It's impossible not to love this energetic early offering. The Beatles own compositions are more assured than on the debut, showing how fast they developed as songwriters, and the cover versions are first rate. I defy anyone not to be swept along by the exuberant blasts through 'Roll Over Beethoven' 'Money' 'It Won't Be Long' etc. George makes his songwriting bow with 'Don't Bother Me', a moody, atmospheric piece that is very different from what Lennon/McCartney were coming up with, which helps to create slightly more variation on this album compared to the first. As for the new Remaster, it's very good but still a bit bass-light compared to other albums. A word to those complaining about the stereo mix still being left/right and nothing in the middle, it could not be done any other way. Contrary to what you may have read on this page by others, the Beatles did NOT have four-track facility for this album, they were still using two-track and consequently when mixing for stereo the music could only be seperated the way you hear it to make it stereo. 'Money' is the exception as it was impossible to create a stereo mix without synching two seperate two-track mono mixes together which is why it sounds very different to the mono. Because of this limited technology, a more palatable stereo re-mix cannot be done. It's unfortunate that the mono mixes are not being made available seperately but thats EMI for you.