Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bowie Fett, Apr 11, 2009.
Which version of the album do you prefer?
For me it's a wash...I like both mixes equally and appreciate the differences in both. It's like having near-identical twin siblings for me...would you openly (or secretly) favor one over the other? I don't think i could!!!
STEREO.... Very clear......
For me, I have only really ever known the stereo, firstly as a Purple Capitol import that I got in about 1981, then as the CD. I got a needledrop of the mono and although it was interesting to hear the differences notably in HS and DPMB, I just find the stereo more interesting. For me the mono is black and white, whereas the stereo is technicolor.
I like both. I cannot choose.
Ok.. mono, if forced. I like the mix. I think it gives the abum this old time radio feel to it. Hard to describe. Not as in fidelity but it takes you back in time while at the same time very current sounding. The stereo version has a more popish feel to it.
I need both mixes and their strengths though.
I like Colocally's description.
I guess, like some movies of old I enjoy them better in black and white.
Mono for me. The mixes simply hang together better. The opening drums on the mono "Glass Onion" almost EXPLODE; on the stereo mix, they're just kind of polite.
Stereo. It's the way I've always heard it should be. I have heard a needledrop of the mono version and it just doesn't do anything for me - which is the case for most mono recordings in general.
Both are essential, but the mono mixes have a solidity that the stereo lacks.
I've never heard the mono mixes, but that will be fixed come September!
Both... My preferences are on a track by track basis.
I concur, and I'd even apply it more broadly to the entire catalog!!!
The only exception I'd make to that statement is the mono mix for "Beatles For Sale"...that wonky-sounding Fairchild limiter makes great music sound like hash! Even Steve Hoffman disses it!
If you don't have them both then you must not be that much a fan of The Beatles.
To own both is a Win, Win, situation. IMHO!!!
Mono at present, as it gives variety to the stereo version which I was far more familiar with. In terms of which is 'best' (which I know wasn't asked) I'm not sure as they both have their moments.
Voted for mono but it's really both. Examples - on songs like Glass Onion and Birthday, the mono rocks and I love the feel compared to the more polite stereo versions. On some songs it doesn't seem to matter one way or the other (e.g. Mother Nature's Son). One track that certainly sounds better (overall) in stereo is While My Guitar Gently Weeps (not perfect though - as the guitar solo sounds more compelling in mono).
There is no better overall 'album mix' IMO. Some tracks work better in mono (like several Lennon tracks) whereas others are definitely better in stereo.
As a musical journey, both mixes need to be heard to fully appreciate the creativity poured into this album. The same can be said for nearly all of the albums they recorded on multi-track, from "A Hard Day's Night" up to and including "The White Album". I exclude the "Beatles For Sale" mono mix because Norman Smith's misuse of the Fairchild limiter made sonic hash of a great batch of songs in that case! Even Steve Hoffman finds that one unpleasant to listen to...
I grew up with the stereo version then heard the mono version as an adult and it continues to amaze me. Because they are so different (Helter Skelter, Don't Pass Me By, Long Long Long, etc.), they both have merit but if I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one, it would be the mono.
Both. It's the one Beatles album where, in my opinion, both are a necessity. The stereo is completely necessary for "Revolution 1" in which a true mono mix does not exist, but who can ignore the harmonies of the mono "I'm So Tired" and the punchy "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"?
I started listening to this album in stereo. I like stereo. Mono, meh.
True, i fell in love with The Beatles in Stereo, hearing the Mono was a nice addition, but left me more or less untouched, there are other Mono LP's, where the difference are more weighing towards Mono, not in this case and I am sure if you are honest to yourself and had to get rid of one version for the rest of your days - it wouldn't be the Mono LP, you wanted to keep - in most cases - maybe those with a fantastic Mono equipement.
It is okay to have both, same story with TSMR - that claim of the Mono superiority is all hyped up if you ask me...Full Frequence Stereophonics are nicer than monophonic n most cases..
For CD I don't know how that works or if there even is a mono box set..
I'll be hearing the mono after September, but it will probably just be a novelty listen at this point. I generally prefer stereo.
Mono, it rock's more.
While most of the album was recorded on 4 track it has the most collapsed stereo spread of any Beatle record's.
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