Rolling Stone’s Beatles Album-by-Album Guide app for the iPad hit the iPad App Store today. It’s an in-depth look from Rolling Stone magazine at the music of the Beatles, with review and analysis of each album and lots more.
Here are some of its main features:
• The behind-the-scenes story of the making of all 13 classic albums
• Scores of classic Beatles photos
• Track-by-track insights and audio samples of every song on every album
• Vital stats and facts associated with each release
• Album by album appreciations from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Liz Phair, Steven Van Zandt, Liam Gallagher, Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, Colin Meloy of the Decembrists, Graham Nash, Bob Weir and more
• A guide to the best non-album tracks
Though I’ve never been a huge Beatles fan, I can appreciate their massive popularity and the impact they’ve had over many decades now. I’m not enough of a Beatles fan or follower to review this app – but I will say that it looks impressive. The writeups on each album are impressive and offer a lot of detail not just on the music, but on what was happening with the band members as well.
It’s got a number of great photos throughout the app too. One of my favorites is of a very (very!) young Mick Jagger and John Lennon standing together at Abbey Road studios.
The track by track section on each album is very well done – and makes for a heck of an interesting read too.
It would’ve been nice if some of the appreciations from other musicians were audio files rather than just text. Some video footage in the app might’ve been nice too.
Here’s an App Store link for Rolling Stone’s Beatles Album-by-Album Guide; it’s priced at $9.99.