18 November 2011
Absolutely. I enjoy the stereo versions, but the mono versions are how they were intended to be heard. Certain songs (Help!) sound remarkably different.
29 November 2012
After a lifetime of only ever hearing the stereo mixes of all of the Beatles albums and singles (being in the USA), the Beatles in Mono box set blew my mind when I got it recently. Not only because of the different versions of some songs, but the fact that, especially on the later stuff where there were more overdubs, those overdubbed parts sounded more integrated and "natural" within the mix, instead of slapped on top (which used to slightly bother me about certain bits, like the great basslines in Hey Bulldog, for example, or the piano solo in In My Life). And you can't beat the packaging, it's stunning! I only wish Abbey Road, Yellow Submarine, and Let it Be were included in the set (even though they're only in stereo) just so we could have ALL of the albums with the original packaging.
3 March 2012
29 November 2012
Isn't it? Those are my go-to versions for all of the albums up to and including the White Album (although I still enjoy some of the differences in the stereo versions that I'm so used to). It's taking my brain a while to adapt since those stereo versions are all I've ever know for the first 32 years of my life!
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