MTV Games and Harmonix announced this morning that the first full album for The Beatles: Rock Band will be Abbey Road. It will be available for Xbox 360 and Wii on October 20 and PlayStation 3 on October 22. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be available in November and Rubber Soul in December
The game disc already comes with “Come Together,” “Something,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” “Here Comes The Sun” and “The End” so that leaves the following tracks:
- Maxwell's Silver Hammer
- Oh! Darling
- A B-side 16 minute medley, containing: "You Never Give Me Your Money”Sun King”/ “Mean Mr. Mustard," Polythene Pam”/ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” "Golden Slumbers”/ “Carry That Weight”/ “The End” and "Her Majesty”
The individual tracks will cost the standard Rock Band price of $1.99. But, interestingly, the medley can't be purchased separately. It must be bought as part of the whole album which will cost $16.99. That seems to roughly work out to $1.99 a song, depending on your definition of the word "song."
Which brings me to the idea of value: Is 17 bucks too much to pay for half a Beatles album? To me, a Beatles fan, it's not... but it is expensive enough to make me stop and wonder, for a split second, if I'm being taken advantage of here... what do you think? Is the pricing fair?