Die Beatles (German Stereo LP – Horzu)
DBM-041 Original Master Recording
1. I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon/McCartney) 2:56
2. Misery (Lennon/McCartney) 1:52
3. Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander) 2:58
4. Chains (Goffin/King) 2:28
5. Boys (Dixon/Farrell) 2:28
6. Ask Me Why (Lennon/McCartney) 2:29
7. Please Please Me (Lennon/McCartney) 2:04
8. Love Me Do (Lennon/McCartney) 2:24
9. P.S. I Love You (Lennon/McCartney) 2:06
10. Baby It’s You (David/Bacharach/Williams) 2:44
11. Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon/McCartney) 2:01
12. A Taste Of Honey (Marlow/Scott) 2:06
13. There’s A Place (Lennon/McCartney) 1:53
14. Twist And Shout (Russell/Medley) 2:34
Die Beatles (German Stereo LP – Horzu) was released by Dr. Ebbetts in excellent stereo [SHZE 117] in 2004 with much fanfare. The Beatles first LP was released way back in 1963. The Beatles sounded fresh, invigorated and tight as a band belting out originals and covers. These melodic tracks exhibited primarily simple chord structures augmented with exquisite harmonies and tight aggressive instrumentation.
DBM-041 is another fine flawless natural sounding transfer boasting tremendous separation and gain. This release is light years ahead of the “domestic” product out for public consumption and makes the latter simply obsolete.
The energy and brashness of “I Saw Her Standing There” introduces the album at break-neck speed. The outstanding separation becomes even more pronounced and apparent on “Anna”. The Beatles sound raw and uninhibited with these performances. Lennon’s vocals literally jump right out of the speakers at you on “Baby It’s You”.
DBM-041 represents a marvelous listen for this first Beatles LP that has aged well over time. I’ve heard a good many of the countless other formatted releases of this album and this flawless stereo transfer in particular shines ever so brightly!
We welcome the above comments. I have not heard the British Stereo LP version but was impressed enough with DBM-041 to give it a thumbs up.
There is one main reason to get this version of the Beatles’ first album above all others and it should be included in every review. In the words of Steve Hoffman: “THAT’S THE ONE! SHZE 117-A-2 & B-2
Made from a “special” tape that is actually FIRST generation, from the Twin-Track original, with no added compression or echo UNLIKE the tape (of the same generation) made for the British stereo LP which has extra echo and compression built right in to it.
I tried to tell MoFi about this German stereo master when they were cutting the BEATLES BOX, but they went ahead and used the British tape anyway. Oh well!”