The Beatles Catalogue Reissued


"I actually prefer Grand Theft Auto…"
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music have announced the release of the original Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally remastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (number 9, number 9, number 9…), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date, two new Beatles boxed CD collections will also be released.

The albums have been remastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilizing state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.

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 box set.

Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. 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 a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.

A second boxed set has been created with the collector in mind. 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 (covering similar ground to the stereo tracks on Past Masters). As an added bonus, 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.

Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalogue will continue. There is no further information available at this time.

[Published on: 4/7/09]

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zeus283 Tue 4/7/2009 06:51AM
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First! Yoko Oh no oh no!

GratefulHokie Tue 4/7/2009 06:59AM
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Don't blame it on Yokiiiiii!!

chrazzi1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 07:25AM
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gurgi617 star Tue 4/7/2009 07:28AM
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I have no real problems with Yoko...she is not the only reason the band broke up (they spent too much time together in a studio and got sick of each other)...but couldnt jambase find a more appropriate picture of THE BEATLES to put on this article?...there are thousands of great pictures of the 4 of them out there

Deadphishbiscuits Tue 4/7/2009 07:32AM
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torn&treyed Tue 4/7/2009 07:39AM
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How much more is there to really hear?

ErichBreakfast Tue 4/7/2009 07:46AM
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I agree with Joshl. We have the Beatles catalogue already in our record collections and that was the way it was originally released. I think digitally remastering it takes away from the character. Sure there will be noise and audio engineers may not like certain things, but honestly, why change it? I guess fortunately audio engineers and record store owners can still keep their jobs so it's alright. Still seems silly to me though.

Old No. 7 Tue 4/7/2009 07:54AM
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Old No. 7

Whoa Yoko. Check out those legs....nice stems man

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 08:31AM
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I bought the Police compilation that was remastered some time ago and was very disappointed. Sounds that were originally lower in the mix got louder and so forth. I may buy this because I am a huge fan of the music, but I think that an important part of the magic that is in Sgt. Pepper's (my favorite album) is the fact that it was recorded on a 4-track machine, giving it a more live feel. Changing the music to make it another's view of perfect will mostly detract from the craft that made the music so wonderful.

Joshc104 Tue 4/7/2009 08:46AM
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Does MJ still own these ?

Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 08:47AM
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I still want a Hey Jude Album on CD.

Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 08:48AM
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And a Love Songs double disc already.

KimMPLS Tue 4/7/2009 10:04AM
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Hooray! New groovy video game.

I still prefer vinyl.

Smittea Tue 4/7/2009 10:41AM
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Well we knew Jackson was broke.....Here's a way to make some money (again) I guess.

kandrokitis Tue 4/7/2009 11:36AM
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the greatest band ever.

TheACDCBag Tue 4/7/2009 11:56AM
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BetweenUsTheRift starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 03:37PM
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But Yoko should NOT be allowed to wear a skirt even NEAR that short. Yuck.

Mr_McDankenstein Tue 4/7/2009 10:01PM
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STS9frog starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/8/2009 06:07AM
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Finally!!! I'll need to save up for this one! Not sure if I am getting the stereo or mono versions yet!

lowbillyjim Wed 4/8/2009 02:50PM
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rkheath1 Wed 4/8/2009 04:48PM
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All we really need Is... A full catalog of live covers from all the jam bands that have made the songs even better...

gregboyer starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 10:43AM
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The Hey Jude "album" was an American release of songs that are on the Past Masters vol. 2 CD-all of them I think. They were released as singles only in the UK originally. This could be good if there really is improvement but some "remasters" are just a way to make more money. The Led Zeppelin remasters sound WAY better than the original CDs did so I bought the whole catalogue. Will do the same here if its that much better.

TheACDCBag star Thu 4/9/2009 11:45PM
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I love the Beatles just as much as anyone, but IDK why i posted in the first place, the cats who think that this stuff is worth while are the same dudes who think led zeppelin and the who are the best band to happen to america too (go back to the UK we dont want you tredding on real American music). i think that the apple corp. can go fuck themselfs and anyone who says otherwise can do the same!