Monday, August 31, 2009


With a brand new musical game, Beatles: Rock Band, and their entire catalog remastered, the Beatles strike again. All you need is love, and all it takes is money--and a good stereo--to experience these old recordings cleaned up like never before.

It's a brand new Beatles blitz with the release of the Beatles: Rock Band (a musical game) and the upcoming remixes (I'm already in line for seconds) but as time passes and the historical context recedes are we losing an important part of the story? Sure, the music is the thing, and I'm sick of maudlin boomer nostalgia, but the Fabs were more than just purveyors of brilliant pop. They shook the culture up.

The Beatles catalog, digitally remastered for the first time since the original CD releases, arrives in stores Sept. 9.

"Audiophiles have long lamented the thin, shrill results of the music's 1987 transfer to CD, flaws magnified by advances in digital technology that enriched the recordings of peers with repeated remastering rounds," says USA Today.

The LA Times says, "In general, the music sounds like an aural scrim has been lifted. Everything has become cleaner, fuller, the dynamic range -- the difference between the loudest and softest sounds -- has been expanded, vocals sound more immediate."

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