you basically can only find it on ebay. it is generally avail on LP as an item up for bidding. it is also avail in CD format, but is illegal, (as it is a bootleg) this album (the mono verion) has never been released in the USA.
hi gregg it appears it will be. on 09/09/09 apple will be releasing all the beatles albums in remstered form. two box sets will be released. these albums will be in the original UK sequencing. one set will be in stereo. the other in mono. the stereo versions will also be released individually. i have not read if the mono versions will. go to the official beatles website for additional info btw check out the video on amazon or beatles website to hear samples of the remasters. they are fabulous
not in the case of the beatles catalog. the mono mixes are far superior in terms of rawness. they have a rougher sound plus the songs themselves (in the case of the white album) are different in length and content (helter skelter, obla-di, while my guitar, etc). it is not uncommon for beatles fans to own both stereo and mono and anerican and british versions due to until sgt peppers amer and brit song track listings are far different. being amer i am much more familliar with the amer releases tho the british releases are superior.
While the albums are significant for the alternate mixes, the stereo versions sound better, cleaner..lot less clutter given the limitations of four track recording. I own all the mono versions on vinyl from the eighties U.K. re-issues. Some of the differences-like the ones just mentioned, are pretty jaw dropping-especially if the stereo versions are the only ones one had been familiar with for decades on end. Bur again, in my opinion, the stereo versions-particularly of the post Rubber Soul albums-are a more pleasing aural experience. Hopefully, the remastering will improve on the aforementioned shortcomings of the mono mixes.
i think its a matter of preferrence, i think abbey road or sgt peppers would not sound as great in mono, but all the early albums up to revolver are better in mono (esp. the white album). it will be interesting to hear the remasters. from the snippets i've heard, they sound fantastic but new controversies will arise as technically you have new versions of every song (will every note be in exactly the same spot as in the originals, will instruments be more or less noticable, how will vocals and harmomys now sound, etc)
you are correct abbey road was never released in mono in the us or uk it was however released in south anerican countries, i have a copy of both abbey and let it be that were released in south america. i think uou misunderstood my comment about revolver. i know it came out before the white one. i was merely stating my preference for the white in mono
In my opinion, the mono mixes of every Beatles album through 'Revolver' are clearly superior. However, in the cases of 'Sgt. Pepper', 'Magical Mystery Tour' and 'The White Album', I much prefer the stereo mixes. Why ? Because these later albums had lots of little instrumental flourishes and vocal add-ons that seem to disappear when listening in mono. 'The White Album', in particular, is the one Beatles album prior to 'Abbey Road' that REALLY seems to benefit from a stereo mix --it gives that album a more full, dramatic sound which suits the mood of the recording. That's my two cents, anyway.
I agree with your statement that the mono version has a more edgy rock feel. But the little things such as, for example, "Helter Skelter" not returning after the original fade-out (and therefore losing Ringo's infamous yell "I've got blisters on my fingers !"), as well as certain vocal overdubs that are missing throughout the album are what make me prefer the stereo mix. That's all.
George Martin - and all of EMI's engineers - spent far, far longer mixing down the songs in mono. Back then, stereo was still kind of a new "fad." Not everyone had a stereo player, but everyone had a record player in mono. So, if you really want to hear the superior mixing methods and superb editing and punch in's and punch out's, the mono versions are the ones to listen to. The stereo mixes were usually sloughed off on some EMI engineer to do, unobserved, in the wee hours of the morning, long after the Beatles and George Martin had gone off to bed.