The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 Box set, Original recording remastered
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THE BEATLES "THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOL. 2" includes the four albums released by Capitol Records in 1965: The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) & the American version of Rubber Soul. All tracks have been digitally remastered and are presented in both Stereo and Mono. Many tracks appear in stereo for the very first time on CD. Special packaging includes original album cover artwork and a 60-page collectors booklet with rare photos.
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Well thats sorted, what about the cds? Well not really for the casual fan, the UK versions and best ofs will keep them happy. Buy this after all the proper UK versions of the albums and then delight in hearing them in that weird stereo of old (yes I know all about how George Martin only separated voices and instruments for balance later on the mono).
I love the old stereo versions, the bleeding of the voices onto the instrument channel, as an echo.The being able to use them for karakoe, the spaciousness that having the music spread across the left and right soundstage gives you and yes the instrumental tracks/starts of Help.
So not for the newbie, but fans will love he variety and cool sound of the Beatles like I and my friends listened to way back when I bought all the Beatle albums in Stereo.
My advice would be to buy the capitol Vol. 1 and 2, even if you already own the new remastered box of the UK albums. It's a fresh listen !
The concept of these box sets is to exactly replicate the original vinyl albums, using the original album masters, in their mono and stereo incarnations, and as on the first box set this has been achieved, after the first pressing (the version I have). This means that shortcomings from the original albums have necessarily not been corrected. Most noticeably because stereo mixes of certain tracks were not available at the time of release, universally deplored fake stereo mixes (or "duophonic" versions) were concocted, and these have been retained on these sets, although on Volume 2 this only applies to three tracks.
Given the reason for this series of box sets, and the complexities of the various stereo and mono variations, it is odd that full discographical notes have not been given in the lavish but insubstantial booklets.
Taking the albums one by one, The Early Beatles consists of 11 of the 14 tracks from Please Please Me and marked the Capitol debut of tracks that had originally been released in America on Vee-Jay.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not satisfactory if the correct version of Vol 1 not supplied with it.Published 4 months ago by John Robinson
fantastic, was the only stereo version available at the time of the early Beatles songs on CDPublished 22 months ago by Kev Edwards
The two Capitol box sets present the (remastered) American catalogue more or less precisely as it appeared in the sixties, complete with the duophonic mixes and 'Dexterisations' as... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Michael K