Does Soulseek even have a Mac platform yet? I haven't had the heart to check.
Rich, what do you make of the beatles albums being remastered?
What do I think? Good question. Simple answer. I think its about fucking time. Check it out...there is a bootleg company called Dr Ebbets that has been selling "remastered" versions of original vinyl they ran through a 24 track to collectors sick of the shitty sounding CDs. Seriously...things have to be PRETTY FUCKIN BAD for CD dubs of vinyl pressed in 1964 in like, Denmark, you know? Hell, the Beatle CDs sounded so bad, for the Lennon project, I was gonna pony up and get the Dr Ebbets catalog in full. Jesus, the White Album, the ultimate high point of recorded music in the 20th century, quite possibly the absolute greatest album ever made in any genre (at least that I have ever heard) sounds like fuckin BULLSHIT on CD. I myself have two vinyl copies. So anyway, I heard about the remastering a couple of months ago and have been waiting paitently. They did all the remastering (NO REMIXING, which is so important they are honoring the Beatles/George Martin's vision) at Abbey Road, brought in original tape ops and engineers when they could, and they did it song by song (not just pulling the master banding and doing the whole 40 min album in one go, like they do for so many albums), and it took them five fucking years. God bless them for FINALLY fucking getting it right. Havent heard them, but I bloody will. Cant wait. Super excited. This is music and its meant to be LISTENED TO, not put on some list or graded or even analyzed. Fuck it. I'm on board, you know? Seriously. Sign me up. Every time. Just like the Miles Davis stuff...I'm in, you know? Give me the fuckin key, I'll drive. They did right by the Stones a few years ago, the Beatles more than deserve that treatment. They made their first album in one 15 hour session, they make so many others look so useless, less than pointless. Used to play 8 fucking hour sets 6 nights a week in Hamburg. They were way hardcore, before hardcore. Honor the fuck out of them for what they gave us...after George died I said they are the best friends the earth ever had. It's the truth. Shakespeare, Dylan, Picasso, Welles, Miles, Ellington, and all the rest, you know? The ones who gave so much its overwhelming. You should see the pics of the tape vaults at Abbey Road, everything is immaculately preserved. Such a thing of beauty.Ok, second part of my thought, they did the mono versions...OK BACK IN FUCKIN 1963 NOBODY GAVE A FUCK ABOUT STEREO. From the second album onwards the BEATLES were the FIRST band to attend mixing sessions...and they mixed everything for mono. This is how they wanted to be heard, not some bullshit vocals in one speaker, instruments in the other. Lennon always maintained the stereo stole the guts out of their early stuff. Whenever EMI would reissue beatles stuff in the 70's Lennon was chomping at the bit to go in an remix it and show people how great they really were. They all said the mono Sgt Pepper is the real thing that alot of stuff didnt transfer to stereo. The first stereo mixes they did for real were The White Album...they mixed the stereo and mono versions in one fucking 29 hour recording session...it was just John & Paul & George Martin...can you imagine? Incredible. So they did the mono stuff to for these reissues. I'm so glad they did all of this. Yeah you have the mono and stereo seperate purchases, but whatever, I'll buy them both and you can make a copy of the mono. Cuz we're good humans, we know that friendship counts for something, and we have always shared. So I'm fucking happy to share. I'm going to try and get one for my birthday and one for Xmas. Sounds like a plan. So I hope this is a good answer, its pretty much all my thoughts in one place. Thank you again for coming out last night, it was great...I really appreciate it. We'll talk soon. God bless.
I walked into a store that was playing random songs from the remasters...it sounded DAMN GOOD!
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