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The Beatles In Mono [VINYL] Box set

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  • Vinyl (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Apple Corps
  • ASIN: B005NJ9CHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,341 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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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Philbee on 29 Sept. 2014
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kowakurz on 9 Jan. 2015
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I recall buying all the Beatles singles and most of their LP's and EP's over the years, but this boxed set is special. The book that accompanies the set is worth it alone, very good photos , info and technical comment. With three high quality audio record decks I have started playing the set bit by bit. No surface noise ! Absolute silence. No pre-echo either ! Detail and quality is excellent, and whilst there are differences between the LP's as regards recordings, the amount of detail is enough to get me to jump at certain times.

I am using an Ortofon 2M Black top of the range moving magnet (stereo) cartridge at 1.6 grams VTF , which has a similar recommended stylus profile for these vinyl grooves. (You can get a Mono version from Ortofon).
My cartridge is still running in after 19 hours, and the sound will get even better over time. On another deck, an Ortofon 2M Blue sounds very good too.

These vinyl discs are more enjoyable than the CD's I have of them, and they are not bad, either. More bass is apparent on many of the tracks and a more refined top end, more impact and cohesiveness overall. I noted a bit of distortion on peaks to parts of tracks like 'This Boy' which is on the Mono Masters three LP set. I suspect this is overload on the original master tape, and also noted it on the original record. But that doesn't matter, it is not digitised and true to the recording.

The presentation of the boxed set is excellent with individual record sleeves in cellophane and foam in the pack to keep it stiff for transport. The Mono masters three record set have lots of internal sleeve notes and photos.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bashuan on 28 Oct. 2014
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Just received my box set in pristine condition. It was packed so well by the people at Amazon. It is without a doubt a stunning package. I was laughing like a six year old on Christmas Day just opening and looking at the contents. Beatles fans will have their money's worth just through the tactile pleasure before they have even put the records on their deck. I know these recordings like the back of my hand but alas only in stereo. I have (like most fans) read lots of the myth and argument on the merits of mono v stereo. Buying the cd re-masters a few years ago (cd stereo) was a minor revelation as they sounded so wonderful compared to my existing collection. I now have the opportunity (and forgiving wife) to luck out on owning and listening to these vinyl / mono releases. I'm now listening to A Hard Days Night and I'm in tears, its so thrilling. If you are in any doubt of throwing your money to the wind and purchasing I can honestly say it's the best music purchase I have.ever made and I've been collecting twenty eight years. I'm half way through the set and each LP has been like listening with new ears. They are dramatically different to the stereo versions. Every album Has a lovely spacial and open sound stage. Wonderfully cohesive, warm and direct. The performance really shines threw You can hear them really rock, boy what a fantastic rhythm section McCartney and Ringo were. The vocals and harmonies are in the room with you, I heard guitar parts that I never knew existed so rhythmical and tight. The most well known popular music catalogue is much superior in mono, no doubt about it. That the stereo mixes have been the standard for so long only points to the laziness and greed of record companies who understands little of the music they licence. Each album played well and all were flat and true.Read more ›
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