13 November 2018
Hi, I'll start by saying this is my first post and I got into the Beatles this year and they are now easily one of my favorite bands of all time! All of their music I have heard through spotify, which I believe is mostly 2009 stereo remasters but not all of the songs mixes/versions are specified on spotify. I am now more than willing to add downloaded music to spotify if it will be any better.
Here comes the question, I'm sure it has been asked in some way or manner frequently and if so please direct me! I'm not going to ask what the 'best' mix/version/remaster of each album is (unless you want to provide your own and reasoning) but I do want to know what the mix/version/remasters are that I should even bother taking a look at when deciding on which ones I prefer.
I hope you guys can help me know which I should even bother comparing, for example: The top mono and stereo versions/remasters of Revolver are ______
Also if anyone could give me any insight to what all the spotify editions are because some are specified clearly as 2009 remastered while others just say something vague such as "remix" or just the song title alone. (This is also helpful because it means I need to download less separate songs and can have more in spotify already)
Note: Sorry if i'm posting this in the wrong place, this question has been asked 100x, or anything else. (I also just made an account today so i'm very new )
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20 August 2013
Hello, @ZeRo! First, welcome to the world of Beatles music! Second, welcome to the world of the Beatle Bible Forum.
I will leave your thread here as is. I'm sure you're going to get many different opinions from our members.
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9 March 2017
The mono UK albums are what the band originally intended up until The Beatles (AKA The White Album ) where the band focused on both the mono and stereo equally and for the remaining albums, where they were only made in stereo. So if you want to hear them as The Beatles originally intended, i recommend checking out The Beatles In Mono box set (AKA the 2009 mono remasters) plus the 2009 stereo remasters Abbey Road and Let It Be , which were only released in stereo.
As for what i personally prefer, i really like The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) (AKA the 2009 stereo remasters) since that's what i'm used to hearing with a few exceptions:
For their first 2 albums, i prefer the 2009 mono remasters since they were recorded on 2 tracks so it's like listening to the unmixed multitracks.
For With The Beatles and Beatles For Sale , i prefer their Capitol counterparts, Meet The Beatles and Beatles '65. In the case of Meet The Beatles, they replace the rock n roll covers with I Want To Hold Your Hand , I Saw Her Standing There , and This Boy , making it more of a Lennon/McCartney album. In the case of Beatles '65, side B of Beatles For Sale sucks and they replaced most of it with I'll Be Back , She's A Woman , and I Feel Fine , which are much better tracks then the ones left off. As for what mix is best for these albums, i'd go with mono for the former and stereo for the latter, both from The Capitol Albums Volume 1.
For their singles, i prefer Mono Masters over Past Masters since unlike the album tracks, the single tracks weren't mixed to stereo until much later and also, the mono version includes the 4 new tracks from Yellow Submarine which means that you don't have to buy that album if you have Mono Masters.
Here's a list for you:
Please Please Me (2009 mono remaster)
Meet The Beatles (2004 mono remaster)
A Hard Day's Night (2009 stereo remaster)
Beatles '65 (2004 stereo remaster)
Help ! (2009 stereo remaster)
Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster)
Revolver (2009 stereo remaster)
Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 stereo remaster)
Magical Mystery Tour (2009 stereo remaster)
The Beatles (2009 stereo remaster)
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)
Let It Be (2009 stereo remaster)
Mono Masters (2009 mono remaster)
As for what versions are on Spotify, those are the 2009 stereo remasters.
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14 March 2016
Welcome to the group!
There is nothing wrong with the post above...
The cheapest and less confusing way to go about it is the get the 2009 stereo box set. It has every song (but not every version) you need to start out as a beginner and then you can borrow the other box sets from friends or get them other ways. It would be expensive to get all the box sets right off the bat.
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