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The Definitive VINYL Version of the Best Solo Beatles Album!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
This is the newest remastered version of the Greatest Solo Beatles album on VINYL. I say vinyl, because it has been remastered before in 2000 right before George's death and again in 2010 as a RSD limited release. The 2000 version which George oversaw stripped some of the Wall of Sound that Phil Spector heavily saturated the album. Their were some nice bonus tracks like the unused "I live For You" among others. The 2010 remaster was a step back to the original version. So one would ask why buy this album?
Well for one, the previous remasters were as a whole lacking in the pressing phase. Too many buyers complained of the records skipping, warping, etc... Before I bought the album here on Amazon. I did some study as to where the album was pressed, whether it was the analog tapes used or a digital source. From the sticker a fixed to the wrapper it states it is the original analog tapes, on 180 gram vinyl and states it was pressed in Germany. Now whether that is at Pallas, which has done some magical pressings of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album and many others. I don't know. I had heard Abbey Road had a hand in this version as well.
It has also been said Dhani Harrison had a hand in this process, if so, he and all involved need to be commended. This is by far the best Vinyl version remaster I have heard. The 2000 version is great on CD. This is the definitive remaster on vinyl. When you drop the needle onto the record, it is dead quiet. It has been remastered quietly, which when you turn the volume up the songs open up and reveal depth not heard before in this format. The packaging outside is exact, if the only the hinge box is slightly thicker than any previous version. Some of that is the 180 gram records it houses, but there is another reason. I bought my first "All Things Must Pass" album in 1970 with the snow shoveling money I had worked for that week during snow storm in Atlantic Iowa that November. It had just been released and I was already hooked on The Beatles. So having a fondness for George's Beatle songs I took the plunge.
Over the years that first pressing was played and played. The inner sleeves took a beating as did the hinged box. The records are still great, even though there are a few pops and crackles. Well when they put this Remaster together they took the care of putting each album in what I would call a rice paper inner white sleeve with plastic insides to protect the records. They also put the original sleeves which have the lyrics to the songs on them in inside as well. So these replica sleeves should last the lifetime of the records themselves because you don't have to use them.
The only cosmetic change was to the orange Apple labels on the records. Now instead of a whole Apple on sides 1 and 3 and the half cut Apple on 2 and 4. They are all whole orange apples. Almost as if saying none of these songs were less deserving of A-side status than any other songs.
In closing, if you are getting into vinyl for the first time or like me needing a new copy of this classic album because you played it to death. This is the one to get. The RSD from 2010 ( the 40th yr since it's original release) now runs into the several hundreds of dollars to buy because it was limited. The 2000 vinyl version is also expensive. This 2017 remaster is also a Limited release, so get one while they are still under $100.00. Because like the man said, All Things Must Pass, and this version will become scarce in a short time.