In 1966 & 1967 The Beatles had successfully conquered the world as far as popularity was concerned, but they were not content with that. They wanted to push the boundaries of what popular music could be and that's exactly what they did on 1966's Revolver and 1967's Sgt. Pepper.
Revolver & Sgt. Pepper are considered by many music critics to be the pinnacle of The Beatles career as it was a time when The Beatles were not satisfied with just writing catchy songs, instead they wanted to create real works of art in the popular music format so they came up with incredible songs like "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "A Day in the Life" (which are the album closers for these two albums).
So if you're reading this article you are probably already a pretty big Beatles fan and I don't think I need to explain further why these two albums are so great. Instead I probably need to focus on the real topic which is why the mono mixes of these two albums are such "must hear albums" for true Beatles fans.
You have to understand the context of 1966 and 1967. At that time most people listened to music on mono playback systems so it only made sense that The Beatles would focus on their mono mixes while spending very little time and energy working on the stereo mixes (stereo was considered something of a "fad" at the time, believe it or not).
If you don't want to take my word for it then consider what The Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick said in his book: "True Beatles fans would do well to avail themselves of the mono versions of Sgt. Pepper and Revolver because far more time and effort went into those mixes than into the stereo mixes."
The Beatles Mono Box Set
On September 9, 2009 the original mono mixes of these albums (and all of The Beatles albums through The White Album) will finally be available on CD as a part of The Beatles Mono Box Set. It's important to note that these original mono mixes will not be available for individual purchase, only as a part of the box set.
Buy The Beatles Box Sets.
Geoff Emerick on The Beatles. Quotes from Emerick on The Beatles mono mixes vs. their stereo mixes. Emerick was The Beatles recording engineer from Revolver on.
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