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Beatlemania returned in 2009 and peaked in September.
First there was the release of The Beatles Remastered box set (check out our comprehensive reviews of ’63-’66 and ’67-’70 for everything you’d ever need to know about both the mono and stereo versions). Next there was The Beatles: Rock Band, finally released in September (read the review from our resident Beatles specialist for more).
Finally, there were the myriad other features that made up MusicRadar’s Beatles Week. The greatest Beatles song ever revealed, the greatest Beatles album ever revealed, Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick on Abbey Road, what The Beatles mean to me by Joe Perry, Richie Sambora and Alan White plus a whole lot more.
On the instrument side in September: the most controversial product launch that MusicRadar can remember. The announcement that Gibson was making a Jimi Hendrix Strat copy signature guitar was met with the year’s loudest collective WTF? from the guitar community and resulted in some swift back-peddling from Gibson when it removed the page in question from their website. MusicRadar muses on the whole Gibson Jimi Hendrix debacle here.
We also saw a couple of resolutions: Melodyne DNA was finally released to beta after months of silence from the Celemony camp and speculation as to the projects’ health from the tech community, and Coldplay and Joe Satriani settled their lawsuit.