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#271992 - 09/09/09 05:52 PM New Beatles release...
gary135r Offline
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I have never owned much Beatles music but these new remastered releases have intrigued me to the point of ordering three CD's from Amazon today. I have read good reviews about these recordings as far as the audio quality goes. Has anybody listened to any of these new releases? What do you think?
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#272001 - 09/09/09 06:25 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: gary135r]
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I would love to hear what people think about the mono vs. stereo thing. The dude over at Gizmodo seems to be extraordinarily interested in the mono releases, but I'd rather hear what people I trust (other than that whole Steely Dan adoration thing--blech) have to say about it.
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#272016 - 09/09/09 08:51 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: Ken.C]
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I almost stopped at the store on the way home today to get one of the sets, but I didn't. For some reason, I'd like to get the mono version, but it looks like it's going to be very hard to find until another batch comes out.
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#272020 - 09/09/09 09:43 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: St_PatGuy]
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I'm no huge Beatles fan... but if the remastering for the rest of the catalog is as good as the job done on the LOVE disc, they should sound extraordinary!
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#272052 - 09/10/09 02:50 AM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
I'm no huge Beatles fan... but if the remastering for the rest of the catalog is as good as the job done on the LOVE disc, they should sound extraordinary!


OMG! These are fantastic! So far I’ve only sampled some songs from the stereo not the mono re-master and it’s incredible. Doesn’t matter so far if it’s the earlier or later albums so far every re-master I’ve listened to sounds better than either of the other 2 CD versions I have no vinyl comparisons until I get to my dad’s house this weekend.

Examples like “Money (That’s What I Want)” not only sound better to me in stereo but the entire frequency range is clearer and more detailed. Best comparison I could make is switching between AM and FM simulcasts of the same music. The re-master sounds like John Lennon is standing right in front of me vs listening on a cheap AM radio. The radical stereo separation takes some getting use to but seem more natural after listing to multiple tracks. Some songs like “Twist and Shout” sound a little odd at first with all the vocals coming from the right speaker but the improved detail, dynamics naturalness of the vocals is still a slam dunk.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” sounds so much more dynamic and the depth of the soundstage expands many feet.

“Octopus’s Garden” and “Here Comes the Sun” explode in a wall of sound with more bass and more detail than I’ve ever heard.

Just to test that I wasn’t imagining things I set Media Monkey to level match and randomly select tracks. So far out of about 25 songs I’ve been able to identify the re-master 100% of the time within the first 5-20 seconds. No A/B comparison needed. Every time one of the re-masters started playing I just started breaking out in s great big

If you are a Beatles fan this is a must have. If your not a Beatles fan after hearing this then you’re just sick and should get help.


Almost forgot some of the harshness I use to here I higher volumes on my older copies…not there anymore. Which is funny cause I’m still using Axiom speakers.


Edited by grunt (09/10/09 03:05 AM)
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#272068 - 09/10/09 06:21 AM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: grunt]
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I haven't bought a cd in quite a while. A must have ya say, well it looks like I might have to go out shopping. Love the Beatles.
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#272070 - 09/10/09 06:40 AM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: Wid]
grunt Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
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I’ve done some more random selections between the different versions and have been stumped on a few of them now not being able to tell the re-master when randomly selected. On all I could tell the difference when A/B comparing except one. I can’t any difference even when A/B comparing “Across the Universe.” I’d say it’s less then 10% where I can’t tell the difference and so far it’s mostly been on “Let it be” and “Abby Road.”
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#272119 - 09/10/09 06:37 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: Wid]
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Registered: 02/23/04
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Loc: Illinois.
I went to Best Buy at lunch..........plenty of the Beatles's new stereo remastered CD'S (Digi-pack) $13.99. There was a sign there saying the "Mono" sets were no longer available on line, at BB, and I didn't see any in the store, either. They look well done....but I didn't have time to read if they are "gold discs" like the Rolling Stones releases were.
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#272123 - 09/10/09 10:21 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: LT61]
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Registered: 11/08/05
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Loc: Holbrook, MA
I just bought (stereo versions) The White album, Sgt. Pepper, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Let It Be and Abbey Road.

I am listening to side one of the White Album. I had this record album when I was a kid and I know it intimately. It is simply amazing. I felt kind of silly purchasing these but I am thrilled. I am quite simply astonished.

They were only 11.88 at Newbury Comics. The White Album was 17.88.

I listened to Revolver a lot this summer. I always chuckled at the stereo mix. I can't wait to listen to how they did it this time around.

Blackbird is playing right now and it is drop dead gorgeous.
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#272229 - 09/11/09 11:28 PM Re: New Beatles release... [Re: gary135r]
LT61 Offline
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Registered: 02/23/04
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Loc: Illinois.
Gary,

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