PLEASE NOTE: The mono mixes of the albums are exclusive to The Beatles In Mono box set.
The Beatles Mono Box Set contents:
- Please Please Me
- With The Beatles
- A Hard Day's Night
- Beatles For Sale
- Help! (mono mix CD debut) (also includes original 1965 stereo mix)
- Rubber Soul (mono mix CD debut) (also includes original 1965 stereo mix)
- Revolver (mono mix CD debut)
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (mono mix CD debut)
- Magical Mystery Tour (mono mix CD debut)
- The Beatles (White Album) (mono mix CD debut)
- Mono Masters (2-disc set of singles, EPs and rare tracks)
"The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around." -- Hugo Munday
Why mono, you ask? For starters, no less of an authority than Beatles producer George Martin is on record intimating that the mono mixes are superior. And the Beatles themselves are rumored to have left the studio once the mono mixing had been completed. Due to its one-track nature, mono allows more previously hidden details to come to the surface, including instrumental accents, fade-away lyrics, low-end frequencies, and all kinds of notes. Lacking the separation of instruments in the left and right channels, the sound is different, but it's also more vivid and present, simultaneously clearer and more physical. To many ears, mono is also more natural, particularly given that stereo was in its infancy during the recording of many Beatles records--and not even yet an option for its initial albums. So if you want to hear the Beatles as they were meant to be heard, mono is the way to go.
And there's no better way to experience it than in mono on this special collector's set aimed at enthusiasts that features 10 Beatles studio albums in mono, six of which are making their mono debut on CD. In addition, Help! and Rubber Soul each come with the original 1965 stereo mix, which have never before been heard on CD. There's more. Each album is packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves that include all of the original inserts and retain the original label designs. A white, glossy slip case holds it all together. This is a fanatic's dream.