...the glue on the original master tape of The Beatles’ debut album was seeping through the layers of the tape, making playback difficult.
“The tape was playing and it left a sticky sludge on the playback head,” says Sean Magee. “Which isn’t very good: it places the tape under tension and potentially induces friction. We thought rather than have it do that, we thought we’ll make a new one.
“We used that tape and transferred it. Playing one track at a time wasn’t an issue but if you played five at a time, you had a sludge on there. It’s a historic tape, it’s pretty old, and it’s affecting the sound.
“You gum up the heads, all the high frequency starts to disappear, so you transfer the tracks, one at a time, analogue to analogue, then put in some new leader tape to get the gaps right and we now have a cutting master for this new boxset.”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The deteriorating condition of the original master tapes for the Please, Please Me album forced recording engineers to create a new copy when producing the upcoming Beatles in Mono LPs, reports Uncut.