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An aural awakening
on 14 October 2009
Well after years of waiting we finally have the Beatle's albums re-mastered and, in some cases, sounding as fresh as if they were recorded last week.
Back in 1988 the Beatles album collection was rushed out on CD to take advantage of the new medium which was rapidly consigning vinyl to history. Unfortunately it transpires that in the case of The Beatles collection it was more or less a transfer from analogue master straight to CD with little or no cleaning up or re-mastering. So much so that this album as well as Please Please Me, Beatles For Sale and A Hard Days Night came out on mono CD, presumably because there wasn't a good stereo mix available at the time.
The resultant sound was only marginally better than listening to the original vinyl or cassette on a good quality music system, even though anything was better than listening to it, as I did, on a 1960's Dansette.
So now we have the 2009 re-mastered and stereo version of With The Beatles and it is a great improvement on the original mono CD. There is a clarity and space around all the music, in particular to things like Paul's vocal on All My Loving. One can even hear Ringo's drumming on You've Really Got a Hold On Me which is the best number on the album.
It might be worthwhile taking a chance and up-dating your collection of the four original mono CD albums with the new stereo releases before investing in the remaining 2009 re-mastered albums from Help onwards which in fact were released on stereo CD back in 1988. If you never had any of The Beatles albums on CD or vinyl then now is your chance to find out why they were so popular, you won't regret it.