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3.0 out of 5 stars The old silly stereo panning is still there!, 10 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Audio CD)
Put the new remaster on and stratight away my biggest fear became reality, the damn drums are panned on one side of the stereo mix just as it was back in the rotten days of naff 1960's "stereo" mixing, AGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Magical Mystery Tour the track is very drum heavy and sounds incredibly thin as a result of it all coming from the left hand speaker. I can't understand why this wasn't fixed. Don't get me wrong everything else is a a massive improvement, fool on the hill (very little drums) sounds astonishing as does Penny lane which seems to have the drum more central but you just can;t get away from the imbalance of having drums not spread across the stereo spectrum it's just wrong. have just played Hard days Night and same problem, everything sounds amazing except the drums tucked away in the corner. My guess is the Mono mixes will sound incredible but so disappointed that this obvious correction wasn't fixed from the original stereo mixes.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2009 23:46:45 BDT
Magical Mystery TourSame for me too, I have now ordered the mono box set, in hope of the near perfection promised by the record company.

Posted on 6 Oct 2009 17:57:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Oct 2009 18:01:30 BDT
Jm O. Connor says:
Once again Apple, EMI and Capitol have failed to deliver the goods with this one. Apparently George Martin had done balanced stereo remixes on all the albums but they were rejected by Apple. Who made this decision at Apple isn't clear but I would be disappointed if this was Neil Aspinall's final act before he died. He most likely did not hear the final results of the current remastered recordings. It is really irritating to hear the opening track with Paul's bass echoing in the background.

I recently purchased the deluxe editons of both The Who's My Generation and Who Sell Out. If you want to hear remastering at its best in Mono and Stereo then these are the albums to compare. The stereo version of I can See for Miles is absolutley awesome. The remastered Bob Dylan albums on SACD also demonstrate high quality mixing and remastering. For example Like A Rolling Stone on Highway 61 Revisited is an amazing sonic experience in that you can hear a balanced stereo recording and be able to pick out all the instruments being played. The Rolling Stones Aftermath on SACD is also of high quality. I have also got two French Import remastered albums by The Hollies For Certain Because and Butterfly. The main LP tracks are in stereo but the bonus tracks also have their singles and B-sides in Mono. Again the re-mastering is of the highest quality (24-bit). These are available from Magic Records. Even the British re-mastered CD's of these Hollies Albums done in 2000 are of a superior quality. These were done on one CD in both Mono and Stereo.

Even Nick Drake's remastered albums on Island were far superior.

The late Nicholas Schaffner wrote one of the greatest books about The Beatles called The Beatles Forever (1979) . In one chapter he made some reference to the quality of recordings on Beatles albums across the world. He pointed out that in order to get a superior stereo recording of Magical Mystery Tour, one had to obtain the EMI/Odeon? German version. EMI Japan were always better at making high quality sounding Beatles albums. One thing is certain that there will always be a market for the Ultra Rare Trax versions.

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 16:46:35 GMT
If you've got a half decent hi-fi, just press the mono button! No need to shell out again for mono remasters - as if P Mc & Ringo & the estates of Lennon & Harrison aren't loaded enough already!
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