Sadly, the pleasure of listening to the currently available UK versions of The Beatles albums up to and including "Sgt Pepper's" is marred by the poor, old fashioned stereo mixes. These appear, at best, quaint to modern ears, and at worst, downright shoddy, slapdash and inadequate. EMI should be ashamed. However, for the songs on this release it is put right and the best of The Beatles is brought out.
Excellent remixing by Abbey Road engineer Peter Cobbin and company pumps the music up and highlights the range and depth of sounds and performances. All done with loving care, and it shows. This is an essential purchase for Beatles fans and a tantalising glimpse into what ought to be properly done with all their work.
We get to hear the fullness of "Eleanor Rigby" and "Love You To" with instruments sensibly placed. "Yellow Submarine", the song itself, shines here due to the remixing bringing out the sound effects and the warm quality of the backing harmony vocals. The "Sgt Pepper's" songs are greatly enhanced, but special mention should be made of the 'rarer' tracks. "Hey, Bulldog" bites and along with "Northern Song", "It's All Too Much" and "Baby, You're A Rich Man" (my favourite) is as good as anything todays' pop/rock scene can muster.
If still not convinced listen out for the mighty massed vocals and electric lead guitar on "Nowhere Man". Loud and clear ! Oh, if only we could have all "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" like this.