New edition of Rock Band commemorates the Beatles

Jeff Yerger

I don’t really want to stop the show, but you might like to know that the Beatles are back in a big way. Sept. 9 marked the historic release of the Beatles: Rock Band video game, as well as the digitally remastered release of the entire Beatles catalogue. It is something that many Beatle fans have been praying for, and it is an event so special that it took 40 years to happen.

Ever since they stepped onto American soil for the first time, the Beatles have been relevant. What makes the Beatles such a special band is that they never cease to keep this relevance, always finding ways to stay new, fresh and cutting edge.

Their whole philosophy was this idea of innovation, from their experimenting in the studio to the founding of Apple Publishing, the Beatles have never struggled to stay in the spotlight. Beatle fanatics even got a deeper look into the life of the Beatles through the massive anthology release back in 1995.

Yes, there is never a dull moment on the Beatles front, and now with the release of Beatles: Rock Band and the digital release of their discography, a whole new chapter for the Beatles has now begun.

Never before have bands been able to interact with the Beatles like this. Thanks to Beatles: Rock Band, fans can imagine themselves as a fifth Beatle, standing right on the stage of the Cavern Club alongside Paul, John, George and Ringo.

“I think it’s great; it’s just the modern world and you either embrace it or you don’t,” Paul McCartney said in a recent interview with Billboard. “I think it’s going to be an interesting phenomenon that will make another Beatles thing happen.”

The authenticity of this game is incredible, as it is complete with replica instruments, real-life settings, and the legendary songs to boot including “Here Comes the Sun,” “Paperback Writer,” “Come Together” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Now, with the release of the digitally remastered entire Beatles catalogue (a process that took four years to complete), their music has never sounded better. The music is crisp and fresh, as if the Beatles just recorded it yesterday.

“It’s just more real, it’s more true to the noise we were actually making,” McCartney told Billboard. “I can listen to those records and see John right there.”

Now that the Beatles music is digitalized and clear, the next step will be their debut on iTunes. You’ll hear instruments and sounds that you have never heard or noticed before.

With the Beatles’ edition of Rock band, dorm rooms and apartments will now be the epicenters of Beatle-mania.

“The kids of AD 2000 will understand what it was all about and draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today,” Derek Taylor, the Beatles publicist in the ’60s, wrote in the liner notes to “Beatles for Sale.” “The magic of the Beatles is timeless and ageless.”

Now with the release of Beatles: Rock Band and the re-release of the Beatles discography, that quote is a great understatement