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The Beatles in Mono
Box set by The Beatles
Released 9 September 2009
Recorded 1962–1969 at Abbey Road, Trident, Olympic and Apple studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris; EMI Studios, Bombay
Genre Rock, pop
Language English
Label Apple, EMI
Producer George Martin
Simon Gibson, Paul Hicks, Sean Magee, Guy Massey, Sam Okell, Steve Rooke, Allan Rouse (remaster engineers)[1]
Professional reviews
The Beatles chronology
The Beatles Stereo Box Set
(2009)
The Beatles in Mono
(2009)

The Beatles in Mono is a box set compilation comprising the remastered monophonic recordings by The Beatles. The set was released on 9 September 2009, the same day the remastered stereo recordings and companion The Beatles Stereo Box Set were also released, along with The Beatles: Rock Band videogame. The remastering project for both mono and stereo versions was led by EMI senior studio engineers Allan Rouse and Guy Massey.[2]

Contents

Intention

The Mono Box Set was released to reflect the fact that all the Beatles' catalogue (aside from Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and Let It Be) was originally intended to be mixed down and released in mono. For example, in the case of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the mono mixes were done together with the Beatles themselves, throughout the recording of the album, whereas the stereo mixes were done only in six days by George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush after the album had been finished, with none of the Beatles attending.[3] George Harrison commented:

At that time [...] the console was about this big with four faders on it. And there was one speaker right in the middle [...] and that was it. When they invented stereo, I remember thinking 'Why? What do you want two speakers for?', because it ruined the sound from our point of view. You know, we had everything coming out of one speaker; now it had to come out of two speakers. It sounded like... very... naked.[4]

Limited edition

Amazon.com advertised the set as a limited edition item in the United States, and less than a month prior to the set's release announced the site had sold out of units.[5][6] Less than two weeks before 9 September, many other online retailers announced the selling out of units from their inventories, including the Canadian Amazon.ca site.[7]

EMI announced on 3 September that more mono box sets were to be pressed due to high demand from online pre-orders. It will still remain a limited edition but will not be limited to 10,000 copies as originally stated.[8]

Disc listing

The thirteen-disc collection contains the remastered mono versions of every Beatles album released in true mono. The original 1965 stereo mixes of Help! and Rubber Soul are included as bonuses on their respective albums. (Both albums also had been digitally remixed for the CD release in 1987.) The box contains a new two-disc compilation album entitled Mono Masters, which compiles all the mono mixes of singles, B-sides and EP tracks that did not originally appear on any of the UK albums.

The albums Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be are not included in this set, as no true mono mixes of these albums were issued. A mono version of Yellow Submarine was released in the UK, but it was only a fold-down from the stereo mix, not a unique, separate mono mix. The previously unavailable true mono mixes of the four new Beatles songs released on the Yellow Submarine album ("Only a Northern Song", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog" and "It's All Too Much"), originally intended for a separate, but ultimately scrapped, mono EP, which would have also included a mono mix of "Across the Universe", are included on the Mono Masters compilation. Abbey Road and Let It Be were issued in the UK in mono on Reel-To-Reel tape and on LP in Brazil and other countries, but again, only as fold-downs from the respective stereo versions.

Also omitted from this set, but included in the Stereo box, is a DVD containing the mini-documentaries included with the stereo remasters of the different albums.

The Beatles, which is included in the set, was originally released in mono only in the UK and a few other countries, but not in the USA. However, the mono mixes of "Helter Skelter" and "Don't Pass Me By" had been released in the USA in 1980 on the Capitol Records Rarities compilation album.

Chart performance

The set debuted at #40 in Billboard's Top 200 and the magazine reported that 12,000 copies were sold in its first week of release.[9][10] In Japan, it debuted at #10, selling over 20,000 copies in its first week on the Oricon album charts.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Marinucci, Steve (5 August 2009). "Beatles 101: SPECIAL: Beatles engineer Allan Rouse gives a preview of the Beatles remastered CDs". Beatles Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/x-2082-Beatles-Examiner~y2009m8d5-SPECIAL-Engineer-Allan-Rouse-discusses-the-Beatles-remasters. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Anthony (30 August 2009). "Meet (and be) the Beatles". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-ca-beatles30-2009aug30,0,6162897,full.story. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Lewisohn, Mark: The Beatles Recording Sessions. The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., London 1988, ISBN 0 600 55798 7. P. 108.
  4. ^ The Beatles Anthology. Bonus-DVD, Take "Back at Abbey Road, May 1995."
  5. ^ "Amazon.com: The Beatles Mono Box Set (LIMITED): The Beatles: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Mono-Box-Set-LIMITED/dp/B002BSHXJA/. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Haber, Dave (17 August 2009). "Beatles Remastered Mono Box sold out at Amazon US". http://www.beatlesnews.com/blog/the-beatles/200908171301/beatles-remastered-mono-box-sold-out-at-amazon-us.html. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Haber, Dave (26 August 2009). "Update: Beatles Mono Box sold-out at more retailers now". http://www.beatlesnews.com/blog/the-beatles/200908260608/update-beatles-mono-box-soldout-at-more-retailers-now.html. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Morris, Christopher (3 September 2009). "EMI to press more 'Beatles in Mono'". http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118008125.html?categoryid=16&cs=1. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/billboard-200?begin=21&order=position. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Goodman, Dean, and Mohammad Zargham (16 September 2009). "The Beatles Turn US Charts Back to 1960s". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSTRE58F1BL20090916. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  11. ^ (Japanese) "Oricon Weekly Album Charts for the third week of September 2009". Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/search/result.php?kbn=ja&types=rnk&year=2009&month=9&week=3&submit5.x=32&submit5.y=4. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 

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