without dented corners on the lp sleeve.

adam shaw

If you look at the subscription list , the first release is one record then after that they bundle two or three records at a time , so it could cost up to £45 per delivery !

Sean McManus

The idea of a subscription is really sound, as a way of spreading the cost and giving you time to appreciate each album. I wish more bands would look at doing it for their reissues. I blogged about this at the time of the Beatles remasters in 2009: http://news.sean.co.uk/2009/08/why-cant-i-subscribe-to-beatles.html

Mic Smith

It would make an impressive collection but for the fact that this material is available in most cases elsewhere. Then there’s the duplication of material across the red and blue albums and past masters and the fact that some records are missing altogether. If it included Live at the Star Club and the Tony Sheridan tracks, the 1963 bootleg tracks issued on iTunes, Live at Hollywoid Bowl and Let It Be Naked, then you could just about justify it.

John Hirst

If they did a version of the subscription for the albums that weren’t in the Stereo box, which I already have, I would consider this. I might see if I can pick up a copy of the Anthologies at the very least.

elliott buckingham

the extras are nice but its cheaper to buy the boxsets that are currently available


In Italy, the reason behind the fact they tend to sell a magazine + a cd/lp/dvd etc. is that the issuing company will pay a much lower VAT (4% instead of 22%). Maybe it’s not the case here, but for this reason, usually the magazines which are sold with the other medium are totally useless.


does anyone know if this will be in newsagents or book stores in australia? thanks!


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Seriously, so funny.

Bit early for April’s Fool, isn’t it?

Mo Lester

I agree the supposed magazine is very disappointing. Very basic, not particularly insightful. The free binder with issue 1 is testament that the magazines will be thin on content. Might be worth picking and choosing albums or for filling in collection gaps.


No ‘Let It Be…Naked’ or ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’?


I will own up to subscribing to the Jazz at 33 vinyl collection. Really happy with the quality of the pressings and a really good mix of titles for a jazz newbie like me who was only listening to Miles Davis. The ‘free’ zippo lighter went on ebay though.

Craig Hedges

I was going to go for this but I read on the Steve Hoffman page that the postal packaging is terrible with the record sleeves damaged. The customer service at Deagostini is non-existent and the ‘gifts’ have been described as tat.
Shame really, I just hope loads of people who haven’t heard Abbey Road buy it at the reduced price and discover the Beatles amazing work.
Also this was launched last year in the UK and came to halt after the first 4 records were dispatched so it’ll be interesting to see how far they get this time.


Well,I have the blue box from 78,so what’s the point? It will be good for speculators,they’ll buy Abbey Road massively,wait some time, then sell them double priced on eBay to newbies in vinyl

Justin Isbell

Does anyone know if they’ll be stock in WH Smiths…? I quite fancy Abbey Road at a good price but I’ll stop after that as I’ve got the CD boxset (on my 3rd attempt, the first two were fakes… they looked like the real thing but the typos gave it away ‘George Harrisun’ and ‘Ringo Start LOL)’

Mike the Fish

Haha yeah, I got Ringo Start too. Made in Grat Britain. Full refund.

Dave H

Hi Mike,
Where were these being sold?

Mike the Fish


Mike the Fish

Well mine was. It was sold as having a split box IIRC.


Hi Justin

Well they have it in our tiny WH Smith here on the Isle of Man so I guess wherever you are in the UK you’ll be able to get it.


My local branch of WHSmith (which is only small) had the first one the other day. They don’t tend to keep stocking these sorts of series though so may need to be ordered, either through the shop or direct from the publisher.

Jim Ellison

Yes they stock in w h Smith’s


Great value if you ask me after the £3k it cost me to build the replica DeLorean from Back To The Future in 200 weekly parts.


I hope for you that it is scale 1:1 :-D


Question from the US here–really? They had a 200-piece DeLorean at 3 pounds per piece? Yikes! (I travel to London a few times a year and got a C-3PO replica hand “grabber” in a magazine a year or two ago. My son broke it by squeezing too hard with 2 hours of me getting home. Hopefully the DeLorean was more durable!)


Be worth a fortune in five years…

Richard Starkey

Well, maybe 10 years. But it sounds like a pretty safe investment, as most nicely packaged Beatles items tend to be. I do a lot of eBay and flea markets, and Beatles’ items are consistently strong sellers, no matter the media type or age.


Why ! For sure if this sells well they will simply reprint in five years !


This is something De Agostini used to do with CDs, now with vinyl being a fad makes sense they opted for that format. But as extremely cheap were CDs marketed like that I suppose vinyl will be cheap as well, on the sleeves you’ll have printed the info that this is a pressing for De Agostini, and that sucks. You’d rather buy proper pressings and avoid these.

And it’s ‘De Agostini’, not ‘De Agnostini’.

Mike the Fish

They did a jazz series on vinyl last year (or the year before, can’t remember).


….and it’s not a fad a hundred years on….is it?


I am sure that the sleeves will be in pristine (mint) condition in a kiosk or newsstand!

Kenneth Tilley

Does anybody know if the usb free gift contains just the mp3 files or the Hi Res flac files available briefly in 2009

Craig Hedges

Neither – It’s a power bank


Neither. It’s a USB power pack (a battery).

Kenneth Tilley

Ah right a Beatles battery ????? expensive battery

Mike Gray

Free binder with part 1?

Stevie B

Not tacky at all. These are Apple/Universal approved and are, from what I can tell, the 2012 stereo remasters (with slightly different logos and the word de Agostini on the run out grooves), but pressed by MPO rather than Optimal. Beatles forums are reporting very good sound quality (at least as good as 2012) and the pricing is competitive (if not better) with that asked from the Beatles own store, Amazon, HMV in store, Sainsbury’s. It’s also I think the first time Anthology has been offered on 180g vinyl.

To think that I can walk int my local newsagent and see legit Beatles albums on sale as I did today surely cannot be a bad thing.


What’s not to like? I don’t need this myself but the magazines should be interesting. I wish I was a kid again, discovering the albums for myself one-by-one, but with the added reading material… so maybe this is not a bad thing at all.


The release sequence above is correct, looking at the packaging of the first issue.

I bought the first issue today and for me it’s very disappointing.

The ‘magazine’ is actually a 10″ four page pamphlet, and whilst I haven’t had time to play the vinyl yet, there is a 2009 digital remaster credit in the small print on the back cover , so it doesn’t look as though we are going to get any analogue remasters at bargain prices.

Note that the advertising makes reference to the 180g weight of the vinyl, but doesn’t mention the mastering.

Glad I didn’t subscribe.


Because I’ve only got a couple of Beatles records…(I’ve got CDs) have signed up for this. I was going to buy them anyway but might as well get the mags and freebies too


Paul, in Italy you can buy them in newspaper kiosk. Every week, one LP + magazine. The price: single 17.99 € (except ABBEY ROAD, first issue, 9.99 € ) double and triple 27.99 €.

Luis Velasco

Hi, Angelo.
What about Portugal? Can we get these in a newspaper kiosk as well?


I wonder what quality pressing they will be, and what mix (es) etc. Stereo mono?


I calculate £460 for 23 albums across 37 bits of vinyl. Eight page booklets with each one. Not the worst deal in the world, not the best. If you look on YouTube you can see unboxing/comparison videos of these releases (they came out in parts of Europe already in 2016) – there’s a small credit for DeAgnostini on the sleeves and labels.

I have to ask: is MPO a good thing or a bad thing?

Mike the Fish

They’re a French pressing plant. If you’ve got some vinyl on Mute or Factory from the 80s then chances are you’ve got some of their stuff already.


You`d be better of saving your money each fortnight and buying the proper Stereo Box for a much cheaper price complete with a better storage box and a superb 250 page book. The double and triple albums can be got for a cheaper price than £24.99.


Think I may just pass on this one!


The Daily Beatle web site (http://wogew.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/beatles-vinyl-albums-by-subscription.html) has the following order for the releases;

Abbey Road
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles (The White album)
Rubber Soul
Magical Mystery Tour
Yellow Submarine
Beatles for Sale
A Hard Day’s Night
1962-1966 (The Red album)
With the Beatles
Anthology 1
Anthology 2
Live at The BBC Vol 1
Please Please Me
On Air: Live at the BBC Vol 2
Let it Be
Anthology 3
1967-1970 (The Blue album)
Past Masters

This seems to tie in with a list that was published about 3 months ago on the De Agnostini web site although I can’t find that link at the moment.

Apparently, the discs are being specially pressed for this collection by MPO.

Rik Skyline

Nah, I’ll just stick with the old ‘Build Your Own R2-D2’ for the moment.


:) How many weeks to get all the parts for R2?


Very….very….tacky indeed!


I’m not a Beatles completest but saw the ad on tv the other day for it and had to rewind it a few times to check the ongoing prices. I might get a couple of my favourites but certainly won’t get suckered into the whole collection. The extra magazine sounds like a good idea to me and certainly isn’t tacky in my opinion. Certainly better than a model pirate ship which you can collect fortnightly and end up paying £500 for in all!