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Beatlemania Returns with Re-mastered Catalogue

More than 20 years after Beatlemania took hold of music fans across the globe, a newly re-mastered Beatles catalogue and video game are being released.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Next tonight, a "Goodbye, Hello" to the Beatles, as their music moves in new forms into the 21st century. Jeffrey Brown reports.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    If Beatlemania ever really went away, it's certainly back with a new sound and in a new form of media. The new sound comes from the release of digitally re-mastered versions of the entire Beatles catalogue, records originally released between 1963 and 1970. The CD sets have already topped the Amazon charts in Britain.

  • JOURNALIST:

    Do you think you'll buy this?

  • BEATLES FAN:

    Oh, for sure. For sure. I mean, it's the Beatles. Like, how could you not buy it? You know every song.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Audiophiles can even choose between stereo and mono versions. Here's an example of the new stereo sound on "I Saw Her Standing There."

    Then there's "The Beatles: Rock Band," a new video game which allows fans to play along. It's poised to take on "Guitar Hero" and other popular titles in the huge and growing world of video games.

  • BEATLES FAN:

    Even the visuals and what you see live, you know, going on, it kind of plays tricks with your eyes a little bit, though. I was just like, "OK, concentrate, concentrate." But it's so much fun. And you get really into the songs, especially the drums, because you get to hit.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    None of this is cheap. The video game retails for $250, while the recordings run at least $200. The question now is how willing a new generation will be to, as their 1964 album was titled, "Meet the Beatles."

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