i’ve been wondering about the advantages of the mono box vs the stereo box. thoughts?
Most of the Beatles records were originally, definitively mixed in mono. The stereo mixes of everything up through the White Album were afterthoughts. The records were fully mixed and deemed complete by the band before the stereo mixes were even attempted. They weren’t around for the stereo mixes and didn’t particularly care for them. The stereo versions often run at different lengths and even contain different takes than the original mono recordings. Even worse, some of the stereo versions that are today considered the official versions were mixed in 1987! As a bonus, the mono set actually includes the otherwise unreleased original stereo versions of some records.
On top of all of this, the mono set is not heavily compressed like most other releases.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with releasing altered or improved versions of the catalog. I enjoy the Love mashup record. I’d love to see 5.1 channel remixes released. But I also want to hear the original recordings, as they were originally released.