The quality of the Beatles mono reissues are extraordinary. Peoole keep referring to these as "remastered", they were not. That is a word that gets thrown around as if it is something positive which is far from true. The stereo reissues in 2012 were "digitally remastered", that is not a good thing. Records should not have any digital manipulation and they certainly should not be made from CD masters.
EMI/APPLE CORP/UMe/whomever actually LISTENED to the fans and did not use the CD mono masters for this release! They went back to the precious, original master tapes and cut the records through an ALL ANALOGUE path! Using the notes from the original UK cutting engineers, these records are as close as can possibly get to a UK (or even Australian) first pressing of The Beatles' mono catalogue.
The quality of the actual pressing plant is where I have a huge problem. Two copies I received of Rubber Soul looked like old scratched up copies from the 60's. Amazingly, they made little noise, but visually it is just horrible and not what I expect from a band new, sealed item. That is something to be aware of. Every single mono record I have purchased, and the red, blue and even the new stereo Sgt Pepper, have been scratched, horribly off centre and even warped. They may have gotten the cutting right, but the quality of modern day record pressing plants sure as hell is not what it was in the 60's-80's.
Now if only they would do the right thing and release all analogue copies of Abbey Road and Let It Be. Actually, if only every single reissue was done from analogue master tapes with all analogue cutting paths, the world of vinyl reissues would be a far better place.
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