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16 June 2014
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Apple confirm mono vinyl to be released on the 9th September 2014 reports Examiner and Wogblog.

Apple press release

THE BEATLES’ ORIGINAL MONO STUDIO ALBUMS REMASTERED AT Abbey Road DIRECTLY FROM THE ANALOGUE MASTERS FOR VINYL RELEASE

180-Gram LPs Available September 8, Individually and in a Limited 14-LP Boxed Edition with Hardbound Book 

London – June 12, 2014 – The Beatles in mono:  This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format.  Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary.  On September 8 (September 9 in North America), The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork.  Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book. 

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz.  While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology.  Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.  

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s.  Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.  

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett.  The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

The Beatles In Mono:  Available individually and collected in a limited 14-LP boxed edition, accompanied by an exclusive 108-page hardbound book.

Please Please Me
With The Beatles 
A Hard Day's Night 
Beatles For Sale 
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (2-LP)
Mono Masters (3-LP)

Also posted in the 'Mono Vinyl Boxset' thread (please direct further posts on this release there, thanks).

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16 June 2014
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Nice to see mono vinyl coming out! But how much do the initial pressings cost? And what's really the main difference between mono and stereo?

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16 June 2014
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@thisbirdhasflown Put, basically, The Beatles were more involved in the mono mixes, while George Martin did the stereo mixes generally without them. If you want to hear The Beatles as they intended themselves to be heard, you need the mono.

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16 June 2014
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@Ron Nasty Ah, now that makes much more sense. To quote Ringo Starr: "George Martin has gone deaf in one ear! Now he can only work in mono!"

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16 June 2014
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There are numerous threads on the mono albums (i'm too lay to sift thru the search results to document the more relevant ones) but mono vs stereo goes into the differences between the two.

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16 June 2014
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meanmistermustard said
There are numerous threads on the mono albums (i'm too lay to sift thru the search results to document the more relevant ones) but mono vs stereo goes into the differences between the two.

@meanmistermustard Thanks for recommending the Mono vs. Stereo thread. I'll check it out!a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

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17 June 2014
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* Photos of John, George and Yoko backstage at the Concert for Bangladesh are going up for auction.

* Paul's Meat Free Monday initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary. More at the activism thread.

* Hunter Davies is crediting receiving the OBE to his donation of letters and lyrics from John to the British Museum.

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17 June 2014
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parlance said
* Photos of John, George and Yoko backstage at the Concert for Bangladesh are going up for auction.

I wonder if they're gonna get a lot of bids!

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17 June 2014
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parlance said

* Photos of John, George and Yoko backstage at the Concert for Bangladesh are going up for auction.

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Someone posted this under the article: "the pictures are from September 1971 after the Concert for Bangladesh"
To which someone else responded: "yes, at the st regis hotel in nyc during the filming of Imagine"

I hope whoever buys them does their homework first, to be safe.

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@IveJustSeenAFaceo, have you seen the news about the celebrations coming up in Pittsburg?

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae…..1406160159

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18 June 2014
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* Rolling Stone article on a Parisian exhibit of Harry Benson's photos of the Beatles there in '64.

* The musical Let It Be opened in Dublin. (@AppleScruffJunior)

* Picture of the PETA supporters from yesterday.

* Yoko has signed new licensing agreements.

Jared Leto received advice from Paul.

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18 June 2014
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NBC is planning a TV series about The Beatles.

http://screencrush.com/nbc-bea…..ael-hirst/

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18 June 2014
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Expert Textpert said
NBC is planning a TV series about The Beatles.

http://screencrush.com/nbc-bea…..ael-hirst/

 

It's this one.

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19 June 2014
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Paul is raffling off a chance to meet him at Candlestick Park.

[x-posted to the Out There 2014 thread]

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19 June 2014
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Thanks for the article link, parlance.
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I was relieved to read that it is a drwaing and not a raffle or an auction type deal that goes to the highest bidder.

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19 June 2014
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Zig said
Thanks for the article link, parlance.
mal-evans
I was relieved to read that it is a drwaing and not a raffle or an auction type deal that goes to the highest bidder.

 

It seems to me it is a raffle though – the more you donate, the more entries you get.

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19 June 2014
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Zig said
Thanks for the article link, parlance.
mal-evans
I was relieved to read that it is a drwaing and not a raffle or an auction type deal that goes to the highest bidder.

@Zig – You should enter! If you win, you can write to us about meeting Paul!a-hard-days-night-john-6

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19 June 2014
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Wogblog reports that that three separate lots of reel to reel tapes, all from the 16th October 1964, are to be auctioned on Friday (20th June) at Christie's. The first reel-to-reel is the previously unheard concert at the A.B.C. Theatre, Hull, the second featuring Paul playing the piano during a press conference with John, Ringo and George joining in on vocals, the third a previously unheard interview with John. Far more details in the link.

 

A second Wogblog article reports on the upcoming Blue Plaque in memory of Brian Epstein which "will be unveiled at 12 noon on Sunday 29th June, at Sutherland House, 5/6 Argyll Street, London W1 next door to the London Palladium"

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20 June 2014
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Fundraising talk in Boston this Sunday:

LENOX – Four decades after Beatlemania swept the world, the groundbreaking group of four mop-top lads from Liverpool continues to fascinate music lovers of all ages.

The reasons for the Beatles' genre-defying appeal will be explored this Sunday in a multimedia presentation at the Lenox Library by Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin, a Stockbridge resident.

Yudkin's expertise extends from medieval and renaissance music to Western art music in all its forms, as well as jazz and rock. He specializes in the connections among music, culture, history and social forces.

The event, a fundraiser for the Lenox Library, is at 4 p.m. on June 22. Suggested donation for "The Beatles, the Sixties and Popular Culture" is $15 per person or $20 per family.

More at the link. @DrBeatle 

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Mark Lewisohn will be making his first public appearance in Canada to introduce a screening of AHDN on July 31 in Toronto. He'll also be signing copies of Tune In.

[x-posted to the AHDN 50th thread]

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