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19 April 2014
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meanmistermustard said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
So, is it worth having this if I already have 
Yellow Submarine and all the others? I've been wondering about getting it, but I do have a few albums definitely ahead of it.

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Its worth having the Songtrack as the songs themselves were remixed in 1999 from the original master tapes. If you mean if its worth having the 2012 issue then no, not unless you want the new packaging as the tracks haven't been touched so are in no way different to the 1999 release.

Agreed.  That said, it really does sound fantastic and some of the mixes are interesting.  I expect to see them try and sell us remixes of all the original albums at some future date.  They will suck me in on some of the early ones if they do (the ones with the vocals off to one side).

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Just to possibly muddy the waters further: I just bought YSS in digipack, but the only date mentioned anywhere on the pack is 1999. Is this still the 2012 release as Amazon state?

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According to Sean Egan in 'The Mammoth Book of the Beatles':

"Some reviewers sycophantically hailed this [YSS] as an advance which polished The Beatles music for the more sophisticated palette developed by the public in the age of the compact disc. In fact, the results are dreadful...
...Remixers Peter Cobbin, Paul Hicks and Mirek Stiles present clinical, artificial-sounding versions of the warm, natural-sounding Beatles tracks we have known for so many years... In some cases - notably '
Hey Bulldog' - the results are either incompetent or deliberately provocative: for instance, why on earth are they artificially bringing forward the occasional slap of a drum in the soundscape, as though trying to jolt us out of whatever reverie we can manage?
...Those who object to the remixing here are not luddites. Yellow Submarine Songtrack manages a feat that previously seemed impossible: making the original Yellow Submarine album sound like a masterpiece...
Incidentally, for the record, the George Martin material could have fitted onto the CD as well."

I've only listened once so far, so haven't formed any definitive opinion - but, really, is it that bad and misguided?

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Didnt/doesnt he pretty much slate Beatles For Sale? I just remember reading it thru and getting more annoyed as it seemed to be less analytical and more 'i like it so its getting a good write-up'.

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For myself I found the album amazing at first hearing. Imagine if someone did a decent stereo remaster of Rubber Soul. I'm less certain it would be a good idea for other albums. I don't have a beef with the remixes, and it's inevitable they will be at some point.

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ewe2 said
For myself I found the album amazing at first hearing.
Imagine if someone did a decent stereo remaster of Rubber Soul. I'm less certain it would be a good idea for other albums. I don't have a beef with the remixes, and it's inevitable they will be at some point.

As noted above I think the most benefit would come on the early albums to create a more 'natural' sounding mix, rather than all the vocals off to one side.

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Agreed, that's what I most like about the treatment of Drive My Car, and I'd love a similar mix for The Word.

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