Mono Masters [12 inch Analog] Import
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The tracks, which I will spare you and not list one by one, are just fabulous. For Pete's sake, I even listen to the Inner Light with real immersion! "Bad Boy"-which is a completely underrated and overlooked piece-is just a rock buzz saw. The early stuff, obviously, was recorded with mono sound first and foremost in the Beatles scope (a laser guided one at that). This set is worth the 55-65 bux. EASILY. I've got the CD version of this and the LP blows it out of the stratosphere.
Rain, Paperback Writer and Hey Bulldog, which I generally prefer in stereo, are knockouts. The bass and drums are up in these versions, which is a plus since Rain is arguably Ringo's finest work ever, and Hey Bulldog has a great bassline. Paperback Writer has another stellar bassline, which even the casual Beatle-er will straight dig.
The early stuff has unparalleled clarity, with no sloppy echo and reverb to fog the songs. John's vocals are just ethereal. This set is basically compression free. You've got your classic radical rockers, the slow and pensive love songs (Yes It Is, Don't Let Me Down) and the pop rockets like Day Tripper, Get Back and I Feel Fine.
Buy a copy. And then buy me an extra copy for my birthday, Ill take as many copies as I could get. If you don't absolutely love this set, Ill ask Amazon if they will give you your $ back. Ill try. BUT WAIT.....THERE'S MORE-
The packaging is sturdy, and the notes and photos are, um.....FAB!
Like many Beatles fans, I grew up listening to them in the 60's. They made a violent and polarizing time in America more bearable. In the 60's, I bought and played their LP's until they were damaged beyond repair. I bought into digital music in the 80's only to find that it paled in comparison to pure analog. I should have bought more pure analog LP's while I had the chance, but, thought the medium was gone, whether I liked it or not. Finally I found vintage equipment (Sansui 6700 Receiver, Marantz Model 6300 Turntable, and JBL S312BE Speakers) and set out to spend mega money on EBAY for sealed analog LP's from the 60's and 70's. Unfortunately, many albums made in the 70's were made of cheap thin vinyl and were often warped or had defects/noise when new and right out of the package, but, I persevered and have a good collection of Beatles and other pure Analog LP's and some 45's.
You don't have to spend Mega money, however, if "The Beatles Mono Masters" is any indication of the quality and sound of the other new mono releases. There is very little noise, often none between songs. The LP's are flat as they are 180 grams, and most importantly these 3 LP's sound warm and beautiful. I just sat back, closed my eyes and let the music and harmonizing soothe my soul. I did not buy the box set for $375. I bought each individually. This along with a $40 reduction for applying for a credit card brought the total to about $250, and if you get a defective album, you can send it back instead of the whole box.
Remember though, "Let it Be" and "Abbey Road" are not included in the box set as they were only made in stereo. Capital US releases like "The Beatles Again" and "Beatles 65" won't be there either, but, you will find those songs in these mono releases anyway.
Thank you Apple/EMI/Optimal Media (Germany) for giving audiophiles what they've wanted for so many years. You did good.
After reading about how masters were made back at EMI in the old days, I realized how those original master mixes were a performance in themselves. The engineers, George Martin and the Beatles would mix their 4 channels down to a vinyl master. Live. Riding the faders up down as they went along. The stereo mixes we've been listening to since then were done later and without the care of the original mono master.
I bought this so that I could hear Paperback Writer and Rain the way the Beatles mixed it. Not the way I've been listening to it from the album "Hey Jude" since 1970. I'm hearing details and coloration that I've never heard before. It doesn't sound thin and tinny, but full and live.
The packaging is great. The vinyl is thick as a brick. Listening to it on my quality stereo (and not the K-Mart stereo I bought with my paper route money back in the 70's) is a thrill. Terrific.
This is an AMAZING vinyl collection! This covers a lot of the early recordings from when the Beatles did actual mono recording and before they got too tricky with all of the mastering in the studio.
Let's just say that if you are a Beatles fan and have a vinyl record player, you deserve this collection. It was around $50 and I used my Amazon credit card points for it! Win!
And yes, they did have a couple of songs recorded in German - and they are rare (and in this collection), so enjoy!