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The Beatles: 1+

The Beatles: 1+

Universal  4756781 (3 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel

Pop/Rock


The Beatles


After The Beatles stopped touring, and because travelling around the globe to promote new releases was impossible, the band increasingly made what could be described as “mini movies”. These pioneering promotional films and videos helped to define the way we have come to watch music, not least because The Beatles approached filming with the same ease and innovative spirit they brought to the recording studio, exploring new creative possibilities with infectious delight. Showcasing the band’s filmed work to accompany their 27 No.1, U.K. and U.S. singles, The Beatles 1 is newly restored and expanded in multiple configurations for global release on November 6 by Apple Corps Ltd/UMG.

The 27-track CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray pairs beautifully 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/2-DVD and CD/2-Blu-ray packages. The 27-track audio CD is also being made available with new stereo mixes. A 2 LP, 180-gram vinyl package will follow.

The new editions of 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, colour-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, ‘round-the-clock work to accomplish.

The result is a visual run down of The Beatles’ number one 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.

Beatles 1 and Beatles 1+ offers 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 by the GRAMMY® winning team of Giles Martin with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. For four of the videos, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions, respectively. The 1+ Deluxe Edition, presented in an expanded 124-page illustrated hardcover book includes ‘an appreciation’ of The Beatles’ ground-breaking films and videos by music journalist and author Mark Ellen and extensive, detailed track/video annotation by music historian and author Richard Havers.

“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in. They also rock!” – 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?" – Ringo Starr

Between 1962 and 1970, The Beatles released 27 No.1 hit 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. 15 years later, 1 is revisited for this entirely new, visually-inspired presentation.

It’s The Beatles, as you’ve never seen them before.

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DISC ONE
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 TWO
1. TWIST AND SHOUT
2. BABY IT’S YOU
3. WORDS OF LOVE
4. PLEASE PLEASE ME
5. I FEEL FINE
6.-7. DAY TRIPPER
8. WE CAN WORK IT OUT
9.PAPERBACK WRITER
10.-11. RAIN
12. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
13. WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU/TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
14. A DAY IN THE LIFE
15.-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
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Comment by Mark Powers - September 19, 2015 (1 of 14)

Purchased this disc. I have no doubt that quality will be superb when it arrives.

Comment by windhoek - September 19, 2015 (2 of 14)

Yeah I'm hopeful too and no doubt it'll become another stand-out purchase of 2015

Comment by Discspinner - September 27, 2015 (3 of 14)

Really psyched about this one. Once I get tired of the video I can just turn the TV off and listen to the great music.

Comment by Kveld-Úlfr - November 3, 2015 (4 of 14)

Got a chance to see documentaries about the restoration last week-end... plus video snippets... not under BD-V codec but still a HD bitrate. Man, this rocks ! A labour of love for a marvellous result !

Comment by windhoek - November 7, 2015 (5 of 14)

I just watched the 2 BD-Vs and I'm afraid I'm disappointed. The video quality is probably as good as it's going to be so full marks there, but the surround mix is far from discrete: that's what's disappointing.

It seemed like the rear channels were utilised in the same sort of ambient way rears are often used with multichannel classical releases, although with a few exceptions: Within You, Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows seemed more discrete - perhaps it was a copy and paste from the Love album - and Free as a Bird and Real Love seemed more discrete too. Apart from these songs however, the multichannel mixes for the rest seemed average at best and as Amazon allow returns, I'm sending it back for a refund because it's not what I hoped and expected.

Comment by windhoek - November 7, 2015 (6 of 14)

p.s. If you want to watch good quality footage of The Beatles in stereo, you'll probably enjoy this release; if you want to enjoy The Beatles in surround sound however, all you need is LOVE

Comment by Mark Powers - November 11, 2015 (7 of 14)

After listening it is good enough and I shouldn't expect more. The rear are just ambient, some songs sound way better in stereo. You have to be a real Beatle freak to explore all the songs in stereo or surround. I love the Beatles but not enough of a freak to spend days deciphering this 3 disc set.
However I did thoroughly enjoy the videos and the process that it took to sync the videos with the music, a very historical and good production.

I will be very cautious with purchasing any Beatles that comes out advertised as surround sound in the future.

Comment by Kveld-Úlfr - November 12, 2015 (8 of 14)

I purchased this boxset and watched entirely yesterday. I was very pleased with the image restoration as many videos were in piteous condition, color revival and contrast resurection are quite impressive, and most of all, all film artefacts (dust, stripes) have been carefully removed. Of course the result is still imperfect given the age of the source material, and let us remember filming devices were not as sophisticated at that time as they are now. This Blu-ray set is just as good as you will ever get.

Now, the sound really was the slap in my face. I listened in stereo PCM 96/24, at that time the multichanel equipment is a project for me. I have been told the MC mix is very discrete, as a Beatles MC mix should be, might I say. Most of the Beatles songs only have 4 tracks. The stereo program is true magic to me. I never purchased a Beatles digital album before because the red and blue compilation had disappointed me so much, loud and compressed and edgy and shrill. Yes, it is still loud on this blu-ray set, but at least not compressed and very balanced. Yesterday, I finally listened to the Beatles the way I wanted them to sound... at last ! That was worth waiting for, and now I hope their albums will be remastered in high-resolution as well, SA-CD or BD, whatever, as long as it's hi-rez and well done !

Comment by Discspinner - November 15, 2015 (9 of 14)

Upon my first listen I was a little disappointed in the surround. So I switched over to the stereo and it is incredible. Aside from a few armchair condemnations regarding a couple of the remix choices, this is stellar. Once I listened to the stereo several times, I went back to the surround mixes. They are not as bad as I initially thought, I just had to get "Love" out of my head. The videos are great too. I especially like the go-go dancers in the intro to Day Tripper on blu ray disc 2, and Ringo's introduction to Paperback Writer and Rain, also on disc 2. In fact, I find myself listening to disc 2 a lot. Here's hoping that they decide to remix at least the mid to later albums, and I recommend starting with a true stereo treatment of Rubber Soul. The songs are great, the current stereo versions are terrible, there isn't a single song from Rubber Soul on Beatles 1+, and as a result it seems like a great way to win over the remix skeptics. Our Beatles futures could be very bright indeed.

Comment by oxenholme - November 23, 2015 (10 of 14)

Video excellent.

Stereo sound impressive at first but soon gets fatiguing. Brash, not at all pleasant for extended listening.

Surround sound not at all pleasing. Fake ambiance in the rear speakers. A complete waste of time and space.

Comment by Steven Overkill - November 24, 2015 (11 of 14)

I was only going to get this for the 5.1. After 'Love', expectations were high for a number of us. So glad I gave it a miss.

Comment by Jan Arell - December 11, 2015 (12 of 14)

Please remember that
a. Their first records were done on 2-channel recording machines.
b. It took a very long time before EMI got 8-channel.
c. The Beatles themselves were, at least up to the White Album, only interested in the mono mixes. They were there when the mono mixes were done, then left the stereo to the technicians. (That's why you can hear discrepancies (sp?) between mono versions and stereo version in songs like, for example, Tomorrow Never Knows and, maybe most clearly, in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.)
d. The first single they recorded in stereo only was The Ballad of John & Yoko.

With that in mind, I think the producers have done a marvellous job, cleaning it up and presented the music as never before. No, it's not mch. But regarding what they had to work with it's great. And the stereo, enhanced by some ambience in the back channels, is so much better than earlier releases.
I like it.

Also I'd like to point out their remarkably fast musical development. It's less than 2,5 years between I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Tomorrow Never Knows. Beat that!

J.

Comment by Jan Arell - April 13, 2017 (13 of 14)

No thread for this one yet, but remastered Sgt Pepper will be released 26th of May.
To get surround, you have to buy the largest set (of course) with 4 CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Bluray. Prerelease price at Amazon US is 125 USD, at Amazon UK 110 GBP.
Why one should want both the DVD and the Bluray, the content seems to be identical, is just one of those mysteries.

Comment by John Broggio - Yesterday 12:43 pm (14 of 14)

See The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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