Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Beatles Mono Mix CD Box Set - Features of This 13 Disc Set

By Jackson Weinheimer

Why Would Anyone Want To Listen To Mono Mixes?

It may be confusing to some younger Beatles fans who don't know the history or context of how The Beatles music was recorded in the 1960s that anyone would purposely want to listen to mono instead of stereo mixes of The Beatles albums. They may have a hard time understanding the importance of The Beatles Mono Box Set coming out on 9/9/9.

The "Original Intent" Of The Beatles

A lot of people want to hear these mono mixes because they feel they are the albums as The Beatles originally intended them to be heard. For the folks who want to listen to these original mono mixes for this reason it's all about preserving the historical record. They want to hear The Beatles just as their first fans in the '60s did.

For the band's first 10 studio albums their focus was primarily on the mono mixes, the stereo mixes were an afterthought in comparison. This is because at the time most people listened to music with a mono playback system so it only makes sense to be focused on what most people are going to be listening to.

Some Say They Sound Better

For some people it's less about the historic context and more about the sound. Some claim that the mono versions of albums such as Sgt. Pepper simply sound better than their stereo mix counterparts. Among those that have claimed that is John Lennon.

It makes sense in a way because the band spent so much time perfecting their mono mixes while stereo mixes were new and The Beatles approach to stereo mixing was quite "experimental" (because it was new and there weren't many "rules" on what you should do and shouldn't do).

The Beatles Mono Box Set Features

  • The Beatles first 10 studio albums in their original mono mixes on CD plus Mono Masters.
  • Mono Masters is a collection of all of The Beatles non album tracks in mono.
  • Includes every mono mix that The Beatles officially released in the 1960s!
  • The original stereo mixes of Rubber Soul & Help!
  • An essay on The Beatles.
  • New "LP replica" packaging.
  • The only way to get the mono mixes of The Beatles albums as they are not sold separately.

Quick Explanation Of The Stereo Mixes Of Rubber Soul & Help!

Why are they included? Because these are the original stereo mixes that were lost to history when The Beatles CDs were first released in the 1980s. At that time these original mixes were deemed to be too "weird" (these early stereo mixes were very experimental by later standards) so new ones were created. By including these original mixes (even if they are flawed) it sort of completes the historical record so that every mix originally released of The Beatles music in the '60s is now available on CD.

CLICK HERE to find out how you can order this box set online now. It's being released as a "limited edition" so it's a good idea to Order Online ASAP! This is your chance to hear the original mono mixes of legendary Beatles albums like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, Rubber Soul, A Hard Day's Night, Magical Mystery Tour, & The White Album.

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1 comment:

  1. This mono set blows the stereo one out of the water!