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Not great,but the best available
on January 9, 2015
Currently, this is the 'best' pckg of The Beatles' US albums on CD, but the competition for this 'award' is pretty pathetic. This volume from 2006 contains 'The Early Beatles'; 'Beatles VI'; 'Help!'; & 'Rubber Soul'. The only reason I prefer this box is that, at the very least, it does use the correct Capitol mixes originally used on the LPs. The re-mastering is the usual---sounds very loud + all the highs & lows are essentially whacked off, leaving you w/nothing but the mid-range. On the earlier albums, where the group was constrained to 4 tx or less, it doesn't sound as bad. But as the group became more creative in the studio, using more instruments & vocals, it makes a big difference. Everything has to be 'squeezed' into the mid-range. It's as if all the tx have to compete for space. The result is rather like a muddy mess, & it can become difficult to hear all the instruments used. After the new US albums set was released by Apple, this pckg was suddenly going for as much as $250! Apparently, it's been re-released, probably due to popular demand when the public found out what a rip-off the new set was, as it didn't even use the original Capitol mixes for most of the songs, making the entire project pointless. For now, it's the best one can do, as far as official releases go. Alternate, 'rare' versions are out there that sound exponentially better than this, but these have become impossible to find. My biggest gripe is that 'Yesterday & Today' wasn't included in this set.