Sharoma Compleat Beatles

Compleat Beatles

The Beatles smoking

My response to the absence of remasters

Such is the strength of my Beatles fascination that as a 9 year old I laboriously recorded all my dad's original UK pressings onto TDK cassettes, neatly scribing in black ink the song titles and storing them in a carry case. I never lost this obsession for cataloguing and collecting music and posses a fairly large collection of official CDs, MiniDiscs, vinyls, and an even bigger collection of unofficial bootlegs and rare recordings across a few formats. As for the Beatles, like every other afficionado the world over, I was never satisfied with the 1987 digital remasters and as such never bought more than three of them. My Dad never bought them either, mostly because he was a tight git; as a result his vinyls are now more noise than signal. But I have to listen to the Beatles every so often (usually every week), so I turned to piracy, mostly from Oink! before it was shut down, and my format of choice: MiniDisc. Now that the official remasters (including mono versions!) are on the way, I thought I'd share my custom "Beatles Compleat" as it begins its final chapter as my primary source of Beatles. So, this is my Beatles collection that has been serving me well since I completed it in 2007:

It covers 20 MinDiscs. I commenced recording in October and was done by December. I divided it into four parts. The UK releases in mono and stereo, and the US releases in mono and stereo. Sources vary. Most are Dr. Ebbett's vinyls, the latest generations I could find. All the US Capitol album releases are from those official discs, whilst some other rips found their way in there, such as non-Ebbett vinyl masters. Also, the infamous short-lived Black Triangle Japanese Abbey Road release. This collection contains basically every studio song officially released. I went to a lot of effort to hunt down every variant of every single and have placed them in their correct context. It should be borne in mind that the US releases often featured different mixes, so even though, for example, Sgt. Pepper appears numerous times, each is a different version!

Disc 1

The Beatles UK Collection in MONO Part I

Disc 2

The Beatles UK Collection in MONO Part II

Disc 3

The Beatles UK Collection in MONO Part III

Disc 4

The Beatles UK Collection in MONO Part IV

Disc 5

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in MONO Part I

Disc 6

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in MONO Part II

Disc 7

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part I

Disc 8

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part II

Disc 9

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part III

Disc 10

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part IV

Disc 11

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part V

Disc 12

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part VI

Disc 13

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part VII

Disc 14

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part VIII

Disc 15

The Beatles UK Collection in STEREO Part IX

Disc 16

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in STEREO Part I

Disc 17

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in STEREO Part II

Disc 18

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in STEREO Part III

Disc 19

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in STEREO Part IV

Disc 20

The Beatles Capitol Albums/US Collection in STEREO Part V

All recording was done realtime on a Sony MDS-JE520 deck, which is equipped with the penultimate version of Sony's ATRAC codec: 4.5. If the official remasters, with their noise reduction and limiting, should fail to please, I always this collection to fall back on. And since the MiniDisc format is virtually indestructible, it should outlive me.

*This is the so-called UHQ (Ultra High Quality) version.