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Red & Blue 50th Anniversary Release?
22 November 2023
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Bongo said

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Not yet got the albums as on my Xmas list, but surprised no one has commented on any of the remixes after 24 hours. The only thing I’ve heard mentioned elsewhere is a real divide over I Am The Walrus – many saying incredible mix until the radio comes in and then opinion is divided – bringing out elements buried whilst burying the “Sit you down father, rest you” speech. 

The nice thing about the Red LP, is half of Rubber Soul is on there now, and sound incredible.  The rest is hit & miss.

As for the blue LP, other than “Now & Then” & “I Am The Walrus “, the rest of the mixes are from Giles previous Abbey Road , White, Pepper & Revolver releases.

I prefer the way they added the extra songs on LP3, instead of mixing them within the songs on the CDs.

Biggest disappointment is not including RAIN.  This Boy over Rain ???  WTF??????????

  

All three remixes of the ‘MMT’ tracks are new on the ‘Blue’ as are ‘Hey Bulldog ‘, ‘Revolution ‘ and ‘Old Brown Shoe ‘. 

I still haven’t listened to the albums in full. A few tracks have randomly came on my iPhone over the days of which none struck me as either wonderful or unlistenable. What’s more interesting to me is what can be found hiding in the remixes by the technical fans such as original backing tracks etc. ‘Wait ‘ now exists in its ‘Help !’ form (thanks to Rock Band), and a reconstructed instrumental take 1 ‘GDS’ was achievable from the ‘Revolver ‘ set (filling in the gap stupidly left by Giles). I’d rather hear those than a slightly different ‘Yesterday ‘.

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To be honest I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to Red/Blue all the way through. I’m a little more interested in this release because of the new remaster, I get the appeal there, but I’d rather them do a full remaster of each of the albums with a deluxe set. Gives the collectors a complete discography to fill their shelves, but also doesn’t give the remaster treatment just to the songs on a few late period albums and the songs that made it on Red/Blue. I’d personally rather see a Past Masters remix, as the existence of Past Masters kind of makes Red and Blue into a glorified playlist in my eyes. 

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meanmistermustard said
I understand why ‘Now And Then ‘ is included on the expanded ‘Blue’ but I do find it odd that ‘RL’ and ‘FAAB’ were excluded. I think it makes more sense to either include them all or none. The 2016 remixes of the two other reunion tracks are far better than the 1995/6 mixes and the technology nowadays is even more impressive.  

1967-1970 (Blue) reached the Number 2 position in the UK Official Albums Chart.

With Now And Then included, it would have made perfect sense to also include Free As A Bird and Real Love (ideally new mixes, but at least the 2016 remixes), and the album may well have attained the Number 1 slot. A great opportunity missed!

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I don’t know if they did this on purpose but compared to the orignal album, it seems like the harmony in ‘Love Me Do ‘ is louder than the melody.
(The harmonica part at the begining sounds a little different too.)

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Did they add a kick drum, or any kind of drum hit, to the A Hard Day’s Night opening chord?… paul-mccartneypaul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Got the Blue Album for Xmas, the Red with Xmas money yesterday. I’ve always preferred the later period, but best value by far is the Red in my opinion. I’ve never owned these compilations before in any form because I concentrated on all the original UK albums, Hey Jude + Rarities on vinyl before CD was a thing, then went for CD’s only when they started finally releasing The Beatles on the format (First CD ever owned – The White Album , full of tape hiss before excessive compression ruined many albums). That means that whilst I’ve heard the Red and Blue in their original form a scant couple of times many years ago there are no preconceptions about breaking into the running order for this update. I prefer the Red because you finally get true stereo versions of many early tracks for the first time – there are just six ‘newbies’ on the Blue. The most noticeable thing throughout is how much Ringo and Paul have been brought forward. I’ve always loved the bass heavy mixes of Rain and Old Brown Shoe and the Red Album really lets you hear the rhythm section in great clarity, with one curious exception – She Loves You , which seems muddy to me. The Red does lots of favours to Ringo, showing what a truly great drummer he is, and especially so on the earliest material. On the Blue the one curiosity is I Am The Walrus which seems to concentrate on very different radio noises and looses the ‘Sit you down father, rest you’ ending somehow. Of particular note is Strawberry Fields Forever which really shines. Giles has largely got this right, and these updated compilations should be bringing in younger fans in their droves, matching the intent of the 1973 versions, although if I have one negative they do seem a bit more of a playlist than the sheer heft of 1.    

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‘The Beatles’ Legacy’ are a series of podcasts written, produced and presented by Kevin Howlett. It features interviews with John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as George Martin and Dave Groul. This series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums and tells the story of ‘Now And Then ‘. It is split into two parts – Part 1 focuses on 1962-1966 and Part 2 looks at 1967-1970. Each part is divided into 3 chapters. Roger Stormo, the admin of ‘The Daily Beatle’ has put them all together as a playlist. 

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meanmistermustard said
It’s nice to see George get a bit more of the spotlight on the ‘Red’ album. I’d have thought Ringo might have got another number but what song of his should be here?

  

Continuing this topic, yesterday I was listening to Mono Masters, which includes the tracks from the all-but-forgotten Long Tall Sally EP. Uniquely, it featured a Ringo lead vocal but none from George, and it occurred to me that if you wanted an extra Ringo song on the Red Album , then Matchbox might be a good choice.

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Listening to the Blue Album again tonight and hearing something in the new mix of I Want You (She’s So Heavy) towards the end never noticed previously – Marimba (or possibly Xylophone).

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