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2003-Jan-13: Stolen Tapes Get Back to EMI

With police having recovered 500 tapes of unreleased Beatles recordings from the "Get Back sessions", (see January 10) EMI plans to meet with Sir Paul, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison in hopes of releasing a new Beatles album of tracks from the tapes.  The recovery of these original tapes is significant in that they can be remastered and released for the first time with perfect sound quality, provided that no damage was done to them during the 32 years they were missing.  In the words of Beatles biographer, Peter Ingham:
"Finding the original tapes means people can finally hear first generation quality recordings. The Get Back sessions were intended to display the Beatles 'warts and all' but the warts proved too embarrassing for release at the time. Now fans can judge for themselves."
Of course, some fans have had bootleg access to these tapes for years.  Twenty years after they were discovered missing a number of bootleg CDs began to appear.   Later the pirated materials were made widely available over the Internet in the form of MP3 files. David Munns, vice-chairman of EMI Recorded Music, warns,  "Music piracy is a serious crime. EMI will support all efforts to defend the intellectual property of our artists and of producers."

Although Sir Paul has been unavailable for comment since the recovery of the tapes, he is certain to be pleased in light of the fact during his tour of the United States, he announced that he is in the process of working on a reissue of Let It Be (see April 3), saying:

          "We're cleaning up the film and going back to the original tape, before
          Phil Spector got hold of it."

Yoko Ono is also pleased.  Over the weekend, she told New York's Daily News, "It's wonderful, if it's true."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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