The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, Rock Band and CD Box Set

About 30 years ago the members of The Beatles sat down with several marketing and business experts and constructed a plan.

Knowing every generation would eventually discover the Beatles—they are the greatest band of all-time after all—and knowing they had a finite catalog of media, the group devised a business plan to keep the Beatles money machine churning for decades to come.

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The Beatles products that resulted from this meeting include Beatles CD’s, Beatles DVS, The Beatles Anthology, a Beatles website, The Beatles Love and The Beatles: Rock Band.

Okay, we made this meeting up. Obviously, no one back then could foresee the future of technology, the advent of the internet or the rise of video games.

However, The Beatles are not only popular music’s greatest and best band they are also the industry’s best businessmen.

It seems like every couple of years, The Beatles release a new product that not only captures the imagination of their current fans but captures the attention of a whole new generation.

The next project apparently born from their mythological business plan is a remake of Yellow Submarine.

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Director Robert Zemeckis and Disney are currently undergoing the Byzantine negotiations to turn Yellow Submarine into a performance-capture 3-D production. The goal is to premiere the movie for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The key for Disney is to acquire the licensees for all The Beatles songs from original movie: “All Together Now,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” “All You Need Is Love,” “When I’m 64,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and of course “Yellow Submarine.”

Also included in the negotiations are the rights to a future Broadway stage musical (ala The Lion King). You gotta love Disney, they know how to wring every last cent out of a franchise.

The idea of a Yellow Submarine remake is one thing. The idea that the Yellow Submarine remake is in the hands of Zemeckis is another. The idea that Disney is ultimately behind the Yellow Submarine remake is anathema.

Also on the horizon for the Beatles, is their own video game. The Beatles: Rock Band is scheduled for release on Sept. 9. Fans will be able to play as anyone of the Fab Four.

Land of Punt is literally dying to get their hands on this game. And that’s saying something since we’re a quasi-mythological land mass.

THE BEATLES ROCK BAND SETLIST

I Saw Her Standing There
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Twist And Shout
I Wanna Be Your Man
I Want To Hold Your Hand
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love
I Feel Fine
Eight Days A Week
Ticket To Ride
Day Tripper
Drive My Car
I’m Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone
Paperback Writer
Taxman
Yellow Submarine
And Your Bird Can Sing
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Good Morning Good Morning
Within You Without You
I Am The Walrus
Hello Goodbye
Revolution
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Birthday
Helter Skelter
Hey Bulldog
Don’t Let Me Down
Come Together
Something
Octopus’s Garden
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Here Comes The Sun
Dig A Pony
I Me Mine
I’ve Got A Feeling
Get Back

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Also on Sept. 9, The Beatles will release a stereo box set of all their studio albums in a hard black glossy lift top box with magnet clasp. The CDs come packaged in three panel digi-pak replete with a digital mini documentaries.

Released concurrently is a limited edition mono box set (only 10,000 released in the U.S.). This set comes in a hard white glossy slip box and the CDs are packaged as mini LP replicas (replica artwork, sleeves and gatefolds).

Both sets were remastered by Guy Massey, Steve Rooke, Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee.

STEREO BOX SET

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let It Be

MONO BOX SET

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help! (CD also includes original 1965 stereo mix)
Rubber Soul (CD also include original 1965 stereo mix)
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Mono Masters (features all of the mono tracks that appeared on singles, EPs. or that never made it onto the 13 albums)

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