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Ariel Bitran Posted: Nov 28, 2012 24 comments
Congratulations to Nick Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina on winning his brand new Beatles LP box set from our friends at Music Direct. This box set includes all sixteen Beatles albums remastered to vinyl, many of which have already been picked apart by Mikey on this website.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 28, 2012 97 comments
Register to win one of two Donald Fagen Sunken Condos Vinyl LPs (MSRP $39.99/each) we are giving away between now and Thursday night.

Our friends at Warner Brothers/Reprise Records offered us two copies to give away of this double 180g pressed on clear RTI vinyl gatefold set mastered for vinyl (we trust from high resolution files) by Scott Hull at Masterdisk.

[This sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 27, 2012 49 comments
I've fed you another piece of misinformation fed to me by someone involved in this project but I can't remember whom: at first I was told RTI pressed these records. But that had to be walked back. Then I was told, no Rainbo pressed but RTI plated. Now I've been told by RTI's Don MacInnis that, no RTI didn't plate them either. Sorry about that.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 26, 2012 17 comments
Authenticity required this album to have a "Capitol" label since it was not originally issued in the U.K. There, the five tunes on side one comprised a double 7" EP issue containing the songs from the "Color Television Film called 'Magical Mystery Tour'".
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 23, 2012 53 comments
Back in 1996 EMI contemplated a newly-remastered 30th anniversary CD edition of "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. While the company later issued a 30th anniversary edition of The Beatles (The "White" Album) complete with a transparent slip case, black inner sleeves and the poster and photos originally included in the vinyl version, the 30th anniversary Sgt. Peppers... was never released. I know about it because I was peripherally involved.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 20, 2012 29 comments
Of course Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles' and George Martin's creative and technological pinnacle and the album most cite as their greatest, but there's plenty to be said for Revolver being their best and most consistent collection of songs and performances.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 18, 2012 11 comments
Yesterday was a waste case for listening. I powered up the stereo and what came out was so bad I couldn't review anything. I'm not kidding. I tried everything: various turntables, cartridges, digital and nothing sounded good......So I went upstairs and watched this fascinating BBC documentary on the life and times of George Martin. There's been an anti-George Martin backlash of late from people who think he takes too much credit for their success, but watching this makes obvious that these people are making stuff up. He certainly doesn't here.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 17, 2012 14 comments
This fourth Beatles album didn't exist in America because it didn't contain any hit singles. In England, hits were singles, sometimes issued as four song E.P.s. In America hits were the bait to get teens to buy albums, but in England you got fourteen songs for your money. In America you got twelve but you got the hits.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 17, 2012 30 comments
As expected, Rubber Soul, sourced from George Martin's 1987 16 bit, 44.1k remix sounds like a CD. Why should it sound like anything else? That's from what it was essentially mastered.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 15, 2012 56 comments
If you're looking for a quick and easy answer to the question "How good is The Beatles box set?" you've come to the wrong place. Each album deserves to be evaluated individually and that's what I intend to do, though the lesser ones (if there is such a thing among Beatles albums) will get less attention.