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The Beatles in Mono (The Complete Mono Recordings) Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Limited digitally remastered thirteen CD box set that contains the 10 albums originally released by The Beatles in mono (1963's Please Please Me up through 1968's The White Album) plus two further discs of mono singles masters. As an added bonus, the mono Help! and Rubber Soul discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts and label designs retained. At the beginning of the '60s, stereophonic recordings were just coming into their own but many households didn't own stereophonic record players. In most cases, an album would originally be mixed in mono for mass consumption and then separately mixed in stereo for those with modern equipment. As the '60s wore on, mono mixes became secondary over stereo and then were eventually abandoned altogether. The Beatles' first 10 albums were mixed twice: once in mono and then in stereo. The mono mixes were sometimes strikingly different to the stereo mixes, which has ensured their collectability over the years. This box contains all the officially released Beatles mono mixes in one limited edition box set. Capitol.

The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around. -- Hugo Munday

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Saw Her Standing There [Mono Version]
  2. Misery [Mono Version]
  3. Anna (Go to Him) [Mono Version]
  4. Chains [Mono Version]
  5. Boys [Mono Version]
  6. Ask Me Why [Mono Version]
  7. Please Please Me [Mono Version]
  8. Love Me Do [Mono Version]
  9. P.S. I Love You [Mono Version]
  10. Baby It's You [Mono Version]
  11. Do You Want to Know a Secret [Mono Version]
  12. A Taste of Honey
  13. There's a Place [Mono Version]
  14. Twist and Shout [Mono Version]

Disc: 2

  1. It Won't Be Long [Mono Version]
  2. All I've Got to Do [Mono Version]
  3. All My Loving [Mono Version]
  4. Don't Bother Me [Mono Version]
  5. Little Child [Mono Version]
  6. Till There Was You [Mono Version]
  7. Please Mister Postman
  8. Roll Over Beethoven [Mono Version]
  9. Hold Me Tight [Mono Version]
  10. You Really Got a Hold on Me [Mono Version]
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man [Mono Version]
  12. Devil in Her Heart [Mono Version]
  13. Not a Second Time [Mono Version]
  14. Money (That's What I Want) [Mono Version]

Disc: 3

  1. A Hard Day's Night [Mono Version]
  2. I Should Have Known Better [Mono Version]
  3. If I Fell [Mono Version]
  4. I'm Happy Just to Dance with You [Mono Version]
  5. And I Love Her [Mono Version]
  6. Tell Me Why [Mono Version]
  7. Can't Buy Me Love [Mono Version]
  8. Any Time at All
  9. I'll Cry Instead [Mono Version]
  10. Things We Said Today [Mono Version]
  11. When I Get Home [Mono Version]
  12. You Can't Do That [Mono Version]
  13. I'll Be Back [Mono Version]

Disc: 4

  1. No Reply [Mono Version]
  2. I'm a Loser [Mono Version]
  3. Baby's in Black [Mono Version]
  4. Rock and Roll Music [Mono Version]
  5. I'll Follow the Sun [Mono Version]
  6. Mr. Moonlight [Mono Version]
  7. Kansas City: Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  8. Eight Days a Week [Mono Version]
  9. Words of Love [Mono Version]
  10. Honey Don't [Mono Version]
  11. Every Little Thing [Mono Version]
  12. I Don't Want to Spoil the Party [Mono Version]
  13. What You're Doing [Mono Version]
  14. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby [Mono Version]

Disc: 5

  1. Help! [from the Film "Help! "]
  2. The Night Before [from the Film "Help! "]
  3. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [from the Film "Help! "]
  4. I Need You [from the Film "Help! "]
  5. Another Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
  6. You're Going to Lose That Girl [from the Film "Help! "]
  7. Ticket to Ride [from the Film "Help! "]
  8. Act Naturally [Mono Version]
  9. It's Only Love [Mono Version]
  10. You Like Me Too Much [Mono Version]
  11. Tell Me What You See [Mono Version]
  12. I've Just Seen a Face [Mono Version]
  13. Yesterday [Mono Version]
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [Mono Version]
  15. Help! [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  16. The Night Before [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  17. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  18. I Need You [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  19. Another Girl [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  20. You're Going to Lose That Girl [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  21. Ticket to Ride [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  22. Act Naturally [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  23. It's Only Love [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  24. You Like Me Too Much [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  25. Tell Me What You See [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  26. I've Just Seen a Face [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  27. Yesterday [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  28. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]

Disc: 6

  1. Drive My Car [Mono Version]
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Mono Version]
  3. You Won't See Me [Mono Version]
  4. Nowhere Man [Mono Version]
  5. Think for Yourself [Mono Version]
  6. The Word [Mono Version]
  7. Michelle [Mono Version]
  8. What Goes On [Mono Version]
  9. Girl [Mono Version]
  10. I'm Looking Through You [Mono Version]
  11. In My Life [Mono Version]
  12. Wait [Mono Version]
  13. If I Needed Someone [Mono Version]
  14. Run for Your Life [Mono Version]
  15. Drive My Car [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  16. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Versio
  17. You Won't See Me [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  18. Nowhere Man [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  19. Think for Yourself [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  20. The Word [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  21. Michelle [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  22. What Goes On [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  23. Girl [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  24. I'm Looking Through You [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  25. In My Life [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  26. Wait [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  27. If I Needed Someone [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]
  28. Run for Your Life [Original 1965 Stereo Mix] [Version]

Disc: 7

  1. Taxman [Mono Version]
  2. Eleanor Rigby [Mono Version]
  3. I'm Only Sleeping [Mono Version]
  4. Love You To [Mono Version]
  5. Here, There and Everywhere [Mono Version]
  6. Yellow Submarine [Mono Version]
  7. She Said She Said [Mono Version]
  8. Good Day Sunshine [Mono Version]
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing [Mono Version]
  10. For No One [Mono Version]
  11. Doctor Robert [Mono Version]
  12. I Want to Tell You [Mono Version]
  13. Got to Get You into My Life [Mono Version]
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows [Mono Version]

Disc: 8

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Mono Version]
  2. With a Little Help from My Friends [Mono Version]
  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds [Mono Version]
  4. Getting Better [Mono Version]
  5. Fixing a Hole [Mono Version]
  6. She's Leaving Home [Mono Version]
  7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! [Mono Version]
  8. Within You Without You [Mono Version]
  9. When I'm Sixty-Fout [Mono Version]
  10. Lovely Rita [Mono Version]
  11. Good Morning Good Morning [Mono Version]
  12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Mono Version]
  13. A Day in the Life [Mono Version]

Disc: 9

  1. Magical Mystery Tour [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  2. The Fool on the Hill [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  3. Flying [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  4. Blue Jay Way [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  5. Your Mother Should Know [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  6. I Am the Walrus [from the Film "Magical Mystery Tour"]
  7. Hello, Goodbye [Mono Version]
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever [Mono Version]
  9. Penny Lane [Mono Version]
  10. Baby, You're a Rich Man [Mono Version]
  11. All You Need Is Love [Mono Version]

Disc: 10

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R. [Mono Version]
  2. Dear Prudence [Mono Version]
  3. Glass Onion [Mono Version]
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da [Mono Version]
  5. Wild Honey Pie [Mono Version]
  6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill [Mono Version]
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Mono Version]
  8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun [Mono Version]
  9. Martha My Dear [Mono Version]
  10. I'm So Tired [Mono Version]
  11. Blackbird [Mono Version]
  12. Piggies [Mono Version]
  13. Rocky Raccoon [Mono Version]
  14. Don't Pass Me By [Mono Version]
  15. Why Don't We Do It in the Road? [Mono Version]
  16. I Will [Mono Version]
  17. Julia [Mono Version]

Disc: 11

  1. Birthday [Mono Version]
  2. Yer Blues [Mono Version]
  3. Mother Nature's Son [Mono Version]
  4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey [Mono Version
  5. Sexy Sadie [Mono Version]
  6. Helter Skelter [Mono Version]
  7. Long, Long, Long [Mono Version]
  8. Revolution I [Mono Version]
  9. Honey Pie [Mono Version]
  10. Savoy Truffle [Mono Version]
  11. Cry Baby Cry [Mono Version]
  12. Revolution 9 [Mono Version]
  13. Good Night [Mono Version]

Disc: 12

  1. Love Me Do [Original Single Version]
  2. From Me to You [Mono Version]
  3. Thank You Girl [Mono Version]
  4. She Loves You [Mono Version]
  5. I'll Get You [Mono Version]
  6. I Want to Hold Your Hand [Mono Version]
  7. This Boy [Mono Version]
  8. Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand [Mono Version]
  9. Sie Liebt Dich [Mono Version]
  10. Long Tall Sally [Mono Version]
  11. I Call Your Name [Mono Version]
  12. Slow Down [Mono Version]
  13. Matchbox [Mono Version]
  14. I Feel Fine [Mono Version]
  15. She's a Woman [Mono Version]
  16. Bad Boy [Mono Version]
  17. Yes It Is [Mono Version]
  18. I'm Down [Mono Version]

Disc: 13

  1. Day Tripper [Mono Version]
  2. We Can Work It Out [Mono Version]
  3. Paperback Writer [Mono Version]
  4. Rain [Mono Version]
  5. Lady Madonna [Mono Version]
  6. The Inner Light [Mono Version]
  7. Hey Jude [Mono Version]
  8. Revolution [Mono Version]
  9. Only a Northern Song [Mono Version]
  10. All Together Now [Mono Version]
  11. Hey Bulldog [Mono Version]
  12. It's All Too Much [Mono Version]
  13. Get Back [Mono Version]
  14. Don't Let Me Down [Mono Version]
  15. Across the Universe [Mono Version]
  16. You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) [Mono Version]

Product Details

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  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • 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: EMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)
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Introduction: The following is pretty much a full review of both the mono and stereo CD reissues from 2009 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 CD 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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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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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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