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Mono Box Set.
30 January 2011
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Is It worth Getting. I finally have enough to buy it, and I wonder if I should drop it all on one thing. Can You Help! Me

 

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31 January 2011
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That's kind of hard for me to say. I bought Revolver on eBay and it cost me roughly $40. I wasn't terribly familiar with all of their work at the time, so really, mono is the only way I've heard the majority of the songs on Revolver. To me it sounds great, and I want to get AHDN in mono because the stereo sounds too echo-y, but with everything else? I'm happy with stereo. I just wish you didn't have to buy it all at once, because unless you grew up with mono, how would you know what you prefer?

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16 March 2011
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MarkoS
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I believe every Beatle fanatic needs the Mono Box. For a start it's the way The Beatles heard it, at least up to Abbey Road. Like everyone else, initially, they thought stereo was a gimmick and they very rarely attended stereo mixing sessions. It was left to George Martin who often delegated to the engineers, that's how seriously it was taken at first.

Aside from that the sound is just better in the vast majority of cases. Take "Day Tripper" for example, the stereo mix places all the vocals in one channel which really weakens the impact. On the mono version it makes so much more sense.

Another huge plus for the Beatle freak is the actual differences, for instance the extra backward guitar loop on "I'm Only Sleeping". This is not audible on the stereo version. "She's Leaving Home" is slower in mono, in fact the little differences on "Sgt. Pepper" in general are amazing.

I could go on as this is a pet subject of mine, but, to recap I think the Mono Box is an essential buy for Beatle lovers. The casual fan is well served by the stereo versions however. It's all good after all.a-hard-days-night-george-10

16 March 2011
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MarkoS said:

I believe every Beatle fanatic needs the Mono Box. For a start it's the way The Beatles heard it, at least up to Abbey Road. Like everyone else, initially, they thought stereo was a gimmick and they very rarely attended stereo mixing sessions. It was left to George Martin who often delegated to the engineers, that's how seriously it was taken at first.

Aside from that the sound is just better in the vast majority of cases. Take "Day Tripper" for example, the stereo mix places all the vocals in one channel which really weakens the impact. On the mono version it makes so much more sense.

Another huge plus for the Beatle freak is the actual differences, for instance the extra backward guitar loop on "I'm Only Sleeping". This is not audible on the stereo version. "She's Leaving Home" is slower in mono, in fact the little differences on "Sgt. Pepper" in general are amazing.

I could go on as this is a pet subject of mine, but, to recap I think the Mono Box is an essential buy for Beatle lovers. The casual fan is well served by the stereo versions however. It's all good after all.a-hard-days-night-george-10

First: Welcome!!!!

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16 March 2011
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Yeah, welcome MarcoS!

Personally, in disagreement with an apparent majority, I still prefer the stereo versions 90% of the time. (And I'm pretty far from a "casual fan"!) But I'm glad the mono versions are out there, since the occasional differences can be interesting indeed.

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16 March 2011
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Here is the first part of Pepper in mono.

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17 March 2011
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Mr. Sun King, did you get the Mono Box?

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17 March 2011
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WELCOME MarkoS! Great beginning post, pretty impressive, can't wait to read more of what you have to say! apple01heartapple01 

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17 March 2011
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I haven't got it yet, no.

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17 March 2011
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She's Leaving Home is faster in mono. Otherwise, agreed.

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17 March 2011
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My single favourite thing about the mono Pepper: It restores that missing guitar note that links "Good Morning"'s chicken-clucking to "Reprise"'s guitar-plucking – a note that is inexplicably and unforgivably absent from the stereo version.

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17 March 2011
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I haven't listened to many of the mono versions, but I prefer stereo of the ones I have heard.

Regardless of your preference, I cannot imagine the mono box set is value for money if you own the stereo versions already. You're paying twice the money for the same songs with minor differences.

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18 March 2011
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The Walrus said:

I haven't listened to many of the mono versions, but I prefer stereo of the ones I have heard.

Regardless of your preference, I cannot imagine the mono box set is value for money if you own the stereo versions already. You're paying twice the money for the same songs with minor differences.

They should have done it the same way Capitol did it, putting the mono versions on the stereo albums. That would have been a great value.

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18 March 2011
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First, thank you all for the kind greetings, second, thanks Joe, you're dead right about "She's Leaving Home". On the value for money front I'm not sure, the packaging is beautiful though, exact replicas of the original releases and you do get the 1965 stereo mixes of "Help" and "Rubber Soul". I just think that, if you can afford it, it is well worth having.a-hard-days-night-george-4

20 March 2011
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I think thet the mono box is worth the buy. I prefer the first albums for in mono, and Revolver too, becaus of  the backwerds gitar in I'm Only Sleeping thet is absent on the stereo vershion and some other diferences too,and Sgt. Pepper's and Magical Mystery Tour. The other three albums sound graet wheter theyre in mono or in stereo, in my opinion. And a like the earlier singles better in mono, too, up intul Hey Jude, probably, but to each their own, you know.

Also, a much perfer aloat of the weirder songs like Tomorrow Never Knows, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day In The Life,       I Am The Walrus, Penny Lane, etc especially in mono because fer me it just sounds fuller, but some peeple prefer teh stereo mixes or thay can't relly tell any different between them.

And so, Mr. Sun King, my advice to you would be to just listen to some mono versions on youtube and decide for yourself if you think thet it's worth the buy, a would recomend geting it, but you should check it out yourself and decide if you think mono is better, or worth the money. Good Luck!!!!!!paul-mccartneyheart

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3 April 2011
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I have been listening to Revolver and Pepper in mono on YouTube a fair bit lately. Revolver is essentially the same, obviously there is the odd difference here and there. I prefer stereo, but not as much as I thought I might do. The only song which is much better in stereo is Tomorrow Never Knows.

On the other hand, Pepper is much better in mono. Within You Without You and Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite! are more balanced, and sound less dated. She's Leaving Home probably sounds better at the higher tempo. Lovely Rita and the first and last two tracks are better in stereo though IMO, possibly Fixing A Hole too but that is close.

I still don't think Pepper is nearly as good as Revolver… but the mono version is much more worthy of the praise the album gets than the stereo version, though obviously the lyrics can't be improved by mono.

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