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1967-1970 [The Blue Album] Original recording remastered, Double CD


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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Double CD
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B003YNFYD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Strawberry Fields Forever (2009 - Remaster)
2. Penny Lane (2009 - Remaster)
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 - Remaster)
4. With A Little Help From My Friends (2009 - Remaster)
5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2009 - Remaster)
6. A Day In The Life (2010 - Remaster)
7. All You Need Is Love (2009 - Remaster)
8. I Am The Walrus (2009 - Remaster)
9. Hello, Goodbye (2009 - Remaster)
10. The Fool On The Hill (2009 - Remaster)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (2009 - Remaster)
2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2009 - Remaster)
3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2009 - Remaster)
4. Get Back (2009 - Remaster)
5. Don't Let Me Down (2009 - Remaster)
6. The Ballad Of John And Yoko (2009 - Remaster)
7. Old Brown Shoe (2009 - Remaster)
8. Here Comes The Sun (2009 - Remaster)
9. Come Together (2009 - Remaster)
10. Something (2009 - Remaster)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Brand new 2010 digital remaster of the classic Beatles album.

The companion piece to the 1962-1966 singles compilation, this set (often called "the blue album", as opposed to its chronological predecessor "the red album"), brings together the Beatles best known songs from 1967 through 1970. The Beatles were fiercely, relentlessly experimental during these years, and the swirling, visionary soundscapes of "Strawberry Fields Forever", which opens the collection, sets the tone with its effects-heavy production and backward tape loops. John Lennon's psychedelic songwriting, which emphasised crystalline melodies and surreal wordplay, can be heard on tracks like "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" and "Across the Universe".
Paul McCartney's fascination with English music hall and novelty numbers is clear on "Penny Lane" and "Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-Da", and the set also has some of his finest ballads, including the mega-hits "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude". George Harrison emerged as a fine songwriting talent during these years with "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun". Yet despite evidence of their diverging individual directions, the Beatlesstill rock as a band on cuts like "Revolution". (The set includes the single versions of "Revolution", "Lady Madonna", and "Hey Jude"). The Beatles set the tenor of the late-'60s with this spectacular soundtrack, and it remains--even afteryears of overplaying--original, beautiful music.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al-13 on 12 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
So is it worth spending money on yet another release of familiar but classic music that first saw the light of day over 40 years ago. Well the answer is yes because the technology is available now to make it all sound so fresh and clear, even when compared to the previous CD releases.
It is when comparisons are made to the original vinyl records that came out in the 1960's that the difference in sound quality becomes noticeable. I should know because I bought most of the Beatles albums and singles the first time round, in a lot of cases on the day of release. The original 1970 Apple Records vinyl Let It Be album is a case in point, being muffled and tinny despite being in stereo. The tracks from that original release have now been re-mastered for this collection and the audio quality is now that much better.
It is close to impossible for anyone who was not around in the 60's to really understand the huge and lasting impact that The Beatles made at the time, not just on popular music but also in culture and social attitudes. Their influence was only matched by that made by Elvis a few years earlier. This album and it's companion Red 1962-66 set will go some way to explaining everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Spanning the Beatles' career from its glorious high-water mark to its bitter and plaintive end, this CD is perhaps the most essential item for any pop/rock collection.
Listen to the first few songs especially, and be prepared to be blown away, especially if you are not overly familiar with the group's work.
It starts with their first psychadelic single, "Strawberry Field Forever" (plus its double A-side, "Penny Lane"). Can you imagine a group today releasing a single with two such timeless and monumental songs on the same disc? It is questionable whether such a record will ever be released again. It's just a shame the British public didn't know what was good for them, instead keeping the Beatles off the No 1 spot in favour of Engelbert Humperdink's "Release Me"!
Next comes the first three songs from "Sgt Pepper", then "A Day in the Life", a song which totally transcends the pop or rock idiom, whilst avoiding pretentiousness or pomp. Follow this with "All You Need Is Love" and "I Am the Walrus", and you begin to see just how amazing the start of this record is. Each one of these songs is better than the best songs ever written by nearly every other group, and they're all here in sequence.
Inevitably things go slightly downhill from there on in, although still well worth the 5 star rating. There is "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude", "Revolution" and many another such classic.
It is questionable why the compilers sought to add numbers such as "Old Brown Shoe" or "Octopus' Garden" - hardly amongst the group's best output.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Commonly known as the "Blue Album", the 2LP vinyl set "1967 - 1970" became an instant classic when it was first released in April 1973 (as did its "Red" counterpart "1962-1966"). When they were finally reissued onto the new CD format in 1993 however, they caused consternation because of their extortionate full price.

So is this newly remastered 2010 mid-priced 2CD reissue on EMI/Apple 5099990674723 any better - the answer is an emphatic 'yes'.

PACKAGING:
The first thing you notice is that the clunky double jewel-case of the 1993 reissue has been dumped for a three-way foldout card sleeve. The centre and right flaps picture the photograph on the inner gatefold of the original vinyl double album (St. Pancras Old Church in London, 27 July 1969, The Beatles with the public looking through the railings - it's the same photo on the "Red" album). It also houses the two CDs - CD1 has the full Apple label (14 tracks, 51:15 minutes) and the 2nd CD has the half Apple logo (14 tracks, 48:43 minutes). The vinyl set is yet to come, the Digital Download versions are available from 25 Oct 2010 and there's also an issue that lumps both the Blue & Red reissues together as one package in late November.

The left flap houses a new 32-page booklet. The lyrics are intact from the inner sleeves of the original album issue, there's new liner notes by BILL FLANAGAN the MTV Executive and author of "Evening's Empire" (a book on Rock in the Sixties) and there's plenty of superb colour photos from the period - it's impressively done. Downsides - some complained that the 09/09/09 card digipak sleeves for The Beatles reissues were easy to smudge once out of the shrinkwrap and worse - the inner flaps easy to tear as you removed the disc. I'm afraid these are the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marmalade on 9 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Our ten year old boy has been studying the 1960s in his history lessons - how old does that me feel! - and has developed a thing for the Beatles. We bought him both the Red and the Blue albums for Christmas. So many albums boast the title 'greatest hits' and contain a collection of mediocre, transient songs that don't age at all well. With these albums the Beatles don't have to go for the big sell-in. After the White Album, Red and Blue will do for titles for two albums that are crammed full with many of the greatest songs ever written.

The Blue album is a double CD charting the second half of the Beatles' career. years. The tracks are generally longer than on the Red Album but they're by no means overblown with most coming in under an economical four minutes again showing off the genius that was Lennon and McCartney. The last thing they need is a critique from me! Essential listening.
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