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|Number of Discs:||13||Style:||British Invasion|
|Special Attributes:||Limited Edition||Release Date:||09/09/2009|
|Release Year:||2,009||Record Label:||Capitol|
|Country/Region of Manufacture:||Japan|
|Producer||George Martin, Chris E. Thomas|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||73287530|
|Product Key Features|
|Genre||Oldies, British Invasion|
|Duration||578min., Box Set|
|Additional Product Features|
|Contributing Artists||Billy Preston|
|Special Attributes||Limited Edition|
|Number of Discs||13|
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Beware of counterfeits
I'm sure the real deal is awesome. However, I received a fake set here on ebay. Here's my description of what I received (And this is all without even putting any of the discs in to play): There are multiple obvious visual signs. First, as soon as I opened the package, there is overwhelming smell of the cut rate printing process. The booklet is out of order. The print, especially in the graphics is very blurry and grainy throughout. The materials used for the gatefolds are low quality as is the gluing of them. The discs are supposed to be in a form fitting plastic sleeve that is then supposed to be within a paper sleeve. The paper sleeves are not there on the fake sets. And the plastic sleeves are very loose and cheaply made. The discs themselves are so obviously pressed by a non-professional. The label is very inconsistent, dull, and grainy when compared to the authentic release. EMI/Apple would never allow anything like this to leave their doors.
MONO is the way to go!
I grew up with the Beatles. I remember when each album was released. I still have all the original LPs. However, when I listen to them today, I usually listen to the CD versions I bought when they came out on cds. I of course bought the stereo versions. And of course, stereo is better than mono....right? You would think so. Recently I read several reports that the mono was better than the stereo. I couldn't believe it, and decided to check it out for my self. Believe it or not.....the mono IS MUCH better. It packs more of a punch, and rocks more. The sound is tighter and harmonies are better balanced. I listened over and over to side by side comparisons and almost always the mono is MUCH better. Remember, stereo was in its infancy. A lot of the time it is like....the lead is in the center, and way over to the left is one harmony part, and way over to the right and in the back is another. Way back in the center, or off center is the drums..... COOL....STEREO. Man I never heard separation before...it always came from the same place.....neat! But, it is not balanced. When you hear the mono....it is balanced. When they sing tight harmonies...it is balanced. Equal. Not, the lead voice up front in your face, and way over there and way over there on the other side are the two other guys. It gives a whole different impression. On my iPhone (itunes) I deleted the stereo versions and only have the mono. I haven't done the comparisons with their later albums like the White Album....I would suspect the later albums released once stereo had taken hold and they were doing things with stereo in mind and making use of it the stereo might be better, or at least hold it's own. But definitely, the early albums (Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, etc.)there is no comparison. MONO is the way to go. For thirty five years I have made my living as a professional (classical) musician. My ears are developed to a high degree. But, I would think anyone would hear the same things I do. Mono is definitely the way to go! After recording each album, the Beatles would stick around and do the mono mix. After that was done they would leave the studio...someone else would do the stereo mix. If you were around then (as I was), what you heard over the AM radio stations was the MONO mix. Mono is the way to go!
A brilliant return to glorious MONO!
Although the Mono releases of The Beatles (as well as other artists) were phased out by 1969, this is how many people fondly remember these special recordings with great appreciation. This unique box set, "The Beatles In Mono", gathers together every album by The Beatles that were originally released in the original monaural sound. Albums in this set include "Please Please Me", "With The Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", "Beatles For Sale", "Help!", "Rubber Soul", "Revolver", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour" and "The Beatles" (also known as "The White Album"). In addition to the original mono versions, both "Help!" and "Rubber Soul" also feature their original 1965 Stereo mixes, as well. Plus, there is also an extra CD included in this set, entitled "Mono Masters", which features the many varied recordings by the group that were not originally featured on the original albums. One of the true highlights of the "Mono Masters" CD is the first-time release of the songs that were specifically used for the soundtrack of the 1968 animated film "Yellow Submarine". These 4 recordings ("Only A Northern Song", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog", "It's All Too Much") are all presented in their original monaural mixes for the very first time, as they were scheduled to be included as part of a "Yellow Submarine" EP release in 1969. What you have here is The Beatles the way that they first sounded in the 1960's, now brought to the forefront for the 21st century. This limited edition box set is another welcome addition to the legacy of the fab four!
The Beatles Mono Box
My wife and I made our first trip to London last summer and we got a chance to see many of the sites that were part of the Beatles' story once they made the transition from Liverpool to London c. 1963. As a teenager who had watched the Beatles live on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW in early 1964, I have picked up the Beatles' US albums over the years. I only had a few of the UK albums, and some of them are quite different in content than their US counterparts. I owned a good stereo from 1960 on, so I was not interested in mono recordings. I had heard that the Beatles were more interested in their mono recordings because that was what was playing on mono car radios at the time. They left the stereo versions to George Martin. Their mono and stereo versions of the same song can be quite different. "She's Leaving Home" from SGT. PEPPER'S is sung at a faster pace and in a different key in the mono version when compared to the stereo. So, if you have to have it all, you need both the mono and stereo versions of the Beatles recordings. As for the music, the transfers to CD are terrific. The early albums in particular have a real energy and are quite enjoyable to hear, giving the stereo versions a run for their money. Anyone who wants to hear what the lads themselves approved need this mono set.
review beatles mono box set
i'm 57 and have been avid beatles from day 1.this is the greatest band in the history of music! i've always been into music since i was a small child.sound quality has always been very important to me.i own some extremely high end stereo equipment to enjoy my vast collection.i'm an autophile who trys to find the finest. i got all the stereo remasters, and was extremely with both the sound and packaging.the robust sound and depth has brought these beatle recording to an even greater level.the people who engineered these new cds,are to be highly commended.i bought the mono box set recently,and it is PHONOMINAL!these mono masters have richness,clarity,and dept in a class of their own.i own many mobile fidelty recordings,and much autophile material,and i can tell you this is superb! not just the great sound quality,but the outstanding packaging.making them into minature flip-back covers,the book,right down to the minature emitex sleeves,is creative genious!i could not give you a higher recomendation for this box set,it is a treasure,and it is an absolute must for any beatle collector,or anyone else who enjoys great music and a sensational box set as this one!!! my highest compliments to the engineers,and creators of this box. thank you for giving us something we wil enjoy for many years!!! my best regards, larry white