Mojo to offer vinyl covermount

Bauer Media magazine to mark 40th anniversary of Beatles' final LP by pressing 10,000 vinyl copies of covers album

With CD covermounts a familiar sight on the front of music magazines, Bauer Media's Mojo is turning back the clock - by offering a premium edition with a vinyl LP featuring cover versions of songs from the Beatles' Let It Be album.

The 10,000-copy limited edition, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' final album, includes covers by Beth Orton, Judy Collins and Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. It will be priced at £12.99, compared with the usual issue price of £4.50.

Mojo also features an interview with Paul McCartney revisiting the albums he made in the wake of the Beatles' split.

The Mojo editor-in-chief, Phil Alexander, said: "The Mojo vinyl edition is our way of celebrating the rebirth of vinyl which we've seen in recent years. Essentially, we created an incarnation of the magazine that we wanted to buy ourselves so it was something of a labour of love."

He added: "In terms of the album itself, we hand-picked the acts and they all paid tribute to the enduring power of the Beatles by providing new perspectives on a set of classic tunes."

Mojo is the biggest-selling music magazine in the UK, with an average monthly sale of 91,678 in the first six months of this year.

The vinyl edition will be available from WH Smith, HMV and selected UK record shops. It goes on sale on Thursday 26 August.

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