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Old Sep 18, 2009, 04:36 AM   #1
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I have the 30th Anniversry edition of the White Album which came out in the late 90's - a facimile edition of the original album that I have always thought sounded terrific. Does anyone know if the current stereo remaster is a significant improvement over this?

I've got the Mono box and I'm interested in picking up a few stereo titles but only where I'm going to get bang for my buck...Thanks.
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Old Sep 18, 2009, 07:01 AM   #2
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yep. i can confirm that the stereo white album is an audio revelation. in fact, on audiophile/hi-fi boards, its being talked about as the best sounding beatles music ever. my advice for stereo albums? beatles for sale, the white album, past masters (for the ballad of john and yoko, old browne shoe, and the single mix of let it be), and of course, you 100% Must Have abbey road and let it be, only ever in stereo

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Old Sep 18, 2009, 09:28 AM   #3
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The 30th anniversary issue was from the same master tapes as the standard issue. The only changes were (some of) the EQing and the packaging.

The new remastered editions renders the previous CDs to the collector and completest markets.
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Old Sep 18, 2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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The 30th anniversary issue was from the same master tapes as the standard issue. The only changes were (some of) the EQing and the packaging.

The new remastered editions renders the previous CDs to the collector and completest markets.
Some claim there is an improvement in sound between the 30th anniversary edition and the 1987 version.

I would say that if you think the 30th anniversay version already sounds good, and you got the mono set, put it on the end of the list and get the other stereo versions mentioned by "I like good music" first.
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must of been not too many of them I never seen one!
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Old Sep 18, 2009, 10:11 AM   #6
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Wow guys - thanks for the info - you are obviously a very knowledgeable bunch. I don't even remember where I got the 30th anniversary version. Probably thought it was a Japanese import. I'm suprised there weren't more of them. Maybe it's a collectors item.

Beatles for Sale in stereo huh? I never would have thunk it - I have not read good things about the stereo versions of the early albums so didn't plan to pick any of those up.

I have Abbey Road and Let it Be - picked them up whilst waiting for my Mono Box to be delivered and they are stunning, particularly Abbey Road, which I can't stop listening to.

I guess I must ask - how about Rubber Soul or Revolver in stereo? Worth picking up? I am enjoying them both in Mono soooo much.....
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jap import? um yeah thats how they usually pass off bootleg releases!

They prob. just slapped a different 30th text on the front and resold it lol!
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Beatles for Sale in stereo huh? I never would have thunk it - I have not read good things about the stereo versions of the early albums so didn't plan to pick any of those up.

I guess I must ask - how about Rubber Soul or Revolver in stereo? Worth picking up? I am enjoying them both in Mono soooo much.....

The first two albums are best in mono.
"Beatles for sale" however is one album that shines through in stereo.
So that is really a must have.

There is no need imo to buy the stereo cd of "Rubber Soul". The original stereo mix is already included on the mono box set. "Revolver" I am not to sure of, the prefered mix is in mono, but the stereo cd should be an improvement over the 1987 disc.

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Ah I just took it off the shelf - it has a clear case with a UK Apple Corps sticker on it. They even have a number pressed on the cover like the original release LP. Mine is number 0258776, so they definitely made a few - Probably 30,000 to match the anniversary
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The first two albums are best in mono.
"Beatles for sale" however is one album that shines through in stereo.
So that is really a must have.

There is no need imo to buy the stereo cd of "Rubber Soul". The original stereo mix is already included on the mono box set. "Revolver" I am not to sure of, the prefered mix is in mono, but the stereo cd should be an improvement over the 1987 disc.
DUH! I didn't even think about the stereo mix for Rubber Soul already being there. Haven't gotten that far yet in my listening. Thanks again!
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ah cool!

I got a near mint white album, its not numbered but the text on the front is on a complete slant!
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I liked the Revolver Stereo mix too. Especially She Said She Said .... its all separated out all pink and naked. I may be the odd woman out on this one, but sometimes I enjoy having Ringo bashing away in my left ear.
(Bash away, Ringo. I can focus even more on your wonderful performances this way.)
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Hah! Be The Odd Woman Out! The Odd Woman Out. You be hardly the odd anyone out, Ringo is an amazing drummer. The most accurate right foot in the business, a time keeper extraordinaire, be he, Say I.
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Oh, I know I'd be preaching to the choir about Ringo being a drummer extraordinaire ....
My point was that while the Mono versions are superior in many ways; this is one reason to like the Stereo version of some tunes. Many may disagree...
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jap import? um yeah thats how they usually pass off bootleg releases!

They prob. just slapped a different 30th text on the front and resold it lol!
No. There was a 30th anniversary gatefold CD release. You can Google it and find several entries with info/copies for sale. I don't remember how much I paid for mine, but it doesn't really seem like much of a collector's item--mine isn't numbered and the quality is the same as the '87 stereo pressing.
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Oh, I know I'd be preaching to the choir about Ringo being a drummer extraordinaire ....
My point was that while the Mono versions are superior in many ways; this is one reason to like the Stereo version of some tunes. Many may disagree...
AH, so your original comment was about the stereo vs. mono mixes. And I did, in fact, construe it to be about Ringo's prodigious talent. How much more wrong could I have been? May 1000 Years of shame be cast upon me, and to you my most sincere public apologies.
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I find the stereo White album quite a nice listening experience.
Even the original 1987 version.

I always enjoyed listening to my stereo blue box vinyl version.
Mono is even better tho.
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I liked the Revolver Stereo mix too. Especially She Said She Said .... its all separated out all pink and naked. I may be the odd woman out on this one, but sometimes I enjoy having Ringo bashing away in my left ear.
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I LOVE Tomorrow Never Knows in stereo!!!! Holy crap.

I Want to Tell You sounds good, too.
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To me, the White Album is the most impressive of the stereo remasters that I've heard (and I've heard Revolver through Let It Be...along with the original stereo mixes of Help! and Rubber Soul included in the Mono Box).
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I would agree with those stating that The White Album in stereo is a must. I think it is the most improved of all the stereo remasters. I should add that I am loving the mono remasters of Pepper and Revolver!!
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