Artist: The Beatles
Title: Abbey Road (UK Stereo) Blue Box Remaster
Publisher: Dr. Ebbetts Sound Labs
Reference: PCS 7088
Made In USA
Quality: Excellent Stereo
Booklet & packaging: Outstanding
Total duration: 47:24
The trend has continued. THE most requested project for the Dr. Ebbetts Sound System is STILL the remastering
of the famed BLUE BOX set released from Decmeber, 1978. As I have written several times before, for many, this
set offers what is considered to be among the best representation of the original UK stereo releases. Therefore,
Ebbetts concludes the "stagger release” of the original UK stereo LPs from the BLUE BOX set (save for Rarities)
with today’s announcement.
The Ebbetts catalogue has always offered both the MOBILE FIDELITY and ORIGINAL UK STEREO versions of the British titles.
Indeed, up until December of last year, the audio used in each of these sets were identical. The only thing that
differentiated, for example, the MFSL version of “Please Please Me” from the standard UK issue of the same title
in the Ebbetts catalogue was the artwork. Otherwise, the two were identical. That changed with the Decmeber, 2005
Dr. Ebbetts announcement. Continuing with today's announcement, the MFSL audio masters will stay exactly as they have been,
sourced from the actual MFSL vinyl releases. However, the standard UK stereo issues, complete with the original
artwork, will slowly be phased in to have the BLUE BOX transfers used as their source material. To many, the MFSL
CDs are the best sounding releases around … but to others, they are too bright with a bit too much EQ on either
end of the spectrum, as applied by the geniuses who master these things. To many, the BLUE BOX releases are smoother
and more natural sounding and better represent the Beatles recorded work. That’s up to you, of course, but soon,
the BLUE BOX will stand to represent the original stereo UK titles. These are NOT upgrades, unfortunately.
These are brand new titles. HOWEVER, once the BLUE BOX set is complete, the MFSL set will be redone, complete
with new artwork.
These new BLUE BOX releases replicate with FAR MORE accuracy, the artwork of the original releases, right down to
the EMITEX logo on the back. Many of you have older version of the artwork and will need these. Even if you do
have the new artwork, the audio is brand new