Thursday, August 30, 2007
Y'know what needs to happen? EMI needs to remaster the Beatles catalog and this is how they should do it. Not with goofy boxed sets with chintzy packaging and odd Mono Version/Stereo Version combinations...those things suck if you really look at 'em.
What needs to happen is a full remaster from the original tapes in the running order of the old LPs. Each release would be feature cover art by a contemporary artist, interpreting the album visually, with the original LP artwork as the opposite page of the booklet, so die-hards could choose to turn the booklet around and display the original art if they so desired.
Banksy, Peter Max, Chip Kidd, Gilbert & George, Brandon Bird, Dave McKean...modern interpretations of these great albums. Maybe all by British artists, I don't really care.
The second disc for each album would be all outtakes, interviews, live cuts, B-sides and demos from that era. From listening obsessively to the Anthology discs and in digging around on my own, there is so much awesome stuff out there you could totally fill discs with quality Beatles material.
It is a travesty that some of the best, most influential pop music of the 20th century is only available on the original CD pressings that came out in
This catalog is a gold mine and I can't imagine why EMI hasn't put some effort into this project.
Thanks in advance EMI