Beatles remastered Red and Blue albums make original mastering a little better
The latest addition to the Beatles' remastering project is the "1962-1966" and "1967-1970" (Red and Blue) albums, which were just released this week.
The way the originals "1962-1966" and "1967-1970" discs were released, well at least the Red one, anyway, was certainly questionable. Why wasn't it one disc when all the tracks fit on one side? The CD lineups from the first CD versions have prevailed here, though the price initially seems to be well below what the original CDs were.
The four mono tracks on the earlier CDs -- "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," "From Me to You" and "She Loves You" on the first Red CD are still mono here, despite the fact that "Please Please Me" and "From Me to You" were released in stereo on the remasters. And on the "1967-1970" album, the stereo version of "A Day in the Life" without the crossfade of the "Pepper" album is present, the same way it was on the earlier CD.
On "All My Loving" on "The Beatles 1962-1966", the original CD sounds a bit muddy with the vocal in the center. On the remastered, the vocal is moved to the right with a distinct sharper sound. The difference in tracks ranges from subtle to more pronounced, as with "All My Loving," but there are some changes. You can hear some of them in the video comparison on the left.
The booklets have some additional pictures, but not many as most were in the old booklets, too. The notes in each album by Bill Flanagan are really for the general public, really the target audience for the albums, and they don't contain anything most of us don't already know.
Completists and probably anyone who didn't spring for the remasters plus casual shoppers will probably go for these. But next year, we'll still hope for the video DVD that's high on our wishlist.