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I preferred the mono box over the stereo personally. Its the same price as the stereo box but it doesn't include Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road or Let It Be as they were originally recorded in stereo. If someone is actually considering purchasing a beatles box set I would encourage them to look up the differences between the two on a per album basis. As far as best of albums go, the red&blue remastered albums are more than a safe bet & reasonably priced @ 12.99 per double disc.

Mono Box
http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Mono-Box-Set/dp/B002BSHXJA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1289944509&sr=1-1

1962-1966 ("Red") http://www.amazon.com/1962-1966-Red-Remastered-Beatles/dp/B003YNFYCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289944709&sr=8-1

1967-1970 ("Blue") http://www.amazon.com/1967-1970-Blue-Remastered-Beatles/dp/B003YNFYD8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1289944709&sr=8-2

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When it comes to the big box set, I agree that Stereo vs. Mono is a tough decision. I wish there were an option to get the best of both....

But I'll just mention that if you're interested in the stereo version and you have the means, you should consider the USB version (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VH7P4O).

It ain't cheap, but it is the only way to get the Beatles catalog in better-than-CD quality. All tracks are encoded in 44.1 kHz 24 bit FLAC format and are additionally available encoded in 320 kbps MP3s.

But, then, how many people have an audio system that would allow them to hear the better-than-CD goodness of the tracks?

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Meh. Beatles schmeatles. You don't have to be musically educated to like them. You just have to like them to like them. You already know if you like them. And apparently you don't. You can't have breathed oxygen on planet Earth and not heard enough Beatles to know if you like them or not. At best you're indifferent. Don't sweat it.

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@wilconominous - I agree about trying out the red and blue box sets first. Everything from With The Beatles to Rubber Soul & Revolver is the 'pop' era of the Beatles, when the songs weren't all that long or complicated, just good old tunery. Sgt Peppers to Abbey Road/Let It Be was still poppy at times but there were aso the weird psychadelic songs and strung out experimental ones too, so they're not as immediate as the earlier ones.
I think what I'm trying to say is don't go and buy the White Album on the basis of Help!. The two eras are fairly different to each other. Also, back in those days singles were released seperately from albums, so you won't find Yesterday on any of the original albums, only on the compilations.
I hope that rambling makes sense. Buy Abbey Road.

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i would start with meet the beatles

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depends on what you tend to like. do you like poppy rock? do you prefer it a bit more experimental?

I always liked the more 'out-there' time of the beatles. I'd tell any of my like-minded friends to go with revolver, because it's my favorite beatles record.

but you really can't go wrong with any. I'd say definitely give revolver a spin [tomorrow never knows is just amazing], sgt. pepper, white, rubber soul, and hard day's night. if you STILL don't like them afterwards, you might be indifferent to them [dare I say hate, because really, can you hate them for being influential on the idea of modern rock music?]