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Magical Mystery Tour
Limited Edition, Imported ed.
Audio CD | Enhanced, Remastered, Digipack
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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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Besides those 2 songs, Magical Mystery Tour has some very over-looked songs. Like Blue Jay Way and Baby, You're a Rich Man. These 2 albums give a good representation of The Beatles at their peak of creativity. After this, their creativity slowly descended. Sure, The White Album is great but it's not the same. I never cared much for Abbey Road and Let It Be.
So all in all, you need this album. I Am The Walrus is worth the price of the entire album.
Like many Beatles fans, I grew up listening to them in the 60's. They made a violent and polarizing time in America more bearable. In the 60's, I bought and played their LP's until they were damaged beyond repair. I bought into digital music in the 80's only to find that it paled in comparison to pure analog. I should have bought more pure analog LP's while I had the chance, but, thought the medium was gone, whether I liked it or not. Finally I found vintage equipment (Sansui 6700 Receiver, Marantz Model 6300 Turntable, and JBL S312BE Speakers) and set out to spend mega money on EBAY for sealed analog LP's from the 60's and 70's. Unfortunately, many albums made in the 70's were made of cheap thin vinyl and were often warped or had defects/noise when new and right out of the package, but, I persevered and have a good collection of Beatles and other pure Analog LP's and some 45's.
You don't have to spend Mega money, however, as these mono releases are superb in quality and sound. There is very little noise, often none between songs. The LP's are flat as they are 180 grams, and most importantly these LP's sound warm and beautiful. I just sat back, closed my eyes and let the music and harmonizing soothe my soul. I did not buy the box set for $375. I bought each individually. This along with a $40 reduction for applying for a credit card brought the total to about $250, and if you get a defective album, you can send it back instead of the whole box.
Remember though, "Let it Be" and "Abbey Road" are not included in the box set as they were only made in stereo. Capital US releases like "The Beatles Again" and "Beatles 65" won't be there either, but, you will find those songs in these mono releases anyway.
Thank you Apple/EMI/Optimal Media (Germany) for giving audiophiles what they've wanted for so many years. You did good.
And the packaging, though of the hated-by-me digipack, is superb. If they were all as nicely done as this I would be a convert to the idea of CDs in cardboard. After all, I loved the LP gatefold when they happened. If only someone would figure a way of making the booklet material larger and more readable I'd be singing the praises of the digipack as the saviour of the disc. At least this one folds up properly (unlike Rubber Soul).
I'm not fond of the horrible ping-pong array still used on this master, originally caused by limitations of the recording technology and the limitations of the imagination of the engineers, only just by now getting the idea that Stereo was A Thing and Mono Was Dying and Good Riddance. I have to say (well, I don't *have* to but I'm going to) that I wish that the remaster had been able to fix that with a decent proper stereo pan throughout. Many purists will differ with me. Oh well.
The ping-pong master, with sound levels that are there in a channel one minute and completely gone the next, plays hell with the software of my surround sound soundbar c/w wireless subwoofer and I have to disable the surround sound to get an acceptable reproduction (and so will you). By Abbey Road the cross channel bleed needed to get a decent stereo pan would be available and properly understood by the engineers.
The master of *this* recording is a lot better than that of Rubber Soul in this respect thanks in part to the availability of the 8 track desk (RS was done on a four track). The downsides are more noticeable on tracks like "I Am The Walrus" than "Hello Goodbye", and more noticeable in headphones than from speakers set up properly.
The music sounds like it was recorded yesterday, and much kudos to all involved for that. I wish they'd turn their attention to 10cc's "Sheet Music" and save the day there.
All in all a stellar job in saving an important and just damn listenable album from the effects of entropy.