Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beatles mono LP box: How's it selling?

The Wall Street Journal reports 2,300 people have purchased the Beatles in Mono vinyl LP box since it's release Sept. 9. That's not exactly gangbusters, but does indicate interest in this expensive specialty item.

The Journal adds:
The LPs are also being sold individually, leading four Beatles albums to hit the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with sales of more than 2,000 copies each for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the White Album, “Revolver,” and “Rubber Soul.”
...Audiophiles aren’t the only ones who will hear differences between the mono and stereo versions. The mono “Helter Skelter,” for example, is almost a minute shorter than the stereo mix and omits Ringo Starr’s yelp about the blisters on his fingers.

Cynics, of course, will see “The Beatles In Mono” as just another ploy to get fans to re-purchase music that they already own.
To that, Berkowitz says, “No one says you have to buy it.”


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