Beatles’ bootlegged products soar following business manager’s death

This article is a bit misleading.  It makes it sound as if Apple is floundering with the sad death of Neil Aspinall.  Neail has not been the head of Apple for some time.  He retired last year.  Maybe he stayed on as an advisor, but somehow we don’t think that’s the case.


Apple has been in a state of disarray for some time.  Many bootlegged products have been available for decades.  This article is simply reinforcing that fact.  These fan curated artifacts are often times packaged and presented better than most official Beatle products.  It’s as if the fans are themselves creating those releases that we all hope for. 

Apple is really missing the boat here by not giving the fans what they want.  Would we like it all?  Absolutely, but something of some substance would be a nice start.  Let it Be on DVD would be nice.  Personally, after hearing all of the Purple Chick expanded albums, I would love to see a set like that in an officially released format.  It is nothing short of outstanding.  If the fans can generate something that impressive, imagine what could be done with the real thing.  For crying out loud, the Purple Chick collective got a mention in Rolling Stone’s best of 2008 magazine.  It’s no secret that the bootleggers are doing some impressive archival work.  It’s just a shame that The Beatle machine cannot produce anything yet officially that comes close since the Anthology sets.  Maybe the remastered catalog will make all collectors happy, and surprised at the same time.

For now we have to hold onto our dear bootleg albums, and wish. 

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Beatles’ company Apple Corps is reportedly suffering following the loss of the band’s business manager Neil Aspinall who died of cancer last month.

Aspinall, who died at the age of 66, was at the helm of the group’s business empire from 1968 until his retirement last year.

And now industry insiders claim that Apple Corps has failed to crack down on a string of illegal sales of the Fab Four’s work, amid rumours the company is failing to cope without Aspinall’s expertise.

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