Author and music/pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman irreverently reviews The Beatles Stereo Box Set, which contains remastered versions of all the studio albums by the Fabs--as well as assorted b-sides from the Past Masters albums--to be officially released today, 9/9/09. Definitely a fun read for anyone who enjoys Klosterman. And The Beatles.
For those of you who no longer have a record store--remember those?--in any reasonable proximity, Amazon's got the box for a mere $179.99. Personally, we think it would've been a better tie-in to sell it for $99.99 and further the "No.9" marketing motif, but that's just us being cheeky.
Oh yeah, The Beatles: Rock Band video game comes out today as well.
But, might anyone be interested in any of this merchandise?
Funny you should ask. As it turns out, the famed Liverpudlians are actually the second best selling artists of this decade with over 28 million albums sold. (Eminem is tops with 32 million units, but there's still a couple of months left for the Fabs to catch up or even surpass Mr. Mathers.) So...
Not bad for a band that in 2010 will have been broken up for 40 years.
(Guess that explains why 1979's dreadful Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie, starring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, and the late George Burns, has been airing on cable lately.
And no, we're not dedicating a "Milestones" to that awful flick.)