Well, I have to partially agree with you in that I still prefer the sound of the Beatles on the remastered analog vinyl over the 24 bit Flac. And yes, the Beatles source masters were of relatively low quality , compared to a lot of the music the followed in the 70’s, like Led Zeppelin or Yes.
Can I remind you that The Beatles (from November '63 to mid '68) recorded on one inch, four track tape.
Only from 1966 were four track to four track tape reductions made (and not for every song) and that EMI had state of the art mics, recorders and, of course, manufactured their own magnetic tape.
The Beatles tapes have been stored at Abbey Road in climate control conditions and apart from a few splices that have had to be repaired are in excellent condition.
Most 70s tracks were recorded on 16 track two inch tape - you do the maths!
Message Edited by Nobby on 06-09-2010 02:41 PM