19 February 2013
o, my preferred choice of listening to the Beatles these days is the stereo remasters (I just really like stereo separation, feels more like the music is on a canvas). But I am open to listening to mono more to compare it. And would love to have the vinyl recordings. Though to be honest, I really do not care for the first couple albums in stereo. I actually listened to old un remastered versions of them instead because I think it is silly to just have all instruments on one side and all vocals on another. I find it really frustrating that they will not sell the mono recordings separately so I could have the remastered mono without having to buy the box set. they should have just made the box set mono for the first few recordings, and then all stereo for the ones where it made sense and they had some interesting mixes.
But my question is this: What is the mono stereo breakdown on Past Masters? Is there a link explaining which songs are stereo or mono. Is there a mono and stereo version of the whole collection? I noticed that a lot of the early songs even on my stereo box set were mono (as I'd prefer the early singles to be). Thoguh I was not sure about This boy. I think it is in mono, but it almost sounds like some sounds are more prominent in one speaker or the next…but I think that was more my imagination, as I could hear some vocals and some instruments in each… But there was a stereo track in there as well I think. So, did they sell Past Masters or make it different for each box set?
27 December 2012
As far as I know some tracks on the Past Masters do not appear at the Mono Masters at all. There are also some differences between the tracks of mono and stereo apart from the obvious ones like in She's A Woman reverb effect.
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
29 November 2012
There are differences between the mono and stereo mixes of many songs, including different takes being used of vocals and instruments. Also, on Mono Masters, the Get Back/Don't Let Me Down and Ballad of J&Y/Old Brown Shoe singles are not included because they were only ever mixed in stereo. Instead, you get the never released mono mixes of the 4 Yellow Submarine songs that were intended for an EP that was not released. I prefer them, especially Hey Bulldog..it's much more powerful.
1 May 2011
29 November 2012
Get Back and Dont Let Me Down are on Mono Masters, they were the last Beatles single of the 60's to be released in mono.
Whoops, you're right, how embarrassing! (especially because I listened to Mono Masters this morning!). I meant The Ballad of J&Y/Old Brown Shoe and Let it Be (A-side only)…my mistake
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