2 November 2007, gsparaco @ 11:43 pm
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (DBM-013A/B)
Disc 1, UK mono: She Loves You, From Me To You, We Can Work It Out, Help!, Michelle, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, Yellow Submarine, Can’t Buy Me Love, Bad Boy, Day Tripper, A Hard Day’s Night, Ticket To Ride, Paperback Writer, Eleanor Rigby, I Want To Hold Your Hand
Disc 2, UK stereo: She Loves You, From Me To You, We Can Work It Out, Help!, Michelle, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, Yellow Submarine, Can’t Buy Me Love, Bad Boy, Day Tripper, A Hard Day’s Night, Ticket To Ride, Paperback Writer, Eleanor Rigby, I Want To Hold Your Hand
A Collection of Beatles Oldies…But Goodies was their first greatest hits collection, released in the U.K. only on December 9, 1966. Previous transfers include a mono edition by Odeon (PMC 7016), Millennium Remasters (PMC 7016/PCS 7016) both mono and stereo on one disc, released in 2004 and Dr. Ebbett released both the mono and stereo on separate discs in 2001.
Dr. Ebbett’s new release is a new transfer of both the mono and stereo LP’s in a two-disc set. It is pressed on silver disc instead of CDR as the older issues were. There are some minor mastering issues on this including digital bumps at 1:26 in the mono “Day Tripper” and at 1:33 in the stereo “We Can Work It Out.”
The sound quality of the transfer is excellent as are most works from this label. It is also good to have this greatest hits collection because it has the UK issue of their first single. There are also some interesting differences between the mono and stereo mixes. “From Me To You” includes harmonica in the introduction while it is absent in the stereo. The mono and stereo versions of “Help!” have the same instrumental track but different vocals.
The mono version of “Yellow Submarine” has an opening guitar strum while it is absent on the stereo track. And finally, the stereo version of “A Hard Day’s Night” is a few seconds longer than the mono. This is packaged in a double slimline jewel case and the artwork, just like the blue box set, is modeled after the MFSL cover.