16 August 2012
If you buy the mono set from a legitimate retailer, you'll be safe. If you buy it as a great deal on eBay, expect to get a fake. That's the very basic rule of thumb.
There are telltale signs while it's still in the plastic wrap and huge indicators inside open the wrap comes off. If you do buy it online from a retailer that you're not 100% sure of, pay for it with a credit card or with Paypal, so your purchase is insured.
16 August 2012
I've been pouring over this set for the last 48 hours…
While the stereo discs are of course marvelous, and the packaging is superb, the mono set is a thing of genius. For those of you not entirely familiar with it, each disc is an exact replica of it's UK original, down to the tiniest detail (like the paper inner sleeves which advertise Emitex cleaning cloths and the index numbers in tiny print on the back cover foldovers).
Every disc comes with a plastic sleeve which fits perfectly inside the original paper replica and each album comes in a resealable record bag.
If you are a Beatles fan and have balked at the price or poo-pooed the idea of paying so much for mixes that sound inferior in comparison to today's recordings, you're missing out on a real experience. I cannot recommend the actual "tangible" experience of this set enough. The only one thing that could have improved the set would have been if they numbered the white albums. But that being said, you still get the original top-loading black-sleeved White Album with all the original inserts, properly scaled.
I'm going to include it in my will that the mono set shall be buried with me upon the occasion of my death.
I've already pre-ordered the stereo vinyl set and was sort of iffy at whether or not I would order the mono vinyls, but my mind is now made up.
18 November 2011
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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