The Beatle in Mono or Stereo - Can't decide!!!! Both are available in Box Sets and individually!!
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THE STEREO ALBUMS (see below)
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Individual Albums: $35.00 (Online Price $32.00)
Double Albums: $49.00 (Online Price $44.00)
Box Set (Complete Studio Recordings) : $530.00 (Online Price $450.00).
And Just how good are they?
Any tinkering with the catalogue from what was the greatest band in rock history was bound to be controversial, and plenty has been said, for and against, as to how succesful this has been. Now that the dust has begun to settle, we can begin to hear just how good these actually are. Guy Massey, Steve Rooke and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee undertook a four-year restoration process for the LP stereo versions, combining state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear and rigorous testing. The titles include the Beatles' 12 original U.K. albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the U.S. originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group's core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One and Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities.
It is easy to be cynical that a remastering of an artist's catalogue (yet again) by their record company is no more than another way of raising revenue, and it is a fact, that on occasion, the new edition can be inferior in sound quality to what has gone before, or changed in such a way that it is not quite what it was. Basically the rational behind these Beatles vinyl re-masters was that the sound of the original albums had originally been compressed to ensure that a too high dynamic would not cause needles to mistrack (a fairly common occurance on cheap players), and the remastering would increase the richness of the music reproduction which was already there.
Given this, the engineers have been spectacularly succesful.
The vinyl stereo version is superior in sound quality to the original CD (by a fair margin) and the remasters, being easier on the ear to listen too, and the audio imaging is cleaner and more focussed (on our audio equipment at any rate). Also there is delight in having high quality artwork and vinyl, and seeing original labels turning once again, the best part of these releases is the sheer joy of listening once again to great music that appears fresh and dynamic.
N.B. There are two pressings of the Beatles stereos - a German and also a U.S. version. The later were pressed by a company new to the art, and sadly these were inferior to the German. We sell the European pressings only!!
"A splendid time is guaranteed for all"
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles for Sale
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles ("White Album )
Let it Be
European Box Set Info/Buy Now
Original company blurb with confusing technical stuff.
For its Beatles' Stereo Albums series on LP, EMI/Apple turned to a crack team of engineers to remaster the entire studio catalog from the original sources. The team, including Guy Massey, Steve Rooke and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee undertook a four-year restoration process for the LP versions, combining state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear and rigorous testing to meet the highest fidelity standards and produce authentic unsurpassed sound rivaling the original LPs.
The titles include the Beatles' 12 original U.K. albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the U.S.-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group's core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One and Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. In 2013 the remastered albums will make their mono vinyl debuts. None of the care that went into these remasters would really matter, were it not for the enduring power of The Beatles' music. In September 2009, The Beatles' remastered albums on CD sold 17 million copies within seven months — resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of the band's legacy. For this set, Help! and Rubber Soul were mastered using digital remixed versions that George Martin, the group’s producer, oversaw in 1986. (The reason for this is that the original album stereo mixes were not done by Martin, but studio staff and the 1986 remix was Martin's first). Extensive testing was done before engineers copied the analog master tapes into digital files using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and poor edits were improved upon as long as they were judged not to damage the integrity of the songs. De-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. Compression was used sparingly and only on the stereo versions to preserve the sanctity of the dynamics. The digital files were cut to lacquers at Abbey Road Studios. Engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was decided to use the remasters that had not undergone "limiting," a procedure to increase the sound level. Steps to eliminate vocal distortions and inner-groove distortions were addressed. The latter can affect high-middle frequencies, producing a "mushy" sound noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as "surgical EQ," problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this. Lastly, the first batches of test pressings made from the master lacquers that had been sent to two pressing plants were judged. Records with any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place were rejected, on the grounds that undesired sound had been introduced either during the cutting or pressing stage. The remasters have the absolute best sound quality, producing the quietest vinyl lacquers. For producer Rick Rubin, The Beatles' recorded achievements are akin to a miracle. The most popular bands in the world today typically produce an album every four years, Rubin told a 2009 radio audience. That's two albums as an eight-year cycle. "And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change ... it can't be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it's beyond man's ability."