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More 'Beatles Bootleg Recordings' likely; Ringo recording new album

Another collection of "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings" is being considered, a label executive says.
Another collection of "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings" is being considered, a label executive says.
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A Capitol Records/Universal Music executive told Variety Jan. 28 that a second collection of 'Beatles Bootleg Recordings' is a definite possibility.

“That collection performed very well from our perspective and the people associated with Apple Corps and the Beatles felt the same way,” said Bruce Resnikoff, president-CEO of Universal Music Enterprises, UMG’s catalog division. “I think there’s an opportunity as we cull through the vaults to find additional material like that.”

“The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963,” only available on iTunes, shot directly to the top spot on the iTunes album charts the first day of its release on Dec. 17 and remained there for several days.

Resnikoff also confirmed the previous news that a mono vinyl box set will be out in 2014. A CD boxed set of mono Beatles albums was released in 2009 and the Beatles vinyl stereo albums were released in a box in 2012.

And more unnamed projects are in the works.

“We have a combined global Beatles team in a partnership with Apple Corps and the Beatles to not only discuss what we’re doing now, but to bring forth a global strategy going forward, well beyond six months, 12 months or 18 months,” he said.

One rumored release, the magazine says, is that the Criterion Collection, which specializes in movie DVD sets for the film connoisseur, will release a new DVD version of “A Hard Day’s Night” sometime this year. A two-disc version re-release by Miramax with a mono soundtrack, available both on DVD and Blu-ray, came under heavy criticism and now may be out of print. The original DVD version of the movie from MPI, which had a stereo soundtrack, went out of print years ago.

The magazine also published an insightful interview with Ringo Starr by Assistant Managing Editor Steve Chagollan in which the former Beatle confirmed he is recording a new album, he works out most days and meditates daily.

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