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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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On September 9, 2009, EMI will release remastered compact discs of the 12 proper Beatles albums as well as Magical Mystery Tour and Pastmasters volumes one/two. A stereo boxset of the 14 compact discs will be released along with DVDs documenting each release and a 10-disc mono boxset entitled The Beatles in Mono will also be released.
Ever since the initial announcement, there has been rampant speculation that the remastered Beatles catalog will also be re-released on vinyl. The only new Beatles vinyl available for the past twenty years has been sourced from the 1987 digital masters used for the compact disc releases.
Audiophiles, vinylphiles, and collectors alike would ideally like to see new analog-sourced vinyl of all of the original mono and stereo releases. Given the fact that it is unlikely that EMI would source vinyl releases directly from the analog tapes, hopes have turned to the possibility that high resolution 24/192 digital masters sourced from the original analog tapes will be used for the vinyl. This was done for the vinyl and sacds of the Rolling Stones Abkco remasters and the Doors vinyl boxset released last year. While there are varying opinions of the Doors boxset, the Stones vinyl was almost universally praised for its sound quality. And while the use of a high-rez master doesn't automatically result in good sound, it makes for a potentially very nice sounding set.
remastered compact disc packaging
**November 14, 2009 has been mentioned by an industry insider as the tentative release date for the remastered Beatles vinyl. The same insider also said that the releases would come out on Capitol Records and named R.T.I. as the pressing plant slated for the job. The suggested retail price will reportedly be approximately $25.00, and given that price, one can also easily speculate that the vinyl will be 180 grams.
If R.T.I. is handling the pressing duties, prepare for either long delays of the Beatles releases, or for delays of other titles you might be waiting for this year. Last year's releases of The Doors and Led Zeppelin boxsets were not only delayed themselves, but also caused numerous other vinyl projects to be slowed down and subject to delays--and neither of those projects came close to the magnitude of re-releasing the entire Beatles catalog.
Would you buy new Beatles vinyl if it isn't sourced directly from the analog tapes, but rather from high rez 24/192 digital masters? Do you plan to buy both the cds and vinyl? What are you looking forward to most about these remasters? Vote in the poll located at the top left of this page and share your thoughts in the comments section immediately following this story.
**November 14, 2009 has now come and gone. Apple CEO, Jeff Jones, has since stated that the Beatles catalog will be reissued on vinyl, and has only hinted that it will come in the winter or spring of 2010. Stay tuned to Myvinylreview.com for the latest information.
UPDATE: August 20, 2010:
As we near the one-year anniversary of the release of the 2009 Beatles remastered catalog on compact disc, there is still no definitive release date for the mono and stereo albums on vinyl. E.M.I. quietly released the above stereo 45 rpm single of Paperback Writer b/w Rain for Record Store Day in both the U.K. and U.S. Yet, beyond that single and Jeff Jones' earlier indication that there will be vinyl editions--likely in the form of stereo and mono boxes, there have been no further details on exactly when they will be released and whether they will be sourced from analog or hi-res digital sources. Stay tuned to Myvinylreview for further info.
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Posted by My Vinyl Review at Tuesday, May 12, 2009