The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo [Box set, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered] £119.99 Amazon (lowest available online price at present from a reputable source) - HotUKDeals
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Including eight years of groundbreaking recordings, the Beatles Stereo Box Set contains the individual albums, as well as a two CD Past Masters collection of non-album tracks. Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release.

Each of the 13 original albums also include a Quicktime mini-documentary, which feature rare photos and footage, as well as previously unheard conversations from Abbey Road studio sessions, to deliver a further insight into the the Beatles' recording process. All of these documentaries are also featured on a DVD packaged in the box set to provide more versatile viewing. The albums have all been repackaged in limited edition eco-friendly packaging, and contain additional rare photos and illuminating background notes.

This collection also marks the first time the first four Beatles albums have been available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc, making this without doubt the most complete stereo Beatles box set ever made.

Box Set comprises of:
13 Albums
2 EP Discs

Plenty cheaper than this on eBay, but at least this set won't be a fake! About the cheapest

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#1
Got this last year 'cheap' for £150, can't recommend it enough to any Beatles fans
#2
They say, "MONO" version is better...
4 Likes #3
Wouldn't it be good if you could trade in
records/tapes/cd's every time they bring
0ut a so-called better version.
#4
Go through the Nectar Points shopping website for double points at Amazon at present.
1 Like #5
I have both sets and the mono collection blows the stereo box out of the water, especially on Sgt Peppers. Problem is there are a few albums missing as some of the later ones were never issued in mono.
#6
Managed to get the Mono set for £100 from a deal posted on here from HMV, This is still hot though.
#7
For the people posting on the fact the MONO is far better, can you please explain your reasoning behind it?

I'm not saying your wrong but after reading the description which states "Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release. " I find it hard to believe that this was a waste of time and the MONO recordings are far superior?
#8
Gboyd
For the people posting on the fact the MONO is far better, can you please explain your reasoning behind it?

I'm not saying your wrong but after reading the description which states "Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release. " I find it hard to believe that this was a waste of time and the MONO recordings are far superior?


It has something to do with the fact the originals were recorded in mono. I think people say it is "better" because it remains more true to the original recordings (the whole "the way it was intended to be" argument). Seeing as a lot of people seem to use cheap headphones/speakers/hi-fi's/low quality mp3 nowadays you wont be able to notice a difference id imagine...

note i said argument, but im not ready to argue about which is better. :p
banned#9
toooooo expensive.
#10
yaz84
Gboyd
For the people posting on the fact the MONO is far better, can you please explain your reasoning behind it?I'm not saying your wrong but after reading the description which states "Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release. " I find it hard to believe that this was a waste of time and the MONO recordings are far superior?
It has something to do with the fact the originals were recorded in mono. I think people say it is "better" because it remains more true to the original recordings (the whole "the way it was intended to be" argument). Seeing as a lot of people seem to use cheap headphones/speakers/hi-fi's/low quality mp3 nowadays you wont be able to notice a difference id imagine...note i said argument, but im not ready to argue about which is better. :p

Yeah fair point, perhaps the more old school fans will prefer the pure untreated sound but some of the 'younger' fans that are coming to this music for the first time will prefer the modernised stereo

This is a great deal if you are purchasing Beatles music for the first time but I've too many bits and pieces already that I can't justify another big layout for many duplicate albums
#11
On the mono/stereo issue (and shoot me down in flames if I'm wrong on this) wouldn't it be possible to alter the settings on the CD player to play the stereo CDs as mono?

If it is, the stereo version would give the best of both worlds.
banned#12
Finally got round to listening to the Mono remasters and they're fantastic, much better than the stereo versions.
#13
I'd rather buy an iPod Nano :D
#14
When these were released I was thinking of getting it for my father-in-law. Many of the album-by-album reviews that I read stated that the mono version had the edge, although they were a limited release and generally more expensive.

For what it's worth I've got a rip of the mono and stereo versions of Please Please Me and the mono version certainly packs more punch.

Also, since they were never intended for a stereo release and that concept was probably quite new back then, they're not mixed in a way that we're used to these days. You have whole instruments mixed to the extremes of the channels in some places. It makes for some odd listening at first.
#15
Am I the only person in the world who thinks the Beatles are well over rated?
#16
swampyajc
Am I the only person in the world who thinks the Beatles are well over rated?


Yeah Yeah Yeah
#17
swampyajc
Am I the only person in the world who thinks the Beatles are well over rated?


If Cheryl Cole getting to number 1 proves anything its that people have very, very different tastes to each other.
#18
swampyajc
Am I the only person in the world who thinks the Beatles are well over rated?


It's all down to personal taste, personally there will never be another band as good as the Beatles.

The later albums sound amazing in stereo, especially the White album and Abbey Road.
The box set itself is beautifully made and a must for a true fan.
#19
swampyajc
Am I the only person in the world who thinks the Beatles are well over rated?
Depends how you look at it - they aren't one of my favourite bands, but I quite like the music; however if you think in terms of the number of artists that they have inspired and the impact that they made on music in the 60s it's pretty difficult to over rate them.
#20
I got a FLAC version of this last year - I don't wanna say how I got a FLAC version (_;)

Awesome sound - I'm not even a Beatles fan

swampyajc - I think they are over rated






Stones4ever 8)


Edited By: DuffRulez on Nov 18, 2010 16:27
#21
Gboyd
For the people posting on the fact the MONO is far better, can you please explain your reasoning behind it?I'm not saying your wrong but after reading the description which states "Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release. " I find it hard to believe that this was a waste of time and the MONO recordings are far superior?


The difference is in the mixes that were used. Until 1968 the tracks were recorded with a view to them being released in mono as that was the standard in those days and very few people had a stereo sound system. That's why stereo copies of their first album go for upwards of £3500 - very few people had a stereo record player and therefore demand was very low. As a consequence The Beatles had plenty of input into the mono mixes but they were remixed into stereo later and by someone else. So with the mono versions you're hearing the tracks as The Beatles intended and that's why they're considered to be better.
#22
DuffRulez
Stones4ever 8)


VU4ever 8)
#23
DMcG1873
DuffRulez
Stones4ever 8)


VU4ever 8)


Beatles win every time. Beatles til I die!
#24
McGill
Gboyd
For the people posting on the fact the MONO is far better, can you please explain your reasoning behind it?I'm not saying your wrong but after reading the description which states "Painstakingly remastered over four years by a team of dedicated studio engineers at the legendary Abbey Road studios, they utilised vintage studio equipment in conjunction with state of the art modern recording technology to bring the catalogue to the highest fidelity it has seen since its original release. " I find it hard to believe that this was a waste of time and the MONO recordings are far superior?



The difference is in the mixes that were used. Until 1968 the tracks were recorded with a view to them being released in mono as that was the standard in those days and very few people had a stereo sound system. That's why stereo copies of their first album go for upwards of £3500 - very few people had a stereo record player and therefore demand was very low. As a consequence The Beatles had plenty of input into the mono mixes but they were remixed into stereo later and by someone else. So with the mono versions you're hearing the tracks as The Beatles intended and that's why they're considered to be better.


Gotcha, does make sense
#25
The album notes mention something about in the 90s the albums getting remastered and the remasters being used as the source for the mono albums. It is crazy listening to albums like Sgt Peppers and realising what they managed to achieve with the technology back then.

And whether the Beatles are over rated is personal taste, but their influence on the entire current music scene is still huge.

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