A very merry Christmas to all! Thank you all very much for visiting the website and giving us your feedback to help us make this site even better! A lot more great stuff will be added to the site this year, so stay tuned!
A new page was added today. It covers the imported albums and singles from the early 60s to today. The page is packed with images and covers imports from the UK, USA Germany and many promos shipped to Canada. Make sure to check it out through the Beatles tab, or simply by clicking HERE
In the wake of this new digital era, just like CDs were the new music format in the late 80s, digital download is also now the new format. Although difficult for some to consider it as a true format (not being a physicial format) the music is nevertheless being sold and promoted more and more this way, to reach younger fans and to follow the exponential evolution of technology. Because of all this, it is important to underline the Beatles recent availability on itunes, as they offer the catalogue off their website, but also because a special (physical) 149$ Beatles package is being manufactured and sold in canadian Apple stores; thus making it an actual Canadian release!
This nice cardboard fold-out includes a download card, giving an exclusive access to a digital download of the whole stereo remastered box set; including the mini documentaries found in the CD box set.
Other generic gift cards with images of the Beatles are also sold in stores to promote the new Beatles catalogue on itunes, but these are not specific to Beatles downloads and can be used for any title on the itunes website.
While some do not see the interest or the point of such media attention surrounding the availablility of the Beatles songs on itunes, it still remains a landmark in music industry history. Apple records and Apple computers have settled their differences, after many years of legal battles and finally filled one of the biggest holes in the digital download world! The catalogue sells very well since its inclusion on itunes. Needless to say that times and technology change, but music is clearly timeless!
We just put up a new section that indicates how to identify different Capitol Canadian pressings - differentiate Compo and RCA pressings, as well as apple records. Information on how to read matrix information, perimeter print, and the Capitol cataloging system are also available. Also of interest: a timeline of the different Capitol labels through the 60s - 80s.
simply click HERE to access the section, or through the menu under the miscellaneous tab.
EMI Music Canada produced this strange and weird single promo cassette SPRO 1006 (black shell) for The Beatles Live At The BBC album in late 1994. Strangely there are no Beatles tracks on this cassette tape at all.. just an announcer talking about the forthcoming 2 CD/2 limited LP/2 Cassette release and the draw for some Beatles prints etc... It lasts under 3 minutes on just one side.
Presumably there are 5 other promotional issues before this one, perhaps not specifically for The Beatles though. This one was issued a few weeks prior to December 6th, 1994 and features the mail in coupon on the insert for the aforementioned related contest and prize draw. Judging by the poor qualiy of the green paper insert, it would appear that it was put together in a hurry with little or no budget.
All copies of the Live At The BBC 2 LP set were imported. There was a Canadian cassette version (C4-31796) and Canadian CD version issued in December of 1994.
You can hear the audio from this tape HERE
Brand new menus were added to the site. The structure of the site has been vastly improved, but while most Internet browsers supports this site perfectly (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Explorer 8 etc.), some older versions of Internet Explorer (7 and below) can show difficulties when accessing different parts of the menus (sub-menus). Therefore, an access to an optimized version of the site has been added to accommodate users of version 7 and below. Simply click the Explorer 7 users button at the right end of the menu from the homepage to visit the optimized site.
If you do have problems accessing the full menu, it is recommended you update your internet browser for free by downloading explorer 8 HERE, and experience the site's full rich content and menus!
For those who will remember, Clyde Gilmour's voice was a fixture on weekends on CBC Radio from the mid 1950s through the mid 1990s. The Beatles were just a blip on the Gilmour highway ... Clyde's weekly one hour radio show provided us avid listeners in Canada with an amazing assortment of recordings from his very diverse record collection. As the CBC web site states, "'Gilmour's Albums' was the longest-running network radio music show in CBC history". After Clyde passed away in 1997, the CBC was given his entire record collection and they have this proudly on display at the CBC Music Library on Front Street in Toronto. We salute Clyde for passing on his love of old recordings to thousands of record collectors.
Here Clyde has graciously provided us with a small endorsement for the Capitol 6000 web site.
A new section was added today: a discography for the progressive HARVEST label. Make sure you click HERE to take a look at it.
Also, the menus have been rearrange slightly where a new section specifically for the Beatles was created. There you can find the regular 45 and LP discographies that were already available in the Capitol discography section. The Beatles section will also show new excerpts of Piers' new upcoming book "The Beatles in Canada in the 60s".
Lastly, the Apple sections were moved to the "Capitol related dicographies" section, alongside the new Harvest page.
Stay posted, as more new sections are to be available soon!