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Rubber Soul [Mono LP]
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The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. THE BEATLES RUBBER SOUL is released in mono on 180-gram vinyl with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.
In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles' albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging.
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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.
In My Life
If I Needed Someone
What Goes on
(All of Their other songs on here)
The Album Cover itself
Should have Considered putting Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out but thats Minor
You will Love, As you know i Sure did