With The Beatles (DBM-015)
It Won’t Be Long, All I’ve Got To Do, All My Loving, Don’t Bother Me, Little Child, Till There Was You, Please Mister Postman, Roll Over Beethoven, Hold Me Tight, You Really Got A Hold On Me, I Wanna Be Your Man, Devil In Her Heart, Not A Second Time, Money
The Beatles’ second official LP release With The Beatles was first released on November 22, 1963 (stereo) and on November 25, 1963 (mono) with the first compact disc release in mono on February 26th, 1987. Previous needle drops include two from Millennium Remasters. The first MR was issued in 2002 (PMC 1206 / MFSL 1-102) with both mono and stereo with the former coming from the early 1980’s UK box set. The second (PMC 1206/PCS 3045) came out two years later again with both mono and stereo transfers on the same disc. The mono is the identical one used on the 2002 release but the stereo came from the blue box set instead of the MFSL box set.
Dr. Ebbett released five previous versions of With The Beatles, all but one in stereo. The previous mono issue came in 2003 (PMC 1206) on CDR and with an exact duplication of the original vinyl artwork. This received high praise, and this new release is receives the same high praise. They used a pristine vinyl copy and there are no flaws in the mastering and transfer making this flawless. The sound is very natural and smooth and quite honestly is the best way to experience this album since mono was the preferred format for the first couple of Beatles albums. It is also good to have this edition because the final track “Money” lacks the guitar in the beginning of the stereo version, has a different piano introduction and there are various differences in the instrumentation. (GS)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)