On what should have been a quiet Sept. 12 Saturday, Beatles fans on social media have been buzzing about what could be in stores very soon after a short video linked to the hugely successful Beatles “1” album was posted to the group’s official YouTube account this morning. You can see the video on this page.
The video, which has no sound and was also sent out by email and posted to run in a continuous stream on the wall of their official website, shows the “1” album design and a countdown of numbers from 10 to 1. It concludes with “The Beatles 1” cover layout as on the album, but the numbers are colored red on a yellow background, instead of the yellow numbers on a red background on the album release.
Speculation intensified around 10:30 a.m. ET after a posting by the official George Harrison Twitter account that gave the first indication that something more was planned. The post read, “Countdown to a big announcement!” and the hashtag “#thebeatles1.” Word is that more information will be out on Tuesday.
As you might imagine, many guesses (and that’s all they are) as to exactly what might be happening are being tossed about. Comments on YouTube and Twitter have ranged from another greatest hits album and to a joint tour by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The video, though, indicates a new variation or variations of the “1” album, but not much else. Some sort of DVD release of greatest hits or promotional videos Blu-ray is the most prevailing theory, held by several people, including both Chris Carter, host of “Breakfast With the Beatles” at noon ET Sundays on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, and Mitch Axelrod of the podcast Fab 4 Free 4 All. That’s something that was hinted at online well over a year ago when the idea of a long-awaited release of a DVD or Blu-ray of the Beatles videos was among a number of things leaked then quickly taken offline.
To further that thought, remastered Beatles promo videos have been showing up on an irregular basis on YouTube. Over a dozen showed up as recently as this past May. Another clue pointing to a possible DVD release: Paul Rutan, who has been involved with many Beatles restorations over the years, is featured in a YouTube video that shows (read the rest right here:) http://www.examiner.com/article/mysterious-beatles-video-teases-fans-that-something-big-might-be-the-works