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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.

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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!

Happy Listening, 

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! 

Happy Listening, 

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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Hello Friends! In our first look at The Beach Boys on Mixology, we're taking a dive into the group's 5th studio album, Shut Down Volume 2, originally released on Capitol in March 1964 in the US, and July 1964 in the UK. Released in both dedicated mono and stereo mixes upon release, 3 of the tracks also received alternative mixes and edits for release on 45. So let's take a dive in to one of the more unusual - yet vitally important - early LPs in The Beach Boys' canon. 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, today we're going to be taking a look at The Monkees' second LP, and their first of 3 releases in 1967, More of The Monkees. Recorded across many different studios by no less than 7 producers, this hodge-podge of an album has plenty of mix differences across its mono, stereo, and mono TV mix counterparts from 1966/67! So don your wool hat, grab a fistful of maracas, and let us explore every nook and cranny of this pop classic. 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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