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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
The vinyl pressing is defective and of a very poor quality. There are too many scuffs, scratches, clicks and pops! It’s really sad, when you consider there are pressing plants, in the world today, devoted to producing superior quality vinyl records. Clearly, EMI/Apple, for reasons unknown to me, have chosen a pressing plant with quality control issues. I am very disappointed with the overall quality of the vinyl. I can only hope EMI/Apple may produce a second run of pressings and team up with a pressing plant devoted to quality control. Maybe someone like R.T.I. or Mobile fidelity sound labs could take control of the pressings.
In the world of ‘Beatles Box sets’ many editions and/or pressings have been produced down thru the years. In my collection, I happen to own (1) the 1978 Parlophone Beatles BC 13 Blue box set, and (2) the 1982 Mobile Fidelity/EMI box set pressed by the Victor company in Japan on virgin vinyl. If I were to put aside all questions, comments, criticisms and/or debates regarding the mastering of the recordings, and merely focus on the quality of the vinyl. Well, it’s easy… The 1982 vinyl pressings are clearly the gold standard. The 1978 pressings come in at second place. And the new 2012 pressings are dead last. Again, I can only hope EMI/ Apple might consider a second run of pressings with a manufacturer devoted to superior audiophile quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
[Review of the 2012 remastered vinyl pressing of Abbey Road]
Like a lot of other Beatles fans, I was excited for the new 2012 remastered vinyls coming out (the wait for the mono box set especially). The first album that I was going to get (and did get) was Abbey Road. The album came in looking shiny and nice, although the album sleeve was bent on the top. The vinyl itself was really nice and it's just fantastic to finally hold a 180 gram Beatles album. Despite the fact that digital copies were used, all that mattered was the sound, right?

And then I played it.

Upon listening to the first raw, bombastic sounds of "Come Together", I knew something was wrong. Very wrong. As the first side kept playing and got to heavier tracks, the sound kept that raw and unadulterated sound to it. Clearly, this didn't sound like Abbey Road at all. When I decided to give up on the first side and give a listen to the second, I was awe-struck. Analog-sourced or not, the album sounded pretty good. Although it doesn't meet to the standards of the original 1969 pressing, this is a very acceptable pressing for those who are new to vinyl or just want a cheap market-value issue.

So what the heck's up with the first side?

According to some users on various websites, they have been experiencing the same problem, with most theorizing it as a possible pressing issue. If this is the case, then these albums should be recalled and rereleased as soon as possible. This is a great sounding album (though hard to compare to clean originals, but give or take). When such a classic album has half of it ruined by a pressing issue, I believe it deserves much better treatment than what we got.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
Format: Vinyl
No fault of the seller,but a lot of The Beatles 2012 vinyl remasters are defective. I just opened this to find there's unlistenable surface noise and static on side 2

This is due to poor quality control at record plants Capital leased out. Magical Mystery Tour was ok,but Abbey Road is unlistenable,the static and surface noise ruins the album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Format: Vinyl
I just got one as a gift, purchased locally, and it is not what I know from my CD copy (I'm not old enough to have heard it first on vinyl) - I haven't listened to all of side 1, but Come Together is lacking vocals at least (like the mix is off).

Side 2, the first 2 tracks (Here Comes The Sun and Because) seem to be ok (Here Comes The Sun is my favorite song and it seems on par) but after that, the tracks are nonsense. The verse vocals from "You Never Give Me Your Money" is very quiet and muffled, and the chorus vocals are blasting in my face. I was hoping it was a bad pressing and not my new table (also a gift, AT-LP120) so I'm *sort* of glad to hear this. Might rather have an original than this remaster...

It doesn't just seem like a bad pressing, it seems like a bad master, like someone went nuts with buss compression... Though I know little about the vinyl medium, so maybe that's what a bad pressing sounds like. I don't have excessive static, though. I plan to exchange it for a replacement, and plan to update this when I get my new copy. It is a 2012 Digital Remaster, as far as I can tell.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
Obviously this album is a classic. It's my favorite album of all time, but the new 2012 vinyl edition sounds like an old record I borrowed from my uncle. I am just getting into vinyl, but all my other new vinyl sounds miles above this. I don't know whether I got a dud or if they're all going to be this hissy and pop filled. hopefully they fix the problem before they release a mono set. I only bought this because they didn't do it in mono. Guess I'll stick with my mono cd set until then.

After a few days, I want to update this review. I took the album to a friend's house and listened on his $2K VPI turntable with $6K McIntosh Tube Preamp (I have a $600 vintage Thorens turntable and a $50 Rolls preamp for now), and the album sounded a bit better, but there was still obvious noisy vinyl under that amazing music. Then I cleaned the album with his VPI vacuum record cleaner. Listening again at home, it is not as bad as it was the first time I listened, but there is just a noisy quality to the whole thing, especially between songs, and at the end of the sides it's positively horrible. Just think about the end of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and how it's supposed to go dead silent, but instead there's just this noise as the needle goes to the middle and then the same thing in the 10 seconds between "The End" and "Her Majesty" - NOISE, and not just typical vinyl noise. This album is going back to Amazon in hopes of getting a better copy the next go round - though from other reviewers I have doubts that it will get better. I have also gone ahead and bought the UK version from Amazon.co.uk. For $10 more you can get the UK issue - not that we should have to!

One more update... I received the EU pressing from Amazon.co.uk and it sounds so much better, so much quieter. I actually hear what seems like the master tape instead of the new vinyl in the background. I will probably buy more of the EU pressings and cross my fingers that the problems are fixed before they release the mono set.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
My system: Merlin TSM-MXr speakers on loaded Skylan stands, Manley Stingray II tube amp, Rega DAC fed by Mac Mini running pure music, stand-alone CDP is an oppo, all cables are cardas and subwoofer is MJ acoustics 150 MKII. This is a reasonably high end system, highly resolving with excellent tonal balance and continous response. The system is in a dedicated listening room and it is powered by it's own power leg in my home.

I ordered the 2009 Abbey Road remastered CD, which is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Yikes! It sounds LOUDER, almost as if the midbands have been pushed too far. Gone is the articulation of bass I recall and the layering is hard to hear when things sound so harsh! And I mean VERY harsh. My system is Manley Stingray running Merlin TSM-MXr's, which is a very sweet sounding rig.
I was so worried I re-biased the amp, but it was within range and Abbey Road did not sound very good. So I went upstairs and tried Abbey Road on my little Martin Logan motion 4's with the Dynamo sub and Denon amp. It sounded thinner, but still pretty bad. I recall Abbey Road sounding better on my Creek amp and Wharfdale Diamonds or Heybrook HB-1's of years ago!

I threw on Stompin at the Savoy with Ella and Armstrong and all was well, smooth, balanced and just terrific sounding. In fact everything else sounds great including my Beatles Love CD, but Abbey Road is terrible. I called up a buddy and he confirms that his boxed set was sold off because it was terrible sounding (He's running Revel M20's with Parasound power).

So what's with so many great reviews of these CD's and the digital remaster? I did find VERY detailed reviews agreeing with what I heard (not many), but I am clearly in the minority. But after trying the CD on two systems (sounds awful in the car as well) I think a lot of people don't know what proper mastering sounds like or the lack the gear to explore the details.

Capt RB
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on October 16, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
This is for the RECORD (or AKA vinyl). Simply stated it is bad...very bad. Even if you have cheap audio the dynamics are way off. I thought I ordered the mono version but I got this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
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I'll get to the point... it's the bass. It comes up waaaaaaay to strong on the opening "Come Together", enough upper-bass to pummel your woofers! I have to make sure the bass knob on my Marantz is cut back when I start the disc. From there, it drops down to a more balanced level, but not enough on the right songs. Paul's sinister bass runs on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" should be forward and driving but it's buried and muddled! I've been listening to this album since birth and although the clarity is quite revealing, more than I've ever heard before, this "remaster" is a fustrating disappointment and another sign of the times ~
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on December 24, 2014
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The album sounds terrible
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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First: the music is fantastic, this is not about the music, but I am greatly disappointed in the quality of the sound. With all the rave reviews, I thought they had really captured something great in this re-master.

I am a Baby Boomer and grew up in the magical era of The Beatles. I have decided to try to find the best versions of the Beatles collection, preferably in digital format. The effort is really about finding superior versions to the ‘thin sounding’ Parlophone CD’s from the 80’s (it wasn’t their fault, they didn’t understand the depths of converting analog tapes to digital).

So, I’ve tried to learn audiophile-ese, which involves things like spectral analysis, dynamic range, frequency analysis, EQ, limiting, loudness wars and on and on. I’ve tried converting my own original LP’s to digital, tried the Capitol CD's, tried the Ebbetts and Mirror Spock bootlegs, tried various pre-2009 re-masters (found that “re-master” really means “our latest interpretation of the original”) and, finally, the 2009 re-masters.

After reading millions of opinions on the sound of the various versions, the test method came down to: “How the h**l does it sound in my car, then on my moderately priced headphones and then on my moderately priced audio system in my living room?” Plus, my friend (who claims to be an audio expert) helped me run a test on all of these versions on his more expensive audio system. I listened and listened and ranked and ranked. Fully recognizing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, here is what I found:

This 2009 re-master of Abbey Road is significantly better than the 80’s Parlophone version and, since it’s easy to buy and relatively cheap; buy it if you aren’t that picky. However, in the case of Abbey Road, my 1983 Toshiba Black Triangle (which is expensive now) blows away this 2009 re-master. Surprisingly, so did the digital conversion of one of my original LP’s (I have a relatively unplayed LP - bought duplicates for recording onto reel-to-reel, back then). Who knows, maybe the 2009 versions do sound better than any other versions on multi-million dollar audio systems, but not on mine or my friends'.

My friend also has the entire 2009 box sets in stereo and mono. We put those to work and, in general, they sound muffled (like this 2009 Abbey Road re-master) as compared to my originals, the Capitol CD’s, the Ebbets bootleg and the Mirror Spock bootleg. In fact, for pre-Revolver, I think the Capitol CD’s are, by far, the best. Some of the 2009’s sound as good as the other options and I chose the 2009 stereo versions of Revolver, Sgt Pepper and most of the White album to use ...that’s it from the 2009 sets!

Why is it that the Toshiba Black Triangle digital version of Abbey Road and the Capitol digital albums are so much better than these 2009 re-masters (assuming I have a relatively good ‘ear’)? Is it just the re-mastering preference of the 2009 re-master engineers or could these 40-year old master tapes be wearing out and this is the best they can do? My old reel-to-reel tapes sound pretty muffled after all these years (I know: their tapes are maintained a little better). Yes: I also know about the ‘Dexterizing’ of some of the Capitol songs but, guess what: that’s what we learned the Beatles were in America.

I’m starting to think that; the closer you get to the 1960’s release versions, the more pristine the sound will be. My gut tells me that if they were to take original mint vinyl and re-master those, professionally (much like what Ebbetts and Mirror Spock have done), rather than the original master tapes, they would get a better sound and one that is closer to the original sound.

Too bad this wonderful review will be lost, in a few weeks, because it’s the first group of reviews that get the high numbers.
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