Selling records in big numbers these days is tough to do. Actually, nobody sells records anymore. Heck, they aren't even selling CDs. When SoundScan reveals the week's top selling records or albums or songs or whatever, they really mean "downloads." Still, the numbers aren't impressive: 200,000 of Miley Cyrus this week, or 150,000 Lady GaGa last week. Big deal. The Beatles first record released in America, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," sold a million copies in the first 10 days. By 1985, one billion Beatles records had been sold worldwide. And that's when people had to actually walk, bicycle, or drive to a store to make a purchase.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Beatles. Big deal, you may be saying. Get over it. You're stuck in the 60s, man. Actually, I haven't thought about the 60s for a while, but when I saw the announcement that all 12 of the Fab Four's studio recordings are going to be reissued on September 9 in remastered versions with original album artwork and liner notes, I got more than a little nostalgic. I got downright excited.