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Are The Beatles Capitol Albums Worth The Purchase!
5 January 2011
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Does anyone own the Beatles Capitol Albums Vol 1 & 2 on CD? If so, I know about the stereo mixes being different than the UK mixes do to the addition of reverb by Dexter and some abnormalities with a few songs but are the American mono mixes also different from the UK mono mixes? Did Capitol Records actually do their own mono mixes for all the albums. It looks like Vol. 3 is not coming out. The only other two albums that the mixes would be different on are Yesterday and Today and Magical Mystery Tour with the Duo-Phonic re-channeled stereo mixes of a few songs.  

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5 January 2011
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Dunno, but your thread about the Dexterized Rubber Soul  has got me intrigued about those Capitol boxes. Not intrigued enough to buy them, certainly; but enough that I think I might download some representative tracks from them, if I can find 'em. Just for research purposes.

Can you think of any tracks that you suspect might be especially worth checking on?

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5 January 2011
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I think Joe mentioned this before. The only track I remember it's different from these is Help! intro, it has the James Bond theme. This is the Help! version I grew up with.

 

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I have both box sets. There's a false start on (I think) I'm Looking Through You, and a few other differences (the longer I'll Cry Instead, the James Bond intro to Help! and the incidental music on that album). Quite a few of the songs have Dave Dexter's reverb added, but I think most are the same mixes. Occasionally George Martin prepared different mixes because Capitol needed a song early (this happened right up to Penny Lane in 1967), but normally they used the same ones as in the UK.

I haven't done A/B comparisons of the whole lot though – sorry.

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7 January 2011
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Ah yes, that "I'm Looking Through You" false start – I haven't heard that in 20+ years, since I got rid of my old 8-track player!

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11 January 2011
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Here is a nice synopsis regarding the The Beatles Capitol Albums and the different mixes that were done for the American market in both Mono and Stereo.

 

 http://www.tkshare.com/the-beatles-the-capitol-albums-volumes-1-2/

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Sorry, a little late to the party.  

They are a nice addition to your set, if you must have all the Beatles recordings.  You gotta hear "She's A Woman", as one of the most drastic sound differences of all the songs with the cymbals that just jump out at you, and a few others that were mentioned above.

I guess if you grew up on the other side of the pond, Capital would be something different, but really they are just the same mono songs, made into fake stereo to give that stereo sound that N.A. demanded at the time, since the UK was still heavy into mono, as were the Beatles themselves.

And now this new 2014 US CD set is just taken from the 2009 UK release set with the US album covers and songs.  Just a money grab!a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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