Kenneth Womack re-tells the Beatles early-to-mid period story with a focus on the man behind the board, groundbreaking producer George Martin. Never previously the focus of such a work, Womack also fills in many details of Martin's formative years.
An extraordinary deluxe re-packaging of an extraordinary album. All the 'Sgt. Pepper' you could ask for! Well, with the exception of the original stereo mix. However, the new stereo mix by Giles Martin sounds great.
Available in multiple configurations, the influential masterpiece is set to become the first of the Fabs' album to receive the Super Deluxe Edition treatment. Of great interest is the stereo remix of the main album.
Yes, it's an officially-sanctioned documentary about The Beatles. Yes, it's marred by some revisionism (literally - black-and-white archival footage has been colorized). Yes, the deluxe two-disc package is worthwhile for excellent bonus interviews.
This week Bill Bentley takes a look at the best of this year's reissues. You may want to consider gifting the music lovers in your life with some of these (or maybe you want to do something nice for yourself).
In 2007, HELP! was released as a restored DVD to fairly universal appreciation. But this is 2013, and a new kid on the block, Blu-ray, has supplanted DVD in almost every quarter. Last year, Yellow Submarine, and Magical Mystery Tour were restored to Blu-ray standards and Beatles fans everywhere were rightfully ecstatic.