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Joshua B. Smith  |  Apr 12, 2022  |  9 comments
L-R: Allen Klein, George, Ravi. (Photo: Leonard Detrick/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
How to describe the notorious music industry figure Allen Klein, the one-time manager of both the Beatles and Rolling Stones? One lawyer working with Klein called him “the devil incarnate.” Paul McCartney called him a “trained New York crook,” and that acutely cool figure, Mick Jagger, once had to be restrained from attacking Klein at a business meeting.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 23, 2019  |  134 comments
2012 wasn’t all that long ago and culturally not that much has changed, yet from that year to the September 27th release this year of the 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road is how long The Beatles made records.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  35 comments
I spoke today with Sean Magee about the just released Beatles LP box set. Magee's resume is impressive. He's cut both lacquers and DMM and does a great deal of AAA cutting for Pure Pleasure among other labels.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 14, 2012  |  34 comments
If you're looking for a quick and easy answer to the question "How good is The Beatles box set?" you've come to the wrong place. Each album deserves to be evaluated individually and that's what I intend to do, though the lesser ones (if there is such a thing among Beatles albums) will get less attention.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 10, 2014  |  6 comments
This year's Fest for Beatles Fans coincided with the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9th, 1964. The "invasion" festivities began earlier of course, including one event held Thursday February 6th at the 92nd St. "Y". That one featured Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon, who also signed James Taylor to Apple and went on to become a major producer/manager), performer Billy J. Kramer, Beatle secretary Frida Kelly and Vince Calandra. The event was hosted by British actor/comedian and Beatle fan Martin Lewis. Donovan was a no-show due to a friend's death.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 12, 2014  |  46 comments
Wow, just read the Beatles in Mono "book shocker" thread... It's not surprising that they originally were going to cut from CDs, being that they're only the moldy mono mixes anyway right?... :)

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 07, 2014  |  28 comments
What a mess. For all of his brilliance on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul McCartney must take much of the blame for the ill-conceived for television movie “Magical Mystery Tour”. McCartney had thought of it while in America in April of 1967. The others agreed to it so they all share it to some degree. He wrote the title tune and recording began April 25th.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 10, 2014  |  3 comments
The Audio Salon In Santa Monica California announced today a Beatles event that sounds fascinating. I'd go if I lived out there.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 13, 2013  |  28 comments
On January 21st 2014 Apple Corp/Capitol will release a thirteen CD box set containing all of the American Beatle albums from Meet The Beatles (1964) to Hey Jude (1970). Just think: the entire history of the Beatles is like the time between 2007 and now. Think about that. It's guaranteed to blow your mind.

The discs contain both the mono and stereo versions, except for Beatles' Story and Hey Jude, which are in stereo only. And yes, the set will include the famous "Butcherblock cover" for Yesterday and Today

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 06, 2014  |  12 comments
The upcoming double 180g LP sets of Love and 1 will be digitally sourced according to mastering engineer Sean Magee.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 03, 2014  |  44 comments
The two upcoming Beatles compilations, the "Red" (1962-1966) and "Blue" (1967-1970) were cut from the original analog tape used to produced the original LP sets—with a few exceptions, says Abbey Road mastering engineer Sean Magee.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  37 comments
The Beatles box arrived today, oh boy.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2014  |  31 comments
Last night's Beatles in MONO listening session at Electric Lady Studios played to an overflow crowd of fans, young and old, male and female. The event and the one Wednesday night September 10th at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, both sponsored by UMe feature Beatles engineer Ken Scott, reissue mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz in a panel discussion moderated by Sound & Vision music editor Mike Mettler.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 29, 2014  |  64 comments
The Beatles in Mono arrived today. This evening listening will begin but this afternoon analogplanet.com editor Michael Fremer opened the box and physically inspected.
Michael Fremer  |  Aug 26, 2014  |  20 comments
A visit to Czech Republic-based GZ Media recently published on a website includes an un-captioned photo of a large stack of the upcoming Beatles Mono box sets. This has flooded analogplanet.com's "inbox" with emails from readers, some inquisitive, some hysterical and a few spewing expletives.

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