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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! Be sure to check out sister show ‘Back to Mono’, where I discuss classic songs in their mono mixes, and play hits and deep cuts from some of my recent vinyl pickups.

Episodes

Hello Friends, and welcome to the first Mixology of 2021! We're diving headfirst in to a brand new year with our first double album, the 1968 classic 'The BEATLES'. More commonly known as the White Album, we'll be exploring these notoriously different mixes across two episodes, this week focusing on Disc 1. So join me in discovering just why Happiness is a Warm Gun, where the Handclaps went in Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, and above all, why does the stereo mix of Back in the USSR end in an arctic storm?

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to a very festive installment of Mixology! Today we'll be taking a look at the wonderful 1964 Christmas Album from The Beach Boys, simply titled 'The Beach Boys' Christmas Album'. Featuring a number of band originals, and big band arrangements of Christmas classics, the album also brings together a few bizarre mono/stereo mix differences for us to dig our mittens in to. Even better, we've got 6 unique mixes of Little Saint Nick, 5 for Auld Lang Syne, and even a non LP B-side thrown in there too. So grab a hold of Santa's Beard, this is going to be one wild ride!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and this week on Mixology we're going soft with the classic debut from Harpers Bizarre, the wonderful 'Feelin' Groovy'! Released in April of 1967, this soft pop classic featured 10 tracks filled to the brim with glorious Wrecking Crew instrumentals and sumptuous vocal harmonies, all of which received both mono and stereo mixes, as well as 3 unique 45 mono mixes. Today, we'll be covering all 23 of these mixes, and closely comparing the textural differences between the two, as this is our closest match yet!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, today we're taking a journey to London with The Zombies' outstanding LP 'Odessey and Oracle', recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1967, and released in 1968. Funded by the band themselves, they only initially delivered a mono mix to CBS, who would then demand that they fund and mix a stereo version of the album. These two mixes will be our focus today, as well as the Stereo Remix of 'This Will be Our Year', only originally issued in mono and artificial stereo in 1968. So, don't get Hung Up on A Dream, it truly is the Time of the Season to break down both these mixes, and truly find out which is better.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to the one you've all been asking and waiting for, The Beach Boys' 1966 all-time great LP, Pet Sounds. Repeatedly cited as one of the greatest albums of all time, Brian Wilson's baby has won the hearts and souls of listeners for the last 54 years, and was only ever released in mono, until it in 1996 it was finally given the stereo remix treatment as a part of The Pet Sounds Sessions box set. However, there have been a few revisions to this remix since, as well as a few mono oddities to take a look at. Wouldn't It Be Nice if there were four different mixes of said track? Of course it would! So Let's Go Away For Awhile, and see if we can finally settle the mono vs. stereo debate once and for all (spoilers - we don't).

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to a slightly different Mixology today, as we tackle Frank Sinatra's wonderful LP 'The World We Knew' from 1967. Also known simply as 'Frank Sinatra', this LP was my introduction to Frank, and it features a mono mix that has remained unissued since 1967! From the gritty fuzz bass of the title track, to the serene lounge scene of 'Drinking Again', this album features some classic Frank performances, and some even more classic mono/stereo differences. So grab a Jack like Ol' Blue Eyes, and kick back with one of the greatest voices to grace turntables world wide.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! We're spending today in 1968, with Nilsson's 2nd LP 'Aerial Ballet', a wonderful collection of Baroque Pop with Beatle-esque melodies, some utterly classic tunes, and of course, two wonderfully different mono and stereo mixes. We're also going to be looking at the overhaul remixes done by Nilsson in 1971 for 'Aerial Pandemonium Ballet', and break down exactly what he did to each song, beyond the short notes provided on the original LP. Everybody's Talkin' about this album, so let's find out why Together!

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Frederick 

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September 22, 2020

12 - Face to Face by The Kinks

Hello Friends! Today we're taking another Kinky trip back into the world of Ray and his glorious band, with what is often seen as The Kinks' first truly great LP, 'Face to Face', from 1966. Featuring a greater emphasis on Ray's Personal life, and a growth of his social commentary, this is arguably their quintessential album, and luckily for us, it was their first to get both a Mono & Stereo Mix since their first album in 1964... though not as one might expect. So come all, whether you're a Little Miss Queen of Darkness, or you live in a House in The Country, and take a ride through probably the narrowest Stereo album of 1966.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and once again we're back with the Fab Four, at their utmost Fabbest! Today we're looking at the 1964 Beat classic (and soundtrack to the classic film) ' A Hard Day's Night' from none other than The Beatles, an album absolutely littered with both mono and stereo mixing differences big and small, as well as a multitude of mixes made exclusively for the USA (some of which made their way to Germany too...). To top it off, we'll also be looking at the Long Tall Sally EP, as all 4 of it's short tracks came from the same sessions, and boy, did the USA get some crazy mixes here! This is one you certainly won't want to miss.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Today we're breaking tradition on Mixology by looking at an album that didn't get a complete stereo mix until 2017, and that is 1967's Wild Honey by The Beach Boys. One of the first Back-to-Basics LPs of the post-Psych era, Wild Honey has a deceptively simple sound, which the 2017 Stereo Remix on Sunshine Tomorrow blows wide open for exploration. However, even better than that, is the ripe opportunity presented for mix differences to arise, given the 50 year gap between mixes, and the multiple revisions of a select few tracks since 2001. So, Let the Wind Blow these sweets sounds on the Country Air, from Brian's home to yours, and hopefully we can learn A Thing or Two together!

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends! This episode of Mixology is 'Brung To Ewe By' Paul & Linda McCartney, where we're going to be taking a look at one of the last mono mixes issued in the original monophonic era - 1971's RAM, a classic album by any definition! This mono mix, only originally issued as a radio promo, features some tasty mixing differences across all 12 tracks, so Ram On, and enjoy! 

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends! In today's show, we're going to be taking a look at The Rolling Stones' 1967 LP "Between The Buttons", without a doubt the most British sounding LP in their catalog. We'll be comparing the UK Mono & Stereo Mixes, a couple of stray mixes, and both non LP tracks "Ruby Tuesday" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" too! So put away Yesterday's Papers, and get your Connection to every little detail on this album! 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! One of the most sought after mono mixes from the sixties, Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends is full of tasty treats for us to digest in both the mono and stereo mixes of the album, as well as 2 unique mono single mixes, including the classic Mrs. Robinson! So join us as we board a Greyhound for Pittsburgh on the hunt for Joe Di'maggio, and dig in! 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! In 1967 The Hollies released their last LP with Graham Nash, Butterfly, a glorious exploration of pop-psych, and luckily for us, they got the mixes all mixed up around the globe! From the already vastly different UK Mono & Stereo mixes, via the German Stereo mix, to the US only Dear Eloise/King Midas In Reverse Mono & Stereo mixes, along with an Aussie B-Side, and even two non-LP cuts, this is by far our deepest dive yet. 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to the main event! The first album that really made me take notice of mono/stereo mixing, and one of the most successful LPs of all time, The Beatles' 8th is undoubtedly a feat in studio engineering. To most, a fascinating collection of songs and sounds. To us, a greater window for differences to arise between the mixes of the album, and indeed there are plenty! So don your moustache and badges, choose your outfit, and get ready for our deepest dive yet. 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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