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It was and remains a terrific overview of the Beatles output
on 27 November 2014
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