For a band who hasn’t performed live or released a new record in over forty years, 2012 has been pretty damn good to The Beatles. Seems nary a week passes without something sure to make Beatlemaniacs swoon escaping from the archives. Mono masters, stereo masters, deluxe remastered versions of Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, this year has been like one long extended Christmas if the lads from Liverpool are your thing.
Why, just last week, EMI and Apple Corps released the next holy grail of Beatles collectibles, as the band’s original studio album remasters on stereo vinyl landed on an unsuspecting planet. Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, these fourteen labours of love have more trimmings than your average Thanksgiving feast, including a replica of the original poster in The White Album and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cutouts. Each album is available individually, but if your fanaticism (and budget) can withstand it, there’s a lavish limited boxed edition that features (gasp!) “a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book.” The book is authored by award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a chapter dedicated to each of the albums, as well as insight into the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared. This weighty tome also features a boatload of photographs spanning the band’s recording career, including many purposely omitted from the 2009 CD booklets. Take that!
And music junkies, what kind of friend would MOKB be if we didn’t give you the first taste for free?
MOKB/Beatles Stereo Vinyl Remasters Giveaway: One lucky MOKB minion is going to land themselves some sweet swag: the stereo vinyl remasters of Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, about as good a musical trifecta ever cranked out. Gots to get your grubbies on these platters? Here’s what we expect. Simply answer the following question: Who is the only (non-Beatle) musician ever to receive label billing on an official Beatles release? Easy, right? Now just click on the Comment link, enter your name and email address, and show us that mama didn’t raise no dummy. Do it by Friday, November 23rd if you’ve recovered from your tryptophan stupor. Names of all folks answering correctly will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. So git to it and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!