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Beatles’ Catalog Re-Mastered

Andre Paine, London

The Beatles‘ catalog, (publishing rights owned by Sony/ATV (Michael Jackson)) has been digitally re-mastered for the first
time for worldwide CD release on Sept. 9, according to a joint
statement from Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music. But there has still
been no announcement about the Beatles’ music becoming available to
purchase via download stores, despite constant speculation about a
digital licensing agreement for the legendary British band’s
repertoire.
 
"Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalog will
continue," according to the statement.
 
The 12 Beatles albums and the "Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack
(originally released as an EP in the U.K.) will be re-issued to
coincide with the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game.
Each of the CDs includes expanded booklets containing original and
newly written liner notes and rare photos, and for a limited period
each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about
the album.
 
Two new Beatles boxed CD collections will also be released on Sept.
9.
 
The albums have been re-mastered 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 analog
recordings," according to the statement.
 
It will be the first time that the first four Beatles albums will
be available in stereo in their entirety on CD.
 
The "Past Masters Vol. I" and "Past Masters Vol. II" compilations
have also been combined as one CD title.
 
All 14 Beatles titles, along with a DVD collection of the
documentaries, will also be available in a stereo box set. 

 
The documentaries contain archive footage, rare photographs and
never-before-heard studio conversations from the Beatles.
 
A second boxed set, "The Beatles in Mono," gathers together 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, featuring a similar track listing to
the "Past Masters" compilation.

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Apple Corps Ltd.
and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original
Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first
time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009
(9-9-09), 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 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 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 boxed 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.
 

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