While definitely not attempting to be complete, this is a really nice collection of interesting differences between the stereo and mono mixes of Beatles songs. I’ve been listening to both on headphones since 09/09/09, but there were still several that I never noticed. Very cool, especially if you—like all of us who’ve only heard the original CDs—have never heard the 1962-64 stuff in stereo or the 65-68 stuff in mono.
Some of the highlights:
• “Please Please Me” – In the stereo version, John can be heard flubbing his vocal, then chuckling during the “come on” lyrics.
• “From Me To You” – The harmonica heard during the intro of the mono version is missing in stereo.
• “If I Fell” – In stereo, Paul’s voice cracks as he delivers the second “vain” lyric.
• “Help!” – The stereo and mono versions have distinctly different lead vocal takes throughout.
• “I’m Only Sleeping” – There is a backwards guitar effect on the mono mix that is not present in stereo.
• “Got To Get You Into My Life” – Longer fadeout in mono; alternate vocals.
• “She’s Leaving Home” = The mono version is sped up (although some would argue that the stereo version is slowed down).
• “Sgt. Pepper’s (Reprise)” – In the mono, Paul can clearly be heard shouting at the end of the track. This is buried in the stereo mix.
• “Blue Jay Way” – Backward vocal effect present in stereo, but missing in mono.
• “I’m So Tired” – Paul’s vocals are much more prominent in mono than in stereo.
• “Don’t Pass Me By” – The mono is clearly sped up.
• “I Will” – Paul’s “mouthbass” vocals are missing from the first verse in mono.
• “Honey Pie” – Guitar track present in the mono mix, but missing in stereo.