Monthly Archives: March 2019

IMAGINE: THE RAW STUDIO MIXES – ON VINYL

Available on limited edition heavyweight 180gram vinyl this Record Store Day UK, 13th April 2019.

Experience the moment John and The Plastic Ono Band record each song, raw and live, from a sonic soundstage at the centre of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The tracks are devoid of effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) offering a unique, unparalleled insight & an alternate take on the record. These mixes have been pressed in the original album sequence appearing for the first time on vinyl.

This release will not be available online! Find and support your local record store at: https://recordstoreday.co.uk

Read more about the Raw Studio Mixes at:
http://imaginejohnyoko.com/the-music#rawstudio

THE UK’S FIRST BEATLES PINBALL MACHINE ARRIVES AT THE BEATLES STORY’S FAB4 CAFE

The Beatles and Stern Pinball have partnered up to create a series of very special, limited-edition pinball machines, the world’s first and only official pinball machines ever to be made. 

Manufactured in the US, the first of its kind now comes to the UK, to be made available for the public to play in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. The new machine will be located in The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe based on the Royal Albert Dock and will cost just £1 to play.

Only 1,964 of these machines will be produced in recognition of the year in which the world forever changed as Ed Sullivan introduced America to four young mop-topped musicians from Liverpool. 

The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie, who famously introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965.

The retro-themed playfield features four flippers, eleven drop targets, eight stand-up targets, multiple skill shots, two opto-spinners, a ball-catching magnet and a magnetic spinning record disc in the centre of the playfield. Players, friends and family will enjoy full screen animations as well as simulated reel scoring on the game’s high definition video screen.

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“Let It Be” shows the dark side of the Beatles. It doesn’t need an upbeat revision

We live in a cultural moment in which a large swathe of mass-market consumers, largely comprised of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, regularly flock to purchase new releases of reconfigured, remixed music from days gone by. I should know: I’m one of them.

When it comes to the 21st century, the Beatles are leading the way. The twentieth century’s most lucrative act has never really ebbed — which is saying something, given that two of the bandmates are deceased. From Ron Howard’s recent touring documentary through remixes of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) and “The Beatles” (The White Album, 1968) the Fab Four have successfully repackaged yesteryear’s gems to net fresh sales and satisfy what seems to be a nearly unquenchable appetite for “new” content.

While the Beatles once carried the banner for 1960s-era counterculture, they have emerged in our new and very different century as the commercial embodiment of remix culture. The express result of rampant and converging digital technologies, remix culture approaches its full potency when what’s old is made new again. And again. And again. And again.

In “Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy” (2008), Lawrence Lessig observes that remix culture’s power reaches its zenith when new artists function in collaboration with their precursors. As for the resulting hybrid artworks, the artifacts’ vitality exists in direct proportion to the quality of the original texts. As Lessig writes, “Their meaning comes not from the content of what they say; it comes from the reference, which is expressible only if it is the original that gets used.”

When it comes to referencing originals, the Beatles simply can’t go wrong. Their pioneering music continues to resonate, unimpeded, into the present day. And when it comes to sales, they’re the toppermost of the poppermost — then and now. The band has proven themselves to be masters of both the physical and digital domains. According to data provided by ChartMasters, the Beatles have sold more than one billion discs worldwide, while easily notching more than one billion plays among the world’s streaming music services.

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