Getting Better


The Beatles entire catalog is getting a soundwash, and though it is an excuse to take more of our cash, I’d be willing for a remastered but not retouched “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”… not to mention more rare tracks, out-takes, etc.:

LONDON – Beatles fans will have a chance to add substantially to their collections when a digitally remastered version of the band’s catalog becomes available in September.

Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music announced Tuesday that they will be releasing the new discs worldwide on Sept. 9, the same day as the release of a video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band.”

The release continues a recent trend of repackaging and tweaking The Beatles’ output, which fans may have thought ended in 1970 with “Let It Be.”

Each of the dozen CDs will include the original U.K. album art and new, expanded liner notes, according to an announcement on The Beatles Web site. For a limited time, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

The collections “Past Masters Vol. I and II,” including singles, out-takes, live versions and B-sides which weren’t on the albums, will be reissued in one package.


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