But the mono version of "Long, Long, Long" on the white album was really an awakening. The vocals, the sound, it was a different song in this mix. Next I tried out "Helter Skelter," again another entirely different mix that astounded me. The vocals were right out there. Next I listened to the stereo version of "Long, Long, Long" for comparison. In my opinion, while it is prettier in stereo and has more haunting instrumentation, the mono version is the one I now like the best. It is just a better rock song this way.
When I first received the 2009 remixes in Stereo and the remixes in Mono as a gift, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of music that I decided to go album by album. I found this quite interesting for a while, studying each album as if it were the only album I owned. Then as time went on I found I was being a little too analytical, and while it was wonderful for the early albums I decided to listen to the rest haphazardly, waiting for the inspiring moment. "Long, Long, Long" was that moment. What an awesome rendition. Outtakes are fun to listen to and every once in a while they are revelationary in some point (say the extra verse in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." But the mono "Long, Long, Long" is an original, released and meant to be heard. It's a more happy song in mono.
It's been a long long long time since I appreciated this song so much.
It's been a long, long, long time.
How could I ever have lost you?
When I loved you.
It took a long, long, long time.Lyrics: George Harrison, Vocals: George Harrison and Paul McCartney
Now I'm so happy I found you.
How I love you.