I don't remember that there was much difference back in the day.
I had their first albums in mono, and some of my friends had the stereo version.
Of course, most of the stereos we had were just the suitcase type so there wasn't a whole lot of seperation.
The first Beatle recording I ever listened to was at a friends house. He didn't have any needles for his record player so we stuck a straight pin thru a rolled up cone of paper and held it in the grooves. Great listening.
The song was "Love Me Do". It was on the Swan label and I don't know where he got it from. His parents were missionary's with friends all over the world, so no telling.
It was begore they were ever on ED Sullivan.