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1967-1970 [The Blue Album] Original recording remastered, Double CD

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Double CD
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B003YNFYD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Brand new 2010 digital remaster of the classic Beatles album.

The companion piece to the 1962-1966 singles compilation, this set (often called "the blue album", as opposed to its chronological predecessor "the red album"), brings together the Beatles best known songs from 1967 through 1970. The Beatles were fiercely, relentlessly experimental during these years, and the swirling, visionary soundscapes of "Strawberry Fields Forever", which opens the collection, sets the tone with its effects-heavy production and backward tape loops. John Lennon's psychedelic songwriting, which emphasised crystalline melodies and surreal wordplay, can be heard on tracks like "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" and "Across the Universe".
Paul McCartney's fascination with English music hall and novelty numbers is clear on "Penny Lane" and "Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-Da", and the set also has some of his finest ballads, including the mega-hits "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude". George Harrison emerged as a fine songwriting talent during these years with "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun". Yet despite evidence of their diverging individual directions, the Beatlesstill rock as a band on cuts like "Revolution". (The set includes the single versions of "Revolution", "Lady Madonna", and "Hey Jude"). The Beatles set the tenor of the late-'60s with this spectacular soundtrack, and it remains--even afteryears of overplaying--original, beautiful music.

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I know this lp record well having been bought UK copy in 1977 and replacing it in the early 90's with the last analogue edition, which is a "best of" the Beatles covering the period from the Sgt Pepper album to the Long and Winding Road from the Let it Be album taking in such singles as Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, Revolution and Get Back with a selection from the White and Abbey Road albums. It was and remains a terrific overview of the Beatles output, an enduring high point in twentieth century popular music.
Why bother with this re-release?
The first reason for newer Beatle fans is each mix is as it was issued in 1973 so for instance A Day In The Life is faded in rather than the cold start used in the 1993 cd (and 1994 digitally re-mastered lp) and the 2010 cd editions.
For those of us who have older vinyl editions, it has been mastered from the original 1973 UK analogue master tapes but free from the restrictions on both the low and high notes used then to help cheaper players play it without issues and also without the small amount of analogue compression used to keep the sound more consistently louder people then expected.
In practical terms the sound is more more alive with deeper and more defined low notes and bigger contrasts between the quiet and louder portions. The high notes are cleaner sounding than my early 90's copy.
The vinyl is a bit heavier - around 140 grams - quieter although the original UK copies were very good for the era and is packaged with with a background essay now.
Comparing the two, I'd say this is the best so far this album and many of the songs in stereo have sounded, so I'd recommend it.
*This is a S.M.. review
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Commonly known as the "Blue Album", the 2LP vinyl set "1967 - 1970" became an instant classic when it was first released in April 1973 (as did its "Red" counterpart "1962-1966"). When they were finally reissued onto the new CD format in 1993 however, they caused consternation because of their extortionate full price.

So is this newly remastered 2010 mid-priced 2CD reissue on EMI/Apple 5099990674723 any better - the answer is an emphatic 'yes'.

PACKAGING:
The first thing you notice is that the clunky double jewel-case of the 1993 reissue has been dumped for a three-way foldout card sleeve. The centre and right flaps picture the photograph on the inner gatefold of the original vinyl double album (St. Pancras Old Church in London, 27 July 1969, The Beatles with the public looking through the railings - it's the same photo on the "Red" album). It also houses the two CDs - CD1 has the full Apple label (14 tracks, 51:15 minutes) and the 2nd CD has the half Apple logo (14 tracks, 48:43 minutes). The vinyl set is yet to come, the Digital Download versions are available from 25 Oct 2010 and there's also an issue that lumps both the Blue & Red reissues together as one package in late November.

The left flap houses a new 32-page booklet. The lyrics are intact from the inner sleeves of the original album issue, there's new liner notes by BILL FLANAGAN the MTV Executive and author of "Evening's Empire" (a book on Rock in the Sixties) and there's plenty of superb colour photos from the period - it's impressively done. Downsides - some complained that the 09/09/09 card digipak sleeves for The Beatles reissues were easy to smudge once out of the shrinkwrap and worse - the inner flaps easy to tear as you removed the disc. I'm afraid these are the same.
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Format: Audio CD
So is it worth spending money on yet another release of familiar but classic music that first saw the light of day over 40 years ago. Well the answer is yes because the technology is available now to make it all sound so fresh and clear, even when compared to the previous CD releases.
It is when comparisons are made to the original vinyl records that came out in the 1960's that the difference in sound quality becomes noticeable. I should know because I bought most of the Beatles albums and singles the first time round, in a lot of cases on the day of release. The original 1970 Apple Records vinyl Let It Be album is a case in point, being muffled and tinny despite being in stereo. The tracks from that original release have now been re-mastered for this collection and the audio quality is now that much better.
It is close to impossible for anyone who was not around in the 60's to really understand the huge and lasting impact that The Beatles made at the time, not just on popular music but also in culture and social attitudes. Their influence was only matched by that made by Elvis a few years earlier. This album and it's companion Red 1962-66 set will go some way to explaining everything.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Superb re-issue of what is part two of the greatest 'Best Of' package ever produced, known fondly as 'The Blue Album'. The surface noise-free vinyl is cut slightly quieter than the original UK release, and this is of benefit as the original LPs suffered from a little 'IGD' (inner groove distortion) at the end of sides, whereas these do not. What is excellent is that the original analogue tapes do not seem to have aged at all, in fact you could argue that this new release betters an original UK copy. The fact that this release is AAA (all analogue mastering) should demonstrate to other vinyl manufacturers to show that you can have a high quality analogue release in this day and age that doesn't need to cost the earth (so many releases now are cut from digital) - anyway, the sound quality is excellent - my only gripe is the cover art is a bit too 'dark' - too much contrast but the quality of the thick laminated covers and inner sleeves is superb. If you want a new clean copy of these seminal compilations, you really can't go wrong, they have done an excellent job.
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