The Beatles Go Back To Mono: Or Are They Just Trolling?
YOU may not know it, but The Beatles split-up in 1969. Since then, they’ve released more albums than when they were actually together.
Of course, most Beatle-nuts can’t help it and will fall salivating onto just about any Beatle release. They’re still capable of fun surprises – no-one expected the ‘Love’ album (with Cirque du Soleil) to contain a stone-cold banger like the Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows mash-up.
It also featured on a video game with a load of fun psychedelic effects.
There’s been a host of radio session LPs, outtakes, ‘naked’ versions and, of course, remasters. One thing all fans of the Fab Four can agree on is that the original stereo versions of their famous LPs are a pain in the arse.
The Fabs’ estate re-did the stereo and everyone was happy. Well, diehard fans of the Beatles were. Naysayers spat tea from their noses in disgust, saying ‘oh well… look what we have here… yet another bloody Beatles cash-in! HUH! You pricks will buy anything!’
And so, to the news that The Beatles’ mono albums have been remastered at Abbey Road and are now set for a vinyl re-release.
The 180g LPs will be available in September 8 and have been remastered direct from the original analogue tapes. They’ll be available individually and in a limited 14-LP boxset.
Not only that, the film of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is to be re-released in cinemas, out on on July 4th with a DVD/Blu-Ray release on July 21st.
Of course, Beatle fans have already heard all the LPs and seen AHDN a million times already. Expensive boxsets and rebuying you existing back-catalogue? The Beatles are the masters of it. But 60s fanboys will adore hearing the Fabs in Mono, mixed properly.
But are the Beatles just trolling now? Do they know that fans will buy anything tossed their way? They’ve not even released the fabled ‘Carnival Of Light’ yet! Will they (we) forever be buying new stereo and mono mixes forever and ever until the Fabs take over our entire record collections?