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 Strange Days
Joined: 10/18/2005
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I have mono editions (lp) of all the beatles stuff. The sound and mixes are MUCH better! It's because, as mentioned formally, few people had stereo players then and therefore the mono mixes were how the majority of fans heard the music at home or on am radio. Fm radio was only for classical music at that point. The Beatles and George Martin spent at least twice the time on the mono mixes for those reasons. Martin did the stereo mixes himself and without as much attention to detail.
If you ever get the chance, listen to "Surrealistic Pillow" By Jefferson Airplane, or "Axis: Bold As Love" In mono. You'll be surprised.
I'm not susgestion going backwards in musical reproduction/playback, but it might open your eyes a little.
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 11/13/2008 7:31:32 AM
From Wikipedia:

Abbey Road was the only Beatles album mainly recorded on an 8-track tape machine, rather than the 4-track machines that were used for prior Beatle albums. This is noticeable in the better sound separation and mixing of the drum kit. EMI's conservative management had not yet approved the use of their then-new 8-track Studer deck, and that accounts for why this was one of the rare Beatles albums to be recorded at three different studios (Trident, Olympic, and Abbey Road). The album was also the first to be recorded and mixed entirely on a solid state sound board, giving the album's sound a noticeably different "feel" from its predecessors; Harrison later remarked that the new sound was too "harsh" for his liking. Also, the Moog synthesizer is featured on the majority of tracks, not merely as a background effect, but sometimes playing a central role, as in "Because" where it's used for the middle 8. It is also prominent on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Here Comes the Sun".
Joined: 3/30/2009
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Posted: 10/25/2011 1:11:06 PM
Since the OP was up, There has been a mono box set released, as well as one remastered in stereo. By most accounts, the original mono is better.
Joined: 3/17/2008
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Posted: 10/26/2011 1:14:12 PM

If you ever see a MONO Abbey Road LP or CD it's DEFINATELY a fake.

Well, sort of. If you see an American Apple or Capitol label Abbey Road LP in mono, yep, it's a fake. But that isn't true for other parts of the world. I have seen several original issue import copies of Abbey Road in mono, and they were totally legitimate. As far as the CD, if you get the remastered mono box, you will have a truly legitimate mono Abbey Road CD.

The reason is: you can take any stereo recording and mix it to mono, but the opposite is not true (hence the plethora of "electronically reprocessed" stereo albums of the 60s). In poorer and less technologically advanced countries mono pressings were made into the mid seventies. Also, as AM radio was mono, and still had a large following (top 40 stations were mostly found on AM until the mid 80s-some as late as the early 90s), copies pressed for DJs were made in mono into the 80s and beyond, until AM stations caught up to the times.
Joined: 11/19/2005
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Posted: 10/29/2011 11:32:03 AM
I have an original Abbey Road and White Album LP's. I have them since they were new.
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