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The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release.
Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.
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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???