The Beatles: Rock Band & The Beatles re-mastered catalogue CDs make worldwide debut
Apple Corps Ltd., MTV Games and Harmonix, and EMI Music announce The Beatles(TM): Rock Band(TM) and The Beatles’ entire original recorded catalogue, digitally re-mastered for the first time, will be available worldwide — 09.09.09 (The Beatles(TM): Rock Band(TM) will be available in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories).
The Beatles(TM): Rock Band(TM) allows fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles’ extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay. From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on Apple’s rooftop, fans can follow in The Fab Four’s footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania, unlocking real photos and videos of The Beatles – some never before seen by the public. The Beatles: Rock Band introduces three-part vocal harmonies to gameplay and features 45 songs on-disc. Three albums from The Beatles’ epic catalogue will be made available for purchase and download including Abbey Road (1969), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) and Rubber Soul (1965). The Beatles: Rock Band will be available for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) console from Nintendo.
The Beatles’ entire original recorded catalogue has been digitally re-mastered for the first time by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios over a four-year period. The new CD releases include 14 re-mastered stereo titles available individually or collected in a box set, as well as 11 mono titles released in a limited edition boxed set. All of the re-mastered stereo CDs are packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, 13 of the stereo CDs are embedded with a unique mini-documentary about the album.
B-roll coverage will include:
— Re-mastered Beatles albums art elements; mini-documentary clips (14 stereo CDs / Stereo box set / Mono box set)
— SOT from Giles Martin, Music Supervisor, The Beatles: Rock Band and son of Sir George Martin (Beatles Producer) on The Beatles: Rock Band
— SOT from Alex Rigopulos CEO And Co-Founder of MTV’s Harmonix Music Systems on expanding the music video game audience and meaning of The Beatles: Rock Band
— Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr footage
— The Beatles: Rock Band 30-second commercial
— The Beatles: Rock Band gameplay footage (“I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Back In The U.S.S.R.)
— The Beatles: Rock Band demo performance (“I Feel Fine”)
Source: MTV Games