[27 August 2009]
After breaking up nearly 40 years ago, the Beatles are still one of the strongest forces in popular music. On 9 September 2009, the Beatles will once again woo fans and critics alike, with the much anticipated releases of The Beatles: Rock Band, and more importantly the digitally remastered catalog.
The complete remastered series includes:
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Let It Be
Each digitally remastered studio album features the original UK release track listing and artwork. In addition each album includes extended and updated liner notes, rare photos, and an embedded documentary on the making of the album.
All 14 albums will be available as one in a stereo box set, which also includes the documentaries on separate DVDs. Finally for the more serious collectors and audiophiles a 10-disc box set entitled The Beatles in Mono will also be released on 9 September 2009. This set includes the mono remasters of 10-studio albums. Limited copies were produced, and the set has already sold out until further notice on amazon.com.
Before now the complete catalog had been updated only twice in the past: first in 1987 and again in 2004. 1987 brought the Fab Four to CD status, while 2004 cleaned up some tracks. Now after four years of audio-labor, and love, the set is complete thanks to the work of engineers Allen Rouse, Guy Massey and company. The new remasters have been described as cleaner, crisper, fuller and more vibrant than ever before; it has been said that detail can be heard, granting fans a completely new and enhanced listening experience. This was achieved through combining new technology and vintage equipment, with the intention of preserving the sound and integrity of the music. While the Beatles are sure to be all the rage at record shops, and amazon.com, don’t expect to find them on iTunes.
Robert Levine, Executive Editor for Billboard: “Most bands, when they do a big project like this they pay for publicity. The Beatles got paid for Rock Band and then they are using that for publicity to re-release a catalog. It’s pretty amazing.” (CNN, April 7, 2009)