Remasters from the undisputed masters

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Isn’t it exciting?

All the Beatles recordings being remastered and released in Stereo and Mono!

If things have been quiet in the library of late, then this is why! All discerning listeners are out or online trying to sniff out the box sets released last week.

It’s been 22 years since EMI released the Fab Four’s catalogue on compact disc, and the advances in digital audio technology since should see fans in for a sonic treat!

All reports have been excellent so far. Have I heard them yet….?

I have heard the Mono Sgt Pepper and Revolver. But I can’t wait to get my ageing ears enveloped in the new stereo versions of the greatest canon in popular music history!

One problem…….All you need is cash!

The mono versions of Sgt Pepper’s and Revolver are as the Beatles and their production crew(mainly engineer Geoff Emerick and producer George Martin) wanted them to be heard. In 1966 “stereo” was still really a studio gimmick of sorts and the stereo mixes were “knocked out” rather hastily and weren’t even done with the Fab Four present!

The Mono mixes were the important ones! On hearing them there is the intended blend of all those sounds coming right at you without the extreme (although wonderful) stereo panning of the mixes we are more used to.

Geoff Emerick emphasises how much care went into these mono mixes in his book “ Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles”. Available in the library of course!

They may be a fanatic’s choice, but these new remasters are glorious!

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2 Responses to “Remasters from the undisputed masters”

  1. jam (library staff) Says:

    Thanks for the info!! 🙂 I remembered when the Beatles anthology came out in the mid-90’s and I really learnt a lot about the Beatles then… This sounds like a good tip – I’ll have to chase this one up for sure!! 🙂

  2. Michael Smale Says:

    Wow, the Beatles are one of the most influential forces of modern times, so to have their music re-released and remixed is wonderful chance for a new generation to capture the magic of the Beatles for themselves.

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