Agreed: mono. The stereo would be nice if it followed standard stereo conventions but the sound more like a 3year old fiddling with the balance knobs. You get voices hard panned to one side, classical instruments hard panned to the other... Terrible.
The Stereo version. It's considered chic to say mono, and there are some interesting differences to be sure (I've got both), but the STEREO version let's you get closer to the arragements. The seperation of the instuments. Sometimes you get harmony vocals on different speakers, I think it's quite cool. Nothing wrong with the MONO version, I prefer the STEREO version - and dispite the popular opinion that the Beatles were there for the mono mix and not the Stereo mix, that's a bit of a fairy tale. You notice the version that they put available for the general masses is the STEREO version. the mono is only available in the MONO box, what does that tell you about what the Beatles think? C.L. Messina what album are you listening to? The Sgt Pepper Album is a four track recording, the hard panning of vocals to one side and instruments to the other are on the Beatles first 2 albums only not Sgt. Pepper.