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The 12-CD The Beatles in Mono box set is more than a collector's indulgence. The warmth and punch of early albums With the Beatles and Beatles for Sale evoke the experience of first hearing songs like "All My Loving" on the original vinyl. But in mono, these albums have finally received the treatment they deserve.
Clearly, in the sixties mono was king. Few people had ever heard stereo sound because most record players had just one speaker and stereo radio was still in it's infancy.
"To us, what was important was the balance of the song," he explains. "We felt we were sort of mixing the message, rather than putting things in places. We weren't that interested in stereo. It wasn't where we were from"