The Beatles: Rock Band

Moby ID: 42472
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The Beatles: Rock Band is the second released game in the Rock Band series to focus on a specific band, following the AC/DC Live: Rock Band release.

The title borrows features from the Rock Band 2 game, but offers a revamped career mode, with the opportunity to play a story mode going through the different Beatles eras, with specific songs and venues, from The Cavern Club to their rooftop performance on top of Apple Corps' studio. Whilst the game attempts to capture the spirit of significant periods in the band's history some liberties were taken in the presentation; for example Ringo Starr is shown playing the drums on Back in the U.S.S.R. despite not appearing on the actual recording and the studio versions of songs are used in the Live at the Budokan section. Along with the now classic guitar, bass, drums, and vocals parts, the title adds the possibility to have three separate vocals parts, where each singer gets to sing in a different harmony.

The game features 45 remastered Beatles titles, and further albums will be released, available for purchase through DLCs and exclusive to The Beatles: Rock Band. This is the first time that Apple Corps allowed the Beatles’ music to feature in a video game.

Contrary to the AC/DC game which looked just like the original Rock Band, the entire game is skinned in a Beatles theme: characters, overall look and feel, sound effects. Skinned instruments were also released. Also still contrary to the AC/DC game, it is not possible to export the songs to play in Rock Band or Rock Band 2.

The tracklist:

Singles* I Want to Hold Your Hand

  • I Feel Fine
  • Day Tripper
  • Paperback Writer
  • Revolution
  • Don't Let Me Down

Please Please Me (1963)* I Saw Her Standing There

  • Boys
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • Twist and Shout

With the Beatles (1963)* I Wanna Be Your Man

A Hard Day's Night (1964)* A Hard Day's Night

  • Can't Buy Me Love

Beatles For Sale (1964)* Eight Days a Week

Help! (1965)* Ticket to Ride

Rubber Soul (1965)* Drive My Car

  • I'm Looking Through You
  • If I Needed Someone

Revolver (1966)* Taxman

  • Yellow Submarine
  • And Your Bird Can Sing

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)* Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends

  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Good Morning Good Morning

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)* I Am the Walrus

  • Hello Goodbye

The Beatles (White Album) (1968)* Dear Prudence

  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Birthday
  • Helter Skelter

Yellow Submarine (1969)* Hey Bulldog

Abbey Road (1969)* Come Together

  • Something
  • Octopus's Garden
  • I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • The End

Let It Be (1970)* Dig a Pony

  • I Me Mine
  • I Got a Feeling
  • Get Back

Love (2006)* Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows

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The Beatles
With Very Special Thanks to
Music Produced by
Creative Director
Creative Producer
Executive Producers
Producer
Special Thanks to
Recordings Engineered by
Music Produced For the Beatles: Rock Band by
Mix Engineer For the Beatles: Rock Band
"Dig A Pony", "Get Back", "Don't Let Me Down", "I've Got A Feeling", and "I Me Mine" Re-Produced by
Project Lead
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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Beatles: Rock Band appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • 1UP
    • 2009 - Best Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 -The "Family Matters" Award for Game Likely to be Enjoyed by Parents
  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best Party Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #3 Best Music of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Best Music/Rhythm Game
  • G4 X-Play
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
    • 2009 - Best Co-Op Multiplayer
  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Rhythm/Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Music (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Music (Readers' Choice)
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Other People's Music Award
  • IGN.
    • 2009 - Overall Best Music Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Overall Best Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Wii Music Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Wii Award for Excellence in Sound (Readers' Choice)
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Music Game
  • Yahoo
    • 2009 - Best Party Game of the Year

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Game added by Ben K.

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Game added September 24, 2009. Last modified February 13, 2024.