It's been a big week for Beatles fans.
I'd say the biggest announcement was about the remastered catalog that's getting a release on 9.9.09. I still remember when the Beatles albums all hit CD for the first time, and what a big deal that seemed to be. As "Star Wars" films are to a home video format, so the Beatles are to audio formats. They're never the first ones out the gate, but by the time they are finally released, you can figure that whatever the format is, it's reached a certain saturation point that is considered by the studios or the music industry to be "everyone."
In a way, the announcement about the remastered catalog is no surprise at all. It was a given, a matter of "when," not "if." In the same way, the track list for "The Beatles: Rock Band" is not terribly shocking. I've never owned or even really played any of the "Guitar Hero" or "Rock Band" games. I think I played one song on "Guitar Hero" one time, and that was it. They're going to make me buy "The Beatles: Rock Band," though. I'll have no choice. It sounds way too cool, way too much fun.
But the strangest news about the band this week is the news that director Robert Zemeckis is deep into final negotiations with Disney and whatever army of lawyers and businessmen currently represent the Beatles catalog to bring his motion-capture technology to Pepperland with a new version of "Yellow Submarine," the psychedelic cartoon that paid tribute to the band's music in 1968.
Of course, the first question is "Why?"
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