180g Double Vinyl Mono LP!
All-Analog Remastered from the 1/4" Master Tapes at Abbey Road and Pressed at Optimal in Germany!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 29/500!
"This mono mix though, makes obvious that mono continued to be the Beatles preference. Its a more masterful and well-blended mix and if youre only familiar with the stereo mix youll hear many startling differences... In fact everything about the Helter Skelter mono mix stomps all over the stereo mixespecially the false ending and following start-up (the mono ends about a minute earlier and before Ringo screams "I Got blisters on my fingers, which is only on the stereo mix). But those are the gross, easily heard differences. The more satisfying ones are far more subtle and some only reveal themselves after a few plays." -Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 10/10, Sound 9/10!
The middle of 1968 saw the band busy recording the double album The Beatles, better known as The White Album because of its plain white cover. Dissension began to creep in the group during this time period due to Ringo's temporarily leaving the band and Yoko Ono's (Lennon's new girlfriend at the time) constant presence during the recording sessions. This was also the time in which McCartney was becoming more dominant within the group. The double disc album features "Back In the U.S.S.R.", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Sexy Sadie", and "Blackbird".
The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks are released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork and newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.
In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging.
Remastered at Abbey Road Studios
Newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz
Faithfully replicated artwork
Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes
Manufactured at Optimal Media in Germany
LP 1 - Side 1:
1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
3. Glass Onion
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
5. Wild Honey Pie
6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. Martha My Dear
2. I'm So Tired
5. Rocky Raccoon
6. Don't Pass Me By
7. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
8. I Will
LP 2 - Side 3:
2. Yer Blues
3. Mother Nature's Son
4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
5. Sexy Sadie
6. Helter Skelter
7. Long, Long, Long
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Revolution 1
2. Honey Pie
3. Savoy Truffle
4. Cry Baby Cry
5. Revolution 9
6. Good Night