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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! 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...
 
Happy Listening,
 
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!
 
Happy Listening,
 
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...
 
Happy Listening,
 
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!

Happy Listening, 

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!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Thanks to the appearance of their music in Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in 2019, Paul Revere & The Raiders have entered into the musical radar of many people, myself included, and this group are like any other when it comes to their Mono & Stereo mixes! With this in mind, I've today chosen to take a look at their defining LP, "The Spirit of '67", with 11 classic tracks, including an alternate single version for good measure in there as well! So, is the added separation and clarity of the Stereo where it's at, or should you seek out a Mono copy of this album for that grit and punch that can drive those more Garage Rocking tracks home? If you're deeply Hungry for the answer, don't wait 1001 Arabian Nights - let's dig in right away!

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Frederick 

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June 16, 2021

Hollies by The Hollies

Hello Friends! Today we're targeting the second half of 1965, with the 3rd LP from The Hollies, simply titled, "Hollies". This album was very much a case of two steps forward and one step back from their previous LP, with Folk Rock seeping into the formula, and some interesting production techniques popping up across the album. However, the decreased level of original material is certainly disappointing, but of course the entire LP is presented with that classic Hollies polish. With that in mind, upon release the UK only saw a mono copy of this album, with the stereo remaining an export until 1969, when it was reissued with a new title and cover under the budget Starline label. With this in mind, should you be seeking out that original mono pressing, or will this readily available stereo pressing suit your needs, despite it's instruments left and vocals right mixing? Let's move on Down the Line and find out!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Today we're returning to Simon & Garfunkel, with their breakout LP "Sounds of Silence". This wonderful hodge-podge collection of Folk and Folk Rock tunes was subject to Mono and Stereo mixes in 1966, along with a faithful 2001 remix of the entire stereo album, as a well as a partially re-recorded single edit of I Am A Rock, giving us plenty here to work with. This has been one of my favourite episodes of Mixology to compile yet, with huge sonic differences between a large number of tracks, with many of the Folk Rock tracks being bathed in echo in mono, and vice versa for the Folk tracks in stereo. So, why sit in silence any longer? Let's get a Groovy Things Goin' and dig right in!

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Frederick 

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Hello Friends! We're jumping to June 1966 today, with The Rolling Stones leap forward into the world of 60s Pop and Swingin' London, and their classic LP 'Aftermath'. Released in both mono and stereo at the time, both these mixes offer us a different flavour for the album, replete with extra echo, longer fades, and just an overall differing vibe between the two. So, with both these mixes, and a copy of Flowers in hand for one more, let's dive in before we're Out of Time!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Today we've got another Patron requested episode, taking a look at the debut LP from The Mamas and The Papas, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears". This California pop classic includes hit singles "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'", along with classics like "Go Where You Wanna Go" and "I Call Your Name". The stereo mix of this album is notoriously wonky and unpleasurable compared with the cohesive sound of the mono, and with extended fades and variable balance between the two, we've got another treat for you to enjoy! 

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Frederick 

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April 21, 2021

The Doors by The Doors

Hello Friends! Today we're making the trip to January 1967, with the debut LP from LA's most renound, The Doors! Classically self titled, 'The Doors' combined the evolving rock, psych, blues, and r'n'b movement at the time, to create a raw yet timeless effort, often heralded as the group's best. As always, the album received mono and stereo mixes upon release, and while there aren't that many explicit differences, the overall sound of the mix is vastly different, with the stereo having the clarity, but the mono having the crunch and the punch. Which is better? Let's take a trip to the Whisky Bar at The End of The Night, and find out...

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Frederick 

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April 7, 2021

Boots by Nancy Sinatra

Hello Friends! Today we're hanging out in 1966 with Nancy Sinatra's debut LP, 'Boots'. The first in a string of albums produced by Lee Hazlewood, this album was host to smash hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", along with classic tracks such as "So Long, Babe", and many fantastic covers, including my personal favourite, "Run For Your Life". Remaining unissued in mono since 1966, let's see how the in-print stereo mix holds up to the single-channeled punch of the mono. So, get ready to count those Flowers On The Wall, and let's dig right in!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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