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I've just had my iPod on shuffle and been assaulted by "Ticket To Ride" from the Capitol Albums - it sounds completely out of phase, so checked out the mono version, it's obviously a 'fold-down' mix from the stereo and sounds even worse. Sure, it was a different era with different replay equipment and consumer demands, but seriously, what were Capitol thinking?

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Dislike that the US Rubber Soul doesn't include Drive My Car

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Expert Textpert said
Finally finished listening to my blue box of US albums, and I'm happy I bought it.

I think these are probably my favorite US albums:

Meet The Beatles

The Beatles' Second Album

Beatles '65

Rubber Soul

Yesterday and Today

Hey Jude

Nice selection.  It was interesting to see so many of them back in the Billboard 200.

 

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Al Sussman's spirited rant on cynicism amongst some Beatle fans. Wasn't sure where else to put this, but much of it focuses on the reaction to the US Albums, so here it is.

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As a person who loves to cheerfully scorn the USA-(and Canada)-only albums (many of which I owned and enjoyed before the 1987 reissues/standardization), one of my fondest memories was back in 2004 when the first Capitol Albums box was released. I was reading a review, and the reviewer praised the box, giving the standard nostalgia defense - of course the British albums are better, but for we Americans who grew up with Beatles '65 instead of Beatles For Sale, it's nice to once again the songs in the same running order we remember them in - and how BFS never sounded "right" to his ears because it opened with "No Reply" and followed up with "I'm A Loser", whereas '65 reversed the order, and that's the one he was used to.

Well, unless the guy grew up listening to some super-rare one-of-a-kind edition, he's forgetting that BOTH of those albums began with "No Reply"! So much for his "memories". I guess it's true that if you remember the '60s, you weren't there!

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Al Sussman's spirited
rant on cynicism amongst some Beatle fans. Wasn't sure where else to put this, but much of it focuses on the reaction to the US Albums, so here it is.

parlance

I think the rant is way off base.  I like the set for the mono mixes but the stereo ones are an odd collection even for me, and I don't have any fond memories of the originals.  I was listening to Rubber Soul last night and it goes from vocals in the centre of the sound stage (one of the UK Help tracks) to vocals off to the right, back to the centre (another UK Help track) then off to the side again.  It just sounds very disjointed and rather silly - they needed a new mix (or the old US ones tidied up) to make it sound consistent.  If they can adopt George Martin remixes as 'canon' then they should have had someone remix the earlier stuff in '09; as they didn't, the US releases would have been a great opportunity - they took the easy (and for me rather odd) way out instead.

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Just up to Revolver and reminded me how much I liked the stereo mix on this one (though missing 3 of John's songs was rather odd).

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I went to the Grammy Museum Record Theater: The Beatles' Second Album (Capitol 2080) in Mono event last month with parlance. Of course the topic of US vs UK albums was brought up during the q&a session. It was interesting to hear Jack Oliver, former President of Apple Records, say that the U.S. albums were "not how the boys wanted them."

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