Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music announced today that the original Beatles catalogue has been digitally remastered and will be released worldwide on CD on September 9, 2009. The release will coincide with the release of the video game The Beatles: Rock Band. The packaging for every CD will include the original United Kingdom album art, booklets with both the original and brand new liner notes, rare photos. A brief documentary film will be embedded on each CD (except for Past Masters) for a limited time only.
This mass release includes all twelve of The Beatles' albums in stereo, Magical Mystery Tour, and the collections Past Masters Volume I and Past Masters Volume II. Past Masters Volume I and Past Masters Volume II will be combined as one. A new box set, The Beatles in Mono, will collect all of The Beatles recordings mixed for monophonic release. According to EMI and Apple Corps, The Beatles' catalogue will have the "...the highest fidelity..." "...since its original release..."
The albums were remastered over a four year period by by a team of engineers at EMI's famous Abbey Road Studios. Recording equipment from The Beatles era alongside state of the art equipment was utilised in the process to insure that the integrity of the original recordings would be maintained.
With regards to making the catalogue available online, EMI and Apple Corps stated, "Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalogue will continue. There is no further information available at this time."
The announcement itself can be read at The Beatles.Com.