I just wrote these Beatles album recommendations up for my Facebook and figured that such a detailed post shouldn't be limited to such a small audience. These are mainly geared towards existing fans of the Fab Four; hopefully some of you are as big a Beatles fan as I am. Even if you aren't, perhaps this will inspire you to give them a shot.
Love: The soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. This is an album of remixes and mashups taken from the original 4 track tapes from the Beatles' recording sessions. Everything was done by Giles Martin and his father George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums. Because modern mixing technology is able to layer the original source tapes (unlike the original mixing), things are much clearer than before.
1 (2015 Version): Even though this collection of all the Beatles #1 hits was first released in 2000, it has already seen 3 different versions. The first edition was taken from the original 1980s CD masters. The second edition (released in 2011) was taken from the 2009 remasters. The 3rd edition, (which is what I recommend even if you own either of the other two) has been completely remixed by Giles Martin, again from the original studio 4 track recordings.
While Love is more of what one would expect from the term "remix," the 2015 version of 1 does not combine, rearrange or add anything to the original songs. What it does do is presents them in a clarity never heard before, due to the limitations of 4 track recording and the layering required to achieve the increasingly complex songs of the Beatles' catalog. Unlike the originals, every element of each song here is direct from the first generation tape (whereas before, they were often combined and layered over and over, reducing quality to add more overdubs). In addition, the stereo is presented in a completely new and modern way, as opposed to the strange separation and panning found in the original stereo mixes (which were often a rushed afterthought and had no real involvement from any Beatle until the White Album). The result is hearing elements you never noticed before and really feeling enveloped by each song.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition: Remember what I just said about the 2015 version of 1? Giles Martin gave Sgt. Pepper the same treatment. The result brings the album alive in a way never heard before.
Until the recent release of the Anniversary Edition, the mono mix was considered far superior to the stereo mix, as the stereo was an extremely rushed production (mixed in 2 days as opposed to several weeks for the mono) and done without any input from the band. Giles has taken inspiration from the mono in this new stereo release and has truly made Sgt. Pepper shine like never before.
Yellow Submarine Songtrack: Not to be confused with the Yellow Submarine album, the Songtrack contains every song (except A Day in the Life) found in the Yellow Submarine animated movie. The reason for the recommendation is similar to those above: Every track is remixed using the original 4 track recordings as a source. While these remixes aren't as masterful as those Giles Martin would later create (there are several overlaps between this album and the others mentioned above), they are nonetheless a marked improvement over the poor stereo mixes that came before them, and a proof of concept that would eventually lead to Giles's work.
Edited by Deathy G1, 21 June 2017 - 10:00 AM.