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  1. 15 Feb '09 17:33
    Is it possible to get stereo versions of Please Please Me and With The Beatles on CD?
  2. 17 Feb '09 07:19
    The Capitol releases, as opposed to Parlophone, were in 'stereo'. They were quasi-stereo in that the original recordings were done on a 4-track with the intention of being released mono (Parlophone releases) but Capitol released stereo mixed versions of those 4 track recordings. That's why you hear drums panned on one side, vocals on one side, guitar, etc - they just added panning to the tracks.

    Those recordings were intended to be mono and sound best as mono.
  3. 18 Feb '09 00:29
    Originally posted by Badwater
    The Capitol releases, as opposed to Parlophone, were in 'stereo'. They were quasi-stereo in that the original recordings were done on a 4-track with the intention of being released mono (Parlophone releases) but Capitol released stereo mixed versions of those 4 track recordings. That's why you hear drums panned on one side, vocals on one side, guitar, etc - ...[text shortened]... d panning to the tracks.

    Those recordings were intended to be mono and sound best as mono.
    Yes, I think you are right! Rain on headphones sounds terrible!
  4. 22 Feb '09 15:47
    Originally posted by znsho
    Is it possible to get stereo versions of Please Please Me and With The Beatles on CD?
    Why early beatles?

    I always thought their music from 1967-1970 was much better than their early stuff.
  5. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    23 Feb '09 14:57
    Originally posted by generalissimo
    Why early beatles?

    I always thought their music from 1967-1970 was much better than their early stuff.
    And what would be the difficulty in getting Beatles material from 1967-1970 in stereo, do you think?
  6. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    26 Feb '09 04:47
    Originally posted by FMF
    And what would be the difficulty in getting Beatles material from 1967-1970 in stereo, do you think?
    That is not their early years, they started out circa 1962 or earlier. That is the time period I think they are talking about, back when they were totally poor and working from a 4 track tape deck, which was probably only a two track really but maybe they mixed down the demo's to mono to put on a demo tape or something and that was what was used in the actual production because it sounded better than the later studio cuts. Just my guess anyway. But 1967 was in their famous period, they had the best gear at that point.
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    26 Feb '09 04:50
    Originally posted by znsho
    Yes, I think you are right! Rain on headphones sounds terrible!
    You mean because the panning was extreme and there was no sound coming from the center? Sounds like a poor post engineering job then. I do track work in my own home studio and even I do better than that
  8. 28 Feb '09 06:46
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    That is not their early years, they started out circa 1962 or earlier. That is the time period I think they are talking about, back when they were totally poor and working from a 4 track tape deck, which was probably only a two track really but maybe they mixed down the demo's to mono to put on a demo tape or something and that was what was used in the actu ...[text shortened]... ust my guess anyway. But 1967 was in their famous period, they had the best gear at that point.
    It was a 4-track. See Anthology.
  9. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    01 Mar '09 01:58
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    That is not their early years, they started out circa 1962 or earlier. That is the time period I think they are talking about, back when they were totally poor and working from a 4 track tape deck, which was probably only a two track really but maybe they mixed down the demo's to mono to put on a demo tape or something and that was what was used in the actu ...[text shortened]... ust my guess anyway. But 1967 was in their famous period, they had the best gear at that point.
    I was commenting on generalissimo's odd post. He asked why someone would be looking for stereo recordings from the early period when stereo recordings were readily available from the late period. Generalissimo seemed to not understand that znsho was looking for stereo recordings from the early period and that the fact that stereo recordings were par for the course in the late period has no bearing on what was avaialble from the early period.