“Abbey Road” for Rock Band available today!

Abbey Road

As of today, you can download the Beatles’ final masterpiece, Abbey Road, in its entirety for The Beatles: Rock Band.

For PS3 and XBox 360, the tracks will be offered up in two ways: Fans of Side A but not Side B — if those people actually exist — can buy “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” “Oh! Darling” and “Because” as standalone download. However, if you want those three songs and all 16 glorious minutes of the Abbey Road medley, plus all 23 seconds of “Her Majesty,” you can purchase the complete album pack for $16.99. Wii will offer up the three songs plus “You Never Give Me Your Money” as $2 a la carte downloads (”Her Majesty” will run $1) except for the medley, which will be divided into three multi-song downloads at $3.50 each.

But why stop there? Harmonix and MTV Games will release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in November and Rubber Soul in November for download.

Personally, I think they should get on Help.


“The Beatles in Mono” box set getting more love than expected

Within a few years time, I’m sure there will be another influx of Beatles-related reissues, movies, documentaries, video games, etc. Right now, however, it all seems appropriate. Granted, I know hordes of individuals are making bank off the Beatles’ legacy, despite there being only two surviving members. It’s hard to even care though, considering the amazing music they left behind. It’s been a pure joy to watch this Beatles week on VH1. I know everything is tied together with the anticipation of The Beatles: Rock Band and the EMI remasters of their entire catalogue, but it seems fueled by a genuine excitement and gratitude for the music.

While those popular remasters will be in stereophonic sound, receiving less attention is “The Beatles in Mono” box set, which also hits street retailers on September 9th. EMI had originally planned to only release 10,000 copies of the box set for the U.S. market. Unsurprisingly, pre-orders shot through the roof and they’re going to expand that number.

This may be where The Beatles in Mono comes into its own. At first glance, it looks an extravagant frippery: a £240 11-CD box set, featuring perfect miniature reproductions of albums pristinely remastered in a sonic format rendered obsolete almost half a century ago. But until 1969, the Beatles were disinterested in stereo: they oversaw the mono mixes of their albums, then left the rest to George Martin. The box set can thus proudly claim to offer “the closest you can get to hearing the authentic sound of the Beatles”. On the later albums, that amounts to a handful of cosmetic differences: if it’s striking to hear Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds with added psychedelic phasing effects, it doesn’t radically alter your perception of the song. The early albums, however, are transformed.

Hardcore Beatles fans and audiophiles tend to favor the monophonic production of their first four albums over the stereophonic albums that followed. If you care to read more about the debate, check out this link. I have a record player and can notice slight differences in the production of the mono and stereo LPs. Nevertheless, you’ll need a receiver with a channel switcher to get an obvious presentation. If not, a good old pair of headphones will do when comparing both formats of a song.


Everything you need to know about “The Beatles: Rock Band”

In case you hadn’t already noticed, we’re living in a post-superstar world — a place where stylistically far-flung artists like Devendra Benhart, Passion Pit, and the Gossip can be hugely popular in their own right, but unheard (and virtually unknown) outside their own small pockets of fandom, and where even a legitimate household name like Reba McEntire can score a Number One record simply by selling 95,000 units in a week. In fact, the top-selling album of 2009 — Michael Jackson’s Number Ones — is a compilation originally released in 2003, which should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the current state of music.

Or how about this: the year’s most anticipated new release by a major artist isn’t a CD at all, but a video game — and one from one of the last true superstar acts, a band that’s been broken up for almost 40 years.

We’re talking, of course, about the imminent arrival of “The Beatles: Rock Band,” the new edition of the wildly popular game that, in the words of Bullz-Eye’s David Medsker, “allows the players to pretend that they’re in the greatest band of all time.” The game, like the freshly remastered versions of the Beatles’ catalog that fans are drooling over, won’t arrive in stores until September 9, but in the meantime, you can read Bullz-Eye’s breakdown of what to expect in a piece titled — of course — “While Our Plastic Video Game Guitars Gently Weep.” To read about the 10 tracks we can’t wait to play, the songs we’re hoping Harmonix chooses for future expansion packs, and assorted random thoughts on what’s sure to be the gaming event of the year, click the above image or follow this link!


New details on “The Beatles: Rock Band”

Rock Band

For the record, I suck at video games. I suck at them for the same reasons I suck at golf. I’m not patient, and if I don’t see myself being the best at a hobby in the imminent future, I’ll abandon it. As someone who’s been playing music since the age of 12, I hated Guitar Hero and Rock Band from the get-go. Playing the guitar was way too difficult as I couldn’t coordinate pressing buttons on my fretting hand with flipping a toggle switch with my strumming hand. I was most content on drums simply because it’s fun to hit things. Nevertheless, after seeing some footage and scoping out the game’s track list, I might have to force a friend to buy The Beatles: Rock Band.

How cool is this? You can perform “Twist and Shout” in Liverpool, “Can’t Buy Me Love” on the Ed Sullivan Show, even “Eight Days a Week” at Shea Stadium. The detail is amazing and spot on as it matches their style of dress, the imagery, and the venues they played specific to an era. Apparently, the game will include unreleased banter from the Beatles’ recording sessions.

In addition to the new trailer, the full video for “Ticket to Ride” as performed by the in-game Beatles at the digital Shea Stadium has also been posted on the game’s official Website. As Rock Daily reported last week, The Beatles: Rock Band will also unearth previously unreleased audio and studio banter from the Beatles, as well as a “story mode” that gives the back-story of the band’s songs. The Beatles: Rock Band will be released September 9th, the same day the Fab Four’s entire remastered catalog is reissued.

As per the the video game blog Worth Playing, a track listing has surfaced. Harmonix and MTV Games have since confirmed that the 44 songs listed after the jump are accurate. However, one more song will be included that neither source is revealing.

Read the rest after the jump...

The Beatles – Rock Band will be released on 9/9/09

Beatles fans and Rock Band fans can celebrate – The Beatles version of the popular game will be released in September 2009.

Here are the highlights from the press release:

• The game takes players through an “unprecendented experiential progression” of the musical career of the band.
• The game will be available as standalone software and hardware, as well as a limited edition bundle. The game will be compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers and other current music-based video game peripherals.
• There will be limited edition hardware modelled on instruments used by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
• The numbers:
– The Beatles: Rock Band Software – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $59.99 MSRP
– The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $99.99 MSRP
– The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $249.99 MSRP
– International pricing to be announced at a later date
• Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer
• Fans who pre-order the game will get access to exclusive content created by Apple Corps, MTV Games and Harmonix over the next few months.

Save your pennies!


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