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5 stars On Wednesday 9 September 2009, the date would become one of the most important of Beatles history (09 09 09), was launched worldwide three indispensable articles, At least two of them: First Beatles in Mono, then a similar Box Set but broader than meets the complete discography of the British quartet in Stereo and finally the videogame The Beatles Rockband, which allows to be a member of this quartet.

There are many reviews available on the Internet regarding these articles, some of them quite comprehensive and describe musical successes of the four of Liverpool, to very deep technological aspects about the work for nearly a decade took place on the original tapes. In the last three months I spent much of my free time analysis, objective and subjective, technological and nostalgic about the Beatles in Mono.

40 years after the breakup of The Beatles and only until last year (2009) took place decent work, honest and deep on the original mono tapes, defying the high level of technology that today is part of our world: We Are The Beatles, playing on one channel, so we sound better than many sophisticated production that does not sound like us using 500,000 sound channels. That was a conclusion after listening for nearly three months this Box Set.

And is that all things considered, The Beatles in Mono is a piece of art also for this reason: monophonic music required a greater effort to the mixtures (a process which "blend" the sounds that are part of an album to it sounds balanced) by musicians, producers and engineers. In stereo the "sharing" of these sounds is more balanced for the output of two channels. At this point it's necessary to acknowledge the efforts of those were in Abbey Road studios, worked in an honest, above all in the mono remastering of the Beatles for almost 10 years, something not found in other reviews: George Martin, Paul Hicks Steve Rooke, Guy Massey, Allan Rouse, Simon Gibson, Sean Magee, Pete Nash and Staffan Olander. Yes, we are buying two different reasons but in the end are the same: 1. The full catalog of The Beatles in mono (except Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be, which were never released in mono) and 2. The work of these men, who worked on the discography, which is a masterpiece in art restoration was carried out for a flawlessly.

The commercial value of the Beatles in Mono is another curious, considering that is higher and the Box Set is smaller to the naked eye, with fewer records, but more rustic presentation (which is a replica of the original vinyl) and without separate catalogs for each disc as it does with the collection in stereo and the individual versions of the CD's. The value is warranted, and although there are several reasons, this is the main: With The Beatles in Mono we can appreciate what the quartet originally made without engineers and producers to intervene recordings in stereo versions. This Box Set features the Beatles in an unprecedented way, authentic and original for the first time after 40 years of its dissolution. Because of this, not just hear from Please Please Me to The Beatles (aka White Album), including The Mono Masters, but John, Paul, George and Ringo wanted that his followers will listen.

As I mentioned, each album is a reproduction almost identical to the disks that originally launched, including the cover, back cover, labels and even the surrounding protection on vinyl and plastics, in this case the CD's.

The inlay included in the Box Set is filled with nostalgic notes and asides that justify the existence of this box which in itself is of immense value; The Beatles in Mono is essential in understanding and admiration of music history or at least rock. In addition, the booklet includes in-depth explanations and how was the process of developing of each disk on those sessions, also photos and credits for each of the 13 disks that make up the Box Set.

In this way I wanted to present some aspects that have not been highlighted in recent publications, relating to The Beatles in Mono, without going into further details given above or in others that deserve further analysis.

The Beatles in Mono: essential.

fernandoalgarra | 5/5 |


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