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Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Beatles - Rubber Soul: Remixed (1965) [A Prof. Stoned Comp]


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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152 comments:

  1. Fantastic. Many thanks for all your work!

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  2. oh my god, Prof did it! Rubber Soul yes!!!!!!!
    Thank you Prof. Stoned!

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  3. Great! My favourite Beatles-Album; thanks very much!

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  4. Thanks again for your great work -- much appreciated!

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  5. Wonderful!! Thank you so very much. Your attention to details and striving to get the best sound always amazes me.

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  6. Oh my, so quick after the Help remix! It's always a delightful to have new (high quality) ways to hear to the Beatles! Thank you!

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  7. Thanks for the great job you did on my fav Beatle album-extra TY for including two extra songs.

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  8. Yours is now the best Rubber Soul available, and I doubt that Giles Martin can do any better work than you've done. Bravo!

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    1. I agree with this wholeheartedly. My favorite album now has my favorite mix. Thanks ProfStoned.

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    2. Agreed. Now my definitive mix. Vocals are FINALLY well centered.

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  9. Thank you very kindly. A superb job you've accomplished here, very much appreciated.
    dr blues

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  10. Hey Prof. Can the recent official Revolver mix be improved? Some instruments are buried in the mix. Your thoughts?

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  11. Another worthy effort, majority of these tracks never sounded better

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  12. It sounds amazing, i do hear a ghost track at the beginning of I'm Looking Through You...

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  13. For over 50 years I have wished the drums on these sides were more up front. You've achieved that with no collateral damage. Excellent!

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  14. Most excellent! Thank you.

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  15. Thanks as always for these amazing efforts!!! I was playing your others all last week. Best way to hear this music on headphones, by far. I just listened to the original stereo BfS this morning and some of the vocals on there are just WAY too loud.

    I did my own primitive "She Said She Said" remix after I heard the crappy Giles version. Hoping a Prof. Stoned Revolver is in the cards...
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ylpar7rdva2owg/%22She%20Said%20She%20Said%22%20better%20remix.flac?dl=0

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    1. Nice one!

      Revolver is not on my to-do list, so this is where it ends for me. Reason is technical; the remix has undoubtedly better fidelity than original mixes but is not as suitable for demixing as the original wonky wide stereo mixes. Yes, I could give it a shot but I wouldn't be able to position all the stuff where I want it to be. And also, I like that my demixes for the most part maintain the sound and feel of the original. The 2022 remix sounds too different too my taste.

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    2. Wow now I know why I don't like Giles Martin mixes... I can't even listen to any of them... What is he doing wrong ?

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  16. Nice work. I listened out to see what you'd do about the dropouts on Day Tripper, and I think you did a terrific job.

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  17. So how long did you deliberate over whether or not to include 12-Bar Original?

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    1. Didn't wanna end such a strong collection of tunes with that.

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  18. Thanks for another great remix! I appreciate all you've done over the years!!! Thanks for your work!!

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  19. Wow Prof ... I did not expect this right behind "Help! : Remixed" ... Incredible ...as always.

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  20. Dear Prof. What's next on your to do list?

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  21. What other artists other than Flash have you improved that on not listed on your webpage?

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    1. I gladly do some work for the sympathetic Think Like a King label from time to time, but please consider these are not really "Prof Stoned Products". Having said that, the Dr Strangely Strange BBC CD/LP was produced with lots of love and effort on my behalf and the forthcoming Patto remix/remaster CD is actually a project I devised and that TLAK was kind enough to turn into an actual release.

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  22. Is the Patto remix/remaster CD their first album? When and where will that be available?

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    1. https://www.thinklikeakey.com/release/353839-patto-patto-2023-remastered-edition

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  23. I have to say also that this record holds a special place in my history too.In 1967 I bought 2 copies of this album,my brother and I had a record player we called "Old Iron Side" wore records down after a dozen plays.But we liked "Rubber Soul"so much My brother got the 'Old Man"to buy a new BSR turntable at "EJ Korvetts" What a great album this is and I'm glad that you made it magical. Just like the others before it .Thank You.Oh ,the seconed copy I never opened it.

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  24. Wicked! I was silently hoping for this one day. I love the improved stereo and extra balls. Nice one prof.

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  25. really looking forward to this, like you this is becoming my favourite Beatles album as it still has some of the 'innocent' energy of their early days along with the coming sophistication which makes for a fantastic album

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  26. Thank you for bringing Peter Banks and Ollie Halsall back into focus!

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  27. Thank you so much prof for another great job! Rubber Soul is inside our souls forever.:-)

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  28. Just superb in ' the ear goggles' ...... many thanks Prof !

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  29. Amazing work...much appreciated!!

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  30. Nicely Done! Appreciate these Beatles tunes!

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    1. I’m in love with the Beatles remixes made by Prof. Stoned, for me they are the most exciting happenings in recent times concerning The Beatles. Just the opportunity to hear “Love Me Do”, “P.S. I Love You”, “She Loves You” and “I’ll Get You” in true stereo in the best possible quality was a dream come true. Now I’m listening to the wonderful “Rubber Soul”. Thank you very much Prof. Stoned.

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  32. Thanks for this entire Bealtes project. It's brought out a whole new appreciation in me for these LPs. Which is saying something!

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  33. This sounds fantastic. Great job.

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  34. Thank you - very much appreciated!

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  35. This will be great when I listen to it.

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  36. Been hoping and waiting for this - many thanks!

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  37. Thanks!! Is there any possibilities of The Doors first album Mono mix?

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  38. Thank you-another great mix. Real Beatle magic!

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  39. Thank you, Professor. What I really like about your re-mixing philosophy is that you don't change the overall feel of the album. Which is something I find to be happening to the Giles remixes — they often have these little tidbits that just sound jarring and out-of-place. I find your approach is similar to what Steven Wilson did (assisted by Robert Fripp) to the King Crimson catalogue. Of course, unlike you he had access to the original mult-tracks.

    I cannot imagine the work you put into these, and to me it feels like sorcery. Not necessarily the demix-pro part, as that is handled by the software, but just your mixing in general feels magical. You have great control over it, and great taste to boot.

    I've read some of your comments regarding whether to do the rest of the catalogue. However, I do wish to extend a plea for reconsidering. Definitely take a break first (can't wait to see what other music you have coming), but perhaps, just perhaps, you will find the energy to complete the rest.

    (By the way, your Forever Changes remix is breathtaking, too, and resolves all of the issues I had with the original mix, while still feeling exactly the same.)

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    1. Thx for your thoughtful comment!!

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    2. I would second crispi's plea. But regardless, I'm very thankful for the efforts you've put into this and the earlier Bealtes remixes. They are remarkable.

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    3. I would also echo these thoughts Prof. In this case, less is not more ......

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  40. Fantastic job, Professor. It will teach Giles a few things..Thank you!!

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  41. Finally!! (And many thanks for sharing your efforts!!!)

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  42. This the closest version to the 2009 mono CD ( but of course in stereo) i ever heard ! This is how Apple should have release the 2009 stereo CD. Great job !

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  43. Thanks once again for a much appreciated treat

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  44. These have been fantastic. I wish Giles and Mark Linnett (Beach Boys) could hear these and apply your methods to the catalogues. Beautifully detailed-thank you.

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  45. Thank you so much again Prof Stoned for this and all the other stuff you've gifted us. You do a wonderful job!

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  46. a well-timed coda (and fine job btw) to the golden years of this world phenomenon. thanks be unto a most accomplished techno-god. way to go sir!

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  47. Sounds great to me, terrific job on one of the Fab4's most sonically pleasing records! Thanks Prof!

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  48. Excellent work!
    This may well be my favorite Beatles LP; but I have'nt yet been able to say it... Thanks for a new listening experience.

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  49. Putting on my hi-fi stereo right now. Been looking forward to this one for months and months. Thanks in advance, Prof!

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  50. As always, your dedication to your craft always amazes. This mix sounds like you're right in the recording studio with them. Beautiful.

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  51. Many thanks kind Professor.

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  52. Thanks. I attempted a demix/remix of Rubber Soul last year. Needless to say, yours is much better. Thanks so much for this.

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  53. Thank you for this! I can't wait to hear it!

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  54. Prof, could you indulge me by going into some detail about how you remixed Day Tripper? Every stereo version I know suffers from a couple of guitar dropouts (which George Martin's team covered up pretty well on the mono mix). Did you have to fly in similar parts from elsewhere in the track?

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    1. Did none such thing... Forgive my ignorance, but I wasn't even aware there was such a problem with that track..

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    2. The 2009 remasters were used as source material here which had the dropouts fixed already but also mic plosives removed and spot noise reduction applied and other nonsense.

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    3. Ah, thanks. Hadn't realised they'd fixed the drop-outs in 2009. I should pay closer attention.

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  55. You have the right approach in staying true to the original tonality when doing these remixes. So thank you very much for your dedicated work!

    An idea about what could be attempted in the future: Why not try to demix the backing track of "Sour Milk Sea" (Jackie Lomax version with 3 Beatles playing!) and merge it with George Harrison's voice of his demo. I know it has been tried to merge them before, but not to satisfaction and probably not with demixing technology.

    Also the best BBC tracks could be demixed to stereo, like "I'll Be On My Way".

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  56. Great mix while still maintaining the original "presence",unlike the new Revolver.

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  57. Thank you. Beatles at one of their most creative moments. Your efforts are appreciated by listeners.

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  58. Excellent work. Thank you Prof Stoned.

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  59. Thanks prof.I'm really looking forward to listen

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  60. Excited to listen to this and others after reading raves about your work. Many thanks.

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  61. Thank you kind prof person. One of the first albums I was aware of as a child, and still my favorite Beatles recording.

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  62. This series is really fantastic. There's nothing quite like hearing the Beatles we know and love in a slightly different way. The sound is top notch as always. SO Many thanks!

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  63. Brilliant job ! Rubber Soul and Revolver are my two favourite Beatles albums, but the stereo mixes were never satisfying. Until there is a Rubber Soul box set, this will be my go-to version.

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  64. Thank you much. Very much looking forward to hearing this one.

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  65. This is a wonderful sounding piece of work - 99% of it - almost what I have dreamt of could and should be done to this amazing album. I am saying 99% and not 100% because my favorite Beatles track Nowhere Man has a problem with the split Lennon voice (amazing in itself that it has been possible to split it!) just after the guitar solo around time 1:05-1:10. The left voice sounds very thin and artefactual here. Sorry to say this about something which in all other aspects take the price for the best version of Rubber Soul ever heard!

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    1. Sorry don't think I can fix that, other than to make all the vocals mono. Like you said, it's pretty amazing how demix managed to extract these two different vocal channels from one mono channel.

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  66. Thankyewvurrymutch!

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  67. Unbelievably Great as usual.

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  68. Hi, Prof. I have made some cd art for this volume. I'm glad to share with everyboy here.
    The link is

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1niKjYO-I1SBx4IlvyOQLrKVD4UOcp4fy

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    1. Great work, but I'm pretty sure that George Harrison didn't write ''What Goes On''. Regards.

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  69. I came looking for the Pink Floyd and especially Syd but the Beatles and Rubber Soul is by far the best sounding in that the musical integrity of the tracks is maintained in the separation. The bass and (bass) drum remain tight together in the centre and the widest stereo is kept for backing vocals and doubled guitar parts. In other words if the band was recording it today this is precisely how a classic mix would sound. Loosing the musical integrity and dynamism is all too easy in the quest for separation and this happened on a number of tracks on the recent Revolver remix. This Rubber Soul is way way better. The Floyd remixes are more of a mixed bag with the drums and bass often a tad too far apart and so loosing the drive a little, however the 2cnd Floyd album re-imagined is a treat.

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  70. I came looking for the Pink Floyd and especially Syd but the Beatles and Rubber Soul is by far the best sounding in that the musical integrity of the tracks is maintained in the separation. The bass and (bass) drum remain tight together in the centre and the widest stereo is kept for backing vocals and doubled guitar parts. In other words if the band was recording it today this is precisely how a classic mix would sound. Loosing the musical integrity and dynamism is all too easy in the quest for separation and this happened on a number of tracks on the recent Revolver remix. This Rubber Soul is way way better. The Floyd remixes are more of a mixed bag with the drums and bass often a tad too far apart and so loosing the drive a little, however the 2cnd Floyd album re-imagined is a treat.

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    1. Fair criticism on Piper. If I could have made it sound like RS I would have, but the source material is problematic and all over the place.

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  71. I didn't care for your re-mix at all. Things sound out of place.

    All the same, I appreciate the effort you made in presenting this to us all.

    Thank you

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  72. THANK YOU! I just did a back to back to back (2009 Mono-original stereo--Prof Stoned Remix) test with Drive My Car, and it's not even close. Your remixes are FAB! Thanks again!

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  73. Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Wonderful! Hard to imagine Giles improving upon this remix.

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  75. Thank you professor. This sounds sweet and charming. Love it.

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  76. The first album of my life and the first album of my heart. Thanks.

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  77. Very nice, thank you for doing this. Your mix shows much work they put into the vocal harmonies as you can hear the separate strands. I can hear the bass drum so clearly and things the bass guitar is doing that I'd never heard before. This record is so nostalgic for me as it always makes me think of Christmas 1965.

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  78. The Word is Thanks!

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  79. I've sequenced all the songs from Prof's Beatles mixes chronologically (using Revolution In The Head) across four discs. If anyone else wants to do this the slipcase covers are in this folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11ndGNQXKiaI8IXcyeEviALVO0BdilIyN?usp=sharing

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  80. You will do the "Magical Mystery Tour" pls They always ignore it, it deserves a decent mix like the ones you do

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  81. Thank you. I'd love you to try remixing Cream Disraeli Gears and get Ginger Bakers drums more up front and make the drums stretch out over both left and right channels of the mix. I always felt Gingers amazing drumming on that album is poorly mixed.

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    1. I'd opt for a remix for their first album 'Fresh Cream' first, the panning's just horrible to be enjoyed in stereo

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  82. Thanks! Great separation & bright sound.

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  83. Love these mixes...cheers Prof!

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  84. Fantastic, sounds great: thanks for working on this and sharing. Rubber Soul's a funny one cause it's I think the final album US vs. UK versions so people have their faves. It's a great one to amalgamate the two, and I hope I find I'll find I've Just Seen A Face in another of your remixes.

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  85. Appreciate this and the other Fab Four titles - Thanks!!

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  86. AMAZING - sounds fantastic!

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  87. How come I can't download the other Beatle remixes? Error msg that the site refuses my dl request.

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    1. When I click the link it say's 'Forbidden'?

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    2. I must have been doing something wrong. Working now. Thanks.

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  88. I would love to hear what you could do to stereo-ize the long version of “It’s All Too Much” with the extra verses. The lp has most of it, the DVD has one of the extra verses in stereo, but as of today the whole thing in stereo - nope, it’s only traded privately and in mono.

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  89. Thank you for your incredible work! Much love from Mississippi ❤️

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  90. Huzzah, my favorite Beatles album got the Prof. Stoned treatment! I do enjoy the fidelity of the albums that Giles and Sam have done, but the processing is too modern. Not here though! Thanks!

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  92. Listening to the Giles Martin 2023 remixes from the Red and Blue Extended Albums, I must say that Giles Martin is good, but he is no Prof. Stoned!

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  93. Thanks from me as well! I admit paying much more attention to these remixes now that those red/blue remixes are previewing what else they can and will do with the rest of the catalog in the future. Having said that, I think that I am far more impressed overall with what Prof is doing (with more limitations of source material) over what Giles is doing. I was re-assembling a Prof. Stoned version of 62-66, but it's not quite, uh, finished yet... Hoping the series will continue with a Prof. Stoned remixed and expanded version of Revolver next in the series - fingers crossed! Whatever happens, thanks for this, and the others... Cheers!

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    1. ...and, oops, didn't mean to be anonymous there! Cheers!

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  94. Hi Professor, nice to see you again after all.of these years, superb job as expected. Greetings from Venezuela...

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  95. Thank you for your superb work. I really appreciate

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  96. Thanks for all these great Beatles albums remixes.

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  97. Holy crap, these are fabulous

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  98. Damn! Sounds great! :^D

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  99. Dear Professor,

    I understand you don't want requests and this post shouldn't be that. Maybe more of a challenge ;-).

    Because in light of the ongoing series of horrible, horrible re-mixes (now also with de-mixing technology) from Giles Martin, recently happening with the 62-66/67-70 releases, I really think you should consider continuing your Beatles Stereo work until at least the Hey Bulldog recording from early 1968.

    So in fact everything before the departure to India and, in my view, the final ending of the original spirit of The Beatles.

    Maybe as an end note, a newly edited, de-mix re-mixed complete "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" even if still in Mono.

    All your Beatles mixes are "such a joy" to listen to and, as opposed to the Martin mixes, are so respectful to the original Beatles sound, I think it would be really appreciated by tons of people.

    So, maybe give it another thought. And if not, you're still the best.

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  100. Thank you for this whole series. The early albums have always sounded peculiar to me. Your remixes strip away the distractions so the music can shine through.

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  101. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUSITY AND HARD WORK. I LOOK FORWARD TO LISTENING.
    CHEERS,
    MIKE M

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  102. Many many THANKS for your amazing work!

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  103. You are awesome and very very generous. I have loved and respect your work over the years.

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  104. I'm a big fan of Beatles. Really wondwerful. Peace and Love Prof.

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  105. Many thank you's.

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  106. Brilliant work. Much love from Australia!!

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