The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first hit and boy are they not bothered if anyone knows about it. To mark the occasion of the group's first UK Top 40 singles hit 'Love Me Do/P.S I Love You' - in at number 17 back in 1962 - the surviving members Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney appear to have lazily cast their eyes over an email sent by iTunes asking if they could knock up some sort of Beatles compilation for release and replied with a "yeah sure".
The Guardian reports that a 14 track compilation called 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is to be sold via iTunes, with no physical release planned, and the LP features no unreleased tracks, no re-works and no re-masters. Put simply it's the most pointless greatest hits of all time. In fact the only thing it has going for it is the fact that the price of it is about half of what it would cost to buy all of the songs on it individually.
In an attempt to gloss it up a bit, iTunes have quoted a handful of well known rockers to pass on their thoughts on The Beatles. "There is a straight line from James Brown to death metal, and it runs through Helter Skelter," said Arcade Fire's Win Butler. "I've always thought of them as heavy. It's the edge in the voice." FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL, meanwhile, said he "would not be a musician . if it weren't for the Beatles . Over the years I have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light." What a momentous occasion.
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