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Thursday, 22 January 2015

French Beatles re-releases

The Beatles in Tittenhurst Park, Ascot (Berkshire), 22 August 1969. | © APPLE CORPS
Like in Spain in 2013, and last year in Italy, France is also getting their own Beatles collection, distributed by newsstands. This release is a collaboration between Universal Music France and the Le Monde Group.

The series will start with the release of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" today, 22 January, every Thurday sees a new release, and the series will be complete on July 9.

After "Pepper", the 12 original Beatles album releases follow. After them, it's the "Past Masters" compilations, followed by the "Love" soundtrack.


Interestingly, the 3 double CD's "The Beatles Anthology", is up next. Will they be in remastered form? As you know, the "Anthology" album series was remastered for iTunes in 2010, but has not come out in remastered form on physical discs, maybe this will be their debut? They were not included in the Spanish and Italian rerelease programmes.

After "Anthology", the two volumes of recordings for the BBC follows, and the series ends with five DVD discs of "The Beatles Anthology", which were also included in the Italian series.


"Let It Be...Naked" gave the "Let It Be" album a more finished sound, and "Don't Let Me Down" an album home.

Missing then, will be the "Let It Be...Naked" album, which was released in 2003 and made available from iTunes as a digital remaster in 2013.

A revolution in Beatles sound: Yellow Submarine Songtrack
Another one we'd have liked to see a larger audience appreciate, is the 1999 compilation "Yellow Submarine Songtrack", which featured modern day stereo remixes of all the tracks. The compilation was released through iTunes in 2012.

At the same time, the Le Monde Group will accompany the series with articles on the Beatles in their various publications, including M - Magazine du Monde, TV station Télérama and the magazine Courrier International.

Source: Le Monde

1 comment:

Dogma said...

Really? remastered anthologys for itunes? does it mean that they sound better than the originals?