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Apple gives sneak preview of Beatles Remastered in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 08/30/09 9:22 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Apple staff, on behalf of EMI, gave a sneak preview to show how the new remastered versions of Beatles' classic songs changes the listening experience for the better to small audiences in the Adephi Hotel at the Liverpool Beatles Festival today. Apple presenter Debbie Pearson described the early feedback to the remastered versions as extremely positive and that listeners have said it was like removing layers of dust from the tracks so you can now hear everything and much more clearly.

Starting with the Beatles' early songs, they played 15 seconds of the old mono mix of Beatles' song then followed by 15 seconds of the remastered version. The remastered versions of the oldest Beatles songs were dramatically improved by the remastering process such as Twist and Shout, Till There Was You and Can't Buy Me Love. In Eight Days a Week you can hear the clapping louder which was barely audible before and the sound is fuller, richer, less tinny and more precise.

Debbie Pearson playing remastered tracks for the fans

With later songs, you can hear a greater range of sounds previously faded or fuzzy but now vibrant and fuller. In particular the remastered version of Taxman has transformed the song into a real rocker and the drumming, bass is stronger than it was before. In the Beatles classic Come Together the remaster brings John's vocals closer to the listener like he's right there in the room singing just for you, over 40 years ago in 1969.

Debbie also showed a brief one minute trailer that American television audiences will be seeing in the months ahead, a delightful collage of photo and song bits of the very best of the Beatles has to offer. She also said that a new overhaul of the www.thebeatles.com website will be unveiled later this week.

When I asked Debbie why the Beatles catalog wasn't remastered many years ago, she explained that the remastering project took EMI/Apple 4 years to complete and that the music for the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil show "LOVE" is just a remix.


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