The White Album by The Beatles
The White Album
|The White Album||Aug 23, 2013||Christopher Louviere||Pineville LA US|
|What can I say about The White Album that hasn't already been said by reviewers. I can, however, comment on the sound of this pressing as it compares to other versions. The DMM (Direct Metal Master) copies sounded good but basically what you got when you bought these was the same sound of the CD on a vinyl record. These 2012 pressings are taken from extremely high resolution masters, not the old 16 Bit, but the 24 Bit 192 kHz digital masters. The highs are crisp, the bass is no longer muddy, and they are over laden with midrange which is usually the result of adding compression to the master. The ONLY way to get better pressings of Beatles' albums is to pay thousands of dollars for perfect, unblemished original pressings from the 1960s. I was sceptical at first and then I heard them. I was floored. I wish they had done all analogue pressings but I'm not at all disappointed with these taken from high resolution masters. You can hear the separation of the instruments clearly and some corrections have been made to eliminate vocal pops and sibilance. The White Album, as well as all of the pressings of their official UK releases, are worth every penny you pay for them. Sit down with your favourite drink (mine is iced tea), and play these records when you have no distractions and just soak in the sound. You will remember what it was like the first time you ever heard The Beatles on a decent stereo. It's more than just listening to a record, its an experience. The White Album is one of my favourite records by the Fab Four and I remember when it was first released. It changed music in a profound way, much like Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road. All you can really say about it is WOW!|
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