The Beatles Reign Album Charts

By on Tuesday, 15th September 2009 at 12:00 pm

October 1963 saw the birth of Beatlemania. Hoards upon hoards of screaming girls descended onto the London Palladium in order to see those four, long-haired scousers, who, at the time, were mere months from world domination.

Judging by this week’s chart, over 40 years on, that ridiculously contagious enthusiasm for The Beatles is still going strong.

Last Wednesday finally(!) saw the release of the eagerly awaited The Beatles : Rock Band. Making use of plastic Hofner basses and toy Rickenbacker guitars, players get a taste of what it was like to be John, Paul, George and Ringo via a mere games console (yup, crazy days! what would Lennon have thought!?).

To coincide with the release of Rock Band, Apple also released a shiny new set of Beatles remasters that same day. 14 Fab Four albums have been scrubbed up and made gloriously crisp to the ear by a selection of mysterious musical scientists (..or a crew of a few London-based engineers, but that doesn’t sound as exciting). Thanks to the remasters – which have been a hefty four years in the making – listening to The Beatles has been transformed into a whole new experience. Exciting layers and sounds buried deep across time have been pulled from the depths of those iconic Abbey Road recordings and been made clear for all to enjoy this 2009.

Of course, the dispute between The Beatles and iTunes is well known. Alas, when the remasters were released Wednesday, it was great to see everyone have to actually get out their seats and go to a record shop to purchase a physical thing. Beautifully packaged – perhaps the remasters are what we all needed to kick ourselves back into musical gear, leaving behind those devilish downloads for a day.

But back on subject – how did The Beatles do in this week’s chart? Well, unsurprisingly, really quite well (hey, it’s The Beatles!). Sunday saw the Fab Four score an amazing 11 albums in the Top 40, 4 of which reached the all-important top 10. The 1967 psychedelic-wonder, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, was the most popular remaster this week, notching at number 5. Meanwhile, ‘Abbey Road’, the last ever album recorded by The Beatles, followed closely behind at number 6. My favourite record, well, ever – 1966’s mystical ‘Revolver’ – notched at 9, and 1965’s ‘Rubber Soul’ L.P reached number 10. The Beatles were pipped to a number 1 slot, however, by 92 year-old forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, and her greatest hits collection ‘We’ll Meet Again, The Very Best of Vera Lynn’. Vera’s chart-positioning has since seen her become the oldest living artist to gain a number 1 album in the U.K

Well done Vera! Catch the trailer for The Beatles remasters below:


This week’s album chart :

1 Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of’
2 Jamie T – ‘Kings & Queens’
3 David Guetta – ‘One Love’
4 Arctic Monkeys – ‘Humbug’
5 The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
6 The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’
7 Kings Of Leon – ‘Only By The Night’
8 The Cribs – ‘Ignore The Ignorant’
9 The Beatles – ‘Revolver’
10 The Beatles – ‘Rubber Soul’


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