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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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The record manufacturer must be taking them out of the vinyl press too soon trying to pump out the albums ..... unfortunately leads to junk!
Will seek return/replacements however expectations are low that a replacement will be better.
More cynical, less bubbly lyrics, a la Dylan. "You Won't See Me," "Think For Yourself," "I'm Looking Through You" "Nowhere Man" and "Run For Your Life" are just among the far cries from "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Even John gets introspective with "In My Life," a song that he wrote when he was just turning 25...no longer quite so young.
One standout track is "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." Here, George Harrison plays a sitar, the first time ever that an Indian instrument was ever heard on pop or rock album. George started getting into Indian music while they were filming HELP! during the Indian restaurant scene. Later that year, he flew out to L.A. to meet Jim (later Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby from The Byrds. When he told them about this new form of music he discovered, they mentioned Ravi Shankar's music to him...something, and someone, that literally changed the rest of his life.
What's amazing about this album is the amount of time it took to record it to meet the Christmas '65 deadline...just over a month! When 1966 arrived, The Beatles did something they hadn't done since first recording for EMI in 1962...they took a break. For three months, they did no recording, no concerts, no TV or radio appearances. It gave them time enough to record their next masterpiece...REVOLVER!
Rubber Soul was The Beatles' first, and in my opinion, best concept album, and CD did it justice. Not sure why Track Listing changed since '65 release but sound was sharp, clear with probably maximum achievable fidelity.
Yes, early stereo can be fatiguing and depth of field is limited but group's sixth studio album was a very enjoyable, and nostalgic listening experience.
There was no way I was "not" going to get a copy of this. For the record, I do own an American pressing (Apple) and a British Parlophone from the box set issued in the late seventies. I did own an original Parlophone from the 1960's, but it was too worn for any reasonable comparison. The American version I like for the aborted beginning on "I'm looking through you" and it also sound pretty good. The British version definitely sounds better than the american but a tad different from the re-issue. To say one is better, is subjective and "apples and oranges" to me
Analog sound has it's strengths and weaknesses as does some digital remasters. Digital sound is much better than that of the past and it really boils down to who is the engineer on the project. Despite the pressing problems, I do think they have done a nice job on these.
What is really exciting to me, is that this event has got all the "diehard fans" excited again. One thing we all have in common is that we love this band and can never get enough of them. Hopefully, they will work all the pressing problems out and when and if the issue the mono versions, they will learn from this and not repeat the same mistakes.