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Which Album Versions Should I Buy?
12 November 2011
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kedame
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Ok…so I want vinyls for Christmas. Beatles vinyls are often expensive, so I need to just pick a few. Which ones should I get? I want the White Album and already have Magical Mystery Tour and a Sgt. Pepper's picture disc (though I haven't played it. I hear they suck.). So which version of the White Album should I get? Capitol, Apple? Should I spend the extra money for original pressings, or would the 1978 version serve me just as well? I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS, PEOPLE! Help!

apple01 Here's an apple in advance, for anyone who helps.

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12 November 2011
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I dont think there is any difference between the capitol and apple white albums (unless your going down the mono v stereo route – mono in the us was via import for a long time). As for original pressings again there is no real difference bar price (tho if you can get a low numbered original at bargain price then buy it) and no noticeable difference in sound, if any. The vinyl remasters havent yet been issued.

Revolver or A Hard Days Night would be great places to go. Hearing the '1, 2, 3, 4' intro or the chord of AHDN is a delight after the crackling sound of the needle on the record.

 

All the picture discs are supposedly average sound quality, like you kedame ive never played them. Great to look at tho.

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17 November 2011
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The only typical difference between versions of The White Album is where "Cry, Baby, Cry" ends and "Revolution 9" begins (the conversation at the beginning of "9" was occasionally placed at the end of "Cry" because there was no song break between the two). If you're really THAT concerned about it, I advise a chill pill. Incidentally, many places still have new pressings of the White Album as well as Abbey Road, which may not be as sentimentally appealing, but they do serve your purpose, and give you a mint copy of the album. I know, in particular, Best Buy is a good place to look for at least Abbey Road. Happy hunting! apple01

10 December 2011
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I bought a copy of The White Album and it cost me about £30-£40 and it was a re-issue. It came with the inserts aswell so it was worth it. 'Back In The USSR' is a great track to listen to. The Abbey Road Medley is another great thing to listen to. Also, you HAVE TO listen to 'A Day In The Life' on vinyl.  I have a copy of Sgt. Pepper's on vinyl and a picture disc although I haven't played it. Any ideas if it sounds good on a picture disc? I don't want to decrease the value of it. If I were you, I'd definatly consider investing on a really good album, I'd highly recommend Abbey Road.

 

Hope you find some good vinyls!

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10 December 2011
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I think it may matter less what version you get than how you take care of them.

A vinyl record will warp if you accidentally leave it near something warm (radiator), and of course you have to make sure the needle doesn't skim across the record or land on it hard.

The record tends to collect dust.

There was a whole industry built around keeping records in good shape, including cloths, cleaning fluids, etc…

As noted in another thread, it's a real treat to listen to A Day In The Life or I Want You in a dark room until the needle comes off the record and you're left with just silence. 

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10 December 2011
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I have the Sgt. Pepper's picture disc, too, but I don't think the sound quality will be as good because of the different type of wax used. I haven't tried it yet because it's in shrink wrap. My little sister got me an Apple version of the White Album. The LPs are in NM, and the cover was Excellent. It was $50, but I don't think the inserts are in it. I really wanted those, too, but I guess it's the music that is the most important. A NM Apple edition ain't half bad for $50.

I want the mono version of Sgt. Pepper, too, but they are SO expensive!

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10 December 2011
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A quick google search and look on a few sites suggest that the sound quality of picture discs are generally inferior to the normal albums, tho no reasons why are given. I suppose the material used for the picture hinders the sound being clean.

 

I dont think ive ever seen a mono pepper lp, a lot of stereo but never a mono.

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10 December 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

I dont think ive ever seen a mono pepper lp, a lot of stereo but never a mono.

There are a good few on ebay, but they are insanely expensive, especially if they're in good condition.

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10 December 2011
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I wouldnt ever buy anything expensive on ebay.

Had a quick look on Google and some of the sellers say no returns. Does that mean that if you are not happy with what you've bought you cant return it? What happens if you by an lp and its all scratched?

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11 December 2011
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The White Album my sister got me has a very generous return policy…no questions asked. My Ram album was all scratched, but it wasn't that expensive. Generally, people who sell records on ebay are either collectors, or they have a used music business. Every lp I've ever bought on ebay has been what I expected, sometimes better, except for Ram. Ebay is a godsend to me. I love it!

And, just for the record, my counterfeit stereo box came from amazon. Most people on ebay use a very nice grading system for all their lps, so they're usually trustworthy.

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11 December 2011
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Being so close to Glasgow ive been fortunate in there has always been vinyl shops to go to so had no need to go to ebay, but i know people shop there [ebay] regularly and its far safer to do so than ever before.
I would agree with you kedame that it will generally be collectors or used music shops who are the sellers. You just have to be careful, same as when looking for bootlegs online.

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