Amazon.com is listing not one or two but seven Beatles albums in its Top 20 CDs.
Is it 1969 or 2009?
The CDs — the first remastered since the original Beatles digital discs were issued in 1987 — won’t be released until Tuesday. The next day — 09/09/09 — is officially Beatles marketing day as the group’s “Rock Band” video game is launched.
But for those of who, god forbid, don’t care much about video games but are audio-centric, Tuesday is the day. Amazon’s listing right now has Susan Boyle’s unreleased album at No. 1, Whitney Houston’s comeback at No. 2, and then the Beatles — “Abbey Road,” “Sgt. Pepper,” “The White Album,” “Let it Be,” “Past Masters” and “Magical Mystery Tour” have squeezed out the new Jay-Z album and several other new releases. Coming up fast behind them are the rest of the Fab Four’s catalog: “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” “Meet the Beatles,” etc.
What’s going to be interesting about all this is that the whole Beatles catalog comes out on Tuesday individually and also in two boxed sets — mono and stereo. Beatles purists want their music in mono. Capitol already released mono versions of the first four albums on CDs a couple of years ago with the stereo versions. But fans will be expected now to disregard all that. That’s easy since those mixes apparently weren’t from George Martin’s original tapes. These are. Like most Beatles fanatics, I’ve preordered everything.
So get ready for an avalanche of Beatlemania. And lots of Beatles radio play. How utterly sad and ironic that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is enjoying boom times now that partner’Michael Jackson is dead.