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

The Beatles Audio CD
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Limited digitally remastered thirteen CD box set that contains the 10 albums originally released by The Beatles in mono (1963's Please Please Me up through 1968's The White Album) plus two further discs of mono singles masters. As an added bonus, the mono Help! and Rubber Soul discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts and label designs retained. At the beginning of the '60s, stereophonic recordings were just coming into their own but many households didn't own stereophonic record players. In most cases, an album would originally be mixed in mono for mass consumption and then separately mixed in stereo for those with modern equipment. As the '60s wore on, mono mixes became secondary over stereo and then were eventually abandoned altogether. The Beatles' first 10 albums were mixed twice: once in mono and then in stereo. The mono mixes were sometimes strikingly different to the stereo mixes, which has ensured their collectability over the years. This box contains all the officially released Beatles mono mixes in one limited edition box set. Capitol.

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Re-mastering the Beatles catalogue

The re-mastering process commenced with an extensive period conducting tests before finally copying the analogue master tapes into the digital medium. When this was completed, the transfer was achieved using a Pro Tools workstation operating at 24 bit 192 kHz resolution via a Prism A-D converter. Transferring was a lengthy procedure done a track at a time. Although EMI tape does not suffer the oxide loss associated with some later analogue tapes, there was nevertheless a slight build up of dust, which was removed from the tape machine heads between each title.

From the onset, considerable thought was given to what audio restorative processes were going to be allowed. It was agreed that electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and bad edits should be improved where possible, so long as it didn't impact on the original integrity of the songs.

In addition, de-noising technology, which is often associated with re-mastering, was to be used, but subtly and sparingly. Eventually, less than five of the 525 minutes of Beatles music was subjected to this process. Finally, as is common with today's music, overall limiting - to increase the volume level of the CD - has been used, but on the stereo versions only. However, it was unanimously agreed that because of the importance of The Beatles' music, limiting would be used moderately, so as to retain the original dynamics of the recordings.

When all of the albums had been transferred, each song was then listened to several times to locate any of the agreed imperfections. These were then addressed by Guy Massey, working with Audio Restoration engineer Simon Gibson.

Mastering could now take place, once the earliest vinyl pressings, along with the existing CDs, were loaded into Pro Tools, thus allowing comparisons to be made with the original master tapes during the equalization process. When an album had been completed, it was auditioned the next day in studio three - a room familiar to the engineers, as all of the recent Beatles mixing projects had taken place in there - and any further alteration of EQ could be addressed back in the mastering room. Following the initial satisfaction of Guy and Steve, Allan Rouse and Mike Heatley then checked each new re-master in yet another location and offered any further suggestions. This continued until all 13 albums were completed to the team's satisfaction.


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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles...As They Were Meant To Be 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Random sampling of comparisons 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The real ones 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Flaming Pie! Beatles With an A+ May 23 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was one of the infidels who didn't really believe all the hype about the "masterful remastering". I thought it was just the corporate worms in Apple trying to chivvy us into giving them more of our money. But then I had the opportunity to listen to the Mono Recordings... I have two important things to say about the Box Set -- the rest is just me thinking out loud:

1. All I can say about the experience of my flaming pie revelation was there were so many things in The Beatles' songs that were new to me, even after years of listening to the official late 1980's CD releases.

I also have the stereo box set. Unless you're a Beatles Compleatist don't bother with the stereo set. Stereo does absolutely nothing for the early Beatles albums. There are fine 1965 stereo versions of Help and Rubber Soul included in the mono set and you can pick up stereo versions of Revolver and the subsequent albums individually.

I have the good fortune of possessing a recently rebuilt SABA Freudenstadt 8 radio that has an auxiliary jack. I downloaded the Mono Box Set onto my Mac using LossLess and use the Freudenstadt 8 as a speaker dock for my Mac. If you are aware of the quality of vintage SABA radios with their green cone speaker technology you will appreciate the delicious rapture I experienced listening to The Beatles this way.

2. Something about listening to The Beatles the way they wanted us to hear them is magical.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Differences...Worth the price? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The way the Beatles songs were meant to be heard, but only for...
It is facinating to listen to these songs that are so familiar and yet so unfamiliar. Since I was born in the late 1960's my earliest experience with the Beatles was with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roy Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Its the Freakin' Beatles
....if I had a million stars to give for this box I certainly would. To get all the MONO stuff in one elegant package like this is a dream come true. Well done Apple, well done. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bootsy Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars How it was meant to be heard.
I purchased this for my mother as a Christmas gift and she was NOT disappointed. We opted to go with the mono versions because this is how she remembered the Beatles growing up. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars beatles mono box set
Received the box set for Xmas 2 years ago. Really impressed with the remastering. As other people have stated, you really have to be a beatle nut to call this a must have. Read more
Published 21 months ago by chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles Mono set
Sorry I took so long to write ,the Beatles box set was in perfect condition and came way faster than I expected.Thanks again,I will spread the word.The sound quality is stunning. Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by big c
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorge yourself on The Beatles, they way they were meant to be heard!
I'll be brief here, mainly because this is The Beatles and this music is so ingrained into everybody's minds now. Read more
Published on March 24 2011 by LeBrain
4.0 out of 5 stars stereo rules
while it is fascinating to pore through these mono mixes and thrill to the sounds pouring out of the speaker(s), I have concluded for myself that the separation and clarity is... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars Mono the Way to Go
I will not address the music because it is self evident. Having heard Rubber Soul in 'stereo' (too much left-right), I knew Mono was the way to go. Read more
Published on May 12 2010 by Robert C. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of counterfeits!
There is no need to review this product. We all should know by now that these are the latest 'ultimate' remastered Beatle products. Read more
Published on April 19 2010 by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas purchase
my husband purchased the Beatles Mono set for me for Christmas & I asked him where he had actually found it - he told me (Future Shop) and then the price - I mentioned Amazon to... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2010 by Nanc
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