Remastered box sets are often rush jobs, over-produced reissues that remain relevant only until a new format requires new remasters. The Beatles in Mono, however, has been years in the making. “These were never going to be released until they were ready,” engineer Sean Magee told Rolling Stone in 2012, referring to the set’s stereo counterpart. “Nowadays you kind of have to cut things as fast as you possibly can, because the meter’s running [in the studio]. This job was a pleasure, because we didn’t have that.”
Now, five years after being released on CD, the set is going back to vinyl. All told, the package will include the Beatles‘ first nine U.K. albums, a collection of Mono Masters (non-album singles and tracks) and a 108-page hardbound book featuring new essays, rare photos and a detailed account of the mastering process. Enter below for your chance to win a limited-edition copy.
According to Magee, one of the most challenging parts of his job was reducing the volume of almost every “s” – a letter that can come out “raspy and distorted” when recorded to vinyl. “A good example is ‘She Said She Said,'” he said. “It’s time-consuming, but it’s the best thing to do – attention to detail, and being as fastidious as you can.”
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