Last November, i-Tunes made a LOT of people happy with their long-awaited release of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm] catalog for download. But, there were some missing pieces. One of which was the Anthology series from the 1990′s. On June 14th, that will no longer be an issue.
(Courtesy of Christopher Morris – Variety)
Continuing to milk a digital cash cow, iTunes will exclusively issue the Beatles’ three “Anthology” packages as remastered downloads on June 14.
Collections of Fab Four alternate takes and unissued material - originally released as a trio of two-CD sets in 1995-96 in conjunction with the “Anthology” TV series and book - will be issued as three iTunes albums (at $29.99) and a comprehensive 155-track digital set ($79.99). Individual tracks will be sold at Apple’s premium price of $1.29 each.
Release will mark the digital debuts of the singles “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” completed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Star from 1977 demos by John Lennon and originally issued on the first two “Anthology” volumes.
Pre-orders for the releases began Tuesday.
The Beatles have sold more than 8 million songs and 1.3 million albums on iTunes since group’s exclusive online pact with Apple commenced in November.