Boys - The Beatles - 3 LP Box
Label: BRS - 137301 • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP Box Set Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll, Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Classic Rock
Following is a basic description of the box plus a little back-story and then my impressions with more to follow:. The flip-top box, identical in construction to the stereo Beatles box of includes an original page hard bound book specific to the mono pressings that includes loads of artwork, rare photos and further commentary and production notes by Keith Howlett. Albums will also be available individually. They are:. Rubber Soul Revolver Sgt. The pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the s.
Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a s-era Neumann VMS80 lathe. Every once in a while they deemed it artistically worthy to bring perhaps a vocal up slightly but those occasions were rare. The Beatles Back in Mono a TBBIM actually furthers a journey begun in when the remastered Beatles catalog was released in the compact disc format in stereo and mono presentation boxes.
Derived from high resolution digital masters and aimed at the mass market they nonetheless proved to be a tantalizing glimpse for audiophiles at what could be if Apple ever considered an LP reissue of the famed catalog. And in fact saw the release The Equals - Police On My Back / Laurel And Hardy the complete UK set of the Beatles stereo albums in gram vinyl.
However, controversy ensued as it typically does in high end circles. Like the CDs the reissues were cut from digital masters, not the analog master tapes that audiophiles so desired. Also one needs to keep in mind the crucial statement Boys - The Beatles - 3 LP Box Coming To An End - Kungfu Rick - Coming To An End Magee— that they never set out to strictly emulate the original vinyl—an impossible task given how much time has elapsed.
As if still holding my breath I exhaled deeply. First, surfaces were pristinely quiet throughout, dead silent. Without even Boys - The Beatles - 3 LP Box to the recent Boys - The Beatles - 3 LP Box vinyl or mono CD remasters to get my bearings, the rush of energy flying out the grooves of the these pressings was electric.
This was not a narrow tunnel of compressed sound that many of us have been led to believe defines the mono listening experience—memories that harken back to AM radio for some of us.
It was more of a throat-clearing blast, the tracks roaring to life and seeming to shake off the dust of decades. The tracks are highly focused, vocals especially, and communicate the musical topography in far greater detail, Winelight - Various - To Grover, With Love dynamically and with a more colorful tonal palette. Track to track, these recordings sound as if a veil has been lifted away allowing more light and contrast to illuminate these old tracks—even in comparison to the otherwise very good CD mono remasters of In contrast to these LPs, the compact discs sound more midrangy and forward, a bit darker overall, less transparent and detailed at the lower levels and fairly flat in terms of representing soundspace depth.
In general sibilances are crisper, resolve smoothly, and during the closing guitar vamp you can now easily hear Paul warmly humming along. The same cue on the CD puts a digital edge on that moment. Typically the CD versions assumed a more midrange attitude and less brilliant sound with vocals pushed slightly forward. It was a heavy record, but the stereo mix made it into a piece of ice-cream!
The stereo LP on the other hand isolates the guitars effectively killing the momentum and tearing the angry heart out of the song. A clear example of how stereo mixing can goe seriously wrong and how powerfully effective an experience mono can still deliver.
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