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The Beatles In Mono [VINYL] [Box set]

The Beatles Vinyl
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  • 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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help! 8 Sep 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Don't know if anyone else has experienced this issue but my copy of With The Beatles contained the Help vinyl. I was mortified when Amazon suggested I return the complete boxed set but after negotiation they agreed to replace the one item given they are available individually. Took the edge off a bit that I could not play in chronological order but what I have played the quality is exceptional and for someone who grew up with the Beatles this mono vinyl set is a dream.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental - A moment in time to remember 8 Sep 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I will never forget today, Monday 8th September 2014, as to my mind this is the single most important piece of music and packaging I have bought in over 35 years. Even after buying thousands of vinyl Lp's, CD's, tapes, DVD's and 78 rpm discs, nothing else tops this. This is exactly how The Beatles were meant to be heard and for someone like me, too young to have bought and experienced these Lp's back in the 1960's and too unforgiving to accept dismal condition originals masquerading as "mint" on every online website today, this is The Holy Grail of vinyl.

I have played most of these today as I took a day off work to do so and I am absolutely blown away by what I've heard and I'm in awe of the work the EMI team and Optimal have done here. I hope these guys get an award for this. Thanks too to Michael Fremer who has kept the lamp burning for vinyl in the cold dark years of digital. Your words and enthusiasm have kept some of us going!

Now if only we could all convince some of those guys on the What Hi-Fi forum who still believe vinyl is for old codgers and luddites and their precious PC hard-drives and DAC's do exactly the same job even better (cough, cough), then maybe, just maybe, we could convince the record companies to put vinyl FIRST again. Digital is evidently crap for listening to music. I've spent over ten thousand pounds trying to make it sound good and it just doesn't. I've given up.

As a child of the late Sixties today I feel like a teenager from that time. There is no greater more significant more culturally important or better representation of the greatest music by the greatest band ever, than what is beautifully created and packaged in this set. I genuinely pity anyone who hasn't got it in their hands today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reissues ever... 14 Sep 2014
Absolutely superb in every way. The presentation (sleeves, labels, box and, most of all the book) are of the very highest standard. The attention to detail is extraordinary.

The vinyl is flat, well-pressed ans silent.

And, most importantly, the records - or more accurately the music - sound better than I've ever heard them sound before. For the albums and singles/EPs up to "Abbey Road", these mono vinyl LPs, made without any digital intervention, are likely to be the last word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is that really necessary ?? 8 Sep 2014
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I thought it would be useful to advise people what you actually get with this set rather than go hysterical on the music and witter on like some failed music journalist which some reviews seem to descend into when reviewing products on this site.

This set comprises the vinyl album editions of Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Days Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (aka The White Album) and a triple set of non-album Mono Masters of singles and EP tracks and the four film tracks which were originally included on the Yellow Submarine album. Basically its the vinyl version of the Mono CD box set of 2009. The albums have all been re-mastered in mono from the original mastertapes and re-cut for vinyl using the original mixes from the 1960s. They all come on 180g vinyl and sound superb. The labels recreate the original labels each album originally was released with albeit with modern copyrights etc.
The album sleeves are supposed to be recreations of the original album jackets although the early albums up to Revolver with the exception of Beatles For Sale do not appear that authentic to be honest. The glossy front covers aren't as thick as 1960s jackets and the foldbacks on the back of the covers seem thinner and seem to come away slightly at the corners. Clearly its a modern day attempt at 1960s cover designs but they're much better than the re-pressings since the 60s. However with Beatles For Sale it would be difficult unless checking the actual record label copyright to differentiate this from a 60s original, it is a superb recreation along with Sgt Pepper which again I couldn't tell any difference except for the label copyright.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not opening 'till Xmas !
Published 1 day ago by T. GRAY
5.0 out of 5 stars It's true, they are amazing !
It's true, they are amazing !

These albums are beautiful and sound fantastic. So good are the dynamics that you would swear that these mono pressings are carefully mixed... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paul Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Chris Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The ultimate analogue Beatles collection
This is a momentous collection and a staggering achievement by all those involved, not least the Beatles themselves for writing all this incredible music over a 7 year period. Read more
Published 4 days ago by nicholas_b
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in every way
Perfect in every way. Fantastic music and sound quality, no surface noise on the vinyl, polythene inner sleeves, plastic wallets for each album and wonderful book to finish it all... Read more
Published 4 days ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away those cds!
I never want to hear The Beatles on cd ever again after this. Its a completely new experience, like being in the studio with them. Its warm, cosy, with natural sounding vocals. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr. K. C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars I would wholeheartedly recommend purchasing. You will not be...
Fantastic! What more can I say... I am half way through the box set, and every album sounds amazing! The Beatles have never sounded as good as this. Read more
Published 7 days ago by James Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Beatles collection apart from the original pressings you need...
I took a chance on this as I have never been too impressed with repressed vinyl as I have never found it to be close in quality to the originals. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Paul Hughes
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