10 August 2011
The underlying theme here seems to be that mono is a good thing.
In 1968, at least in the U.S., mono was synonymous with "hopelessly outdated" and still is seen that way today.
The exception would be recordings originally carried out in mono and then artificially reproduced into stereo. In such cases, the mono is clearly superior. (I have some borderline hilarious re-releases of early Beatle records where all the vocals are one side and all the instruments on the other; great for Karaoke!).
I don't know that in 1968 EMI would have been knocking itself out to produce the best mono possible. In Britain maybe?
1 May 2011
A few more details regarding ATU.
A mono mix incorporating animal effects was prepared some time later that year  (an acetate is played during the January 1969 Twickenham Sessions), but the charity LP failed to surface. In March 1969, the mix was copied for inclusion on a mooted Yellow Submarine EP, but that was aborted as well. Finally the Wildlife album surfaced in December 1969…" ('That Magic Feeling. The Beatles' Recording Legacy Vol. 2, 1966 – 1970' by John C Winn.)
George Martin created 2 stereo mixes on October 2nd 1969, one with the effects and the other without, both sped up slightly, with the effects matching the earlier mono mix. And as we know the mono mix was left in the vaults for 40 years until the Mono Boxset. So just another 40 years until Carnival of Light is released (yeah right fat chance).
Mono was dying in the UK but kept going until mid '69, the UK being the only place the mono White Album was released and of course we got all the singles in mono up to Get Back. Maybe another reason why the YS ep was ditched. And its not just rereleases, you can still cut out the vocals on all the tracks on Please Please Me and With The Beatles on the remasters. Bootleggers managed to create Yesterday without the orchestra thanks to i think the '87 Help! cd remix. A whole lot of outfakes are out there where they simply turned off a speaker to give just the vocal, tho normally with plenty of leakage. Most sounded horrid, i remember listening to a supposed vocal booth outtake of Rain – sounded like your speakers were broken.
However Yesterday is actually quite good.
23 July 2012
Of course yellow submarine counts as a Beatles album! Even if there are some older songs, there were new (and if I might add, quite amazing) songs, making it a release with new material at the time, making it an album.
28 January 2013
14 December 2012
Of course it's an album! Just because some (okay, nearly all) of them are old, I would at least consider it a soundtrack album.
12 January 2013
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