According to various press reports, The Beatles’ best-selling #1 compilation will be reissued and expanded in November as CD+Blu-ray and CD+DVD sets featuring remixed stereo and surround sound and for the first time fully restored full length videos for each of the 27 number one singles.
I have the original red and yellow CD. As a major Beatles fan, I was thrilled to be able to hear all of their No. 1 hits as a continuous flow of music. And now I’ll be able to ask one of my family members to get this set (with the Blu-ray) for me during the holidays.
The Beatles and their organization (Capitol Records etc.) created original promotional films on 35 mm film during the band’s history. And it’s these original negatives that are being painstakingly, digital restored in the Ultra High-Definition video format. Image experts have spent many hours carefully cleaning, color correcting, and processing the frames one by one.
There will be two unique editions of the 27 No. 1 hits and their accompanying videos. The standard two disc versions will be a compact disc with a Blue-ray or DVD-Video disc. Sir Paul recorded an audio commentary for three of the films and Ringo is featured in the introductions for another four of them. These can also be acquired without the CDs.
There is a third option called 1+, which includes another disc (Blu-ray or DVD) with 23 additional videos including Rain, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day In The Life, Hey Bulldog, Don’t Let Me Down, Free As A Bird and Real Love, along with many alternate promos of classic tracks including Paperback Writer, Day Tripper and Hello Goodbye.
But it’s the music and audio that is the most exciting feature of these new releases. Once again Giles Martin with Sam Okell have worked extensively at Abbey Road Studios to prepare completely new stereo mixes of the entire tracks AND 5.1 surround version as well. They went back to the original analog multi track tapes (when available) according to online sources. Jeff Lynne and engineer Steve Jay have remixed Free As A Bird and Real Love.
These collections don’t qualify as high-resolution music…they came from analog tapes and the music is formatted at CD spec. They say the 5.1 mixes are going to be Dolby Digital on the DVD (a lossy format) and DTS HD on the Blu-rays. It should be very interesting to hear all of these tracks presented in 5.1 surround.
I know one of the things I want for Christmas.
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