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.

“I Want To Hold Your Hand”
“I Feel Fine”
“Day Tripper”
“Paperback Writer”
“Don’t Let Me Down”

Please Please Me:
“I Saw Her Standing There”
“Do You Want To Know A Secret”
“Twist and Shout”

With the Beatles:
“I Wanna Be Your Man”

A Hard Day’s Night:
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”

Beatles For Sale:
“Eight Days a Week”

“Ticket To Ride”

Rubber Soul:
“Drive My Car”
“I’m Looking Through You”
“If I Needed Someone”

“Yellow Submarine”
“And Your Bird Can Sing”

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends”
“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
“Getting Better”
“Good Morning Good Morning”

Magical Mystery Tour:
“I Am The Walrus”
“Hello Goodbye”

The Beatles (White Album):
“Dear Prudence”
“Back In the U.S.S.R.”
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
“Helter Skelter”

Yellow Submarine:
“Hey Bulldog”

Abbey Road:
“Come Together”
“Octopus’s Garden”
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
“Here Comes the Sun”

Let It Be:
“Dig a Pony”
“I Me Mine”
“I Got a Feeling”
“Get Back”

“Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows”

I would have left off the Love mash-up since the Beatles never performed it in their career. Not that the Love album isn’t cool, but the whole purpose of the game is to play as the Beatles, not to a recording that was made years after they broke up. Nevertheless, I think most Beatles purists — albeit the younger ones who are likely buying this game — can all agree that this is pretty solid track list. But where’s “Please Please Me,” their first hit single? And “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl”? What, no “Strawberry Fields Forever”? OK, I’ll stop.