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Mix Nixed

by | 17th, February 2004

‘THE Beatles are a national treasure beyond compare, and their work has been protected as jealously as the Elgin Marbles.

‘Eleanor Rigby is a ho’

OK, their back catalogue may have been sold to Michael Jackson, but when did you last hear a Fab Four number on an advertisement?

Now EMI, the Beatles’ record company, are flexing their muscles over The Grey Album, a disc by New York DJ Brian Burton.

Burton has mixed Jay-Z’s Black Album together with the Beatles eponymously-named double album (often incorrectly referred to as ‘The White Album’) and produced a hybrid that has garnered critical plaudits in abundance.

Indeed, the Boston Globe called it “the most intriguing hip-hop album in recent memory”.

However, this isn’t enough to dissuade EMI from issuing a “cease and desist” order, and the Telegraph reports that Burton is complying.

We welcome this move. As the editor of Canorak (Anorak’s magazine for the mature headphone-wearing music fan) rightly points out in the current issue: “This sort of thing was done years ago, and much better, by Stars on 45. Their version of ‘No Reply’ is the last word as far as I’m concerned.”’

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