OK, I have a confession to make: spent my whole life listening to the Beatles in stereo. Got the mono CD box set that was released in 2009, listened to it once, and walked away unimpressed. Never played it again, as I found 2009 stereo remasters more muscular, more alive. Last week received the much ballyhooed 2012 mono remaster of "Sgt. Pepper's" on vinyl. Got super excited, super psyched. Countless sources claim that you haven't lived until you've listened to the mono Sgt. Pepper's on LP. It's supposed to be life-changing experience. Once you hear Sgt. Pepper's in mono, you will finally understand what the Beatles were all about. It sounds THAT different from the stereo LP. Guess what -- after listening to it from the beginning to the end, I was left scratching my head. Where is the epiphany? Other than a few glaring differences ("She's Leaving Home" playing back at a faster tempo, the ending of "Within You Without You" with the laughter/sobbing sounding quite bizarre and ham fisted, and the transition from "Good Morning Good Morning" to "Sgt. Pepper's Reprise" sounding as if someone dropped the tape on the floor and then hastily reassembled it), I haven't detected any of the mind-altering differences. I do admit that, towards the end, "Sgt. Pepper's Reprise" and "A Day In The Life" do sound much more ominous to me than their stereo counterparts. That part of the mono LP I thoroughly enjoyed. But anything that came before these two songs was just... I dunno... underwhelming. What am I missing? Please help me swallow the red pill... I'm desperate!