With the release of The Beatles Rock Band video game in early September due to send the world Fab Four mad (again), their entire back catalogue is also being re-released in a remastered format at the same time. The collection comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and Magical Mystery Tour, which became part of The Beatles’ core catalogue when the CDs were first released in 1987. In addition, the collections Past Masters Vol. I and II are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs. This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc. These 14 albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will also be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set.
Within each CD’s new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes and, with the exception of the Past Masters set, newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering an insight into the studio atmosphere.
The date for your diary (and that of your bank manager we suspect) is Wednesday 9th September.
Meanwhile, The Beatles in Mono gathers together, in one place, all of the Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release. It will contain 10 of the albums with their original mono mixes, plus two further discs of mono masters. The mono Help! and Rubber Soul discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts and label designs retained.
Kicking off on Saturday 5th September, the BBC’s Beatles Week will run on both BBC2 and BBC4. It includes The Beatles On Record, a concise history of The Beatles in the studio; The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit; Storyville: How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin, the extraordinary unknown story of how The Beatles’ music may have contributed to the collapse of the USSR; the movie Help!; Timewatch: Beatlemania, the inside story of the rise and fall of Beatlemania; Sings Beatles, a new compilation of archive footage featuring a diverse range of artists – from Sandie Shaw to Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Carpenters to Candy Flip – who have covered Beatles songs over the years.
The opening cinematic for The Beatles Rock Band….