According to numerous sources, an effort is underway to remaster the entire Beatles catalog and ultimately make is available for digital download, though it’s doubtful iTunes will be allowed to sell the songs:
Neil Aspinall, a former Beatles road manager and managing director of Apple Corps, was a witness in the company’s trademark lawsuit against Apple Computer (APPL).
He said that the company was digitally remastering the entire Beatles catalogue, which would pave the way for selling the songs online.
“I think it would be wrong to offer downloads of the old masters when I am making new masters,” he said in a written statement submitted to the High Court in London earlier this month.
“It would be better to wait and try to do them both simultaneously so that you then get the publicity of the new masters and the downloading, rather than just doing it ad hoc.”
A spokeswoman for Apple Corps confirmed Aspinall’s statement, and said that the company is preparing to make the Beatles catalogue available through online music services.
A funny twist to all this: It turns out Sir Paul McCartney recently gave video iPods to his tour crew, and betrayed some curiousity about a notorious mash-up of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album:
Though the remix was subjected to a cease and desist order by EMI, the move did win Danger Mouse one interested potential fan – Paul McCartney, who listened to the album in his car.
“McCartney remains really interested in what’s going on in the creative world,” the source explained, “He likes to know what’s going on.”
This interest in modern music culture also led McCartney to take UK DJ, remixer and musician The Freelance Hellraiser (Roy Kerr) along with him on his tour.
Kerr won fame with a mash-up called “A Stroke of Genius”, which combined an instrumental edit of The Strokes’ track “Hard To Explain” with Christina Aguilera’s pop hit “Genie in A Bottle”.
The DJ was given unique access to McCartney’s own tracks in order to create remixes to play to the audience before each show.