HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – XBox360 The Beatles Rock Band

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I remember back when the Beatles began the British Invasion, changed style, changed music. Music today is very different.

Gaming today is often more than flicking fingers. Often it is music to the ears. Following the trail of past successful Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, XBox360 released The Beatles Rock Band in time for the holiday season. This game features original master recordings of 33 classics. John, Paul, George, and Ringo made a legend.

Of course, it can be purchased as part of a complete XBox360 boxed set for $299, but for $59.99 it can also be purchased as an add on game if you have the equipment. Fully compatible with most existing music-game hardware, get your guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, or microphone and go. One to six can play as Beatles impersonators at the same time. There is even an online multiplayer option for budding musicians so inclined.

Here is the full song list, including title of son, album and date released.

  • A Day In The Life  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • A Hard Day’s Night  –  A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • Abbey Road Medley  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • All You Need Is Love  – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  • And Your Bird Can Sing  – Revolver (1966)
  • Back In the U.S.S.R.  – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
  • Because  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!  –  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Birthday  – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
  • Boys  –  Please Please Me (1963)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love  – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • Come Together –  Abbey Road (1969)
  • Day Tripper –  Singles and B-Sides (1965)
  • Dear Prudence  – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
  • Dig A Pony –  Let It Be (1970)
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret  – Please Please Me (1963)
  • Don’t Let Me Down  –  Singles and B-Sides (1969)
  • Drive My Car  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Eight Days A Week  – Beatles For Sale (1964)
  • Fixing a Hole – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Get Back  – Let It Be (1970)
  • Getting Better  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Girl  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Good Morning Good Morning  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Hello Goodbye  – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  • Helter Skelter  – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
  • Her Majesty  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Here Comes The Sun  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Hey Bulldog  – Yellow Submarine (1969)
  • I Am The Walrus  – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  • I Feel Fine  – Singles and B-Sides (1964)
  • I Me Mine  – Let It Be (1970)
  • I Saw Her Standing There  – Please Please Me (1963)
  • I Wanna Be Your Man –  With The Beatles (1963)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand  – Singles and B-Sides (1963)
  • I Want You (She’s So Heavy)  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • I’m Looking Through You  –  Rubber Soul (1965)
  • I’ve Got A Feeling  – Let It Be (1970)
  • If I Needed Someone  –  Rubber Soul (1965)
  • In My Life  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Lovely Rita  –  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Maxwell’s Silver Hammer  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Michelle  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  –  Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Nowhere Man  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Octopus’s Garden  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Oh! Darling  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Paperback Writer  – Singles and B-Sides (1966)
  • Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Revolution  – Singles and B-Sides (1968)
  • Run For Your Life  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends –  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • She’s Leaving Home –  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Something – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard  – Abbey Road (1969)
  • Taxman  – Revolver (1966)
  • The End –  Abbey Road (1969)
  • The Word  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Think For Yourself  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Ticket To Ride  –  Help! (1965)
  • Twist And Shout  – Please Please Me (1963)
  • Wait  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • What Goes On  – Rubber Soul (1965)
  • When I’m Sixty-Four  –  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps –  The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
  • Within You Without You  – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows – Love (2006)
  • Yellow –  Submarine Revolver (1966)
  • You Never Give Me Your Money  – Abbey Road (1969)
    You Won’t See Me  – Rubber Soul (1965)

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I think this game is great because it will help people learn about our musical past. Join them on their tour of musical history.

Here’s some more info on the game.

The Beatles™: Rock Band™ is an unprecedented experience through the story of The Beatles and celebration of their music and artistry. The game will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through game play that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John
Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music videogame company, and published by MTV Games, The Beatles: Rock Band will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo.

The Beatles: Rock Band marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Harrisongs Ltd, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive video game format. The Beatles: Rock Band will be published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band™ franchise. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

KEY FEATURES:

The Music That Rocked The World – For the first time ever, play along with 45 legendary Beatles songs on the game-disc including: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “I Feel Fine,” “Taxman,” “Day Tripper,” Back In The USSR,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Get Back.”

Experiential Journey – Take an interactive journey through the legacy and evolution of The Beatles’ legendary career from the renowned venues to the clothing and instruments made famous by The Fab Four.

Downloadable Songs and Albums – “All You Need Is Love” will be released exclusively as a downloadable song for The Beatles: Rock Band through Xbox LIVE on September 9, 2009 with all Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds benefitting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In addition, the entire Abbey Road album will be the
first album made available for download purchase.

Venues – Progress through five seminal venues in which The Beatles performed during their careers including: The Cavern Club, the set of the Ed Sullivan Show, Budokan, Shea Stadium and the rooftop of Apple Records.
Dreamscapes and Abbey Road – Highlighting the years in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles revolutionized modern recording and created amazing masterpieces are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes. These imaginative environments capture the essence of The Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years.

Never Before Released In-Studio Audio Chatter – Audio clips featuring conversation from The Beatles’ recording sessions, some of which have never before been heard, bookend the game play experience.

Cut Scenes – Get whisked away through history as a montage of photos, audio and iconic Beatles moments transport you from historical venue to historical venue though the rapidly evolving look and sound of The Fab Four.

Three-Part Harmony – For the first time ever, master the amazing three-part vocal harmonies perfected by The Beatles.

Imagine All The People – Play with up to six bandmates… three mics for vocal harmonies, guitar, bass and drums!

Game Modes

Quickplay – Jump right into the game and experience the fabulous music of The Beatles as all songs will be unlocked in this easy to access mode. Quickplay also features familiar competitive Rock Band modes Tug of War and Score Duel!

Story Mode – Set out on an experiential progression through The Beatles’ legendary career from The Cavern Club to Abbey Road Studios!

Chapter Challenges – Master all of the songs from a single Chapter in the career of The Beatles with special challenges!

Training Modes – Go beyond the basics and perfect your sound with training modes that includes Beatle Beats, Vocal Practice mode and more!
o Beatle Beats – Take on the stylings of Ringo Starr with this training mode that lets you practice actual drum beats from a selection of The Beatles catalogue
o Vocal Practice Mode – Train your ear and voice to master three part harmony! Use the guide pitch to help you sing hard to decipher parts perfectly in-tune!

Instruments

The Beatles: Rock Band will be compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other third party music video game peripherals and microphones. In addition, the game will also feature a new line of limited edition instrument controllers licensed and designed to replicate the instruments made famous by The Beatles.

Höfner Violin Bass – This large-scale replica is modeled after the bass made famous by Sir Paul McCartney.

Rickenbacker 325 Guitar – This guitar controller replica is hailed as one of the signature guitars famously used by John Lennon.

Gretsch Duo Jet Guitar – This guitar controller replica is modeled after one of the most beloved guitars played by George Harrison during his career.

Ludwig Pearl Finish Rock Band Drum Set – The Ringo Starr inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums, with a classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head.

Pricing

Limited Edition Premium Bundle for Xbox 360/PS3/Wii: US MSRP $249.99, continental Europe MSRP €199.00, UK MSRP £179.00
o Includes: The Beatles: Rock Band software, Höfner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney, Beatles-inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums with classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head, Microphone, Microphone Stand, Additional special content

Rickenbacker 325 Standalone Guitar for Xbox 360/PS3/Wii: US MSRP $99.99, continental Europe MSRP €99.99, UK MSRP £89.99

Gretsch Duo Jet Standalone Guitar for Xbox 360/PS3/Wii: US MSRP $99.99, continental Europe MSRP €99.99, UK MSRP £89.99

The Beatles: Rock Band Software for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3: US MSRP $59.99, continental Europe MSRP €69.99, UK MSRP £49.99

The Beatles: Rock Band Software for Wii: US MSRP $59.99, continental Europe MSRP €49.99, UK MSRP £39.99

Publisher: MTV Games
Developer: Harmonix
Distributor: Electronic Arts
Category: Music/Rhythm Game

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