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Audio CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, September 8, 2009
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 24-AUG-1988
The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright
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This review is coming a year late as I didn't even think of writing a review on the Vinyl 2010 issue even though it is SIGNIFICANT in what it is......
And namely, what it is, dear people, is an 'RE-1' issue that I will bet a double cheeseburger is from the 2009 digital remasters that blew everyone away when they
came out on cd. As Abbey Road is the only Beatles lp still in print in the United States this kind of makes sense. But the other big surprise is that it's pressed on
188 gram (yeah, I weighed it) Virgin Vinyl and I will go on record as saying that it does sound significantly better than even my British/UK first pressing with no banding!
If your a Beatles junkie you probably remember that a few years back they re-released AR with a T-shirt in a box-I didn't buy one of those but looking up release information
on the internet, it seems that indeed, there was a 'fresh' vinyl remastering for the album, and it does look like somebody at
capitol used the new Digital tapes as the master. It doesn't say anything on the jacket, and in fact it seems like Best Buy was selling a DIFFERENT US pressing than this one I bought from Amazon!?? That makes no sense unless they still had old stock on the 1992 issue, which would look like this one and have the same catalog number: C1 07777-46446-17.
But again, the first thing that caught my attention when I pulled out the record was it's weight, then when I looked in the dead wax area and saw the 'RE-1' inscription, I got very excited. And I still am! I've compared this again to the original British first pressing Apple issue, the BC-13 analogue issue, the British DMM 1995 Re-Issue, the Mobile Fidelity Half Speed Mastered version, and the earlier US Capitol issues, and this one sounds better than all of them! It just sounds 'right' without a hint of Digital-ness. So again, the hobby of collecting vinyl takes an unexpected turn for the better. Who would have thought that a humble US pressing in the year 2010 would trump all other versions???