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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, 8 February 1994
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.39 x 30.91 x 0.41 cm; 293.98 Grams
- Manufacturer : X6SEF
- Item Model Number : 28931420
- Original Release Date : 1994
- Label : X6SEF
- ASIN : B0041KVYIW
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Beatles' acclaimed original studio album remasters, released on CD in 2009, make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut
Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band's cut-outs, and special inner bags for some of the titles
The titles include The Beatles' 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group's core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, first released individually in 1988, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. With this release, The Beatles' first four albums make their North American stereo vinyl debuts
There has always been demand for The Beatles' albums on vinyl. Indeed, 2011's best-selling vinyl LP in the United States was Abbey Road. Following the success of The Beatles' acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning 2009 CD remasters, it was decided that the sound experts at EMI's Abbey Road Studios should create new versions of The Beatles' vinyl LPs. The project demanded the same meticulous approach taken for the CD releases, and the brief was a simple one: cut the digital remasters to vinyl with an absolute minimum of compromise to the sound. However, the process involved to do that was far from simple
The first stage in transferring the sound of a master recording to vinyl is the creation of a disc to be used during vinyl manufacture. There were two options to consider. A Direct Metal Master (DMM), developed in the late seventies, allows sound to be cut directly into a stainless steel disc coated with a hard copper alloy. The older, alternative method is to cut the sound into the soft lacquer coating on a nickel disc - the first of several steps leading to the production of a stamper to press the vinyl
A 'blind' listening test was arranged to choose between a 'lacquer' or 'copper' cut. Using both methods, A Hard Day's Night was pressed with ten seconds of silence at the beginning and end of each side. This allowed not only the reproduction of the music to be assessed, but also the noise made by the vinyl itself. After much discussion, two factors swung the decision towards using the lacquer process. First, it was judged to create a warmer sound than a DMM. Secondly, there was a practical advantage of having 'blank' discs of a consistent quality when cutting lacquers
The next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone 'limiting' - a procedure to increase the sound level, which is deemed necessary for most current pop CDs
Having made initial test cuts, Magee pinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any 'sibilant episodes' - vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect. Similarly, any likelihood of 'inner-groove distortion' was addressed. As the stylus approaches the centre of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a 'mushy' sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as 'surgical EQ,' problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this
The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli
An additional and unusual challenge was to ensure the proper playback of the sounds embedded in the 'lock-groove' at the end of side two of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Requiring a combination of good timing and luck, it had always been a lengthy and costly process to make it work properly. In fact, it was so tricky, it had never been attempted for American pressings of the LP. Naturally, Sean Magee and the team perfected this and the garbled message is heard as originally intended on the remastered Sgt. Pepper LP.
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I put in for a replacement. It arrived today (fast) and looks perfect.
So all good now.
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Owning the 1988 and remastered cd’s along with the 2012 vinyl release, I decided to purchase the mono album to complete my collection.
Having heard so many good things regarding the quality of this release, from the packing, the vinyl itself and the opportunity to listen to the mono mix the Beatles intended you to hear, I was very excited.
I was therefore appalled to receive not only one copy of the aforementioned, but also a replacement that was riddled with both hairline scratches and scuffs over the entire surface area on both sides of the record. Not only was this a visual negative, because sonically they are also compromised with loud surface noise and crackles and pops that give the impression you are listening to a record over an open fire!
Having returned the first copy for an exchange, I am contemplating just getting a refund on the second copy as I cannot be bothered going through the exchange/refund process for a third time.
Please be wary when thinking of buying this album in mono as it would appear that a bad batch has made its way to Amazons Warehouse....
There are a couple of alternative reissues of 'Revolver' selling online (such as a 2017 reissue published by De Agostiniso and a 2019 unofficial release through Odeon) so i was a little uncertain as to which version would arrive in the post. Thankfully I received the 2012 reissue, which looks and sounds fantastic - the quality of the product matches the quality of the music in all aspects! Wonderfully weighty vinyl, that sounds crisp and clear - it's as if The Beatles were playing in my living room.
I won't write about the music because The Beatles speak for themselves. Needless to say, if you are apprehensive about buying this, please do not be. A wonderful product which is worth every penny, and I look forward to the many delightful hours of listening to come! All that is left to say, in the words of Paul McCartney, 'Good Day Sunshine'!
With 'Revolver', the Fabs made an impressive LP which deals with all kinds of mixed human emotions, including love, hate, depression, loneliness, laziness, and happiness, and as a result, the songs remain highly relatable. This is an electric mix, which truly reveals the breath of song writing talent that these four men now had, and how they were able to incorporate them in an array of different styles.
Personal favourites of mine include the outstanding ballad 'Here, There and Everywhere', the haunting orchestral brilliance of 'Eleanor Rigby', about the final days leading up to the death of lonely spinster, the bouncy and irresistible 'Good Day, Sunshine', and the lovely little gem 'For No One', all delivered by Paul Mcartney. Other standouts are the melodic 'And Your Bird Can Sing', and 'Tomorrow Never Knows', a magnificent experimental closer and largely considered to be one of the greatest songs of its time. Both of these have Ringo on vocal, as well as the children's sing-along hit 'Yellow Submarine', possibly the best known track on the album, and even this fits in quiet nicely with the rest of the material.
'Revolver' is a timeless psychedelic album, and is as fresh as it is classic. Although The Beatles continued to record great albums after 'Revolver', very rarely did they manage to fully repeat the sheer creativity and melody that is so evident on this one.
All that's left to really say is: Long live John, Paul, George and Ringo!
I do like the heavier vinyl, feels like a 78. It's also nice to have a brand new vinyl. I have had every format of The Beatles, starting with vinyl in 1979. I'm rebuilding my collection and looking forward to getting back what I had. THANK YOU