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Welcome to ‘MIXOLOGY’, the show where I take Mono, Stereo, and International/Single mixes of classic albums, and compare and contrast all the key differences to create the ultimate in-a-nutshell guide!

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Hello Friends! Continuing on our January dive into The Beatles' 1965, we're taking a fresh look over the mix differences for the all-time classic LP, Rubber Soul. Originally covered in my very first episode of Mixology, the formula by which I make episodes was still in it's infancy, and since then my approach has got broader, deeper, and far more in depth than I ever intended, and I wanted to retrace my steps and give the album the treatment it truly deserves. This means not only covering the 1965 Mono and Stereo mixes of the album, but also the 1987 Stereo Remix by George Martin as this is the only digitally in-print edition of the album. We will also be once again covering the alternate mixes issues in America, including a mono mix of Michelle missed in my original edition! We've once again got a lot to cover this week, so it's time to Think For Yourself as to which mix is the definitive article, and dig right in with the evidence.
 
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Frederick
 
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January 12, 2022

Help! by The Beatles

Hello Friends, and welcome to 2022 here on Mixology! I've decided to go all-out with January, where we'll be cover the entire UK 1965 output by that fabulous group, The Beatles, starting of course with their first LP of the year, Help!. Formed out of the basis for the soundtrack to the film of the same name, this album features 14 pop gems from the group, including two numbers from George, as well as two covers to fill in the gaps, and was naturally issued in both mono and stereo at the time. However, in 1965 George Martin, for reasons that are completely clear, remixed the album (along with Rubber Soul) for its first CD issue, and these are the mixes that have remained as the defacto version to this day. With this in mind, today we will be covering all three mixes of the album, and working out if one of these can truly be defined as definitive. So, if you're looking for Help!, and screaming our I Need You, say goodbye to Yesterday's troubles - all the answered are right here for your ears.
 
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Frederick 
 
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Hello Friends, and welcome to the second festive spectacular here on Mixology, with our look at the Christmas album to end all Christmas albums - A Christmas Gift To You from Philles Records, produced by Phil Spector and performed by The Wrecking Crew, along with the many wonderful artists on the Philles label at the time, including The Ronettes, The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and Darlene Love. Featuring 12 seasonal classics now heard throughout retail without fail each year, and a spoken word coda from the man himself, one question remains: should you go for the in print mono mix of the album, or the stereo remix issued in the 70s and 80s... before it was never to be seen again? So chuck on that Santa hat and come for a Sleigh Ride through a Marshmallow World, as we cover the most successful flop of the holiday period.

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Frederick

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Hello Friends, and today we're continuing on with our look at Donovan's 1967 classic, A Gift From a Flower to a Garden, diving in to the second LP of this set, also released individually in the USA as For Little Ones. A diversion from the first LP in the set, this album is comprised of a set of songs based in Celtic folk music, with Donovan's intention of writing an album of songs for children. Strangely, this song actually feels more mature than Wear Your Love Love Heaven, but how does this change in approach affect the mono and stereo mixes of the album? Littered with sound effect intros and stripped back arrangements, this album is a real mish-mash of similarities and differences, which which brings these mixes together best? Come along with The Magpie to The Lullaby of Spring and find the Starfish-on-the-Toast for the answer! 

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Frederick

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Hello Friends,

Today on the show we're back again in 1967 with our next Graduate Patron selected album, taking our first look at Donovan and his fantastic double LP A Gift From a Flower to a Garden. Much like our look at The Beatles at the beginning of the year, we will be splitting these two LPs in to two episodes of Mixology, with this week's episode looking at the first LP, also released individually in the USA as Wear Your Love Like Heaven. A glorious psych/folk/pop collection of 10 tunes, this album was released in both mono and stereo upon its original release. Thanks to some insider comments, we can confirm the mono was definitely the focus at the time, but how well does the made-for-USA stereo mix hold up by comparison? Oh Gosh, come along with Skip-a-long Sam and let's listen to Someone Singing Under The Greenwood Tree and find out.

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Frederick

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Hello Friends! In another episode chosen by our Graduate Tier Patrons, today on the show we are taking our first flight with the fabulous Byrds, and their fantastic fourth LP, 'Younger Than Yesterday'. Released in 1967, this album was subject to mono and stereo mixes, and for almost 30 years these were the only mixes of these 11 tracks. However, in 1996, due to the poor state of the stereo master, all 11 songs also received remixes from the 3-track masters to create the current in print and streaming version of the album we hear today. So, with three mixes of the album in hand, and a bonus single edit to boot, how should you be listening to this album? Everybody's Been Burned by one of these mixes, so Why hold back any longer and see what Thoughts and Words I have on the subject.

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Frederick

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October 20, 2021

Headquarters by The Monkees

Hello Friends. Today on the show we're returning to LA's favourite foursome, with The Monkees' third LP 'Headquarters'. Their 2nd of 3 LPs release in 1967, this marked their debut as a self contained unit, and was of course released in mono and stereo mixes at the time. However, while the previous albums we have look at from the group were littered with little mixing treats for us to pick out, things are a little more straight forward here. But despite this, which of these mixes should you be seeking out? For Pete's Sake, there's No Time to waste! 
 
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Hello Friends! Today we're taking a look at our second (and last) Nilsson album on the show, his fantastic debut 'Pandemonium Shadow Show'. Much like 'Aerial Ballet', this album features some wonderful differences between its 1967 mono and stereo mixes, and once again we'll be subjecting ourselves to the remixes from 'Aerial Pandemonium Ballet' for even deeper comparison. So, without further ado, grab your Cuddly Toy because She's Leaving Home, but is it with the mono or stereo LP? Let's find out...
 
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Frederick
 
P.S. This may be the end of the Nilsson journey on the podcast, but there's more on the Patreon on Mixology on 45, looking at the Rainmaker single and both of it's A-Sides, I Will Take You There & Mourning Glory! Listen, support the show, and get hours of extra content at: https://www.patreon.com/backtomono
 

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Hello Friends! In our latest Patron requested episode of Mixology we're taking a look at the second album from the short lived LA group Buffalo Springfield, succinctly titled 'Buffalo Springfield Again'. This time we have two contemporary mono and stereo mixes to be looked at, each with their own flavour to be observed, digested, and ultimately hung upside down. So, if you're expecting to fly with the bluebird, why not come along for the ride and let's find out if we should be taking this journey in single or dual channel sound!
 
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Frederick
 
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September 8, 2021

Small Faces by Small Faces

Hello Friends, and today we're in 1967, with Small Faces' first album on the Immediate label, and their second self-titled album overall. Including 14 original compositions, ranging from Pop, Soul, Psych, and Baroque, this album truly covers an undeniably broad range, and leads into a lovely broad range of mixing differences too! So, let's go up the wooden hills to Bedfordshire, and dive right in!

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Frederick
 

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Hello Friends! Today we're travelling to 1967 San Francisco, with the hit LP from Jefferson Airplane, 'Surrealistic Pillow'. Hailed as a revolutionary turning point in the merging of Folk and Psych, this album is home to such hits as 'Somebody To Love' and 'White Rabbit', and wonderfully has two very contrasting mono and stereo mixes! But which should you be listening to? The dry and raw mono, or the reverberant and more psychedelic stereo? Come on the Embryonic Journey, and let's find out...
 
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Frederick
 

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Hello Friends, and today we're going with a slightly controversial option, and that is The Beatles 1967 US-Only LP 'Magical Mystery Tour'. Originally released as a double EP in the UK (as well as a number of places in the rest of the world), the US rejigged the track order, and filled Side 2 with the non-LP songs from earlier in the year. While another Capitol Hodge-Podge, this album works extremely well, and has now been assimilated into the official catalog, and so today, we're going to be looking at all 11 tracks from this wonderful beastie. With far too many mixes of I Am The Walrus, along with a couple of later mixes from the 70s to bump things up, let's hop on the Coach and go off to meet the Fool on the Hill.
 
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Frederick
 

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Hello Friends! On this fine Tuesday afternoon I thought I'd treat my listeners, by sharing an example of the sort of exclusive content supporters over at the Back to Mono Patreon have access to, with an episode of Mixology on 45, the Patreon-Only series where I take a look at non album A and B-sides, and their many occurring mix differences. With this in mind, I've decided to dig out my episode on The Beatles' 3rd single, From Me To You. Here's the original description from my Patreon:

In the 3rd installment of Mixology on 45, we're jumping to 1963, with the 3rd single from The Beatles, the great 'From Me To You', and it's flipside 'Thank You, Girl'. These tracks have an interesting history, with From Me To You being mixed in to stereo in 1966 for 'A Collection of Beatles Oldies', and Thank You Girl getting a stereo mix for 'The Beatles' Second Album' in the States, but this was only released after Dexterization. The EMI Stereo mix was not released until 2009! With differences focussed heavily on echo and harmonica, it's once again a rollicking good time with the Fab Four!

With this in mind, if you wish to access the rest of the ever growing catalog of Mixology on 45 episodes, as well as extended Back to Mono episodes, Longplayers in Mono, and even Artists in Mono, you can do so at patreon.com/backtomono

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Today we're in 1967, with The Turtles, and their wonderful album "Happy Together". Obviously including the title hit, this album has an absolutely wonderful selection of cuts, ranging from the upbeat and uplifting opener "Makin' My Mind Up", to the beautiful ballad "Like The Seasons". However, how does it compare between it's original mono and stereo mixes? The stereo certainly features a number of well thought out panning decisions, but the mono brings in a number of effects used more haphazardly in the stereo. To top it off, we get two mixes only issued on 45s, with missing overdubs and alternate fade outs! So consider this your Guide For The Married Man!

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Today we're basking in the summer of 1964, with The Beach Boys' Summertime Magnus Opus, 'All Summer Long'. Featuring Classics such as I Get Around, Wendy, the title track, and Little Honda, this album was originally released in both mono and stereo mixes, but both versions suffered on two differing tracks. With a modern remix or two to help us out, which of these equally fantastic yet equally compromised mixes is the one to go for? Don't Back Down from the decision, let's find out!

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