In honor of the Beatles remasters, I started off my radio show last week with Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey)by the Feelies.It is good that such significant albums are finally out in decent digital versions, but a part of me kinda wonders what took so long. Symbolically, it's like a last gasp by the major labels.
Yes, I'm obviously not against reissues, but this one seems like such a rampant grab for cash -- from an industry has decided never to have a new idea again.Every Sunday I open up the arts section of the times, and they've got another huge article on some band that made its impact 20-30-40 years ago. So dull.
Well, the remastered white album is more affordable this time around than the previous version. Otherwise, yeah, pathetic. These remasters could have been rolled out at anytime - hello, when Harrison passed on? - and done beaucoup bucks. (Yes, I've finally joined civilization and bought a Beatles record.) Kudos to the Feelies cover you pulled out there. That's a band of 20plus years influence worth the ink.
It's going to be possible this year to completely fill up your Pazz & Jop ballot with Beatles reissues.For people who want to avoid the whole issue of 2009, the perfect solution.
I admit, I didn't think I would either, but one listen to decent MP3s of the mono Sgt. Pepper's (my favourite album when I was 8!) did leave me a little gobsmacked and wound up leading into a whole day of listening to various albums. They do sound rather nice. I own the old versions of that album and Revolver, and at some point when it's financially reasonable to do so, I'll upgrade.
I am missing the Beatles appreciation gene, sorry, Ian. But if it makes you happy, that's cool.
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