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A pleasant surprise
, 20 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The US Albums (Audio CD)
Firstly, I have to agree with the person who commented about people being able to post 'reviews' without even having invested in an item. That's particularly relevent, as I was a little dubious about pre-ordering this myself, after reading that the 2009 remasters had been used in many cases here. Before I get to my day's listening impressions: Yes- the packaging is BEAUTIFUL & positively scary in it's attention to detail. It screams quality (though I'm not going to paste the 'trunk cover' sticker over the Butcher sleeve & steam it off just yet! :-)).
As for the music (of course- superb), I'm a fan of many years, but NOT an expert when it comes to the various differences in mixes etc, that made the US albums intriguing for us Brit's. However, what I CAN say is:
This collection IS NOT just a reformatting/re-sequencing of the 2009 remasters, as has been presumed by some (myself included), though the differences aren't listed anywhere in the notes. This isn't an 'archealogical dig' folks. Of course, it made sense to get rid of the horrible 'fake stereo' tracks (which were enough to drive you nuts through headphones) & the original US applied reverb was an acquired taste. Never having owned all the US albums, I can't go into this in great detail (though someone will I'm sure)& personally I actually LIKED IT on 'The Beatles Second Album': one of the few I picked-up years ago & thought: "Hey!- this sounds kinda different!". Well- in that instance, the reverb's gone. But fear not: the mono versions of 'I Feel Fine' & 'She's A Woman' have their reverb intact & still sound like they were recorded in an aircraft hanger (for better or worse). The MONO mixes of 'I'm Only Sleeping', 'And Your Bird Can Sing' & 'Dr Robert' on 'Yesterday & Today' are the earlier mixes that made that album such a nice surprise on this side of the pond. There's far more actually going-on here than I initially thought there would be. I only received this beautiful release this morning, so I just thought I'd at least TRY to mention some of the mix differences etc.I know there are more, but it's a start :-).
Of course it won't please purists, but what would?. Let's also not forget that these releases offer the chance for many to hear the mono AND stereo versions of these tracks on a single disc too (especially appealing if you want to cherry-pick a few titles). If only the UK pressings offered that!
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