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The Beatles in Mono Vinyl Box Set (Limited Edition) [Box set]

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  • Vinyl (September 9, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B005NJ9CHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
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The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. THE BEATLES IN MONO VINYL BOX SET is released in mono on fourteen 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles' albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection's exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

Albums included in the box set are REVOLVER, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, RUBBER SOUL, WITH THE BEATLES, MONO MASTERS (3LP SET), THE BEATLES (2LP SET), BEATLES FOR SALE, SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, PLEASE PLEASE ME, HELP! and A HARD DAY'S NIGHT.

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1,983 of 2,042 people found the following review helpful
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Introduction: The following is pretty much a full review of both the mono and stereo reissues largely written in real time as a series of e-mails to an old friend who once owned a legendary record store here in Chicago. The story of the reissues really comes down to the technical limitations of two-track, four-track, eight-track, etc. recordings and the relative complexity of the music of the Beatles. Listening occurred on what would be considered an audiophile system with Quad 988's as the speakers. If following reading this review, you wish to read an expanded essay by me on the box sets, please visit The Beatles Wiki site by Hyperarts.

Please Please Me: The sound on the mono is just amazing. You can hear the echo in the room as John sings Anna. The vocals just soar. Ringo was just so good, even at this early stage and so was Paul. They supported and framed the songs so perfectly. And just think, in twenty-one minutes, or so, Twist And Shout! Stereo can't hold a candle to this, if for no other reason than the left/right "stereo" found later in With The Beatles, Rubber Soul and Revolver.

With The Beatles: As with Please Please Me, the mono sounds so, so, nice. As the stereo has that annoying left/right "stereo," no contest: mono hands down.

A Hard Day's Night: Seems better and more enjoyable in stereo. I think the reason is that they now had four tracks so George Martin could do proper stereo mixes and still have a mostly fresh first generationish sound. Remember, there were only two track available for Please Please Me.
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296 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb sounding mono Beatles experience September 9, 2009
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Those of us old enough to have experienced the Beatles first hand will never forget the excitement of hearing their latest release being played for the very first time. Each record as the band matured was invariably a step forward in creativity. And each release in those early days of FM and the continuing dominance of the AM format was invariably heard in Mono. Stereo was mixed differently in those days. In order to promote the new Stereo recording method as a distinct sonic experience from Mono, engineers created the widest possible soundstage with music heavily separated into the left and right speakers. If you really want to hear a typical difference in mixes listen to Cream's I Feel Free in both Mono and Stereo. The Stereo mix seems equally divided into each speaker with almost nothing coming from the center. As a result the music sounds diffuse and oddly unreal in the Stereo version with barely any bass at the bottom. The Mono mixdown, on the other hand, is sonically powerful and beautifully focused with Jack Bruce's 6-string bass and Clapton's amazing guitar solo now full-throated and much punchier. The Mono version is preferable even after all of these years of remasterings.

The Beatles recordings were similarly constructed with their earliest Stereo albums attempting to showcase the new recording method by separating the music into the widest possible soundstage. This was meant to be more lifelike than Mono but to my ears it always seemed to dilute the music a bit. On the Stereo albums Paul's bass lost a bit of its punch and never really reproduced the 'fat bottom' that anchored those beautifully recorded Beatle records. The wide dispersion of the vocals had a similar effect.
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292 of 311 people found the following review helpful
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FIRST! Watch out for counterfeits. They are all over the place. The fakes have flexible boxes rather than firm, sturdy boxes. The artwork is fuzzy and not as sharp as originals. The CDs are lighter to hold (just a bit) than the originals This is especially true on many Japanese issues whch were actually made in China. In one incident, some of the CDs were not able to play music on a standard USA CD player. So, be careful!

FAST FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! What is great about the original non-fake box set?

*Album (CD) covers are Exact replicas of those issued in the UK

*The CDs are replicas of the record labels issued in the UK

* The CD covers are larger than normal size making them very easy to handle and easier to read and enjoy!

* The booklet is large and full of info and photos

* Also, the "Help" and "Rubber Soul" CDs include the additional 1965 original stereo mixes on them so that is very cool.

* And please note that even though this is a USA Box set, ALL the CDs state that they were manufactured in Japan. That's actually a good thing.

* The four Beatles songs from YELLOW SUBMARINE album which were not previously issued in Mono on CD ARE included on the Mono Past Masters CD in this box set. They are "It's All Too Much", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog" and "It's Only A Northern Song".

* Wonderful, clear mono sound with special goodies like the Original Single Record version of "Help", the fast version of "She's Leaving Home" which is how Paul intended it to sound (By the way, when George Martin made his "Insightful Comments" on the "Making of the Pepper Album", he never talked about "She's Leaving Home" as he did not actually produce it in its entirety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique listening experience, even for committed stereophiles.
Outside of the singles, the stereo versions are my definitive preference, but I had heard the original mono versions long before getting this and even owned some on LP, and knew... Read more
Published 18 days ago by G&L Rocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say the Beatles are one of a kind. Nobody can replace them, ever!
Published 20 days ago by Louis Legowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fakes out there - Make sure you get a genuine issue !
Beware of the great number of counterfeits out there. Google it to see the distinctive
signs of the real vs the fakes. Read more
Published 21 days ago by LittleGreyDog
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles, as originally intended.
My second purchase of this most excellent box set. This time as a gift. First box purchased upon release, so I've digested this glorious set for a few years now. Read more
Published 24 days ago by edub
5.0 out of 5 stars How this material was meant to be heard by the ...
How this material was meant to be heard by the artists. No comparison to any other bundles, and I have the original MFSL box set to compare it to.
Published 1 month ago by OH.audiophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah nostalgia
I loved listening to the Beatles when I was a kid, though it was mostly taped and on the radio. Now I have my own collection of their music and this one is particularly good.
Published 1 month ago by Kania Dulac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Very clean reproductions of some of the very best music there has been
Published 1 month ago by Jeff A
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has choice, it's you that decides
The stereo releases always seemed a little cold and the heart removed from the recording. The stereo presentations revealed great detail but it feels like it was created by some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lincoln Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic box set - the beatles as they were meant to be heard
loved this box set - listening to Sgt Pepper in mono was like listening to it for the first time - the first 4 CD (Please Please Me, With the Beatles, Hard Day's Night & Beatles... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Flaming Pie! Beatles With an A+
I was one of the infidels who didn't really believe all the hype about the "masterful remastering". Read more
Published 3 months ago by William McQueen
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Actual list price on mono vinyl box: $379.95
Single album prices are inflated, too. Has Amazon become too big to care?
Jun 17, 2014 by Billy Music |  See all 9 posts
Is it really about the music, or the money?
There is a book, and I am not getting taken by the "limited" crap like with the cd box set. will wait to see if price comes down; look how much the stereo LP box set is selling for now vs when it came out!
Jun 16, 2014 by rock of ages |  See all 20 posts
Another "limited" set...
Your cd set is numbered?
Jul 8, 2014 by Mr. Mustard |  See all 7 posts
Mono, yes, but is it microgroove ?
From what I read they are actually selling a special edition Ortofon mono cartridge for these mono Beatles albums. To my knowledge though you do not need a mono cartridge to play these new records to get good results. I have the Bob Dylan Mono Box Set and it sounds great played with a regular... Read More
2 days ago by Red |  See all 4 posts
original please please me master tape was damaged Be the first to reply
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