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3.0 out of 5 stars Love the music but why issue this primative stereo version, 11 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Please Please Me (Audio CD)
Please please me was the first, and was recorded in MONO. As the CD Player started and Please Please me came on my heart sank.after all this waiting and all these years of remastering and knowing this problem can be sorterd(see yellow submarine songtrack) We still have voices out of one channel and instruments out of the other. This is just not exceptable in this day and age of headphones I players ect, this is just not a comfortable way to listen to such a great album. According to George Martin he did re balanced versions of the albums but they were rejected by apple. I don't get this at all. As you may be aware the Beatles were only involved with the Mono mixes and the Stereo mixes were knocked of in one afternoon by an engineer. With this being the fact surley as The Mono Mixes were what most of us heard on the Radio and at home what is wrong with doing the early albums propery with vocal in the centre, That is not altering history as it is clear to everyone except those at EMI that if the Beatles had no involvment in the stereo version make them sound at leat like the MONO versions. Golly to think Pet sounds by the Beach Boys on the same lablel sounds fantastic. I really think Paul and Ringo should have been involved with these issues and perhaps this could have been resolved. So do we have to shell on £200 for the mono version, a very poor show.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2009 22:26:27 BDT
NeworpK says:
It was a ridiculous decision by EMI not to release the mono recordings as separate discs as part of this launch. No way will I buy the complete edition to feed your greed EMI. It is cheaper (and probably more 'authentic' in terms of the results) to spend £100 on an Lp deck which will convert old mono Lp's to mp3 files and put them on your iPod if that's how you listen. Lp sleeves are on Google images for your artwork and 'Bob's yer uncle' as they say: you don't even have to wait for the meanies to get the stuff out on iTunes! My advice to fellow customers is use this new edition to plug the gaps in your collection, but don't give in to this ridiculous money-grabbing duplication.

Posted on 8 Aug 2011 16:14:20 BDT
RoughDiamond says:
I believe the difficulty in creating a true stereo mix from the Beatles' first 3 albums is that they were recorded on a 2-track machine, with the vocals on one track and the backing on the other. The only way to spread the backing across the stereo field is to use a frequency filter, i.e. pseudo-stereo, which IMHO sounds pretty horrible especially through earphones. Basically the recorded information for real stereo just isn't there on the original tapes.

Posted on 8 Aug 2011 16:33:43 BDT
its the first two albums that were on Two tracks and should never be issued in stereo at all. The mono versions should be made available to all so everyone can enjoy the Beatles as the group and producer intended. A Hard days night sounds ok in stereo as the sound is spread across 4 tracts as opposed to two. However its More the problem with Rubber Soul, revolver Sgt Pepper and magical Mystery tour that need sorting out but that's another story.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2013 15:19:20 BDT
Have to say, I think the new remaster of Please , Please Me (and the others) sound superb...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2013 21:47:12 BDT
I don't disagree with you I just find the stereo mix harsh

Posted on 9 Nov 2015 16:03:01 GMT
billy bloke says:
It wasn't recorded 'in this day and age', it's over 50 years old! The reason for the strange stereo mix is the fact that they were using 0nly 2-track equipment, limiting the possibilities at the mixing stage.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2015 16:40:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2015 16:41:42 GMT
Mate I know that. That is why it should only be presented in mono.as the stereo mix in my opinion is awful.i mentioned all that you say in my post thank you for agreeing
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