Cut at Abbey Road Studios using non-limited 24-bit digital masters sourced from the original analog master tapes!
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; album's North American LP debut in stereo
Optimum audiophile-quality sound from a first-rate team of producers and engineers
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – rated 53/500!
Recorded in much the same fashion as Please Please Me, With The Beatles used close-miking techniques and a combination of direct and ambient sounds gathered from group microphones. There's a great rollicking liveliness and depth captured. Paying homage to Motown, the band sends up "Please Mister Postman," "Money (That's What I Want)," and "You Really Got a Hold On Me" with equal parts ragged urgency and poignant emotion. A batch of rich originals spans bittersweet ballads ("All I've Got to Do") to shout-out-loud rock classics ("It Won't Be Long").
The set has been criticized by some for containing too many covers; yet it's a snapshot of the Beatles during the band's last connection to its Cavern Club days and avoids any dull moments. Again, the production emphasizes an in-the-studio feel, with minimal effects and few baffles. Now, hear just how hard the Beatles rocked in what's the equivalent of 3D sound. The strings of the band's guitars and pop of Ringo's 20-inch Ludwig kick drum resonate with punch, drive, and true-to-life imaging. It's all thanks to Capitol's meticulous mastering.