Who only listens to Beatles remixes and not the original mixes and remasters?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bherbert, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    This post is not intended to put down the original mixes or start a debate. I'm genuinely interested to hear if some people only listen to the remixes and ignore the original mixes and remasters. There are a few remixes on the market now so one could potentially have a modest Beatles collection just based on owning all the remixes available.
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  2. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    As for myself, this is my current Beatles playlist:

    PPM - Mono '09
    With The Beatles - Mono '09
    Hard Days Night - Stereo '09
    Beatles For Sale - Stereo '09
    Help - Stereo '09
    Rubber Soul - Rock Band Remix '09
    Revolver - Mono '09
    Sgt Pepper - Remix 2017
    MMT - Stereo '09
    White - Stereo '09
    LIB - Naked '03
    AR - Stereo '09
    YSS - 1999
    Beatles 1 - 2015 Remix

    A mix of stereo, mono and remixes :)
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  3. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac

    It always depends on my mood which versions I prefer...
    I like the original mixes and listen to my UK stereo Parlophone LPs regularly...but I really love the remixes on YSS and SPLHCB and 1...I want to compile a full 1967 CD-R for me, but there are some songs missing from MMT as remixed versions...I hope they will be available sometimes.
  4. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    I'm also hoping for future remixes. I'm not big on mono so remixes are of interest to me. Especially if Giles keeps using the mono mixes as the source of the remix. For me that is a perfect mix.
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  5. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    East Yorkshire
    When I listen to the Beatles, for everything up to and including Sgt Pepper, it's the mono vinyl albums I play. With the White Album I try to alternate between the Stereo & Mono LP's, the same goes for Let it Be & Let it Be Naked.
  6. If a person only listened to remixed Beatles material, then you would limit yourself to listening to only about 10% of their catalog. No thanks!!!! I listen to everything.
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  7. Spazaru

    Spazaru Angry Samoan

    I only listen to stuff up through '65 normally and it has to be in mono or it annoys me. Ha ha.

    If I listen to the later Beatles that I like (Let It Be album and The Ballad of John and Yoko and a few other random songs), the originals are what I want to hear.
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  8. jmxw

    jmxw Forum Resident

    ithaca, ny
    Well... You've got:
    Help [1987]
    Rubber Soul [1987]
    Sgt Pepper [2017]
    Yellow Submarine Songtrack [1999]
    Let It Be... Naked [2003]
    1 [2015]

    I would say that covers at least 30% of the catalog.

    And that's not counting Live At The Hollywood Bowl and Love...
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  9. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    What is your current lineup?Here’s mine:

    Please Please Me - Mono
    With The Beatles - Mono
    Hard Day’s Night - Stereo
    Beatles For Sale - Stereo
    Help - Stereo
    Rubber Soul - ‘09 Rock Band Mix
    Revolver - Mono
    Sgt Pepper - 2017 Remix
    Magical Mystery Tour - Mono
    White Album - Stereo
    Let It Be - Naked Remix
    Abbey Road - ‘09 Rock Band Mix

    Lot’s of remixes in there mixed with some mono and stereo :)
  10. Cronverc

    Cronverc Forum Resident

    That's an interesting way of liking Beatles music but hey, whatever pleases You. How about some Beatles ringtones?
  11. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    The only remixes of the original albums I’be heard are the 87 George Martin Help and Rubber Soul, and the 2017 Giles Martin Pepper. I find them inferior to the original mixes for all the often mentioned reasons.

    All the other albums of remixed material are really supplemental. Let it Be Naked and Yellow Submarine Songtrack are really different albums, not remixes. The US Rock and Roll Music, Love, Beatles 1 and 1+, etc. are all essentially new compilations. All of these are nice to have to supplement the original albums. The only one that I would say I never listen to is Beatles 1, where I find the mixes so inferior to the original singles that I can’t imagine any reason for putting it in.
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  12. qrysdonnell

    qrysdonnell Well-Known Member

    In all honesty, I'm mostly listening to whatever Alexa plays, but when listening on my own I'd tend toward the 2015/2017 remixes if they're available. The 1 remix CD has the distinction of being the lone CD in our car (physical media is dead, but might as well put something in there) and it's been a good way to get my kid exposed to the band.

    But if I'm going to listen to an album on my own, the 2017 remix of Pepper will probably win out, and I'd say I probably lean toward the Naked version of Let It Be, but it's not like I play either often.
  13. Gaslight

    Gaslight Cave dwelller

    Northeast USA
    Original US albums (vinyl rips) mainly these days - stuff like Second Album, Y&T and Hey Jude.

    It's for my occasional nostalgia fix.
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  14. jmxw

    jmxw Forum Resident

    ithaca, ny
    YSS is all remixed songs.
    LIBN has two different performances [Don't Let Me Down and The Long And Winding Road] and the rest are all remixes of the same tracks from Let It Be.
  15. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    I have been listening only to the remix of Sgt. Pepper since that came out but I have no doubt I'll be revisiting the original mix in time. Much as I may like the new version, i always have a heart for an album sounding as it did to begin with (even if the remix is better). I even put on the original mix of Aqualung on occasion (as opposed to the far superior SW mix). I'm sure part of it is nostalgia...that feeling of hearing the album as I did the first time I heard it...but in terms of the many Beatles versions of albums/individual tracks, i go back and forth to all of them. It had been a while but, last night I put on the American album versions (on CD)of The Second Album and Beatles VI...it was actually refreshing.
  16. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    For You Blue and I've Got A Feeling are not the same as the original album. FYB goes to a different version for the last verse and I've Got A feeling is a combination of the Spector album version and another performance. The title track is also a different performance.
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  17. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    I understand that. I meant that they are different albums with different tracklistings, missing some tracks, adding others. In the case of Yellow Submarine, of course, it’s missing an entire side of music. I don’t view them as remixed albums.
  18. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    Southern IL
    Someone needs to bump this question in about 5 years :D
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  19. jmxw

    jmxw Forum Resident

    ithaca, ny
    I've never heard that. What's your source? [I would like to know as it sounds like the same performance to me.]

    Or are you referring to the slightly different edit on I Me Mine perhaps?

    I know I've Got A Feeling is a combo, but I was considering it a "remix" as most of the track is the same performance. I fine line, I supposed but yes it is technically not only a remix.
  20. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident

    I likely will once they all (I presume) come out. It's difficult to listen to just the stereo remix of Pepper while listening to mono for the other albums.

    I can't wait until the new mixes come out though. I'm interested to see how they approach each album. For example, the first two, will they release only mono? Or will they go the Ron Furmanek approach and bring each track closer to the center.
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  21. Contact Lost

    Contact Lost Well-Known Member

    If my favorite songs are available on 1+ or Sgt. Pepper 2017 (including the extracted tracks from Blu-ray of both 1+ and Pepper) - I listen only to these versions.
    Sometimes I prefer Love version of the song Help! over the version from the 1+ (but this is mainly mastering difference, mix is exact same, imo).
    And I'm absolutely in love with Giles's mix of A day in the life taken from the video (this is exact same mix as on the 2017 album, but without cross fade in the beginning (crowd noises).
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  22. slane

    slane Forum Resident

    For You Blue simply uses a line or two of the original 1969 vocal near the end (done I suspect because it slightly leaked through anyway). Spector used the overdubbed 1970 vocal all the way through. And though George's acoustic guitar is reinstated, it's only really faded up between vocal lines (otherwise the 1969 vocal would leak through from that track). The acoustic guitar intro on Naked is also different.

    Let It Be is the same take (27A) as usual, but has the guitar solo section from Take 27B. Parts of the latter take are also spliced in occasionally elsewhere, though in some cases there are elements of both takes running simultaneously. Very naked! This also means that the bass part switches from Paul to John and back again.

    I've Got A Feeling is a pointless edit between the superior performance used by Spector and the inferior take.

    But all 3 are only variations on the 'master' takes, all in all. TL&WR and DLMD are the only 'new' complete versions on Naked.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
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  23. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

    Frenchtown NJ USA
    I very much enjoy listening to the 87 George Martin Help and Rubber Soul remixes, and the 2017 Giles Martin Pepper. I find them superior to the original mixes for all the often mentioned reasons.
    I also enjoy listening to Beatles 1, where I find the mixes so superior to the original singles that I can’t imagine any reason for playing them.

    Funny how we all hear things differently. :)
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  24. jmxw

    jmxw Forum Resident

    ithaca, ny
    Thanks. I love how much I can learn from this forum... :righton:
  25. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    The only source is my ears, to be honest. .I know what Slane is saying inasmuch as these are not complete new performances..but i was just pointig out that they're not quite the same versions from the Spector album in remixed form; they're composites...but yes, the only *complete*, fully different versions are those of DLMD and LAWR.
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