Beatles – The World’s Best (Dr. Ebbett DBM-043)

The World’s Best (German Stereo)
DBM-043 Original Master Recording

1. Good Day Sunshine (Lennon/McCartney) 2:14
2. All My Loving (Lennon/McCartney) 2:09
3. Eight Days A Week (Lennon/McCartney) 2:48
4. No Reply (Lennon/McCartney) 2:17
5. Rock And Roll Music (Berry) 2:36
6. A Hard Day’s Night (Lennon/McCartney) 2:37
7. I Should Have Known Better (Lennon/McCartney) 2:49
8. And I Love Her (Lennon/McCartney) 2:35
9. Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney) 2:41
10. Michelle (Lennon/McCartney) 2:48
11. Doctor Robert (Lennon/McCartney) 2:18
12. Yellow Submarine (Lennon/McCartney) 2:46
13. If I Fell (Lennon/McCartney) 2:22
14. And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon/McCartney) 2:05
15. Girl (Lennon/McCartney) 2:32
16. Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney) 2:09

The Beatles – The World’s Best (German Stereo LP – S*R International) was released by Dr. Ebbetts [S&R 77235] in excellent stereo in 2002.

DBM-043 represents a natural sounding flawless transfer in perfectly balanced stereo. Many nuances can be easily picked up through effortless listening. “Good Day Sunshine” ends sounding like a typical Beach Boys number. I immediately picked up on the absolute quietness between the tracks providing and reinforcing sheer smoothness. “Eight Days A Week” showcases crisp clapping and harmonies just at the right pitch. Lennon’s voice is so smooth in “No Reply” and as the chorus builds into ‘I nearly died’, the intricate instrumentation can really be appreciated.

The bass is well defined in “Rock And Roll Music” which gives the track an extra bounce and swing. The guitar fade-out in “A Hard Day’s Night” is particularly clean. The clarity of the harmonica in “I Should Have Known Better” is startling. The guitar instrumental interlude in “And I Love Her” highlights the exquisite finger picking. “Michelle” sounds as smooth as ever. “Dr. Robert” seems to have a similar sounding edge, bite and immediacy to it reminiscent of  “Hey Bulldog”.  The ending of “Yellow Submarine” sounds like a real march and evokes a sense of hollowness akin to being inside the yellow submarine.

The harmonies are majestic on “If I Fell”. Deep resonating bass notes and Ringo’s unique percussion accentuate ‘And Your Bird Can Sing”.  The stereo separation on “Girl” is breathtaking. McCartney’s vocals are effortless and smooth on “Eleanor Rigby”.  This release is cutting edge and can only serve to spoil all of us.  This is the way this music was meant to be heard and appreciated.  After my first uninterrupted listen, I was disappointed that it had to end and I felt a need to play it all over again. DBM-043 can best be described as being simply stunning and a must have!

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