Beatles for Sale, like the other early Beatles albums, is only available on CD in mono. Why??
I was in a local record store a few weeks ago and found a near-mint copy of Beatles for Sale on vinyl in stereo. After becoming used to the mono CD, I was amazed at how much better this album sounds in stereo! I enjoy listening to this version of the album so much more.
The mono CD makes the Beatles sound like a low-fidelity garage band. In stereo, everything sounds fuller, clearer, and more powerful and I realized this is actually a good album. Even the purposely over-the-top and cheesy "Mr. Moonlight" benefits from being in stereo, believe it or not. I hope one day soon the early Beatles albums are rereleased on CD in stereo...please!
I must be one of the few people who could do without "Words of Love," although I do agree that the guitar work paved the way for other 60's bands. Most of the other songs on this album are really great. John Lennon's screaming vocals on "Rock and Roll Music" absolutely blow me away every time.
In its current release on CD, Beatles for Sale is worthy of 3 stars because the mono mix does not even come close to doing these songs justice. Instead, it makes them sound poorly recorded and sloppily produced. In stereo, I give the album 4 stars. It may seem silly, but the songs really do sound better in stereo, to the point where it makes the album more enjoyable to listen to.