The Beatles Help! on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: Help! Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Beloved Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, the Beatles' Help! is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, Help! exemplifies sonic
transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs
were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records
for the Help! mono LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
On the surface, Help! is the soundtrack to the Beatles’ second feature film.
Yet the 1965 record marks the emergence of several new directions for
the band—and benefited from the biggest strides in production technology
yet. Thematically encompassing mature sexual longing, uncertainty,
estrangement, infatuation, and innocence, the group pounced on an armada
of available instruments—acoustic guitars, bongos, electric pianos,
flutes, and even strings—to deliver one of the greatest pop albums time
has ever known.
On this definitive analog pressing, the timeless poignancy of “Yesterday” comes across with truly unimaginable heartbreaking sincerity. The volume pedal George Harrison uses for the first time on
“I Need You” and “Yes It Is” is fully discernible. You can
hear the woody cavity of he back of the acoustic Gibson guitar Ringo
beats to add percussion to “I Need You.” And yes, the fuzz-pedal bass track Paul McCartney added
to the original on “Think for Yourself”—his first overdub on record—is
preeminent. As is the soulfulness of the falsetto voices.
The advances in sonics were largely made possible by new Studer J-37 four-track recorders.
Not only does this new LP pressing present the enhancements like never
before, it adds to our enjoyment and insight of the music, allowing
listeners to sense get as close to what went down as possible. So, and the 1:10 mark of “I Need You,” the moment when Lennon hits the rim of the snare drum comes alive,
the happy accident possessing the same amount of body, richness,
detail, and depth as the rest of the landmark music on this set.
Audiophiles, you demanded it, and now, you have it. Help! on a definitive analog pressing that can be passed down to the generations.
The Beatles Help! Track Listing:
2. The Night Before
3. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
4. I Need You
5. Another Girl
6. You're Going To Lose That Girl
7. Ticket To Ride
8. Act Naturally
9. It's Only Love
10. You Like Me Too Much
11. Tell Me What You See
12. I've Just Seen A Face
14. Dizzy Miss Lizzie