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Old 08-25-2019, 01:10 PM
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Default The Beatles in Mono - what are my options?

So I promised myself I would get into the Beatles with my new hifi and would prefer to do so in Mono. I see the box set is available but very expensive considering its over double what it was at release.

What are my options if I am looking to hear all the albums at close to the originals as possible? I am wrong in thinking all the albums were done originally in mono?

I was emailing Michael Fremer and he implied they were going to be released individually in mono, but I haven't seen that yet.

Also, I have seen the Beatles EP Collection from Japan - what is the word on those pressings?

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Old 08-25-2019, 02:56 PM
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What are my options if I am looking to hear all the albums at close to the originals as possible? I am wrong in thinking all the albums were done originally in mono?

The closest to the 'originals' would be the actual albums released in the 60's. Thats because the mono releases that you are referring to were remastered prior to being reissued in mono. I personally like the remastered mono versions.

Most of the recordings of The Beatles were originally issued in Mono. I believe that only Let It Be and Abbey Road were initially released in Stereo.
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Old 08-25-2019, 03:17 PM
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In terms of quietness and sound quality you’ll save money in the long run just biting the bullet and getting the box set, IMHO.
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The newest remasters of Sergeant Pepper's and the Double White in stereo are superior to the 2009 remasters (I've heard only the digital versions).
I'd recommend these and Abbey Road in stereo.
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So I promised myself I would get into the Beatles with my new hifi and would prefer to do so in Mono. I see the box set is available but very expensive considering its over double what it was at release.

What are my options if I am looking to hear all the albums at close to the originals as possible? I am wrong in thinking all the albums were done originally in mono?

I was emailing Michael Fremer and he implied they were going to be released individually in mono, but I haven't seen that yet.

Also, I have seen the Beatles EP Collection from Japan - what is the word on those pressings?

Thanks!
You've got several options, unfortunately none of them are what I would consider "cheap". The best by far would be to secure original UK monos but you're going to pay a hefty price, plus worry about condition etc since all of these albums are going to be considered "collectors" items. I also have the Beatles box set in Mono on standard redbook CD....I believe this box was released in 2006 or 07, can't remember exactly but they sound pretty good as well. Unless you want to get into $$$ and the collectors market, the Mono Vinyl Box set of a few years ago is really the best way to go about doing this. They sound fantastic and you don't really have to worry about condition assuming it's a new set or only played a couple of times. I haven't looked but I guess these sets are going for quite a bit more money now that they're out of print? If you want to just go for it and not worry about everything else, this would be the way to go and be done with it. Remember that the Mono box set goes up to Magical Mystery Tour......Abbey Road and Let It Be isn't included since they're stereo albums.

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The newest remasters of Sergeant Pepper's and the Double White in stereo are superior to the 2009 remasters (I've heard only the digital versions).

I'd recommend these and Abbey Road in stereo.


The vinyl versions of these recent remasters are excellent as well.
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I bought the Mono LP boxset off Discogs from a Russian seller, about a year and a half ago, "factory sealed". It cost $450 and took forever to get here - and I wasn't always sure I'd get it at all. But it was worth the wait; the entire set sounds phenomenal and every disc is pressed on incredibly quiet pristine vinyl. Looking at DiscOgs now, the cheapest sets are in the $600s, unfortunately.

Compared to my one vintage Parlaphone mono pressing (Hard Day's Night), the sound quality is easily on par; the vintage pressing has a bit more air & sparkle up top, and the reissue is a bit smoother and way, way WAY quieter. Both are incredibly enjoyable, but the super-low noise floor of the reissue makes for a wonderful listening experience.
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Thanks for the replies!
I bought two mono box sets, one used and one unopened.
I figure I'll put the unopened one in the closet and hold it for awhile.
I also splurged on a Japanese Box Set of the EP's - absolutely mint!
I think its really cool and can't wait to run through all these records.
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Thanks for the replies!
I bought two mono box sets, one used and one unopened.
I figure I'll put the unopened one in the closet and hold it for awhile.
I also splurged on a Japanese Box Set of the EP's - absolutely mint!
I think its really cool and can't wait to run through all these records.
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Thanks for the replies!
I bought two mono box sets, one used and one unopened.
I figure I'll put the unopened one in the closet and hold it for awhile.
I also splurged on a Japanese Box Set of the EP's - absolutely mint!
I think its really cool and can't wait to run through all these records.

Enjoy and keep us updated about your experiences!
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