nothing before Revolver and Rubber Soul
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Like the other posters, I have the original Capitol rainbow, Parlophone, and Apple releases so my interest is minimal.
Abbey Road may be a consideration as I collect different copies/versions of that album/cd.
It appears this may be a great opportunity for those who don't have the original Capitol/Apple/Parlophone releases.
However, the recordings are sonically quite average up to Rubber Soul; there's just not a lot there to remaster IMO.
I plan to buy a few and see if they're truly superior to existing versions. The new remasters of the first four British albums can't NOT be better, but I have good-sounding versions of some of the later ones, i.e. Japanese pressings, special editions, and even two of the original CD issues ("Help" and "Rubber Soul" were both ADD and sound pretty good).
What I have read over the years is how the bass was washed out to support the record companies claim that their records never skip. It was so cool back then. In order to accomplish that goal Paul's bass lines are there but not THERE. The current Cd's are not much better in the low end, so if the new remasters have returned the power of Paul's bass I will be first in line for CD's and album's.
And to answer your question, stereo.
The issue with the first few channeled stereo albums, voices on one side instruments on the other was hopefully corrected with this remaster like it was on the Love album.
If not than it is not worth purchasing them especially at these prices.
As for the bass issue on the U.S. & Japanese releases. MOFI tried to correct the problem and most say they destroyed the albums. The UK releases sound best to me but the cost is getting out of hand.
We all know who is going to to say they suck, hot stampers and or the origials are best @ 250.00 and up a pop.
I enjoy all my differant releases of the Beatles music even my MOFI's.
This is all IMHO.
It will be interesting to see how these turn out. The originals were (are) somewhat of a disaster as have been most of the re-issues over the years. The Japanese vinyl has been pretty inconsistent through all of their reissues. The MFSL vinyl has always topped my list for "audiophile" quality. I may buy one or two to start and hope for the best.
"NO..I too have all the beatles vinyl from my youth in the 60's and all only played once.."
Give me a break. You must not like the music too much if they have only been payed once.
Its interesting reading these "holier than thou" postings from the vinyl owners. I happen to have them in various forms of vinyl also but plan on buying the CDs to hear if they are better. How would any of you not buying know that what you have sounds better than something not yet released? Psychic?
First, I'm kinda mad that they took so long to remaster this material. Let's hope they didn't botch it.
I have everything on vinyl, but I lost my 70s UK pressing of [i]Revolver[/i] and the current pressing is nasty. Also, I've only ever had a Capitol [i]Rubber Soul[/i]. So I may replace those. Perhaps I'll also try a mono SPLHCB, but that may take some getting used to after listening to the stereo my whole life.
"Give me a break. You must not like the music too much if they have only been payed once."
It's not at all unusual for vinyl collectors to have multiple copies and multiple pressings. So he very well may have copies he listens to regularly and backup copies he's saving, or may have backed them up on to CD.
We vinyl collectors do tend to go on about our "children", and I suppose it can be tiresome to non-collectors.
Thank You Daverz..you hit the nail on the head,I didn't want to get into that negative something mentality.
Hey Fenderny!!!What Daverz said....and up yours and the music you listen to....
We had a lot of cool (up yours sayings) in the 60's...
WOW!!I just had a rush about heading to Woodstock in 1969 in my 63 Ford Falcon...AAAAAAAH the 60's!!
Hey smug vinyl lovers. I am too a vinyl lover. I have 3-4 copies of every Beatle album on various issues of vinyl.
The point is, get your head out of your you know what and stop the cliche filled BS. We all know vinyl CAN be better than CD. Bit until you hear the remasters please don't act like you KNOW what you have is better.
Listen to yourselfs....
Please don't be offended. The Beatles were fantatsic at melodies that you just can't get out of your head. It is great stuff. Just not my thing that is all.
I like strange stuff like this
I am very excited about the Mono mixes. Despite what anyone says, this is how the music was originally mixed and played back at Abbey Road by the recording crews for the Beatles. Think of those mono mixes as the motherlode. Not a lot of time was taken for the stereo mixes back in the day, at was an afterthought by the engineers, which is why they have been in their less than pristine state since 1983. Having heard Rain live in Las Vegas, the sonic quality can be stunning, especially the 1966 to 1969 material. I think the Mono mixes are the way to go.
The early mono albums were mixed down on tube-based analogue mixers and have that tubey magic that is lacking in the last stereo albums, which were mixed down on solid state equipment starting with the White Album sessions. Those later recordings lack the bloom and warmth of the earlier work. Wait until you hear the new Revolver and Rubber Soul. You can tell this today on the best vinyl copies of the original work. I have two pristine copies of Revolver and prefer the "wall of sound" mono version over "let's make the best of four tracks" stereo sound.
John Lennon is on record as saying that mono was the way to listen to the albums, especially he was fond of Pepper in mono, saying, "You've never heard Pepper until you've heard it in original mono." All their albums were originally recorded in mono until the White album. They were later adapted and released in some form of stereo as the format evolved.
I strongly agree with Hevac. I have the Parlophone and the Capitol boxed sets. The Capitol releases are horrible when compared to the original parlophone versions. Capitol deliberately butchered the American releases by adding some noise to the mixes. The Beatles were also appalled by the butchering that was done by Capitol records. I firmly believe that no system now or ever would make the Captiol versions sound better than the Parlophone versions, just not possible!