In what could be a prelude to making the Beatles catalog available as digital files at online stores, the band's entire collection of compact discs will be digitally remastered for the first time in two decades and re-released Sept. 9.
The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music made the joint announcement Tuesday. The CDs will be released with new liner notes and photos, and will be embedded for a limited period with a brief digital documentary film about each album. Two new Beatles CD boxed sets, one in mono and one in stereo, will also be released.The release date will coincide with the debut of "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game, the band's first foray into digital music.
For many Beatles fans, much of the anticipation regarding the back catalog has centered on when and how it would become available as high-quality digital downloads. In separate interviews with the Tribune two years ago, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono said there would be a digital rollout of the Beatles catalog "soon" but would not give a specific date.With Tuesday's announcement, that conversion appears to be a little closer to reality, though in typical Beatles fashion, "no further information [is] available at this time." MORE>>>>>