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That album's just full of really solid standalone songs. Nothing is really filler on there, and all of the songwriting is really high-quality. It sounds a lot more organic and from the heart than other albums of theirs, too.
I am not familiar with the mono version.
Although I tend towards hating avoiding listening to mono with headphones, because of the extreme in the head soundstage, with a GOOD mono it is not sooo troublesome and is preferred over the table tennis effects so prevalent in earlier stereo recordings, jazz coming to mind first. These never mimic sound heard live, they serve the purpose of showing off the capabilities of the technology per se, applied with more or less taste by the producer. On speakers, I will take good mono over table tennis stereo any day in the week. Have not been listening to my copy of Blue (stereo version) for longer than I dare to admit, due to its tendency to table tennis stereo camp...