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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Digitally Remastered Beatles Catalog To Be Released

The digitally remastered Beatles catalog will be released on 09/09/09 in conjunction with the Beatles Rock Band game.

For Beatles fans this is pretty exciting since there hasn't been a technically up to date release of their work ever (at least after the original releases). And it's the entire catalog too - all 12 albums including the complete British release of Magical Mystery Tour as well as Past Masters Volumes I and II. Each CD will also have a short documentary about how it was made, as well as additional rare photos, expanded booklets and liner notes. The albums will be available individually or in a box set.

Perhaps what's most exciting about the remastering is that there's also an additional CD box set, The Beatles In Mono, containing all of the Beatles singles originally mixed in mono. For those who've heard the difference between the stereo and mono mixes, the mono mixes were always considered to be superior. Certainly the band's inner circle always thought so.

I'm always a little leery when I hear about new mixes or mastering of classic music since I've heard plenty of them that destroyed the original feel of the records we loved. Certainly the classic Who's Next remix was a total disappointment. I listened to the remixed/remastered version once and could never listen again. All the power of Glyn John's original mix was gone.

But there's some comfort in the fact that Apple Corp. has been working on this for 4 years, since they're known for their careful oversight and protection of the Beatles legacy. The fact that it was done at Abbey Road also gives you a warm feeling inside.

So let's all go buy the product yet once again. I'm pretty sure it will be worth it.

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