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Can't buy me love? How about some Beatles stuff?

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Beatles once sang, "You Never Give Me Your Money," but their fans apparently aren't listening. They keep forking over lots of cash for "official" Beatles merchandise and countless enterprises capitalizing on a never-ending demand for Fab Four memorabilia and memoirs.

"The Beatles are such a legend that there are people out there who will buy anything that has the Beatles name on it," says Alan Livingston, the ex-Capitol Records executive who signed the group to the United States label some 37 years ago.

With a tip of the hat to the quartet's British-only release, "Beatles For Sale" (1964), here are just a few of the latest Beatle offerings:

"1" (Capitol Records). A new CD compiling 27 Beatles songs that have hit No. 1 on the charts.

"The Beatles Anthology" (Chronicle Books). A somewhat delayed companion piece to the 1995 video documentary by the same name, this 368-page coffee-table buckler is the Beatles' story "in their own write" (John Lennon's words come from previously published interviews). It also includes recollections of Beatles associates and some 1,500 images, some never seen before. graphic

thebeatles.com. It's the official Beatles Web site, launched in conjunction with the release of the "1" CD. "There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of Beatle Web sites put up by fans, which are wonderful," says Beatles historian Matt Hurwitz. "But the Beatles haven't given us their own taste of the Internet 'til now."

"A Hard Day's Night" (Miramax Pictures). The classic 1964 screen debut of the Beatles, directed by Richard Lester, has been re-released in a new 35mm print made from a fully restored negative with a digitally restored Dolby Stereo soundtrack. Critics say it has "traveled" well. The movie is "a kind of cinema verite Marx Brothers movie, with John Lennon as the group's mop-topped Groucho," wrote Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, who gave it an "A." Currently in limited release in New York and Los Angeles, it will open December 8 in the top 10 U.S. markets.

"Paul McCartney: Live At The Cavern." A one-hour special, featuring the Beatle bassist performing his post-Beatles material at the rebuilt version of the subterranean Liverpool club where the Beatles honed their act after returning from a stint in Hamburg, Germany. Airing on PBS affiliates in December. Check your local listings.

"Paul McCartney: Paintings" (Little Brown & Co.; $50). For the past 17 years, McCartney has been as likely to wield a paintbrush as a Hoffner bass. The fruits of his artistic labor are in this book containing color reproductions of more than 80 of his works. What music does he listen to while painting? "Nothing," McCartney said last month at the opening of a one-week New York exhibit of his work. "I whistle."

"LJ Plays the Beatles!" (Solid Air Records). Laurence Juber was the lead guitarist from 1978 to 1981 in Wings, Paul McCartney's other band. He has also played professionally with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. This is a finely crafted collection of Beatles classics, from "I Saw Her Standing There" to "Let It Be," lovingly played on acoustic guitar. Says Juber of the compositions of Lennon and McCartney: " This stuff's like Shakespeare. I don't think it's ever going to go away. It's tapped into some collective consciousness and it's too strong."



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