|The Beatles, being noisy in Sweden, 1963|
This from Steve Hoffman's Music forums: Robert Haagsma interviewed Kevin Howlett for a Dutch music magazine about the upcoming releases. Howlett is not only the author of the upcoming new book about the Beatles' recording sessions for BBC radio, he has also been heavily involved in recompiling the remastered "Live at the BBC" album from 1994, due out November 11, along with the new album "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2". The interview made Haagsma look forward to the reissue of the 1994 BBC sessions album even more. Howlett said that because of improved techniques the set sounds considerably better. In some cases they found better sources for the songs. Kevin also mentioned that they got rid of a lot of the 'no noise' treatment that was used the first time around, because these days "people don't mind a little hiss, when it makes the music sound so much better".
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Another Beatles related example is the 1993 streamlining of Paul McCartney's albums on CD, released as a series, "The Paul McCartney Collection". McCartney's albums were released on CD in the eighties in a hap-hazard way, without a master plan behind it. The albums appeared randomly on CD, in no particular order. This was remedied by the 1993 re-release plan, but the amount of "no-noise" techniques applied by remastering engineer Peter Mew to the new CD series made audio fans hold on to their eighties versions of the same CD's, which may have been noisier, but also livelier.
Peter Mew was also the engineer who worked on the initial release of "Live at the BBC" and retires from Abbey Road studios this autumn, having worked there for 48 years.
Also, of course, we are happy to hear that Howlett now confirms having replaced some of the original sources for that album with newly found better recordings of the same radio broadcasts. As far as we know, better versions of songs like "The Honeymoon Song", "That's All Right", "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", "Slow Down" and a few other recordings used on "Live at the BBC" have so far been aired on BBC radio in later years.