Published Apr 07, 2009The Beatles catalogue is getting digitally remastered for the first time on September 9, complete with special box sets and a pile of previously unreleased material. Courtesy of Apple Corps/EMI, each album will feature the tracklistings and artwork of the original UK releases, as well as expanded booklets, new liner notes and rare photos of the Fab Four. For a limited time, each record will also be "embedded" with mini-documentaries on the making of each, bringing even more rarely seen archival footage to the table.
The reissue campaign will coincide with the release of the Beatles Rock Band game (also due out September 9) and will include all 12 proper studio albums, as well as the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack (originally an EP in the UK) and Past Masters Vol. I and II, which will now be packaged on one disc. All 14 records will be available as a stereo box set, which will also include a DVD collection of all the documentaries, plus two further discs of mono masters will be featured in another box set called The Beatles in Mono.
The entire project was put together with the help of a crew of engineers at London's Abbey Road Studios, where they spent four years working on the reissues and doing their best to preserve "the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings" and ensure "the highest fidelity the catalog has seen since its original release," according to the press release.
However, despite the Beatles getting this ambitious CD makeover, the press release contained no announcement about the group's catalogue finally going digital. "Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalog will continue. There is no further information available at this time," the press release reads.
Here are the records included in the Beatles remasters:
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