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“The Beatles: 1967-1970″/”The Blue Album” (remaster) by The Beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Title: “The Blue Album” or “1967-1970” (remaster)
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 5/5

In September 2009, the Rock & Roll fans of the world were once again reminded of the full impact and resonating musical influence that was the legacy of The Beatles catalog when it received the remastered treatment and was delivered in both a Stereo and a Mono boxed set. These collections featured all of the bands albums minus the “Anthology” releases and the “Live At The BBC” and were worthy additions to ones musical library. Fast forward a little over a year to where we are today as EMI Music and Apple Corps presents the long overdue collections that were entitled “The Red Album: 1962-1966” and “The Blue Album: 1967-1970”. The special nature of these releases finds each being touched upon in their own narrative.

Much like its companion release “The Red Album”, I have very fond memories of “The Blue Album” and I am pretty sure that when I originally purchased them that I did it at the same time. I figured this would be the best way to appreciate them for while they had originally been released in 1973 it was not until many years later that I would head over to the local record store and purchase my copies on LP. I mentioned how these were among my first music purchases when I offered up some views about “The Red Album” and that is why they stick in my mind so strongly to this day. Much like its predecessor in red, “The Blue” album continues to present what The Beatles themselves viewed as their most valued music and covers years 1967-1970 when they officially broke up as a band. Even though I loved what was presented to the fans on the “The Red Album” I would have to say that I personally leaned to the offerings on “The Blue Album” because I was old enough to be not only purchasing my own music now, but also finding my own favorite radio stations on the dial and these same stations were playing a lot more of what was to be found on this release as opposed to the bands earliest vintage. I cannot easily define a favorite track from this collection as to be honest all of them are sound selections. Of course the strongest works are here such as “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane” and the list goes on.
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