Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Beatles Update

I have made a revision of my Beatles Recordings: Chronological Master List paper, due to the recent release of the 4-CD box set, The Capitol Albums, Volume 2, which brings back the four (!) record albums released by that company in the year 1965.

Like Volume 1, there are many songs available for the first time in (true) stereo on CD (14 this time: Twist and Shout, Please Please Me, Anna, Chains, Boys, Ask Me Why, Baby It's You, A Taste of Honey, Do You Want To Know a Secret?, Kansas City, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, Words of Love, What You're Doing, and Every Little Thing).

Also, these and 24 more songs (for a total of 38) have been remastered for the first time since the ancient 1987 complete remastering of the Beatles British EMI catalogue, which makes for a much improved sound. Rumor has it (from Beatles insider Neil Aspinall) that the latter will be remastered in the near future and made available for download on iTunes.

Fab Four: Paul is Now Sixty-Four

The additional songs not improved since 1987 include Norwegian Wood, In My Life, Girl, Michelle, Another Girl, I Need You, The Night Before, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, You're Going to Lose That Girl, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, and Bad Boy.

The list price is $69.98, but don't despair! I found a used copy for $30 last night on amazon.com (+ only $2.49 more for shipping). The set is available both in long box form (like Volume 1) or "smaller "brick" form. At this very moment, there are used copies available through amazon as low as $39.97 for the long box, and $34.95 for the brick version.

Help is on the way for the baby boomer Bad boy or Girl who (like me) need to get their fix of "new" old Beatles material, but don't Wait, because the deals are already less good than The Night Before. Run for your life to go get one!


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