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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Beatles catalogue: Remastered!

09.09.09 marks the worlwide release of the original Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally re-mastered by studio engineers for the first time, the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is bundled 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. One in stereo in its entirety and one in mono. For more info, head on to The Beatles official website for the official announcement.

The 'stereo' boxset

Supposedly that the sound quality had been tweaked up a few notch. So I'm guessing the clarity of the recording has been improved to sound as if those recordings were made with today's technology. It's interesting to note though that the 2nd boxset i.e. the mono releases, is targeted to the collector segments, but personally I'd rather have an 'all-stereo' collection this time around. The previously re-mastered Abbey Road: Naked (2005) album proved that the songs could sound punchier and a tad better when those genius sound engineers work their craft.

The 'mono' boxset

I'm still in limbo though, I have every single one of them already, except for the Beatles for Sale album (which I had been holding out to buy for some unknown reasons!). Should I go out and just buy that particular album...or do I buy the stereo boxset which contains all of the remastered albums? As a huge Beatles fan, I'd definitely be tempted to get the boxset because I'm positively sure that it's gonna come with more rare photos, articles and audio goodness inside (studio chat, song commentary etc.).
Dang! What a dilemma!

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Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I realize that the times we live in are just too damned weird to focus any degree of attention on a rock 'n' roll band that released its final recording forty-years-ago last month - two of whose members are gone from our midst. Think about it. In 1969, at the height of all that was going on then, any columnist who would have devoted a entire page to the greatness of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra would have been laughed out of the business. But this isn't just any band we're talking about here. With the exception of the President's address to a joint session of Congress last night, I didn't spend much time yesterday focusing on affairs of state. September 9, 2009 belonged to the Beatles.

Yesterday marked the long-awaited release of a box set containing all fourteen albums recorded by the Fab Four between the years 1962 and 1970. What makes this package different from what has previously been available is the fact that the engineers at EMI (the studio in London where they did most of their work) have digitally remastered the recordings from the original multi-track tapes. It was like listening to them for the first time all over again. The Beatles have never sounded better - I didn't even think that was possible!

Let me attempt the impossible and sum up the Beatles' message in one sentence: We are the makers of our own dreams. That works for me.

Dream. Dream away.


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY