|Original photo for the Revolver back cover. © Copyright Robert Whitaker.|
What was apparent about the new editions was that even though they had gone to great lengths of reproducing the original packaging, there are some tell-tale signs which makes one able to ditinguish an original from a reissued mono album. One of which, surprisingly, was that the back cover of Revolver was considerably darker than it used to be on the old Ernest J Day and Garrod & Lofthouse covers. Of course, even back then, the full clarity of the original photo (depicted above) was not reproduced on the cover (below).
|Original back cover from 1966 (Garrod & Lofthouse edition)|
The label is also easy to verify as a new edition.
|Original 1966 label|
|2014 mono Revolver label|
|The 1982 mono label also omitted the "Sold in U.K." text, but kept the original matrix number, since they used the old stampers.|
For the vinyl itself, the weight is a giveaway. I had the opportunity to weigh an original "A Hard Day's Night", and it weighed in at 149 grams. The new edition of the same record clocked up an impressive 194 grams. Of course, if you bring a scale to the record fair it's very likely you'll be branded an idiot.
As for the sound, his was a little more difficult to compare in a noisy club, but I did think that the EQ has been adjusted a tad, I thought I heard more presence in the bass department on the new pressings. And for the record, "Tomorrow Never Knows" is RM8 and not the much rarer RM11, which was placed by mistake on the very first pressing of "Revolver".
Meanwhile, you can listen for yourself on the new official site.