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TheSunKing Jul 01, 2019 05:40 PM

Stereo/Mono releases on LPs, CDs...
I've been doing some online research regarding Beatles releases on LP and CD regarding Mono, Stereo, etc and it all gets very confusing.

For instance, my LP collection consists of the USA releases. Growing up I thought those were the actual way The Beatles intended the albums to be. I had no idea how Capital Records had butchered the original song lists of the original releases. So all my LPs are Capital's USA releases (but most of them on the Apple Records label). So I'm assuming that Apple Records re-released the original Capital USA releases, is that right ?

In any case, most of those albums have some of the songs in that God awful fake stereo that Capital did. I listened to one album today, Yesterday and Today, and the sound quality is really not very good. Hardly any bass, almost thin sounding. That is one of the Capital releases that has the Apple Records label.

Conversely, my CD collection are the albums the way The Beatles intended. The original UK releases on Parlophone. These CD releases that I have sound FAR superior to the LPs that I have. I assume they are all re-releases that have been re-mastered. The CDs are in stereo but not that fake Capital Records kind of stereo.

So what do you guys think are the best sounding Beatles LPs and CDs ? The original mono LPs ? The mono CDs ? The real stereo LPs and CDs ? I'm not even going to include the Capital crap as a choice....

For the record, I think what Capital Records did to the original Beatles releases and the sound borders on criminal....

Bongo Jul 15, 2019 10:44 AM

For mono, you cant beat the 2014 UK LP release, or the 2009 mono CD release.

I'd say the original UK LPs were the best, but trying to find good copies now is almost impossible (at a good price). But they reissued plenty of them in the 70's, that wouldn't be as beat up.

I only play my original mono UK LPs sometimes for shits & giggles and rely on the 2009 stereo CD's as my go-to's.

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