Since weâ€™re talking Record Store Day this week, I thought Iâ€™d rave about two new, high-end Beatles-related gems that emerged recently, perfect for digging up this Saturday. They'll keep you more than a little occupied while you wait for the 50th anniversary reissue of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," due out May 26.
In honor of the late George Harrisonâ€™s birthday in February, an extended edition of his book, "I Me Mine," was published in an absolutely stunning package.
First produced by Genesis Publications in 1980, "I Me Mine" was packed full of photos, reminiscences and hand-written song lyric sheets, reminding us that for all his serious spiritual side, George never stopped being the fun-loving Liverpool kid with a razor wit.
This new hardcover "extended" version includes another 59 handwritten lyrics and more content that will thrill Harrison fans.
It makes the perfect accompaniment to the sprawling box set that arrived at the same time, collecting all of Harrisonâ€™s 13 solo outings on vinyl. "George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection" also adds 12" picture discs of "When We Was Fab" and "Got My Mind Set On You."
All the discs are exact replicas of the original releases on 180-gram vinyl and stored in a two-piece slipcase box. The discs (except the picture discs) will also be available separately.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems has a limited edition George Harrison Essential III turntable available, too, with only 2,500 worldwide.
Meanwhile, Paul McCartneyâ€™s acclaimed 1989 "Flowers in the Dirt," written in collaboration with Elvis Costello, gets the massive reissue treatment this year. The 10th release in McCartneyâ€™s Archive Collection is a whopper.
There are three CDs â€“ the original record and two discs of demos â€“ as well as a DVD full of videos, plus codes to download 13 b-sides, remixes and edits and a trio of demos. (Those demos will also be available on a limited edition cassette for Record Store Day this week.)
But this set weighs a …Read more...