BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 The Beatles Remasters (EMI)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun (from "The White Album", mono version)
BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009  The Beatles Remasters (EMI)

Much as it is possible to love every crackle and piece of surface noise on the original vinyl albums which some still have or have inherited, the remastering brought out an energy and vitality in the Beatles catalogue which was undeniable.

The music (and the Beatles Rock Band game) was much essayed at Elsewhere on release (I heard the recordings in Abbey Road back in June) but the truth is you don't need to read about this extraordinary music but simply play it.

Ah, but which? Mono or stereo?

Mono actually, especially for the albums up to and including the White Album: after that stereo takes over (the post-White Albums discs aren't in the mono set anyway) and the stereo surroundsound enhances Abbey Road especially. The White Album sounds pretty cool in both versions.

Still a template for so many musicians of all persuasions, this exceptional music just sprang to life all over again this year. And With the Beatles and Rubber Soul sound absolutely thrilling.

Again. It's yesterday once more . . .

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Bird and the Bee:  Interpreting the Masters Vol 1 (Blue Note)

The Bird and the Bee: Interpreting the Masters Vol 1 (Blue Note)

This will be brief because you could essay at length the trend of artists covering the work of their predecesssors: Scarlett Johansson doing Tom Waits, Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet's Under the... > Read more

Hobotalk: Alone Again Or (Glitterhouse)

Hobotalk: Alone Again Or (Glitterhouse)

The previous album by Scottish singer-songwriter Marc Pilley who, with friends, is Hobotalk was the beguiling and understated Homesick For Nowhere which appeared at Elsewhere (and nowhere else in... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere



When people in your family -- in this case your dad and uncle -- are famous musicians your road can actually be harder than most might think: just after a couple of Lennon kids. Liam Finn... > Read more

Neil Young: Out to lunch

Neil Young: Out to lunch

Nothing showy here, but I've spoken to Neil Young three times. And the man was boring and awkward every time. But that's just my opinion. I've never understood why musicians -- especially those... > Read more