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The Beatles In Mono [VINYL] [Box set]

The Beatles Vinyl
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Product details

  • Vinyl (8 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Apple Corps
  • ASIN: B005NJ9CHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes the albums come with faithfully replicated artwork and within a lavish, limited 14-LP box, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Mono Vinyl Box set: Mono-mental. 29 Sep 2014
By Philbee
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The last five years have brought a flurry of Beatles CD box sets – the ‘core’ items being the 2009 Stereo digital re-masters (on CD and, in 2012, vinyl), and the Mono CD set. Other more recent variations include ‘The US albums’ and ‘The Japan Box’. In spite of claims elsewhere, the 2009 Mono CD set did a good job of delivering a digital representation of the analogue warmth and power that made the band’s original mono records sound so great. It was (is) a beautifully produced set, complete with its perfect CD-sized facsimile UK album covers and inner sleeves, with each album (up to and including the White Album) mixed the way The Beatles preferred and sanctioned: in mono.

So why release a mono set on vinyl in 2014? The new box offers something very different at a time when interest in listening to music on vinyl is gaining popularity. It also represents – to my 50+ age group, at least – something of a holy grail. Originally, the Abbey Road sound engineers were going to use the Mono CD digital remasters in the production of the Vinyl box set (a similar approach was taken to the 2012 stereo vinyl set, but using the stereo digital remasters). But someone came up with the intriguing idea of using the original 1960s analogue mono masters as their source and utilising the same LP production processes as in the 'sixties. In other words, these LPs are not sourced from digital remasters; they are made directly from the original analogue mono masters.

It’s that decision that gives the Vinyl set a validity and musical integrity to a band that, in the early sixties, “would kill to be on a piece of plastic”.

How do they sound? I have a middling Cyrus hi-fi system with a 30-year-old AR deck and KEF monitors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fabulous mono set 7 Oct 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I have been buying Beatles records CDs picture discs for the last 40 years. But grew up with my stereo vinyl in the 70's. I have the red mono box set from the 80's but never really played it preferring my stereo until I got both remastered.cd releases in 2009. And prefer the sound of the mono but like The white album in both. I did not purchase The Stereo Vinyl box set but said if they released them in mono I would buy it. Not only have they released it but have used the 60's masters not 2009 remastered recordings. I have original 60's albums with the fold back sleeves. But I have never seen the fold back covers in immaculate condition. The back covers of their early albums are so white and clean. I was wondering were they ever this white in the 60's. Who cares these albums are fantastic and having Magical Mystery Tour lp in mono for most people is a first ( I have a 60's copy) in this country. Everything about this box is amazing the records, book and the box it comes in is fab. All I can say is buy it you won't regret and turn up the volume to appreciate them. You won't need another format anymore unless you wear them out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is that really necessary ?? 8 Sep 2014
Format:Vinyl
By way of introduction it would be very nice if AMAZON could remove those more than 120 reviews about digitally remastered CDs, because it's a completely different product.

I am absolutely sure that with this Mono vinyl set will start another fight between Mono-purists and 7.1-sound-enthusiasts, between keepers of the Holy Beatles' Grail and "I couldn't care less" people etc.

George Harrison once said: "When they invented Stereo, I remember thinking "Why? What do you want two speakers for?", because it ruined the sound from our point of view. You know, we had everything coming out of one speaker; now it had to come out of two speakers. It sounded like very naked." (Beatles Anthology DVD).

So The Beatles as composers and interpreters wanted it "MONO" at the time they created this music. And they also showed this by monitoring the Mono sound mixing while the Stereo mixing was done by the sound engineers only.

As the old Romans said: De gustibus non est disputandum - You may not discuss (refuse) different likings AND Suum quique - Everyone to his taste. So you should just find out the facts and let everybody decide by himself, whether he likes it (or not) and wants to pay about $ 400.- for it.

Most important for me is that this set is an analogue remastering after different digital remasterings on CDs and vinyl LPs. And this is exactly how the engineers acted in the 1960s. Here they do not exchange the carburettor of an old FORD Mustang V 8 for an electronic fuel injection, but just optimize the carburettor.

I could listen and test this new set for more than two weeks, because a good friend of mine had got a precopy professionally before it was available in stores.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By jdawson
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Believe all the hype This box set is the biz if you care anything about music and hi-fi No digital involved anywhere in the production by those fabulous Abbey Road engineers I'm listening on a Rega P3 fitted with an ortofon £200 mono cartridge Worth all the trouble and expense to hear the best of these recordings Breathtaking bass As George Harrison once said ''Who needs two speakers''
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Published 1 day ago by peter eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best sounding vinyl of the Beatles
This is the best sounding vinyl of the Beatles.I have the original pressings in great condition but these new versions are even better. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars the sound is about as good as it gets
the sound is about as good as it gets, there are no pops or ticks on the vinyl, the packaging is superb. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Philip Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
Excellent boxed set. Wonderful sounding vinyls and excellent packing (Huge double cardboard with pelastivat fillings) left no complaints.
Published 5 days ago by Mika Kottonen
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music ever by the best band ever
Having bought everything Beatles related for the past 40 years this really was a must have purchase. The best music ever by the best band ever. Read more
Published 10 days ago by rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars The sheer happiness of hearing what THEY heard
The stomp!! The sheer happiness of hearing what THEY heard, and what almost everyone else heard during the 60s!! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Michael Patriksson
1.0 out of 5 stars loads of better 60s groups
S*** a*** s***. Why would anyone want this junk. Overated .loads of better 60s groups. Look around and listen.
Published 15 days ago by David Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars simply brilliant.
Fantastic. Amazing sound. No background noise, vinyl astonishingly quiet. Sgt Pepper never sounded better and Day in the life is almost frightening in sound and atmosphere. Read more
Published 16 days ago by GRANT CANYON
5.0 out of 5 stars As the Beatles were meant to be heard.
I have The Beatles cd boxsets in mono and stereo but will probably never play them again now that I have these remastered vinyl. Read more
Published 16 days ago by pauljoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect
Published 17 days ago by MR D S Whiteley
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