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The Beatles Mono Box Set
Genres: Rock, Classic Rock
FEATURES: — -Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.38" x 2.63" — -Description: — ·Hard white glossy slip box — ·Limited edition — ·CDs packaged as mini LP replicas (replica artwork, sleeves and gatefolds) — ·Remastered b... more »
-Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.38" x 2.63"
·Hard white glossy slip box
·CDs packaged as mini LP replicas (replica artwork, sleeves and gatefolds)
·Remastered by Paul Hicks, Sean Magee with Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
Original Mono version - 11 albums (12 discs)
+= mono mix CD debut
·Please Please Me
·With The Beatles
·A Hard Day's Night
·Beatles For Sale
·Help! (CD also includes original 1965 stereo mix)+
·Rubber Soul (CD also include original 1965 stereo mix)+
·Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band+
·Magical Mystery Tour+
·Mono Masters (features all of the mono tracks that appeared on singles, EPs. or that never made it onto the 13 albums)
-Essay written by Kevin Howlett
*note: Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be are not included, as they were originally recorded in stereo. Beatles Photos The Beatles Merchandise The Beatles Rock Band More from The Beatles
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A superb sounding mono Beatles experience
Mike Birman | Brooklyn, New York USA | 09/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those of us old enough to have experienced the Beatles first hand will never forget the excitement of hearing their latest release being played for the very first time. Each record as the band matured was invariably a step forward in creativity. And each release in those early days of FM and the continuing dominance of the AM format was invariably heard in Mono. Stereo was mixed differently in those days. In order to promote the new Stereo recording method as a distinct sonic experience from Mono, engineers created the widest possible soundstage with music heavily separated into the left and right speakers. If you really want to hear a typical difference in mixes listen to Cream's I Feel Free in both Mono and Stereo. The Stereo mix seems equally divided into each speaker with almost nothing coming from the center. As a result the music sounds diffuse and oddly unreal in the Stereo version with barely any bass at the bottom. The Mono mixdown, on the other hand, is sonically powerful and beautifully focused with Jack Bruce's 6-string bass and Clapton's amazing guitar solo now full-throated and much punchier. The Mono version is preferable even after all of these years of remasterings.
The Beatles recordings were similarly constructed with their earliest Stereo albums attempting to showcase the new recording method by separating the music into the widest possible soundstage. This was meant to be more lifelike than Mono but to my ears it always seemed to dilute the music a bit. On the Stereo albums Paul's bass lost a bit of its punch and never really reproduced the 'fat bottom' that anchored those beautifully recorded Beatle records. The wide dispersion of the vocals had a similar effect. Those glorious John + George or Paul + George harmonies, often originally meant to be sung into a single microphone, never sounded as solid and rich in Stereo as they did in Mono.
On this new Mono box set we can hear for perhaps the very first time (in a non-bootleg recording) the experience one had during those long ago days when these immortal records were first released. Here we can hear Paul's bass producing the same deep, flowing lines that revolutionized the way bass was presented in popular music. The vocals are now full and rich, with harmonies that flow like sonic honey ON TOP OF THE MUSIC instead of weakly dispersed at its periphery as in the Stereo versions. Ringo's tom-toms and bass drums are powerfully propulsive, causing my floor to bounce on several occasions. Revolver is a revelation in Mono with tracks like Tomorrow Never Knows and Taxman now having a 3-dimensional depth to them. Eleanor Rigby with its overwhelming power will make you weep. Rubber Soul has a similar depth that is lacking in the Stereo version. Sgt. Pepper sounds so much more unified in Mono: it is acoustically less jittery than the Stereo version which occasionally suffers from excessive brightness and brittleness.
The first few Beatles albums all have that early wide Stereo separation with a center one could drive a truck through. In these excellent new Mono remasterings solidity has finally been returned to the early Beatles albums. Where the Stereo versions were weak these new Mono versions are powerful with a propulsive inevitability to the music that reminds me of what made the Beatles so very special in the first place. More than anything else, these new Mono remasterings recreate the experience of hearing the Beatles with all of their brilliance and freshness intact. And for that I am eternally grateful.
FAST AND EASY REVIEW TO HELP YOU DECIDE! MONO RULES! :)
Donald J. Barger | Cailif., USA | 09/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FAST FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! What is great about this box set?
*Album (CD) covers are Exact replicas of those issued in the UK
*The CDs are replicas of the record labels issued in the UK
* The CD covers are larger than normal size making them very easy to handle and easier to read and enjoy!
* The booklet is large and full of info and photos
* Also, the "Help" and "Rubber Soul" CDs include the additional 1965 original stereo mixes on them so that is very cool.
* And please note that even though this is a USA Box set, ALL the CDs state that they were manufactured in Japan. That's actually a good thing.
* The four Beatles songs from YELLOW SUBMARINE album which were not previously issued in Mono on CD ARE included on the Mono Past Masters CD in this box set. They are "It's All Too Much", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog" and "It's Only A Northern Song".
* Wonderful, clear mono sound with special goodies like the Original Single Record version of "Help", the fast version of "She's Leaving Home" which is how Paul intended it to sound (By the way, when George Martin made his "Insightful Comments" on the "Making of the Pepper Album", he never talked about "She's Leaving Home" as he did not actually produce it in its entirety. Paul was upset with Martin's availability at the time and had someone else do the initial arrangments of the song. This fact is rarely discussed and it is still iritating to George Martin.
**In overview, these CDs are great with excellent packaging that includes plenty of photos. But be careful Beatle People, it isn't worth more than $230.00 and people (Blue Meanies) are selling these sets for $400.00 on Ebay. Don't even fall for that. Stick with Amazon! It is by far your best buy!
Looking Forward to the future CD release of the USA Issue of "A Hard Day's Night" which has some outstanding instrumental music on it by George Martin and His Orchestra i.e. "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)" and "And I Love Her". Those two songs actually charted on the Billboard 100 in 1964. And I actually bought the 45 record when it came out. I just thought it was so good! And being very young at the time ( and very ignorant), I actually thought that The Beatles played some of the instruments on these songs. I remember thinking "Man, are these guys talented" :)
PS: Even though The White Album is interesting to listen to in Mono, the Stereo Issue is still sooo much better....cuz you can see that Paul really put some quality time in on his bass dubs. GENIUS! BRILLIANT! :)"
Gave in and am I Glad I Did!
Jerome Bush | Louisiana | 09/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't write many reviews, and by the time I write one, there are usually hundreds ahead of me, so I don't guess many will read this...BUT I had to write something after hearing this box set.
I'm 57 and grew up with the Beatles, and I've always been a STEREO man, liked the different sounds from different speakers (still do, by the way). After reading James N. Perlman's review, I broke down and bought the mono box set--after getting the stereo set. I like the stereo set, but I am enthralled with the mono set!
I'm a drummer, and though Ringo wasn't the most accomplished, he played tastefully (better than Paul who rushed the tempo on Dear Prudence during his fills--though I give full credos to Paul for being a very good drummer). I can hear every stroke of Ringo's cymbal work. A lot of time, I'd hear his cymbals in the background, but it sounded like one sound, not individual licks. His work on Long Tall Sally is gorgeous. I even hear bass drum work that I'd missed before, in step with Paul on bass.
I always figured with the same sound coming from every speaker (mono) that the sound would be less defined and boring. What a mistake! The sounds are clear, detailed, and the high end is wonderful. The stereo set is very good: still love that old separation from the 60s, but James N. Perlman has it right in the comparison. My two cents(worth even less today...) :-)"