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The Beatles – Mono Masters


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The Beatles – Mono Masters


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Mono Masters is a compilation album by The Beatles, and is an alternate, all-mono version of the album Past Masters. Mono Masters was originally a two-CD set included as part of The Beatles in Mono box set. The premise of this box set was to compile only Beatles material which was released or prepared for release with a dedicated mono mix (the set excludes later material mixed and released only in stereo, and material whose mono version was simply created as an equal mix of the two channels of the stereo version). As a result, the track listing for Mono Masters differs from Past Masters on the second half of disc two, omitting some later songs that never had a mono mix ("Old Brown Shoe", "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and "Let It Be"), and adding several songs released on stereo-only albums that had unreleased mono mixes. Tracks 9–12 and 15 were prepared in March 1969 for release as a 7" mono Yellow Submarine EP, two months after the release of the similarly titled soundtrack album, but the project was scrapped, although the EP was mastered. Subsequently, the tracks were only released in stereo (and in an electronically produced mono mixdown, or "fold-down", of the stereo mix), while the true mono mixes remained unreleased. "Get Back" (with B-side "Don't Let Me Down") was the final Beatles single mixed for mono format. It was released in the UK in mono, though the US release was in stereo. Thus, the songs that were originally released on stereo singles in the UK are omitted on this release.

This compilation was released individually as a triple vinyl LP set on 8 September 2014 in Europe and the following day in North America on the same day that The Beatles in Mono box set was released in vinyl LP format. The vinyl format compilation is mastered directly from the original analogue mono master tapes. – Wiki

“…there are mono versions of the new songs from the 1968 Yellow Submarine soundtrack, and they're all here. Perhaps this, along with the inclusion of the German singles of "Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand" and "Sie Liebt Dich," gives Mono Masters a slightly off-kilter feel, but it's a subtle one that's easy to ignore because the compilation overspills with great 45s, almost all of which sound better in their tight, punchy mono mixes. This means Mono Masters is not only a useful collection, it's an entertaining one as well.” – AllMusic

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The Beatles


Mono Masters


Apple Records


3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono, 180 g


UK, Europe & US

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Beat, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock

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