Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Beatles in Mono - Paperback Writer b/w Rain
You've never heard The Beatles until you've heard their songs the way they were meant to be heard - in glorious mono. The difference between mono and stereo is stunning. I'm really coming to grips with the fact that the stereo mixes - which are the de-facto standard today - were essentially slapped together as an afterthought. The sheen and polish on the mono mixes are astonishing.
Then there's the biggest surprise of all - Mono Beatles rocks. I always heard The Beatles as a pop band, but never a rock band. These mono CDs will kick your ass. The Kurt Cobain-John Lennon connection was tighter than any of us realized.
Here's one spectacular example - the mono single for Paperback Writer b/w Rain. This is the way these songs were heard by the vast majority of fans in the 1960s- in hard-rocking, rip-the-walls-off mono.
Thus endeth the lesson. Go in peace.
I am having sooooo much fun with the new 2009 mono reissues. I downloaded FLAC copies off the internet, but I'm hoping I can grab a Beatles in Mono box set - $200 a pop! I'll easily spend twice as much to score the mono albums on vinyl.