Till slut, 22 år efter att de nuvarande cd-utgåvorna dök upp på marknaden är det dags för de remastrade utgåvorna av The Beatles katalog. Det var ta mig tusan på tiden. Det vore väldigt trevligt att lägga vantarna på boxversionen i stereo, vilken förväntas kosta cirka 175 pund. Utgåvorna ska finnas tillhanda i affärer den 9 september 2009, men Apples fina pressrelease gör att det vattnas i munnen redan nu. Några axplock:
”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.”
”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.”
”The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising 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 Stereo Albums (available individually and collected in a stereo boxed set)
The stereo albums have been remastered by Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee.
All CD packages contain original vinyl artwork and liner notes.
Extensive archival photos.
Additional historical notes by Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley.
Additional recording notes by Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett.
* = CD includes QuickTime mini-doc about the album
Please Please Me* (CD debut in stereo)
With The Beatles* (CD debut in stereo)
A Hard Day’s Night* (CD debut in stereo)
Beatles For Sale* (CD debut in stereo)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band* (also includes 1987 notes, updated, and new intro by Paul McCartney)
Magical Mystery Tour*
Yellow Submarine* (also includes original US liner notes)
Let It Be*
Past Masters (contains new liner notes written by Kevin Howlett)”