April 18, 2017

Remastering the One Beatles Live Album Finally Made It Great


The Beatles’ mid-’60s live album sounded terrible until Abbey Road used custom code to clean it up . Author: Tim Moynihan. Tim Moynihan Gear



The Beatles’ remarkable catalog includes just one official live album, and the group’s immense popularity made it unlistenable. The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded in 1964 and 1965 but not released until 1977, was always a frustrating listen. Try as you might, you simply cannot hear much music above the fan-belt squeal of 10,000 Beatlemaniacs.

You can’t blame the Fab Four, nor their legendary producer George Martin. Martin did what he could with the three-track tapes, but the limitations of 1970s technology did little to elevate the music above the din. Boosting the high frequencies—the snap of Ringo Starr’s hi-hat, the shimmer and chime of George Harrison’s guitar—only made the racket made by all those fans even louder.

To get a sense of what the team at Abbey Road Studios did, imagine deconstructing a smoothie so you’re left with whole strawberries, peeled bananas, and ice cubes, then mixing them again from scratch.

All of which makes the remastered version of Live at the Hollywood Bowl especially impressive. The do-over, which coincided with the August release of Ron Howard’s documentary film Eight Days a Week, squeezes astonishing clarity out of the source tapes. You can finally hear an exceptionally tight band grinding out infectious blues-based rock propelled by a driving beat, wailing guitars, and raspy vocals. This album never sounded so lucid, present, or weighty.

“What became apparent when you compared it to what came out in 1977 is how hard Ringo is hitting the drums,” says Giles Martin, George Martin’s son and the producer of the remastered album. “How hard the band were really digging in. We didn’t really know about that before. You take these layers of natural tape effects away to get to the heart of the performance, and when you get there, you actually hear the dynamics.”

Technological wizardry helped uncover the hidden sonics. But don’t think you can just run out and buy the same software to make your crappy Can bootlegs listenable. There’s no checkbox in ProTools to reverse-engineer a lousy recording. To get a sense of what the team at Abbey Road Studios did, imagine deconstructing a smoothie so you’re left with the strawberries, bananas, and ice in their original forms, just so you can blend them again from scratch.

To do that, James Clarke, a systems analyst at Abbey Road Studios, developed a “demixing” process to separate each instrument and vocal track from the cacophony. He isolated everything Ringo, Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon played and sang, separated it from the din of the crowd, and effectively created clean tracks to remaster. Fittingly, Clarke’s audio-modeling process used spectrograms—imagery you might associate with ghost-hunting—to bring the spirit of these live performances back to life.

“It doesn’t exist as a software program that is easy to use,” Clarke says. “It’s a lot of Matlab, more like a research tool. There’s no graphical front end where you can just load a piece of audio up, paint a track, and extract the audio. I write manual scripts, which I then put into the engine to process.”
Make This Bird Sing

Before tackling the project, Martin told Clarke to take a crack at a track Martin thought might give the engineer fits. “I challenged him with ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ on an acoustic guitar, and I knew just by being a mean, mean bastard that separating acoustic guitar and vocals was going to be the biggest challenge for him,” Martin says. “You have a lot of frequency crossover and distortion of signal path that goes on.”

Clarke passed that test. Then came the real challenge: Working with those three-track source tapes from the Hollywood Bowl to create digital models of each instrument, the vocals, and the enraptured crowd. From there, engineers could tweak each track to create the final mix.


The Old Recording





The New Version






Separating the kick drum and bass guitar proved relatively easy, because low frequencies don’t suffer from crossover with crowd noise. But vocals, guitars, snare drums, and cymbals share the same sonic real estate with the banshee wail of the fans. The Beatles’ virtuosity and consistency helped here. The modeling process involves using samples of each instrument to help the software determine what to look for and pull out into its own track. If the recording didn’t have a clean enough version of the track Clarke wanted to isolate, he used session recordings to build those audio fingerprints. “I went back to the studio versions to build the models,” he says. “They’re not as accurate, as there are usually temporal and tuning changes between playing in the studio and playing live, but the Beatles were pretty spot-on between studio and live versions.”

After creating spectrogram models of each instrument, he loaded the files into what he calls his “little controller program.” A few hours later, it gave him a clean track of the instrument he modeled. All of those tracks went to the mixing engineer.

From the start, Martin hoped to make the recording as lifelike and accurate as possible. “I wanted to know what it was like watching the Beatles play live,” he says.

Clarke’s process could breathe new life into other old recordings. He and Martin say a few other bands have asked them about working a little magic on the live shows in their own archives, though they wouldn’t name names.
Liven It Up

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is a live album, and Martin and Clark decided to leave a little crowd noise in, even though Clarke says he achieved “nearly full separation” of the music and the audience. As with Bob Dylan’s 1966 concert at “Royal Albert Hall” and Johnny Cash’s gigs at Folsom and San Quentin prisons, the recording wouldn’t have the same energy without a little cheering and screaming. In the end, the remaster dropped the crowd noise by about 3 decibels. “They could have pushed it a lot further if they wanted to,” Clarke says, “but I think they got it spot on.” After almost 40 years, you can finally hear the Beatles in The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and they sound glorious.

Source: https://www.wired.com/2017/03/remastering-one-beatles-live-album-finally-made-great/

March 17, 2017

50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Release Date & Promo



According to The Sunday Times, a New edition of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is planned for release this year, with the single tracks "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" added.

The newspaper says that "The 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June will be marked with a worldwide re-release — and for fans it will mean at last hearing the album as the band had intended it to sound".

According to the newspaper's sources, the anniversary relaunch on June 1 will reinstate the two tracks, which George Martin agreed to release as a single several months before the album was in the shops. The Sunday Times quotes Paul McCartney:"We were then moving away from screaming girls’ gigs where no one could hear anything in the concert halls any more and were working on Sgt Pepper. John wrote this absolutely amazing song, Strawberry Fields Forever, for the new album and I was frankly a bit jealous, so I went home and wrote Penny Lane. It worked and we wanted them as the main tracks on Sgt Pepper."

The Sunday Times also writes that "Although details of the re-release are being kept secret, it is understood that all parties involved have co-operated fully, including McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison".

Source: Sunday Times

We must add that as far as we're concerned, we believe that a 50th Anniversary re-release of the "Sgt. Pepper" album should do more than just add the Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever single to the album's lineup, and we do think that a far grander scheme is in the works.



London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings. 
“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.
“‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.



For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ which followed 10 months later.
This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases include:
A CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.

Deluxe:  Expanded 2CD and digital package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” 
Deluxe Vinyl:  Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. 
Super Deluxe:  The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:
CD 1:  New stereo album mix 
CDs 2 & 3:  
- 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates
- A new stereo mix of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
CD 4:  
- Direct transfers of the album’s original mono mix and the “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” singles
- Capitol Records’ U.S. promotional mono single mix of “Penny Lane” 
- Previously unreleased early mono mixes of “She’s Leaving Home,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)
Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray and DVD):
- New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
- High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” and of the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
- Video features:  4K restored original promotional films for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “A Day In The Life;” plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin. 

– “A splendid time is guaranteed for all” –

The album’s vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band. The original artwork is showcased across the suite of Anniversary Edition releases, including the album’s pull-out sheet of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cutouts. Housed in a 12-inch by 12-inch box with lenticular artwork and two bonus posters, the six-disc Super Deluxe set is presented with a 144-page hardcover book. The book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate,  illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original ‘Sgt. Pepper’ print ads. The Deluxe 2CD digipak is slipcased with a 50-page booklet abridged from the box set’s book, and the 2LP Deluxe Vinyl is presented in a faithful reproduction of the album’s original gatefold jacket.

– “We hope you will enjoy the show” –

Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal’s request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as “Sgt. Pepper.” The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul’s mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Beatles’ creative wellspring for ‘Sgt. Pepper’ also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster (“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!”), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal (“Good Morning Good Morning”), a picture drawn by John’s young son, Julian (“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”), a teen runaway reported in the news (“She’s Leaving Home’), and Hindu teachings (“Within You Without You”).

– “Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song” –

Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve “the impossible,” as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, “We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967. 

– “I read the news today oh boy” –

Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected ‘Sgt. Pepper’ for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” ‘Sgt. Pepper’ tops Rolling Stone magazine’s definitive list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Preorder Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition:  http://TheBeatles.lnk.to/SgtPepperAnniversary

Watch a brief trailer video for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition:

https://TheBeatles.lnk.to/SgtPepperAnniversaryTrailer







Track List, More Details Emerge on Beatles' 50th Anniversary "Sgt. Pepper"
04-07-17 We now have the full details on the 50th anniversary editions of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Considered one of the greatest, if not THE best, album of the rock era, Sgt. Pepper will receive a multi-format release on May 26, five days before the 50th anniversary of the album's release.

  • Single-CD - A new stereo mix including the U.K. version of the album's "Edit for LP End" run-out groove.
  • Double-CD - Stereo mix on disc 1 plus an 18 track second disc with alternate takes of all of the songs on the album, two alternate takes of Penny Lane including an instrumental version, and three alternate takes of Strawberry Fields Forever.
  • Double-Vinyl LP - Same as Double-CD without the Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields takes. 
  • Six-CD
    • New Stereo Mix
    • Two-CDs/33 tracks of studio outtakes
    • One-CD of the album and bonus tracks in mono
    • Two-Blu-Ray or DVDs with 5.1 mix and high resolution versions of the album plus a previously unreleased documentary and promotional films. 
The Super Deluxe version will include a 144-page hardcovered book with introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin. The two-CD version will have a shortened 50-page booklet. 
The track lists:

Single-CD (Stereo Mix)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing A Hole
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day In The Life

Two-CD Set

Disc 1 (Stereo Mix)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing A Hole
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day In The Life
Disc 2
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)
  • Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
  • Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
  • She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 4)
  • Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments)
  • When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
  • Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
  • Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 8)
  • A Day In The Life (Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015)
  • Penny Lane (Take 6 - Instrumental)
  • Penny Lane (Stereo Mix - 2017)

2-Vinyl LP Set

LP 1 (Stereo Mix)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing A Hole
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day In The Life
LP 2
  • Side A
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)
    • With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
    • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)
    • Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
    • Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
    • She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
    • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 4)
  • Side B
    • Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments)
    • When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
    • Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
    • Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 8)
    • A Day In The Life (Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord)

Super Deluxe (4CD/DVD/Blu-ray box set)

Disc 1 (Stereo Mix)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing A Hole
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day In The Life
Disc 2
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 4)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015)
  • When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
  • Penny Lane (Take 6 – Instrumental)
  • Penny Lane (Vocal Overdubs And Speech)
  • Penny Lane (Stereo Mix - 2017)
  • A Day In The Life (Take 1)
  • A Day In The Life (Take 2)
  • A Day In The Life (Orchestra Overdub)
  • A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) (Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11)
  • A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 1 – Instrumental)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)
  • Good Morning Good Morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown)
  • Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
Disc 3
  • Fixing A Hole (Take 1)
  • Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At End)
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 7)
  • Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 And Speech At The End)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Speech, False Start And Take 5)
  • Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
  • Getting Better (Take 12)
  • Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments Only)
  • Within You Without You (George Coaching The Musicians)
  • She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
  • She's Leaving Home (Take 6 – Instrumental)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Speech And Take 8)
Disc 4 (Mono Mix)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing A Hole
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day In The Life
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Original Mono Mix)
  • Penny Lane (Original Mono Mix)
  • A Day In The Life (Unreleased First Mono Mix)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Unreleased Mono Mix - No. 11)
  • She's Leaving Home (Unreleased First Mono Mix)
  • Penny Lane (Capitol Records U.S. Promo Single - Mono Mix)
Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Audio Features (both discs)
    • New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of Sgt. Pepper album and Penny Lane, plus 2015 5.1 Surround mix of Strawberry Fields Forever (Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1 / DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • High Resolution Audio versions of 2017 Sgt. Pepper stereo mix and 2017 Penny Lane stereo mix, plus 2015 Strawberry Fields Forever hi res stereo mix (Blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit / DVD: LPCM Stereo)
  • Video Features (both discs)
    • The Making of Sgt. Pepper (restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased)
    • Promotional Films
      • A Day In The Life (4K restored)
      • Strawberry Fields Forever (4K restored)
      • Penny Lane (4K restored)

        Source: http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2017/04/track-list-more-details-emerge-on.html

February 10, 2017

Paul McCartney sues Sony over Beatles song rights



The complaint was filed in the Southern District of New York. The musician hopes to regain ownership of songs co-written with John Lennon.
In 1969, Lennon and McCartney lost ownership of their publishing when Northern Songs was bought by ATV in 1969. In 1985 Michael Jackson bought ATV Music for $47.5 million, beating a joint bid by McCartney and Yoko Ono. A merger between ATV and Sony a decade later saw Sony acquire a half stake in the song rights, and in 2016 the company bought out the other 50 per cent stake for $750 million.
McCartney's legal action will leverage the termination provisions of the US Copyright Act. In 1976, Congress increased the period of copyright protection for creative works, and allowed authors to reclaim rights in the latter stages of a copyright term. The lawsuit declares that McCartney has been serving termination notices for almost a decade.
Under US copyright law, songwriters are able to reclaim the publishing rights to their work after 56 years. McCartney’s songs will be eligible from in 2018, 56 years after the release of The Beatles' first EMI single Love Me Do.
McCartney's complaint states that Sony has failed to provide confirmation of the musician's termination notices. "For years following service of the first Termination Notices, Defendants gave no indication to Paul McCartney that they contested the efficacy of Paul McCartney’s Termination Notices. Defendants’ affiliates did, however, oppose at least one other artist’s terminations of transfers under the terms of the 1976 Copyright Act."
The writ continues: "Rather than provide clear assurances to Paul McCartney that Defendants will not challenge his exercise of his termination rights, Defendants are clearly reserving their rights pending the final outcome of the Duran Duran litigation in the U.K."
This is a reference to Duran Duran's unsuccessful attempt to regain rights to their songs. In December 2016, a judge in England ruled that American termination law should not take precedent over English contract law.
In response to McCartney's claim, Sony/ATV Music Publishing issued a statement:
Sony/ATV has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon & McCartney song catalog. We have collaborated closely with both Sir Paul and the late John Lennon’s Estate for decades to protect, preserve and promote the catalog’s long-term value. We are disappointed that they have filed this lawsuit which we believe is both unnecessary and premature.

Source: https://www.beatlesbible.com/2017/01/18/paul-mccartney-sues-sony-beatles-song-rights/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBeatlesBible+%28The+Beatles+Bible%29