Just when I thought it was safe to move on from collecting fetishistic vinyl, comes The Beatles In Mono LP’s available as individual titles or as a box set complete with special hardcover book.
Though I’m not one for compulsively adding every re-release from The Beatles to my collection, I just don’t have that much money or space in my home, I felt a overwhelming sense to the point of obsession with owning this new mono box. The audio was cut to vinyl at Abbey Road Studios, 100% analog with NO digitalizing whatsoever in the chain from the source master tape to disc. I couldn’t have, in my wildest nerd dreams, thought of a better way to deliver the mono LP mixes to the public.
To add to the crazy details, not only were the discs 180 gram virgin vinyl stunning beauties, but they even reproduced the album graphics and packaging using the old 60’s retro style flip-back jackets for the appropriate titles, top opening gatefold jacket for the white album with photos and poster, Sgt. Pepper psychedelic inner sleeve and cut-out sheet, and stapled booklet for Magical Mystery Tour. They are exact as printing production today would allow (the 2014’s are digitally printed while the original 60’s pressings were done using offset printing and a laminate coating which is obsolete in mass production today). And oh yeah, the box set comes with a neat hardcover book. So for those who don’t have the bucks for original near mint 60’s pressings, these new mono pressings are absolutely essential for vinyl aficionados to hear the Beatles as they were intended, for a fraction of the price.