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25 June 2012

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If you can get it then definately yes. As Paulbass said the mono pepper and White Album are fantastic but there are enough differences in enough of the other songs to make it an excellent worthwhile purchase.  

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I know they always say that the records were primarily meant to be heard in mono, and that was certainly true for their earlier music. But you have to believe that by the time SPLHCB came around, they realized that stereo was the future, and they could therefore exploit the possibilities by adding those panning effects to "A Day In The Life" and elsewhere.

Me, I STILL get irritated that Apple didn't just include mono & stereo mixes together on those 2009 remasters. Greedy bastards, how much money do they need?!

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Curious fact: George Martin actually considered this in 1987, and put it to EMI. See the end of this interview (actually, read the whole thing; George is always good value):

ALLAN KOZINN: I understand that. However, until you get up to "Sgt. Pepper," which runs about 39 minutes, you can actually fit both the mono and stereo mixes of each album on one CD.

GEORGE MARTIN: Are you saying we should do a double album on each one?

ALLAN KOZINN: Well, yeah, because it's the same material just sequenced over again in a variant mix. It's not like making of two-fer of, say, "Please Please Me" and "With the Beatles." Collectors would be happy to have both mixes, and EMI wouldn't have to feel it was giving anything away.

GEORGE MARTIN: It's not a bad idea. I'll put it to Bhaskar and see what he says about it. It's an idea that hasn't been presented to me before. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't happen. There may be complications, if the Beatles want to be paid double royalties -- because of that you might have a problem. Or even copyright royalties. There may be a law that says if you do two performances you have to pay twice as much, I don't really know. But I'll certainly mention it to him.

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OKay I just got it as (the main) birthday present by my parents, the first album I listened to was mono masters, it sounds so different (but better). The Inner Light had a different riff in the beginning, sounded like another song

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meanmistermustard said
If you can get it then definately yes. As Paulbass said the mono pepper and
White Album are fantastic but there are enough differences in enough of the other songs to make it an excellent worthwhile purchase.

Indeed, when the reissues came out, I bought the mono box and my (now-former) roommate bought the stereo box.  I did a track-by-track comparison of both the mono and stereo versions of each song.  Everything prior to 1967 sounded undeniably better in mono... except "Thank You Girl" (mostly because John's harmonica parts during the bridge do not exist in the mono mix), "What Goes On" (for some reason, the end guitar riff is completely mixed out of the mono version; the '65 stereo version is the definitive version of this song, IMO), "She Said She Said," and "Tomorrow Never Knows" (both of which sound more hard-edged in stereo).  From there, it's a mixed bag, with most of Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and the non-album singles sounding better in mono and most of the White Album sounding better in stereo.

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This is a combination 'Beatley Moment' and Mono Collection story:

I've had two of the LP 'box sets' since the 80's; got the 'EP collection' records box set; and my Mom totally blew me away one Christmas when she got me the 'singles collection' CD set, which I didn't even know was out there! I figured I was blessed enough as it was, and had no intention of buying either the stereo or mono CD album sets. I had never seen the mono CD set sell for less than $199.95 anywhere, which was the one I would have preferred.

Since record stores are now a thing of the past where I live, I rarely went shopping for music at all, except buying those Yellow Dog CDs off of eBay at inflated prices; however, over ten years ago I found these really cool Japanese imports, two 3-CD box sets of collected Beatles music, strangely named 'Another The Beatles Story', spanning their earliest records up through Sgt Pepper, at a Best Buy electronics store of all places. Both of them together cost right at $50.00, average 20 songs each CD, with only one song ('Yesterday&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10 duplicated, so I bought them on pure Beatles principle alone - not looking for any rarities or caring whether they were mono, stereo, whatever, just a repackaging with an original track order on each CD, which suited me just fine. At that time, Best Buy had a huge assortment of music and some great buys on 'compilation' CDs. I never saw anything as good as that Beatles import again, but always made it a point to check out the Best Buy store in whatever town I might be in at any given time, if I happened to pass by one.

Fast-forward to 2010, and I'm seeing this woman who lives about 90 miles away from me, in the city of Thomasville, NC. There was a Best Buy in a shopping center off the highway, and I passed it a couple of times without stopping because I never had a reason to take the exit. Well, she's riding with me one weekend back to Columbia, SC, where I live, and she wants me to stop so she can use a restroom. Sure enough, I come up on that exit and pull into a gas station. When she comes back out, I tell her the story I wrote up above and say I'm going to check out this Best Buy, just to look for a few minutes & right back out, because Best Buy's music selection generally sucks now, like WalMart or some other department store, nothing original from anything else.

This one doesn't look to be promising at all, but of course I'm gonna check out The Beatles' section, mainly to see everything they don't have but are charging outrageous retail prices for the new crap. They've got the usual: Love, Yellow Submarine, Anthology 1, etc. But I give 'em bonus points for having both the stereo and mono box CD sets.

The stereo CD box set is at $129.99 - typical - so I have NO hope for the mono box set, which has a sticker price of...


a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 I cannot make this sh*t up, not for the sake of one comment on a Beatles site - one single copy of both stereo and mono CD sets, and the Mono set is (I swear) $99.95, a full $100 less than I've ever seen it in any store ever.

I KNOW it's a misprint; I KNOW some young, inexperienced stock person has accidentally mis-labeled this box, probably in the dead of night when everyone else is sleeping, left off a digit and stamped right over the barcode on the back; and I KNOW that I'm walking out of that Best Buy store with a Beatles Mono Collection Box Set that I never would have paid full price for!

My girlfriend, what's-her-name, is long gone; and that Best Buy store, at 1016 Gervais Street, Thomasville, SC is legendary in my mind, etched deeply into my memory, and I give a silent thanks to that unknown store clerk, and my ex-girlfriend's weak bladder, for every second of pure ecstasy this box set has ever provided me, now and til the day I die.

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