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Mono Box Set Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B002BSHXJA
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By N. Chevalier on Sept. 14 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you think you know the Beatles' music, think again: the mono mixes presented here reflect not only the way the albums were originally mixed, but reflect also the way all the singles released in Britain were originally presented to the public. This new box set amounts to nothing less than a restoration of the Beatles' original ideas for their recordings, and, I think, a radical re-thinking of the Beatles you thought you knew. That may be unsettling for some, but it's exciting to try to hear some very familiar music in new ways.

Some of the stereo mixes found on Past Masters 1 and 2 and the second half of the Magical Mystery Tour album were drawn from US or even German and Australian (!) releases, although EMI in Britain presumably did the mixing. In the case of "The Inner Light," no stereo version was available until Past Masters; "You Know My Name" only ever appeared in mono. It has long been known that many of the stereo releases of the earliest Beatle recordings were mock stereo, and they sounded "flippin' lousy" (as Pete Townshend once said). So, sonically, the mono recordings here reflect what The Beatles actually wanted their records to sound like--something that became increasingly important to them as they took more care in the studio.

Second--when you start getting past 1966, the mono mixes become much more interesting, because they are quite different from their stereo counterparts. "Sgt. Pepper" and the "White Album" are essentially completely different albums from the stereo versions. If you want to discover what The Beatles are really about, you need to hear both the mono and stereo versions.

With all that in mind, should you get this set? Most definitely.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Braithwaite on Sept. 9 2009
Format: Audio CD
I spent about an hour doing random comparisons of the mono and stereo versions of songs from the two sets. My son and I both found the mono versions generally more appealing, and in many cases much better. I note as well that the staff at the store I was at and most critics/reviewers seem to share the same view. Although the critics, I suspect, favour the mono because that is the format to which the Beatles themselves applied their artistic talents in production and is therefore more "authentic". I am not fussed about artistic authenticity myself--I just found the mono versions sounded better. That said, the stereo version is still fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre Michaud on April 18 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Exept for Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road The Beatles allways did their final mix in MONO.So if you want to hear how they wanted it, that's the occasion.

For example Taxman . On the stereo mix, you hear the bass, drums, gtr all at the left, the ring and the solo gtr at the right and the lead vocal in the center. Kind of odd mix.. On the mono you hear the whole band straight in the center that sounds more rock and united..

Some mono mixes are very different from the stereo mixes. She's Leaving home is not in the same key, the numbers with reverse guitars are also different..If you,re a BIG fan of the Beatles this is a must. If you just like the Beatles the stereo mixes are not that bad..
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hunter on Nov. 8 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have the entire Beatles cd collection released in the 1980s. The reason I purchased the Mono Box was some of the original cd releases were mono but everything after a Hard Days Night was done in simulated stereo so I wanted to get the original 11 albums that were done in mono and hopefully they would be of noticeably better sound quality. I am pleased I now have all the original mono releases up to and including the white album and the one cd of "past masters" not originally released on albums. However, I do not recommend this collection to casual Beatle listeners. Unless you are going to sit and isten to these songs with either headphones or alone in a quiet environment the original cds from the 1980s are probably sufficient for you. The cost of these boxes is such that people who expect to be blown away by them are in for a reality check and probably over time will be disappointed they spent all that money for subtle differences and slightly brighter sound.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allan Tong on Sept. 16 2009
Format: Audio CD
Anyone reading this either owns the box or is looking for it. We already know the mono vs. stereo debate and likely agree that several albums in the Beatles' canon, including SGT. PEPPER sound better in mono than stereo. Further, PLEASE PLEASE ME and WITH THE BEATLES in mono far outshine their wide stereo mixes. Lastly, the rock songs of other albums, namely THE WHITE ALBUM, REVOLVER and RUBBER SOUL scream louder and harder in the one-channel mix.

My thoughts here are about the packaging: each LP sleeve is faithfully reproduced down to the poster in THE WHITE ALBUM and the paper cut-outs in PEPPER. A plastic sleeve protects each digi-pack. Also included is a colour booklet chock full of rare photos and a good essay persuading the listener that these are the Beatles mixes that the band intended, created in the days when mono reigned the music-buying market. So, yes, a great package.

My only beef is the price: $299 at the full retail for these 13 discs (PAST MASTERS is 2 discs) equals $23 per CD. Now, that's if you can even find this box in the first place. Given the limited quantities demand has driven the price past $500 in some places. For $299 I would've liked to have seen each box individually numbered. I'd also like to know just how limited this edition is. Care to 'fess up, Apple and EMI?

I'm one of the lucky ones. I found my box at a decent price and love playing the music and, yes, handling the CDs like they were Faberge eggs. Well, toys really. If you're a Beatles freak then this one of the best toys you can find...at a good price.
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