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The Beatles In Mono [Box set, Mono, Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Mono, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B002BSHXJA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From Please Please Me to the White Album, all the original Beatles mixes are represented here in full, glorious mono! The Past Masters CD has been recreated as Mono Masters to properly reflect this period. This set duplicates the Past Masters track listing with the exception of those tracks that only ever appeared in stereo. However, as an added bonus, five tracks, never previously released in mono, are included in the package. These are "Only A Northern Song", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog" and "It's All Too Much" all from the Yellow Submarine project plus "Across The Universe". These titles were originally scheduled for release on an EP in 1969.

The easy in the Mono Masters booklet explains in some detail the history of these recordings and goes some way to highlight just why these versions are so eagerly anticipated. With the collector in mind, both the Help! and Rubber Soul discs now additionally contain bonus content in the shape of the original 1965 stereo mixes on CD for the first time, since Sir George Martin had actually remixed these for their CD debut in 1987 rendering these original mixes unavailable. All the albums (apart from Mono Masters) come in their original vinyl-style packaging reduced in exquisite detail to CD-sized format. This includes everything from the recreation of the vinyl label (printed on the cd itself) to the paper inner sleeve replete with the original text. The jackets themselves are exact reproductions of the original UK vinyl releases and since they are being manufactured in Japan, they are of the very highest quality and had the very highest possible attention to detail in the production.

Apart from the first four albums which have been available in mono on CD since 1987, the remaining titles are making their CD debut in this format and all plus the Mono Masters set have received the remastering treatment by a dedicated team of engineers and Abbey Road studios.

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EMI 6994512; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Pop Internazionale

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161 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As they were meant to be heard? 15 Oct 2009
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
These mono remasters are possibly more exciting and noteworthy than their stereo younger brothers. Although the new stereo albums have hugely benefited from a scrub with the sonic toothbrush, they were at least in catalogue before, apart from the first four albums and a few odds and ends, whereas the Beatles British album output from HELP! onwards has never been released in mono on CD before.

These days, the most humble portable radio/CD player comes equipped with stereo speakers, and iPods and MP3 players all support stereo playback. A few world music and reggae albums may be released in mono these days, but by and large stereo has become the standard, with mono relegated to legacy releases, the audio equivalent of black and white. In the re-issue field, however, mono remains surprisingly resilient. Motown, for example, were early exponents of multi-track recording and released albums in stereo from the early sixties, yet compilations continue to favour the mono mixes of much of this material, and there are many advocates who stoutly prefer the punchier single-source mono sound, designed to be heard over the radio, invariably mono in those days.

The purpose of these remasters is to get the best possible results from the existing master by repairing physical damage and bad edits, adding low-end frequencies, removing amplifier hum, clicks, pops and sibilance; but not compromising the musical performance in any way. It does not involve any remixing. The remastering was done using 192 kHz/24-bit technology, paving the way for DVD-A/SACD/HDCD releases, but the current box set is in standard resolution CD format.
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles in Mono at Long Last 14 Sep 2009
By Marc B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There has been so much discussion over the last 40 years and recently on these pages as to which mixes (Mono or Stereo) are the most historically important, which versions did the Beatles spend most time on and crucially which sound better.
There is no doubt that George Martin and the Abbey Road engineers spent more time on the Mono mixes as that was the way most people would hear the records due to AM radio and cheap single speaker turntables. Stereo until 1968 was seen as a niche format for a hardcore of hi-fi enthusiasts.
As to which are most historically important, IMO they both are. Every album apart from Please Please Me was released the same day in mono and stereo (PPM was a month later) and according to EMI session documentation the same people responsible for the monos did the stereo. As to which sessions the Beatles attended that can't be determined for certain. There is no doubt from Revolver onwards they did take more of an interest in the mixing process but that is 4 years after they first entered Abbey Road, it would have been very difficult for the Beatles to attend mixing sessions pre 66 due to touring and other commitments.
As to which sound better, well that is subjective, some albums sound better in Mono some better in Stereo, some albums like Help it can be down to individual tracks. For certain both versions are fun to listen to, sound completely different and discovering the mix variations are one of the joys of being a Beatles fan. In the simplest possible terms mono is all about impact and depth where as with stereo it's about width, soundstage and space between the instruments.

On then to the Beatles in Mono.... So what actually is included.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best box set ever 4 Mar 2014
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I've been a massive fan of The Beatles for some years now. Just as I'd collected all of the 1987 albums on CD, they went and dropped the 2009 remasters. I brought a few of them in stereo, but only now have I delved into the mono remasters.

I've only ever heard the albums Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Beatles For Sale in mono, so I can't really comment on the differences between the mono and stereo mixed for these albums. I can tell you that these remasters don't, on the whole sound TOO much different to the 1987 CDs. There are some tracks that sound massively improved; Love Me Do and Please Please Me are two from this period that spring to mind off the top of my head. They sound much cleaner and less murky in this box set.

The sound quality is improved to the point where you can pick out little things that you never heard before in these early recordings. Although I am never sure if this is because you're listening for new things with a new master? Either way, definitely worth getting.

The revelations start coming thick and fast from Help! and beyond. I have a first pressing vinyl copy of Help! on mono from 1965 which sounds incredible. The CD included here also sounds great. Better than the stereo? I would say some songs are, some sound better in stereo. There are a couple of anomalies on the mono mix that will stand out if you've only ever heard the stereo versions. For a start, the vocal take used on the title track is different. Then there are other instrumental differences, and a weird, fast drum beat under the piano intro to 'You Like me Too Much' that must have bled over from another track (?) and is unnoticeable, as far as I know, on the stereo mix.

Also included on Help!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Is There Anyone Wants To Hear My Story..." - The Beatles In MONO...
In truth - when the Beatles 15-strong album catalogue finally went on worldwide sale in properly 'remastered' form on the 9th of September 2009 - the 'Stereo' box set not only... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars You say you want a revolution...how about a Mono revelation?
People with far deeper knowledge of the recording history of The Beatles have already gone into great depth in reviews on here about a variety of differences between specific mono... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nikolai
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but pricey!!
Bought for husbands fathers day pressie from kids. He was like a kid in a sweet shop. Has wanted these records in mono for so many years, but the price has always been what's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs P
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
OK, so purchasing this was a bit of a risk for a number of reasons. Firstly, to have the complete collection, the stereo-only albums had to be bought separately. Read more
Published 2 months ago by marmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound
The sound is amazing.
Well worth the money.
My dad going to love this in his collection.
Fast delivery.
A great but if you a fan.
Published 5 months ago by Donna Duell
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Mono
This is a five star boxed set with out a doubt.

Having bought the stereo box set and resisted this set due to the cost, I waited until the price dropped slightly and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Robert J. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars for completists only
If you love the beatles you will love this boxset. However is it better than the stereo box? NO, it's not. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy from the USA
Fabulous sound, amazingly packaged. But yes very expensive at near 200 quid. So a bit of a tip...buy this box set from amazon.com instead, I got it for 95 pound!.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by carljpgr
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Always thought the early stereo cds sounded 'not right', especially on headphones.
I grew up with (mono) Beatles vinyl records. Read more
Published 10 months ago by onaflamingpie
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE BIZZ!!!
This is really the ultimate. Beatles as we heard them in the sixties (I was 15 when I saw them in 1963). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ken Welford
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