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The Beatles - Past Masters Volumes One & Two 180g Vinyl 2LP

The Beatles Past Masters Volumes One & Two 180g Vinyl 2LP


"Love Me Do" (Original Single Version), "She Loves You," "I'll Get You," and "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number" Presented in Mono


Cut at Abbey Road Studios by a First-Rate Team of Producers and Engineers:


Stringent Procedures and Safeguards Ensure Optimum Sound

The Beatles were so prolific during their decade-long reign, full-length albums couldn’t contain all their music. In England, the Fab Four often released singles that never appeared on their British albums. Some of the quartet’s best-known material saw the light of day on EPs and 45s. We’re talking internationally recognized songs ranging from “I’m Down” to “Across the Universe.”


Want proof? Savor the rising harmonies on early classics such as “She Loves You” and “From Me To You,” and witness the edginess and palpable electricity flowing through raw, rock n’ roll numbers “Long Tall Sally” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The second half of the collection, beginning in 1965, spotlights equally influential, timeless singles like the grandly distorted “Revolution” and poignant “Across the Universe.” Listening to the set in order also functions as a microcosm of the band’s evolution in the studio as, for the first time in analog, distinctions pertaining to equipment, recording techniques, and studio ambience can now fully be detected.





In cutting the digital masters to vinyl, stringent safeguards and procedures were employed. After cutting to lacquer, determined to be warmer and consistent than cutting to DMM, the next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone ‘limiting,' a procedure to increase the sound level.

Having made initial test cuts, Magee pinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any ‘sibilant episodes.' vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect.



Similarly, any likelihood of inner-groove distortion was addressed. As the stylus approaches the center of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a ‘mushy’ sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as ‘surgical EQ,’ problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli.



The Beatles Past Masters Track Listing:



1.    Love Me Do
2.    From Me To You
3.    Thank You Girl
4.    She Loves You
5.    I'll Get You
6.    I Want To Hold Your Hand
7.    This Boy
8.    Kom, Gib Mir Deine Hand
9.    Sie Liebt Dich
10.    Long Tall Sally
11.    I Call Your Name
12.    Slow Down
13.    Matchbox
14.    I Feel Fine
15.    She's A Woman
16.    Bad Boy
17.    Yes It Is
18.    I'm Down
19.    Day Tripper
20.    We Can Work It Out
22.    Rain
23.    Lady Madonna
24.    The Inner Light
25.    Revolution
26.    Get Back
27.    Don't Let Me Down
28.    The Ballad Of John and Yoko
29.    Old Brown Shoe
30.    Across The Universe
31.    Let It Be
32.    You Know My Name 

The Beatles - Past Masters Volumes One & Two 180g Vinyl 2LP

SKU: 5099969943515
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