Showing posts with label Please Me (LP). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Please Me (LP). Show all posts

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Sludgy" master tapes force engineers to make a new copy of Beatles' debut LP

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.
...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.”