Discussions to make digital versions available 'continue'
The Beatles entire catalogue of albums have been digitally remastered and will be reissued on September 9, 2009, say Apple Corps today (April 7).
Each of the CDs will feature replicated UK album artwork, new liner notes and rare photographs. Initially, the CDs will also contain a short film about the album, containing archive footage, and exclusive behind-the-scenes studio chat from the band.
On the same day, two box sets; one stereo and one mono, will also be released.
The stereo set features the original 12 Beatles studio albums plus ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The albums ‘Past Masters Vol. I and II’ will also be included, amalgamated into one title, so the box set will feature 14 albums on 16 discs.
‘The Beatles in Mono’ box set contains The Beatles’ ten albums which were originally intended to be released in mono, as well as two extra discs of mono masters.
Bonuses include the original 1965 stereo mixes of “Help!” and “Rubber Soul”, both of which have not appeared on CD before.
The Apple Corps press statement, regarding the question as to whether the Beatles catalgue will eventually be available to download simply states: “Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalogue will continue. There is no further information available at this time”.
More information about all of these releases will be available here: www.thebeatles.com
The Stereo Albums:
The stereo albums have been remastered by Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee
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)
‘The Beatles in Mono’ (box set only):
Remastered by Paul Hicks, Sean Magee with Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
Presented together in box with an essay written by Kevin Howlett
+ = mono mix CD debut
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help! (CD also includes original 1965 stereo mix)+
Rubber Soul (CD also include original 1965 stereo mix)+
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band+
Magical Mystery Tour+
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