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Old Sep 16, 2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default Mono or stereo

No, no, no, this is not a thread about which is better! ;) I just noticed that I've been listening to the mono versions a lot more lately. On the iPod it sounds a lot better imho, but also over speakers. It's more er... straight, right up in your face, heavier, tight, powerfull and the band really sounds like a band! For instance, when listening to stereo way too often the bass is not where the drums are, and so they just don't get together as they should: it all seems to fall apart. That happens way too much: instruments that should enhance each other are spaced out too much. But with mono it sounds tight and full and forcefull and ONE!
I have this up to Pepper. Somehow I like MMT and the rest in stereo more. (Well, of course only The White Album comes in mono after that one... ;) ). BTW Apart from MMT I only play (and own) the UK albums.

I wonder: what do you all like most? Where do you listen to more often?

BTW I really hope all mono versions will be added to the upcoming remastered releases: I do like the Ebbetts Blue box (stereo) because they sound better than the official cd's, but Ebbetts mono albums sound a bit dull (compared to the first 4 official mono releases). I've got the mono versions of Pepper, MMT and TWA from Purple Chick: they don't sound too good either somehow... (don't know if those are simply Ebbetts' version?) Are there any more well know mono releases?

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Old Sep 16, 2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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Purple Chick used the Dr. Ebbet's blue box releases for their stereo versions, and Dr. Ebbet's U.K. mono albums for ofcourse their mono releases. I do have the PC set, but I prefer listening to the few Dr. Ebbet's releases I got in from a trade. I haven't burned any of the PC files on cd yet.

In general I agree, and I prefer mono as well. However "Beatles for Sale" always sounded great in stereo, there is nothing wrong with that, and I got a 70's stereo pressing of "Sgt. Pepper's" which blows me away, tho I still prefer that album in mono.
As for sources. I heard that Dr. Ebbet's mono White Album wasn't that good, but recenly he released the Japanense red wax mono versions. I've got the White Album Red Wax as download and it does sound good on my Pc speakers, now I must burn it on cd, it must sound even better on a real stereo set with bigger loud speakers.
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Old Sep 17, 2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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They didn't know how to make good stereo in the sixties, it was quite an open question that time. Stereo came around for listening to with earphones and the first really good stereo was Sgt Pepper.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 05:23 AM   #4
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Well for the most part I'm not sure, but I gotta say I like listening to the mono on the Capital albums much more than the stereo. I dont know why. It just sounds clearer to me.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 07:49 AM   #5
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I haven't done a lot of comparing but I do know that until Pepper stereo was an after thought and mono mixes were given priority attention. By the "White" album it was almost even and by Abbey Road stereo was the norm.

I recently downloaded the US mono Rubber Soul (the version I grew up on) and love it (not sure from who, could be Ebbet but probably not). I always find it jarring when I put on the UK Rubber soul and hear Drive My Car as the first song, it just doesn't fit with the feel of the rest of the album which seems more acoustic and laid back. That album is the only UK vs US where I prefer the US, mostly due to nostalgia reasons.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 09:22 AM   #6
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Rubber Soul is better in mono I agree, (not going into the U.K. versus U.S. thing)
I disagree tho that all the early albums are better in mono.
Beatles for Sale is great in stereo.

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For a White Album junkie like yours truly, the songs are like part of my DNA. So hearing them in mono from time to time is a nice treat.

Every other album I really don't care that much which version I listen to.
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