Beatles – Revolver (DBM-007)


Revolver (DBM-007)

Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, I’m Only Sleeping, Love You To, Here There And Everywhere, Yellow Submarine, She Said She Said, Good Day Sunshine, And Your Bird Can Sing, For No One, Doctor Robert, I Want To Tell You, Got To Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows

EMI / Parlophone first issued Revolver on CD on April 30th, 1987 using the stereo format.  It sounded as if they used a tape several generations from the master with a sound that is dull and lifeless and resulted in a sad release for such a classic album.  The opportunity was big for fantastic transfers from the original vinyl releases many labels have produced titles from all of the permutations of the vinyl.  The people behind the “fake” Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs produced two titles.  The first in 2000 (MFSL 1-107) is from the original MFSL release, and in 2003 the released (DLH-1-107) from the MFSL 1982 box set.  The Millennium Remasters label issued the stereo version of the LP five times, each coupled with the mono.  The first two, Millennium U.K. Collection (PMC 7009/MFSL 1-107) and Millennium U.S. Collection (T-2576/ST-2576), were both issued in 2002.  Two years later they issued three separate transfers of Revolver:  Millennium Red Collection (EAS 40136/EAS 80556), U.K. Collection (BM-1/BC-13), and Yesterday And Today/Revolver (L 2553/2576) where it was coupled with the stereo edition of the American LP Yesterday…And Today.

Dr. Ebbett have issued Revolver in four separate versions, four of which cover the UK stereo version of the album.  In 2000 they released two versions, the MFSL transfer (MFSL-1-107) and the original Parlophone release (PCS 7009).  The following year they issued a transfer of the US stereo edition (ST 2576) and in 2005 the released their version of the UK blue box remaster (PCS 7009).  The current DBM series is a silver manufactured edition of the latter release utilizing a virgin copy of the vinyl.  Like all the other volumes in this series, there is no hint of its vinyl origin.  There is a miniscule layer of hiss on the top end which is apparent during the most quiet passages.  When this album was released record companies were still not convinced stereo was the preferred format and while the stereo separation is better than Please Please Me, the vocals and piano still dominate the right channel and the bass and drums the left.  Overall though the sound is very natural and warm sounding and this is a tremendous job by Dr. Ebbett and is worth having.  (GS)

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