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The Red and Blue Albums
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25 August 2010
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8 October 2010
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For me it has an inner value. Red Album (1962-1966), was the first thing i heard from the boys. And i used to listen to it EVERY SINGLE DAY!!. I remember that was a KCT, and original from Apple that my older brother had steal from a drunken man. Was the only thing Beatle that i heard for years, then when i was about 19 years old y bought "20 Greatest Hits", wich was a revelation for me, because it included "Penny Lane, Hey Jude, Get Back, The Long And Winding Road, and all my Beatle world expanded. But Red Album is always in my heart as the first i had. Years later i bought it on CD.

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Beetle said:

So apparently they're remastering the Red and Blue albums, and they'll be released this October. But the burning question is, "Why?". Any opinions on this? I know Apple wants to release something for the holiday season (I guess they're not satisfied with just releasing a bunch of other albums from their catologue), but there are so many other things they should do before this. Let It Be and Magical Mystery Tour on DVD, anyone? Maybe a remastered Anthology set. Or even remastered Live At The BBC. After all of those things are released, then they should remaster Red and Blue. I mean, in my opinion, at least, they're just 2 very big compilation albums.

I think mithveaen nailed it.  The 2009 Remasters were purchased by the hardcore and mid-level Beatle fans: the Red and Blue albums are kind of "mop up" if you will to sell to the more casual fans who only like a few songs from each album.  The Anthology series and BBC sessions?  I'd be quite surprised if they remaster those any time in the near future.  They're by their own admission rough around the edges and I'm not sure remastering them would serve to enhance them a whole lot.

BUT, I agree with you 100% that the Let it Be  DVD is waaaaaay overdue for clean-up and remastering into 5.1.   THAT should've been their next release as far as I'm, who's making their "Things to Do" list over there? *smiles!*




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Why do you think EMI is rereleasing it

They are Broke

They lost the McCartney Catologue recently and the more Beatles Product they Can Sell the Better

They considered selling Abbey Road they're so Broke

They're shameless little fighters for every dime they can get

They would release the beatles in the shower if it would sell

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Apple Corps has to approve any Beatles release. That's why EMI can't put out random compilations like they did for a while in the 70s and 80s (Rock And Roll Music, Love Songs, Reel Music, etc).

It's true that EMI is broke, and run by an odious man, but I think this is an Apple initiative. Look at what they're doing: Beatles remasters, John Lennon reissues, Band On The Run, much of the non-Beatles back catalogue of Apple Records (Mary Hopkin, Badfinger etc), probably George and Ringo to follow (I'm guessing). We're in the midst of a massive Beatles reissue campaign, and the 090909 releases were only the start of it. And the man behind it isn't EMI's Guy Hands, it's Jeff Jones of Apple.

So, why put out the Red and Blue albums? Well, it's more product. The Beatles only recorded so much, and I'm not sure they want to put out Anthology 4, so they have to look at ways to exploit the back catalogue further. Red/Blue obviously have a place in people's hearts, and they'll sell well. But as Vonbontee pointed out, they could have considered the value for money a bit more.

I won't buy them. Apple don't care. They'll be bought for teenagers who are just discovering the greatest group of all time, or by casual listeners who want a comprehensive best-of to play in the car, take to parties, give as gifts etc. Apart from the single-disc 1, there's nothing else that gives a similar chronological overview of their career.


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I have a really soft spot for the Blue Album. It was the only Beatles album my parents had, and thus the album I was raised on.

I first found out about the remasters at a bus stop advert, I almost shat myself on seeing my childhood staring back at me.

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
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Just published these – feel free to leave a comment:

I saw a TV advert for the remastered Red/Blue albums last night. I think they'll sell well – they're the perfect Christmas gift for people just getting into The Beatles.

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From memory, there were 1 or 2 songs I didn't think belonged on a 'best of' on the blue record. "Old Brown Shoe" comes to mind.

I do think that the Red and Blue were a better idea than "1"

The singles alone don't do the Beatles justice.

In a sense, what the Beatles and/or Capitol did is what we're doing right now in trying to establish the best songs. (See the "Vote Now" thread at the top of the Song section.)

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