There are many differences between the UK and US mixes - sometimes due to the demands for new Beatle product, unfinished versions were even shipped to the US! It's interesting to check out the Rubber Soul mixes - but two of my favourites, and possibly the most obviously different in these boxsets, are Thank You Girl, which has more harmonica and I'll Cry Instead, which has an extra verse! Hopefully the best is yet to come if they release the US Revolver tracks, which are markedly different.
Many Beatle fans were disappointed with these boxsets - I wasn't one of them!
In my opinion, some, but not all, of the US mixes were better that the UK counterpart. However, the US stereo versions of She's A Woman and I Feel Fine are absolutely dreadful, as are some of the stereo mixes from the A Hard Day's Night album sessions - "stereo" versions were created from mono masters by tweaking the EQ/volume in time with the vocals or instrumental breaks! However, other tracks taken from AHDN kick ass, such as Any Time At All (US Something New LP).
In 1976 I was a well-established 10 year-old Beatle fan! I had most of their original albums and singles by this time, mostly donated by my family (sometimes unsuspectingly!). For Christmas that year I was given a copy of The Beatles Story - originally released in 1964 on Capitol, this re-issue on Apple contained extracts of many of their songs in glorious stereo! They sounded absolutely fantastic - so much better than the UK mono versions I had, and I remember being particularly impressed with Slow Down, Little Child and I Want To Hold Your Hand. So then I started saving my pocket money so I could buy their UK stereo albums!
When eventually I did get a few of The Beatles UK stereo albums, I noticed that there was a sonic gulf between what my Beatles Story LPs produced and what I heard from my newly-acquired UK LPs.
I know there were only a few of us singing the praises of the Capitol Boxes when they were released but I still strongly believe that it is/was a valid project. The US boxsets have been deliberately re-mastered from the original US mixes. True, some of these mixes were quite appalling, as previously mentioned, however, this is how the US public heard these tracks when they were originally released and the point of the exercise was to present the albums exactly how American ears first heard The Beatles. So to maintain continuity and to stay true to the project, Capitol included the aforementioned bad mixes and not cleaned up "fixed" versions.
To criticise the sound quality of the CDs is probably missing the point of the project, in my opinion.
bigche: Hey you guys see this yet? Here's the imposter posing with Paul and the Beatles in '64 - over 2 years before permanently assuming the missing Beatle's identity in late '66: youtu.be/8hJ709TEjOs
Jan 1, 2020 19:34:34 GMT
Mr Kite: Have you ever thought about getting out a bit more ?
Jan 2, 2020 22:49:20 GMT