THE BEATLES ROCK BAND 2009: One, two, a-one-two-three-faaa

 |   |  2 min read

The Beatles: Rain
THE BEATLES ROCK BAND 2009: One, two, a-one-two-three-faaa

It is one of the many ironies of the Beatles Remastered project (which I have noted in this Listener article) is that these albums might not have even come out at this time were it not for the Beatles Rock Band interactive game.

The remasters were finished some years ago and have been sitting around waiting for . . .?

Some kind of marketing tie-in, the go-ahead from the remaining Beatles and the others' estates? Who knows?

As anyone familiar with the arcane workings of Apple Records will tell you, they are difficult to deal with and live within the rarified air that only those closest to the moneypot can.

But the marketing synergy came together with Beatles Rock Band which is expected to outsell the complete Beatles catalogue many times over: that makes sense as Beatle-age parents buy the box for their children (or grandchildren) and a new generatrion which has heard some of this music on the periphery of their lives can saitsfy curiosity through a medium they understand better than old-fashioned CDs.

The Beatles Rock Band is pretty impressive, even for non-gamers. It opens with terrific, US$1 million animated film made by Passion Pictures who are the people behind Gorillaz. The film is chock full of more visual clues to Beatles song titles, movies and the like than the Free As A Bird clip, and also refers to the art of Alan Aldridge who did two books of the Bealtes illustrated lyrics in the late Sixties.

BEATLmultiSCRNnoHud002   Even if the game isn't for you then you should at least try and see this clip.

   Of the games, the 45 songs (all using the remastered tracks) move through the Beatles' early years, into their first American tour (Ed Sullivan and Shea Stadium), the music from the studio years, and that final rooftop concert in London in '69.

The animation is a step up from previous Guitar Star/X-Box games and there is a keen attention to detail for those sitting watching someone else playing along.BEATLmultiSCRNnoHud005

There is another animated clip right at the end which is only available to you "if you play all 45 songs to the machine's satisfaction," said EMI's Paul Bromby who showed it to me back in July.

But of course as someone else noted, "on September 10th* it'll probably be all over YouTube".

* As one wag has pointed out, the Beatles Remasters should have been released, not on September 9 (aka 09/09/09 or "number nine, number nine, number nine"), but on the following day.

Why? Because that's "the one after 9.09". 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Absolute articles index

ELVIS PRESLEY (2013): The King is gone but he's not forgotten

ELVIS PRESLEY (2013): The King is gone but he's not forgotten

When John Lennon was told in August 1977 that Elvis Presley had died, he apparently said, “Elvis died when he went into the army”. That comment is glib, dismissive and... > Read more

BERNARD STOLLMAN INTERVIEWED (2013): Lawman with ESP for new music

BERNARD STOLLMAN INTERVIEWED (2013): Lawman with ESP for new music

For a large part of his adult life, Bernard Stollman was just one of those New Yorkers in a suit going to work. He had an honorific title as an assistant attorney-general in New York City... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE JESUS PAPERS by MICHAEL BAIGENT: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

THE JESUS PAPERS by MICHAEL BAIGENT: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

When the court case between two of the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, was being played out in London a couple of years ago, commentators... > Read more

Beef stir-fry with peppers by Womad 2014 guest Abundance Mutori of Mokoomba

Beef stir-fry with peppers by Womad 2014 guest Abundance Mutori of Mokoomba

Bassist Abundance Mutori of the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba is bound to brew up a musical stew when the band play at Womad in March (dates below), but he's also happy to offer this, the recipe for a... > Read more