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“1” (remaster) by The Beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Title: “1” (remaster)
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 9/13/2011
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

In September 2009, the Rock & Roll fans of the world were once again reminded of the full impact and resonating musical influence that was the legacy of The Beatles catalog when it received the remastered treatment and was delivered in both a Stereo and a Mono boxed set. These collections featured all of the bands albums minus the “Anthology” releases and the “Live At The BBC” and were worthy additions to ones musical library. A little over a year had passed when “The Red Album: 1962-1966” and “The Blue Album: 1967-1970” would join them and now in 2011 the much lauded “1” gets its turn.

Originally released to the public in 2000, The Beatles collection “1” has been given the once over and remastered for the world of today and I could not be happier about it since it truly is a perfect hits compilation from beginning to end. Now I know that some of you are probably wondering what led to a primarily Hard Rock and Heavy Metal website’s offering up a review of the release but the answer is very simple – the music of The Fab Four is still magical, extremely relevant and continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans on a day to day basis even now some fifty years since the band first performed in public. The “1” collection compiles every song by The Beatles that had reached the #1 position on the charts and unless someone’s accounting was off there are 27 such tunes from this vantage point to enjoy. Now it’s hard for me to actually quantify the importance of these legendary songs because they are already beloved along with being instantly recognizable in most music fans hearts. Let’s add to this the fact that certain songs hold a greater importance in people’s lives based on which one it happened to be that first taught them about The Beatles overall musical magic. Depending on your age if you were there from the beginning it could have been “I Want To Hold Your Hand” or perhaps it was “Come Together” because you first heard Aerosmith do it and it made you look to where it came from. I realize that sounds weird but sometimes, just sometimes, this happens. That said what are my own favorites you might be asking, well here goes nothing.
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“The Beatles: 1967-1970″/”The Blue Album” (remaster) by The Beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Title: “The Blue Album” or “1967-1970” (remaster)
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 5/5

In September 2009, the Rock & Roll fans of the world were once again reminded of the full impact and resonating musical influence that was the legacy of The Beatles catalog when it received the remastered treatment and was delivered in both a Stereo and a Mono boxed set. These collections featured all of the bands albums minus the “Anthology” releases and the “Live At The BBC” and were worthy additions to ones musical library. Fast forward a little over a year to where we are today as EMI Music and Apple Corps presents the long overdue collections that were entitled “The Red Album: 1962-1966” and “The Blue Album: 1967-1970”. The special nature of these releases finds each being touched upon in their own narrative.

Much like its companion release “The Red Album”, I have very fond memories of “The Blue Album” and I am pretty sure that when I originally purchased them that I did it at the same time. I figured this would be the best way to appreciate them for while they had originally been released in 1973 it was not until many years later that I would head over to the local record store and purchase my copies on LP. I mentioned how these were among my first music purchases when I offered up some views about “The Red Album” and that is why they stick in my mind so strongly to this day. Much like its predecessor in red, “The Blue” album continues to present what The Beatles themselves viewed as their most valued music and covers years 1967-1970 when they officially broke up as a band. Even though I loved what was presented to the fans on the “The Red Album” I would have to say that I personally leaned to the offerings on “The Blue Album” because I was old enough to be not only purchasing my own music now, but also finding my own favorite radio stations on the dial and these same stations were playing a lot more of what was to be found on this release as opposed to the bands earliest vintage. I cannot easily define a favorite track from this collection as to be honest all of them are sound selections. Of course the strongest works are here such as “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane” and the list goes on.
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“The Red Album” (remaster) by The Beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Title: “The Red Album: 1962-1966” (remaster)
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 5/5

In September 2009, the Rock & Roll fans of the world were once again reminded of the full impact and resonating musical influence that was the legacy of The Beatles catalog when it received the remastered treatment and was delivered in both a Stereo and a Mono boxed set. These collections featured all of the bands albums minus the “Anthology” releases and the “Live At The BBC” and were worthy additions to ones musical library. Fast forward a little over a year to where we are today as EMI Music and Apple Corps presents the long overdue collections that were entitled “The Red Album: 1962-1966” and “The Blue Album: 1967-1970”. The special nature of these releases finds each being touched upon in their own narrative.
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All You Need Is “The Beatles”: Now Remastered (9/9/2009)

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Metal website’s official blog or not this is some pretty big and super cool news. The Beatles catalog has been fully remastered and is available as of a couple of days ago and what a day to offer it up to their fans, September 9th 2009 or “9-9-9” (you know like the song “Revolution #9 that says “number 9, number 9, number 9” again and again. This is also cool news for those fans who are a little too young to have fully appreciated the band and might be curious about those round black plates in their parents music collection. Sadly those entrenched in the digital age will need to hold on as these are purely physical releases and not available in iTunes or even Amazon.com MP3 providers at this time. I am sure we shall see this happening soon enough though.

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