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5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Submarine...Revisited & Remastered, September 10, 2009
This review is from: Yellow Submarine (Audio CD)
As to avoid any confusion, this review is specifically for the remastered version of "Yellow Submarine" since many past reviews are appearing here.

I began my quest to obtain all of the Beatles' remastered CD's with this one per my son's request; he loves the movie as well the music, so this one was an obvious choice for him!

With all of the hype surrounding the release of the remasters, I went into it with a lot of expectations, & after hearing the opening of the title track, my wife & I were believers immediately; our collective "WOW!" reaction was all it took!

The difference between this & the original 1990 CD issue is literally like night & day; the sound is greatly improved & the clarity is incredible. Of course, the technology to achieve this was not there in 1990, so for what it was, it was good; but this is astounding!

If the band tracks are not enough to convince you, listen to George Martin's orchestral score beginning with "Pepperland"; in short, it will take your breath away! Lush strings, horns & percussion all come to the forefront like never before; the sound is so beautiful & crystal clear that you feel as if you're there in the studio with them.

Do not hesitate to buy all of the remasters...I certainly won't!
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009 3:17:40 PM PDT
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what about the 1999 remix CD? How does it fair to that one?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2009 2:43:34 PM PDT
Gary,

While the '99 CD (which I have, also) was a big improvement soundwise, IMHO, this new remaster even blows that away. They issued it as a companion to the DVD release at the time & to include the songs in the film not appearing on the original (Nowhere Man, Eleanor Rigby, etc), & also excluding the George Martin score. You have to hear the new remaster for yourself & be the judge, but I think you'll be quite impressed; it hasn't left my CD player since I bought it!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 6:50:54 PM PDT
One thing that got me about the '99 release of YS was the fact that on 'It's All Too Much', whoever remixed the album relegated the Hammond organ to the back of the mix, when it should have been at the front. Tell me, has this been corrected on the remaster?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 6:51:13 PM PDT
One thing that got me about the '99 release of YS was the fact that on 'It's All Too Much', whoever remixed the album relegated the Hammond organ to the back of the mix, when it should have been at the front. Tell me, has this been corrected on the remaster?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 7:40:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2009 5:35:32 PM PDT
EC...

Yes, you are correct about the '99 release; the organ part was pushed further back, but that has been remedied on the new remaster. Not only have they made the instrumentation much better, the percussion & especially the vocals are more prominent this time, particularly the background vocals.

At the time of the '99 CD release, longtime Abbey Road studio engineer/producer Peter Mew was in charge of the digital remastering for the soundtrack as well as subsequent DVD release of the film, but is not on the new remasters. The 5.1 surround remix he did for the DVD sounds incredible; everything is heard very clearly & distinctly. But the companion CD does have some moments, such as the case with "It's All Too Much" as you mentioned, where some of the instrumentation is indeed relegated to the background.

Mew has done the remastering on CD reissues for EMI artists such as Love Sculpture, The Move & Terry Reid, just to name a few, & has drawn criticism for his use (or overuse, most say) of the SonicSolutions "No Noise" noise reduction system, which eliminates tape hiss & other abnormalities on recordings of that period; but which also in some cases, eliminates much of the original dynamics & ambience. His remastering techniques have also been criticized, in which he favored a huge boost in volume, high & low ends, but practically eliminating the mids.

On these new remasters, everything is noticibly louder & clearer, but still maintaining the diginity of the original recordings as closely as possible. The vocals are especially prominent, & actually, in "It's All Too Much", I hear background vocals that I didn't hear before.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 1:27:15 AM PDT
After reading your review I think I need to have the new remastered edition. But, as a fan of the film, I hope they will eventually do a full soundtrack album, with all the songs and all of the background music in the order they appear in the film. I believe Yellow Submarine deserves that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 5:25:03 PM PDT
R.J...

I agree completely. What with all of the Beatles merchandising becoming available with respect to the release of the remastered albums and RockBand, I'm very surprised that there hasn't been a 40th anniversary reissue of the Yellow Submarine film on DVD, especially on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, the '99 DVD is now out of print, but the companion '99 songtrack CD which began this discussion is, to my knowledge, still in print. I think YS more than deserves to be available on DVD again & would look & sound incredible in the Blu-ray format.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 8:55:33 AM PST
Andrew K says:
I agree.. This remaster is a big improvement over the old CD, which sounded horrible.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 3:41:58 AM PST
I certainly agree with the statement, that comparing this new remastered version to the 1990 release, is like day and night. Compared to the 1999 remixed and remastered version I'm not so sure which one to prefer. Sound on both versions is excellent; but I must admit that I never liked the primitive stereo with the lead-vocals often only in one channel. This is not the case in the 1999 version. It also seems to me that "All You Need is Love" sounds better on the 1999 version. The George Martin Orchestra music, does not do anything for me, so I actually thought it was great to replace them with Beatles songs, that were connected to the movie.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 12:40:50 AM PDT
The 1999 reissue is a totally different alternate Yellow Submarine album. It lacks the George Martin Orchestral tracks but adds in a number of then popular Beatles songs to make a sort of greatest hits album. The 1999 track listing is totally different from the 1990 or 2009 CDs or Nineteen Sixties LP. Only sharing about 6 songs (I think). Amazon has the reviews all jumbled up and mixed up. In fact the 1999 alternate version seems to be out of print for the time being.
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