The Beatles (2003)

All the excitement about the remastered Beatles albums got me thinking that this would be a good time to revisit The Beatles project I did in 2003.

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I took The Beatles’ full-length albums released from 1963–1970* and compressed them in duration without modifying the pitch (sped up but they don’t sound like chipmunks) so that they could fit on a single cd and be experienced in one sitting. The result was a 72 minute cd that included 169 songs from 11 albums.

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An edition of 25 cds were produced and exhibited in April 2003 at Semantics gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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It’s an alternative to experiencing their creative output via greatest hits compilations. If you’d like to hear the full results, try this link or you can download an mp3 of the time-compressed version of just Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to get a taste.

*I used the 1987 cd releases to create the sound files. I didn’t include Magical Mystery Tour (originally released as 2 EPs) or Yellow Submarine (half the album is orchestral arrangements by George Martin).

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2 thoughts on “The Beatles (2003)

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