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on 10 September 2009
Love the new remasters- they are stunning in their clarity and detail. However, perusing them in the racks at HMV yesterday as this very album was playing I couldn't help but feel sad that the mono mixes have been resigned to
an overpriced limited edition box set only. In the above store, at the front desk- only guitars, drums and the occaisional harmony vocal could be heard. Way at the back- about a hundred feet away- was Lennon's voice all on it's own. God knows what the casual punter walking round the shop, or young people wondering what all the fuss over the Beatles is all about must think hearing them this way. They probably thought that half the speakers had gone kaput! The stereos are fine if your speakers are quite close together, but in that environment- I was almost embarrassed. Lord knows what one of the even more primitive early albums, such as With The Beatles would sound like! I didn't stick around to find out. In 87, the stereo mixes of the first four were deemed unreleasable. Why are they, therefore, considered acceptable now? Please, EMI- sort it out and make the mono mixes avilable too, so EVERYBODY can hear them the way they NEED to be heard- with the power and precision only the mono mixes contain. If not-
and I know this is heretical to some- a full remix for the whole catalogue comparable to Yellow Submarine Songtrack or Let It Be ...Naked please.
Love the new remasters...understand fully the historical importance of the stereo mixes, but up to Rubber Soul at least- they are poor relations to the monos.
Oh- and I do wish the digipacks of the new remasters had inner sleeves for the cds, they'll be trashed in no time taking them in and out of those card sleeves!
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