Meet the Beatles...Again

The Beatles version of Rock Band is likely to break lots of records this quarter in a perfect storm of hype and holiday sales. Not to be missed, however, is the release of a catalog of remastered Beatles albums.

This is an audio engineers dream. First off, the original Beatles recordings are works of art not only for the timeless songwriting and performances but also the genius of George Martin and Geoff Emerick who captured it all. It was a perfect storm of talent and production techniques that make the entire catalog timeless.

Today, after 22 years, all of the Beatles remastered studio albums will be released featuring the same track listings and artwork as originally released in the U.K. plus new liner notes and photos for the CD booklets. Both stereo and mono versions will be available.

I still have a crate of Beatles vinyl although I rarely pull any of it out as it’s just not convenient. Rubber Soul and Revolver are two of my favorites and I would not hesitate to grab the remastered versions of these albums.

When Geoff Emerick decided to run John’s voice through a rotating Leslie speaker for the ultra psychedelic sound of “Tomorrow Never Knows”, rock music was forever changed for the better and that early experimentation led the way for many of today’s bands in all genres of music.

Whether it’s vinyl, cassette, CD or AM radio, the Beatles are always a sonic treat. However, some recordings will benefit from the remastering more than others. Our recommended list includes: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Hard Day’s Night and Beatles for Sale. Of course, if you got the bucks pick them all up.

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