This Chet record is pretty dang good. I picked it up yesterday for $10. I figured it would be good, and frankly I figured it'd be more expensive than $10.
I was right on both counts. Discogs lists this as having sold between $10 and $125, and has this version in this condition listed between 40 and 60.
So mono copies of Pepper are exponsive.
I have a couple, in various conditions, from various plants. One of them is perfect, and it was my preferred version of this album for a decade. (I got it for a dollar at a local used book store ~12 years ago.)
If you put that on along side the stereo version that most people are familiar with, you can *see* them begin to understand (often for the first time!) why people get so worked up about The Beatles.
The stereo thing is a problem for all Beatles records after Rubber Soul (although the mono issue of Rubber Soul is more common in the US) up to The White Album, where they finally figured out how to do stereo mixing (mostly) and didn't do a mono mix in the US.
(I'd love a british mono pepper, they are very very expensive.)
The last record to get a mono mix in the US was Magical Mystery Tour (again, the mono issue is absolutely magical compared to the stereo. I can't explain it.)
Anyway, they grabbed Giles Martin (George Martin's son) and Giles did a remix (possibly with some guidance from his dad? I dunno, it was right at the end of George's life) for the 50th anniversary of pepper.
But they went back to the original studio tapes. Like, before they were bounced down, before the effects were added, etc.
And they re-did it, in a frankly fantastic stereo mix.
(I guess I should explain The Thing.
I've never heard an expensive stereo that wasn't enjoyable and technically accurate, but I've heard a lot of stereos that can't do stereo imaging, because of bad speaker placement or whatever.
Stereo imaging is where your brain can pick out where stuff is in the mix relative to where you are, but it only works when you're sitting in the right spot.
Maybe this is fake, I dunno, but it happens?
That's not The Thing, but it helps.
So you figure out where your stereo sweet spot is, and then you jiggle your EQ for your room and preference (or not, whatever) and then you play a couple of albums to see if any of them are transformed in to a new magic thing.
It's all very woo.
The system I was using before did not do The Thing. Everything sounded fine, good even, but never transcendent.
For this system, so far, Pepper (at least this new stereo pepper) and my Mississippi John Hurt LP have done The Thing.)
@ajroach42 There's a Giles Martin remake of the white album too, which is also very good.
I have The Beatles in Mono set, and strongly recommend it.
Also better in mono the way it was intended: The first Ramones album.
@mathew I haven't heard giles' white album.
I think I own it, but I think I bought it right before we moved back to GA.
@ajroach42 have you tried mixing your own master of Pepper?
If you can find the multitracks, it is a great way to re-examine the album.
Here's a snippet of what I did https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2015/07/the-beatles-surrounding-you-with-love/
@ajroach42 Rockband. Some of the separation is pretty crappy on early tracks - but on the later albums it is pristine. Examples of both on my blog.
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