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The Best Ways to Listen to The Beatles
29 October 2017
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If I'm out of the house Apple earphones do the job just fine, as I feel rather self conscious going about with a huge pair of headphones on my head looking like some sort of cyborg.  

I really don't care how I look with my headphones -- I got over that ages ago. I do care about having to haul them around, though, bulky things they are.

Personally, I'm a bit of an audiophile, but it doesn't bother me if I have to listen in less-than-ideal conditions on occasion. I feel like I've heard their stuff enough to earn my right to low fidelity on occasion. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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didn't have time to read all the pages here, but assume there'd be some consensus that the early stuff in particular is best heard in mono, back when the stereo pan placements were often very extreme left & right.  We have been conditioned to expect vocals panned in the middle, along with bass, kick & snare, with a nice wide spread on the drum kit, recorded on different channels (which were in far shorter supply), and other parts balanced on either side.  From what I understand, the Fabs themselves paid far more attention to the mono mixes, and the stereo mixes were an afterthought, looked after by G M & the engineer, if I recall correctly.  
Even the later stuff has some of those 60's peculiarities with the stereo mixing, but we do get more isolation of parts, which can be cool in listening to what an individual part is doing. It can seem disjointed however, particularly on headphones.   
Would love to try what I read about Graham Nash visiting Neil Young at his farm, and Neil wanting to show them his latest recording project:
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Graham Nash — of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — has a story about his friend, Neil Young, that has been almost too perfect to believe for nearly three decades.
As the myth goes, Nash was at Young’s ranch just south of San Francisco when Young asked him if he wanted to hear something. (That something would become Young’s now famous 1972 “Harvest” album, which features the track “Heart of Gold.”) Nash, of course, said yes and suggested going into Young’s studio. That wasn’t Young’s plan.
“He said, ‘Get into the rowboat,’” Nash explained on NPR’s Fresh Air in 2013. “I said, ‘Get into the rowboat?’ He said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake.’”
The two row out on the lake, with Nash assuming Young brought a cassette player and headphones with him.
“Oh, no,” said Nash on NPR. “He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard ‘Harvest’ coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced ‘Harvest,’ came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil, ‘How was that, Neil?’”
The best part is Young’s apparent response to the situation. As Nash explained, “I swear to God , Neil Young shouted back, ‘More barn!’”
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