The Beatles and Apple might not have the best history, but everything’s just fine now. And so it should be: the fab four have a range of albums available on the iTunes Store (despite holding out for years), and this has culminated most recently with a brand new release.
Called "1+," the release consists of 50 "beautifully restored films and videos with new stereo and surround audio mixes," according to a press release that recently reached our inbox. You can purchase the set for $26.99 on the iTunes Store now, and it’s available in HD. Here’s the history behind the collection, as Apple outlines in the release notes:
After The Beatles stopped touring, and because travelling around the globe to promote new releases was impossible, they increasingly made what could be described as “mini movies”. These pioneering promotional films and videos helped to define the way we have come to watch music. The Beatles 1+ features all of their 27 #1, UK and US singles as beautifully restored videos for each song, along with 23 alternate versions, as well as rarely seen and newly restored films and videos of additional songs.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also provide audio commentary for a number of videos, and a 124-page illustrated booklet with "an appreciation" of The Beatles’ groundbreaking films and videos by journalist Mark Ellen is also available. Detailed track and video annotation by music historian Richard Havers is included, too.
Ringo Starr said: "I think it’s really interesting to see the videos we made, some of them incredible and some of them really incredible. How else would we have got to sit on a horse?"
McCartney, on the other hand, added: "These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in. They also rock!"
We aren’t going to argue with you there, Paul. As mentioned, you can download the 1+ collection now on the iTunes Store for $26.99.