Beatlemania’s Back with New Editions of ‘1’

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Speculation has been rife ever since The Beatles took to various social media platforms this past Saturday morning (9/12) teasing an image with the hashtag #THEBEATLES1.

Today, Apple Corps Ltd/UMG pulled back the curtain and announced the November 6th release of the newly restored and expanded collection of Beatles chart-topping singles, expanding the package that was originally released in November 2000 with multiple configurations .

The 27-track CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray pairs restored videos for each song with new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD surround audio mixes. The brand new Beatles 1+ celebrates their career in over 200 minutes through 50 promotional films and videos. This includes the 27 No.1s, with the restored videos, along with a second disc of 23 videos, including alternate versions, as well as rarely seen and newly restored films and videos; all include new audio mixes in deluxe CD/2DVD and CD/2Blu-ray packages. The 27-track audio CD is also being made available with new stereo mixes. A 2LP, 180-gram vinyl package will follow. (Pre-order links are available below.)

After The Beatles stopped touring and traveling around the globe, the band increasingly made what could be described as “mini movies” – predecessors of music videos. The new editions of them on The Beatles 1 have been made possible following extensive research and restoration of the original promo films, classic television appearances and other carefully selected videos spanning the band’s history. Apple Corps dug deep into The Beatles’ vaults to select a broad range of films and videos for their rarity, historical significance and quality of performance. An 18-person team of film and video technicians and restoration artists was assembled by Apple Corps to undertake painstaking frame-by-frame cleaning, color-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, around-the-clock work to accomplish.

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The Beatles filming “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” November 25, 1963. © Apple Corps Ltd.

The result is a visual rundown of The Beatles’ #1 records, as well as the additional tracks on the bonus disc of Beatles 1+ that show the band in previously unseen standards of clarity and quality; many of the films and videos have never before been commercially released, in whole or in part.

The Beatles and 1+ offer the restored films, including 35mm negatives scanned in 4K and digitally restored with new stereo and 5.1 surround audio remixes produced from the original analogue tapes. For four of the videos, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions. The 1+ Deluxe Edition is presented in an expanded 124-page illustrated hardcover book which includes an appreciation of The Beatles’ groundbreaking films and videos by music journalist and author Mark Ellen and extensive, detailed track/video annotation by music historian and author Richard Havers.

Between 1962 and 1970, The Beatles released 27 #1 singles in the U.S. and the U.K. In 2000, these timeless songs were collected for The Beatles 1, which topped the charts in 35 countries and became that decade’s bestselling album worldwide.

“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in. They also rock!” says Paul McCartney.

“I think it’s really interesting to see the videos we made, some of them incredible and some of them really incredible.  How else would we have got to sit on a horse?” adds Ringo Starr.

The Beatles [CD; DVD; Blu-ray; CD/DVD; CD/Blu-ray]

DISC 1 AUDIO (CD) + DISC 1 VIDEO (DVD or Blu-ray)

  1. Love Me Do
  2. From Me To You
  3. She Loves You
  4. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  5. Can’t Buy Me Love
  6. A Hard Day’s Night
  7. I Feel Fine
  8. Eight Days a Week
  9. Ticket To Ride
  10. Help!
  11. Yesterday
  12. Day Tripper
  13. We Can Work It Out
  14. Paperback Writer
  15. Yellow Submarine
  16. Eleanor Rigby
  17. Penny Lane
  18. All You Need Is Love
  19. Hello, Goodbye
  20. Lady Madonna
  21. Hey Jude
  22. Get Back
  23. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  24. Something
  25. Come Together
  26. Let It Be
  27. The Long and Winding Road

DISC 1 VIDEO EXTRAS

Paul McCartney audio commentary

Penny Lane

Hello, Goodbye

Hey Jude

Ringo Starr filmed introductions

Penny Lane

Hello, Goodbye

Hey Jude

Get Back

The Beatles 1+ (CD/2DVD; CD/2Blu-ray]

DISC 1 AUDIO (CD) + DISC 1 VIDEO (DVD or Blu-ray)

(same as above)

DISC 2 VIDEO (DVD or Blu-ray)

  1. Twist & Shout
  2. Baby It’s You
  3. Words Of Love
  4. Please Please Me
  5. I Feel Fine
  6. Day Tripper *
  7. Day Tripper *
  8. We Can Work It Out *
  9. Paperback Writer *
  10. Rain *
  11. Rain *
  12. Strawberry Fields Forever
  13. Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
  14. A Day In The Life
  15. Hello, Goodbye *
  16. Hello, Goodbye *
  17. Hey Bulldog
  18. Hey Jude *
  19. Revolution
  20. Get Back *
  21. Don’t Let Me Down
  22. Free As A Bird
  23. Real Love

DISC 2 VIDEO EXTRA

Paul McCartney audio commentary

Strawberry Fields Forever

* alternate version

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