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A must for Beatle collectors!
on 16 November 2012
****Please note that this review refers to the 32 track, 45th anniversary Japanese import edition CD from 2011****
This is an essential collection for Beatle fans to own because (as far as I know) it's the only CD that contains the unique U.S. mono mixes of 'I'm Only Sleeping', 'Doctor Robert' and 'And Your Bird Can Sing'.
Stereo versions of these three tracks are also presented here but in fake stereo form, as they originally appeared on the stereo vinyl (later vinyl pressings contained true U.S. stereo mixes). If you want the true U.S. stereo mixes of these three songs on the CD format, I'm pretty sure that they're only available on 'unofficial' releases.
The U.S. stereo mix of 'We Can Work it Out' included here is also slightly different to the standard U.K. stereo CD mix.
In addition to the whole of the original album in both mono and stereo, this set also includes a few bonus tracks (some of which are taken from the 'Anthology' series) and a very informative booklet, containing numerous pics of the 'butcher cover' photo session plus some interesting facts.
The sound quality is excellent and, in my opinion, a more detailed and natural listen than the 2009 remasters.
It's nice to have, even if you own the original vinyl versions!
****January 20th 2014 update****
Today marks the release of 'The US Albums' box set.
The edition of 'Yesterday and Today' included in this new set contains all the correct mono and stereo US versions that were featured in the original later vinyl releases with the exception of 'I'm Only Sleeping' in stereo.
Unfortunately the UK stereo mix has been incorrectly used. As far as I know, the US stereo mix is only available on the unofficial 'Alternate Revolver' CD and later vinyl editions.