November 14, 2011
What next for The Beatles ?
During the acquisition of EMI by Universal, there has been much talk of the fantastic heritage of the label and its unsurpassed catalogue of world-beating artists which the new owners are keen to exploit. But it surely can’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the old owners have been exploiting this heritage quite remorselessly for much of the past twenty years.I have already heard rumours of a huge campaign in 2012 for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles (who first signed to EMI in 1962). But what could there possibly be left to release from the most oversold back catalogue in history? For a group who broke up in 1969 insisting there was nothing left in the cupboard, The Beatles have subsequently put out quite a lot of “new” music, although very little of it is actually worth listening to more than once, mainly being dubious live recordings, demos and alternative takes.http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/neilmccormick/100057917/what-next-for-the-beatles/