Posted: Nov 9, 2006 9:57 pm |
Edited by: mikesniper
Mono Sgt. Pepper. Completely different guitar takes, noises, tape loops. And the Beatles were present during the mixing, unlike the stereo which was arbitrarily panned L/R by the engineers. The Mono version has never been issued on CD other than bootlegs from clean vinyl copies. It goes on eBay for 40-120 clams, but it's easy to find in stores, just look for a copy w/o the yellow band that says "Stereo" on the top. Most record stores don't bother. The catalog starts with "MAS" not "SMAS." Nerdy shit, just sayin'....
I think the Beatles were great, but the Kinks and Stones are at least equal. Their were other great bands at the time of course, but those are the closest contemporaries as far as being English and having a lot of releases. The Beatles had a lot more time to record in the studio and a lot more money. I think Ray Davies is by far a superior lyricist than either Lennon or McCartney. "Do You Remember Walter" being an example. Hollies, The Move and Pretty Things are up there too, if a little more inconsistant ("Emotions" is just not up to snuff as far as their other shit..)
In a weird way the Beatles are both under and over-rated. Some people hate them just because, or oversaturation, and some people think no one can come close, which isn't true, even in their own country. Go outside the UK and you have the Byrds, Beach Boys, etc. etc. etc.