Sunday, November 1, 2015

CD/Blu-ray Review: The Beatles Add Remastered Videos To Greatest Hits "1" New Release

Fifteen years ago, Apple Records in conjunction with Capitol Records released the first single disc greatest hits set from The Beatles titled simply "1." It collected all 27 of The Beatles #1 singles in the U.S. and the U.K. and placed them in chronological order on a single CD. It has since gone on to sell over 31 million copies worldwide. On November 6th, Apple Corps Ltd in association with Universal Music Group, have remastered the "1" album and added a DVD or Blu-ray of music videos for each of the songs on this compilation.

The mastering of the new disc was handled by the Grammy award winning team of Giles Martin (son of George Martin) and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. The music on the CD sounds stunning as they have used the original analogue tapes to remaster the songs.

Now for the new stuff, included with the CD is a DVD or Blu-ray featuring the promotional videos that accompany each single presented on the "1" disc. Beginning with "Love Me Do," the early videos are black & white and find The Beatles enjoying themselves on this latest format of presenting their music to their fans. The videos for "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Can't Buy Me Love" were recorded live and features a different version of the song than the studio version on the CD. The Beatles' live appearance at Shea Stadium is highlighted by their video for "Eight Days A Week" as fans hope that an official release of the full concert will one day be released. A live version of "Yesterday" in a nice addition, but you don't fully appreciate the remastering done to these films, until you get to the color videos like "Penny Lane," "Hello Goodbye" and especially the group sing-along gathering of "Hey Jude." The music video for "Come Together" was created in 2000 to promote The Beatles new website and the original release of "1." Watching this video reminds you of Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" music video that was a huge hit on MTV. The DVD or Blu-ray closes with "Let It Be" and "The Long And Winding Road," both taken from the filmed "Let It Be" recording sessions that we hope will one day be officially released for their fans to enjoy. As a bonus, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr introduce some of the videos. Another cool feature is the "jukebox," which allows you to choose up to 27 videos to play in any order you desire.

There will also be a deluxe version of the album titled "1+," which features the new remastered CD, the Blu-ray of DVD disc of the videos and a bonus Blu-ray or DVD of 23 more music videos by The Beatles. Beginning with "Twist And Shout," this black and white video is a must inclusion to this set as it is one The Beatles first filmed music videos. The highlights of the second disc are the "Words of Love" music video, made in 2013 to promote the second volume of the "Live At The BBC" release and "Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows" film to promote the "Love" album. The amazing remaster job done to the videos is especially noticed the most in "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Hello Goodbye" as the colors simply jump off your television screen. Finishing the bonus Blu-ray disc are the "Anthology" videos for "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love." The Beatles "1+" release also comes in beautiful 124-page full-color, hard-cover book which includes a write up of every video by music journalist/editor Mark Ellen and music historian Richard Havers. This is the music have for all Beatles fans.

A new 180-gram vinyl version of The Beatles' "1" album will also be released very soon. To find out more about this great new "must have" release from The Beatles, please visit thebeatles.com.

1 comment:

nic said...

The footage shot onto 35mm film looks excellent but the rest of the videos are awful quality originally shot at 25fps and have been encoded at 29.9fps the motion blur is shocking.