The Beatles ‎– Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Parlophone ‎– PCS 7027, Apple Records ‎– 0602557455328, Universal Music Group International ‎– 0602557455328
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CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
2 × CD
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono
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Tracklist

New Stereo Mix
CD1-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:02
CD1-2 With A Little Help From My Friends 2:45
CD1-3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:27
CD1-4 Getting Better 2:47
CD1-5 Fixing A Hole 2:37
CD1-6 She's Leaving Home 3:25
CD1-7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 2:39
CD1-8 Within You Without You 5:07
CD1-9 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:40
CD1-10 Lovely Rita 2:45
CD1-11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:34
CD1-12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:20
CD1-13 A Day In The Life 5:33
Sgt. Pepper Sessions
CD2-1 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1) 2:39
CD2-2 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 4) 3:00
CD2-3 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7) 3:16
CD2-4 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26) 3:18
CD2-5 Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015) 4:09
CD2-6 When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2) 3:01
CD2-7 Penny Lane (Take 6 - Instrumental) 2:55
CD2-8 Penny Lane (Vocal Overdubs And Speech) 1:47
CD2-9 Penny Lane (Stereo Mix - 2017) 3:00
CD2-10 A Day In The Life (Take 1) 4:41
CD2-11 A Day In The Life (Take 2) 4:49
CD2-12 A Day In The Life (Orchestra Overdub) 0:55
CD2-13 A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) (Takes 8, 9, 10 & 11) 1:54
CD2-14 A Day In The Life (The Last Chord) 2:53
CD2-15 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 1 - Instrumental) 2:34
CD2-16 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech) 2:36
CD2-17 Good Morning Good Morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown) 1:04
CD2-18 Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8) 2:47
Sgt. Pepper Sessions
CD3-1 Fixing A Hole (Take 1) 2:59
CD3-2 Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3) 3:28
CD3-3 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At The End) 3:08
CD3-4 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 7) 2:35
CD3-5 Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9) 3:05
CD3-6 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1) 3:40
CD3-7 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Speech, False Start And Take 5) 4:08
CD3-8 Getting Better (Take 1 And Speech At The End) 2:19
CD3-9 Getting Better (Take 12) 2:45
CD3-10 Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments) 5:32
CD3-11 Within You Without You (George Coaching The Musicians) 3:55
CD3-12 She's Leaving Home (Take 1 - Instrumental) 3:49
CD3-13 She's Leaving Home (Take 6 - Instrumental) 3:48
CD3-14 With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 - Instrumental) 3:14
CD3-15 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Speech And Take 8) 1:59
Mono Album (1967 Mix) And Bonus Tracks
CD4-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:02
CD4-2 With A Little Help From My Friends 2:45
CD4-3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:27
CD4-4 Getting Better 2:47
CD4-5 Fixing A Hole 2:37
CD4-6 She's Leaving Home 3:25
CD4-7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 2:40
CD4-8 Within You Without You 5:07
CD4-9 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:40
CD4-10 Lovely Rita 2:45
CD4-11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:34
CD4-12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:18
CD4-13 A Day In The Life 5:23
CD4-14 Strawberry Fields Forever (Original Mono Mix) 4:08
CD4-15 Penny Lane (Original Mono Mix) 3:02
CD4-16 A Day In The Life (First Mono Mix) 4:43
CD4-17 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Original Mono Mix -No. 11) 3:49
CD4-18 She's Leaving Home (First Mono Mix) 3:42
CD4-19 Penny Lane (Capitol Records Mono US Promo Mix) 3:01
Audio Content
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
BD-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:01
BD-2 With A Little Help From My Friends 2:45
BD-3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:27
BD-4 Getting Better 2:47
BD-5 Fixing A Hole 2:37
BD-6 She's Leaving Home 3:26
BD-7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 2:38
BD-8 Within You Without You 5:07
BD-9 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:40
BD-10 Lovely Rita 2:45
BD-11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:34
BD-12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:20
BD-13 A Day In The Life 5:31
Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane
BD-14 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:10
BD-15 Penny Lane 3:03
Visual Content
BD-16 The Making Of Sgt. Pepper (1992) 49:53
Promotional Films
BD-17 A Day In The Life 5:10
BD-18 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:21
BD-19 Penny Lane 3:08
Audio Content
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
DVD-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:01
DVD-2 With A Little Help From My Friends 2:45
DVD-3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:27
DVD-4 Getting Better 2:47
DVD-5 Fixing A Hole 2:37
DVD-6 She's Leaving Home 3:36
DVD-7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 2:38
DVD-8 Within You Without You 5:07
DVD-9 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:40
DVD-10 Lovely Rita 2:45
DVD-11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:34
DVD-12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:20
DVD-13 A Day In The Life 5:31
Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane
DVD-14 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:10
DVD-15 Penny Lane 3:03
Visual Content
DVD-16 The Making Of Sgt. Pepper (1992) 49:53
Promotional Films
DVD-17 A Day In The Life 5:10
DVD-18 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:21
DVD-19 Penny Lane 3:08

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Credits

Notes

Worldwide release.

Made in Germany
Universal International Music B.V. Gerrit Van Der Veenlaan 4, 3743 Dn, Baarn, Netherlands
Artwork © Apple Corps Ltd.

CD1 to CD3:
℗ 2017. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd..
© 2017 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd.

CD4:
℗ 1967. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd..
© 2017 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd.

BD & DVD:
℗ 2017 except ℗ 2015 the promotional films. The copyright in this audio recording is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd. and the copyright in this audio-visual recording is owned and / or controlled by Apple Corps Ltd. under exclusive licence to Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group).
© 2017 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Ltd.

CDs, BD & DVD:
‘Beatles’ is a trademark of Apple Corps Ltd.
‘Apple’ and the Apple logo are exclusively licenced to Apple Corps Ltd.
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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Special thanks: Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison

Thanks
Cary Anning, Adam Barker (2), Steve Cooke, Sonita Cox, Orla Lee Fisher, Mark Lewisohn, Alex Myers, Staffan Olander, Ian Pickavance, Bruce Spizer, Jack Thomson, Ken Townsend, Steve Tribe, Garth Tweedale and all at Apple Corps*
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Comes in a large box with lenticular slipcover including 2 posters, the Sgt. Pepper cutouts and an illustrated hardcover book.
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Book photography and image acknowledgements:

Abbey Road* - Apple Corps Ltd. - BBC - The Beatles Book Photo Library - Leslie Bryce - Michael Cooper (8)
Hunter Davies - Michael English (2) - EMI Archive - The Fool - George Harrison - Harrison Family Collection
Getty Images - The International Times* - John Lennon - The Estate of John Lennon
Paul McCartney - Barry Miles (2) - MPL Communications Ltd. - Peter Nash (6) - Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Bruce Spizer - Ringo Starr - The V & A* - Al Vandenberg - Nigel Waymouth
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Songs and recording details:

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 1 and 2 February 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 3 and 6 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono and Stereo Mixes - 6 March 1967

Paul: vocal, bass, lead guitar; John: harmony vocal, guitar; George: harmony vocal, guitar; Ringo: drums

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Four French horns
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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 29 and 30 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 31 March 1967; Stereo Mix - 7 April 1967

Ringo: lead vocal, drums, tambourine; Paul: backing vocal, piano, bass; John: backing vocal, guitar, cowbell; George: backing vocal, lead guitar

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
George Martin: Hammond organ
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LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 28 February, 1 and 2 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 3 March 1967; Stereo Mix - 7 April 1967

John: double-tracked lead vocal, guitar; Paul: backing vocal, Lowrey organ, bass; George: lead guitar, acoustic guitar, tamboura; Ringo: drums
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GETTING BETTER

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 9, 10, 21 and 23 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Final Mono Mix - 23 March 1967; Final Stereo Mix - 17 April 1967

Paul: double-tracked vocal, Pianet electric piano, bass, guitar; John: backing vocal, guitar; George: backing vocal, guitar, tamboura; Ringo: drums, congas
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FIXING A HOLE

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 9 February 1967 - Regent Sound Studio, Tottenham Court Road, London; 21 February - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 21 February 1967; Stereo Mix - 7 April 1967

Paul: double-tracked vocal, harpsichord, bass, guitar; John: backing vocal, bass; George: backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo: drums, maracas

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
George Martin: harpsichord
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SHE'S LEAVING HOME

RECORDING DETAILS:
Instrumental backing recorded on 17 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; Vocals recorded 20 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 20 March 1967; Stereo Mix - 17 April 1967

John and Paul: vocals

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Four violins, two violas, two cellos, double bass and harp
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BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 17 February 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; tape effects on 20 February 1967 - Studio Three, Abbey Road; 28, 29, 31 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Final Mono Mix - 31 March 1967; Stereo Mix - 7 April 1967

John: vocal with ADT, Hammond organ; Paul: bass, guitar solo; George: tambourine, bass harmonica; Ringo: drums, bass harmonica, tambourine

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
George Martin: harmonium, Lowrey organ, Mellotron, glockenspiel; Neil Aspinall: bass harmonica; Mal Evans: bass harmonica
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WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 15 and 22 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 3 April 1967 - Studio One, Abbey Road; 4 April 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Final Mono and Stereo Mixes - 4 April 1967

George: vocal, sitar, tamboura

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Dilruba, swaramandala, tabla, eight violins and three cellos
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WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 6 December 1966 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 8 December 1966 - Studio One, Abbey Road; 20 and 21 December 1966 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Final Mono Mix - 30 December 1966; Final Stereo Mix - 17 April 1967

Paul: vocal, backing vocal, piano, bass; John: backing vocal, guitar; George: backing vocal; Ringo: drums, tubular bells

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Two clarinets and bass clarinet
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LOVELY RITA

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 23, 24 February 1967; 7, 21 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 21 March 1967; Stereo Mix - 17 April 1967

Paul: vocal, piano, bass, comb and paper; John: backing vocal, acoustic guitar, comb and paper
George: backing vocal, acoustic guitar, comb and paper; Ringo: drums, comb and paper

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
George Martin: piano solo
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GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 8 February 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 16 February - Studio Three, Abbey Road; 13, 28 and 29 March 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 6 and 19 April 1967; Stereo Mix - 6 and 19 April 1967

John: double-tracked lead vocal, guitar; Paul: backing vocal, bass, drums, lead guitar; George: backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo: drums, tambourine

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Three saxophones, two trombones, and French horn
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SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (REPRISE)

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 1 April 1967 - Studio One, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 1 April 1967; Stereo Mix - 20 April 1967

Paul: vocal, Hammond organ, bass; John: vocal, rhythm guitar; George: vocal, lead guitar; Ringo: vocal, drums, tambourine, maracas
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A DAY IN THE LIFE

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 19 and 20 January, 3 February 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 10 February 1967 - Studio One, Abbey Road; 22 February 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Mono Mix - 22 February 1967; Stereo Mix - 23 February 1967

John: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, piano; Paul: vocal, piano, bass; George: maracas; Ringo: drums, congas

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
40-piece orchestra
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‘THE RUN-OUT GROOVE’

RECORDING DETAILS:
Recorded on 21 April 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road

John, Paul, George and Ringo: speech
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STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER

MASTER VERSION 1
Recorded on 24, 28, 29 November 1966 - Studio Two, Abbey Road

John: vocal, electric guitar; Paul: Mellotron (flute setting), bass; George: Mellotron (guitar setting), maracas; Ringo: drums

MASTER VERSION 2
Recorded on 8, 9, 15, 21 December 1966 - Studio Two, Abbey Road

John: vocal, percussion; Paul: Mellotron, percussion; George: Mellotron (guitar setting), swaramandala, percussion; Ringo: drums, percussion

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
George Martin: Mellotron

Mono mixes of Version 1 and Version 2 on 22 December 1966
Stereo mixes of Version 1 and Version 2 on 29 December 1966
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PENNY LANE

Recorded on 29, 30 December 1966, 4, 5, 6, 9 January 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road; 10, 12 January 1967 - Studio Three, Abbey Road; 17 January 1967 - Studio Two, Abbey Road
Final Mono Mix - 25 January 1967; Stereo Mix - 30 September 1971

Paul: vocal, pianos, harmonium, bass, handclaps; John: vocal, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, handclaps
George: backing vocal, guitar, handclaps; Ringo: drums, tambourine, tubular bells

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS:
Four flutes, two trumpets, two piccolos and a flugelhorn (9 January 1967)
Two trumpets, two oboes, two cors anglais and a double bass (12 January 1967)
Piccolo trumpet (17 January 1967)
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The high-resolution audio content of the Blu-ray Disc is available in:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 96kHz - 24bit
Dolby TrueHD 5.1, 96kHz - 24bit
LPCM Stereo, 96kHz - 24bit

Video (lenticular slipcover) : 1080i 59.94 • Aspect ratio 16:9 • All regions
Video (Blu-ray Disc): 1080i 29.970 fps & 1080p 23.976 fps • Aspect ratio 1.34:1• All regions
Subtitles (The Making of Sgt. Pepper): English SDH, Español, Français, Nederlands, Português, Deutsch, Italiano
Exempt from classification.

The audio content of the DVD is available in:
DTS 5.1, 48kHz - 24bit
Dolby Digital 5.1, 48kHz - 24bit
LPCM Stereo, 48kHz - 24bit

Video (lenticular slipcover) : NTSC • Aspect ratio 4:3 (presented in 16:9) • Region 0
Video (DVD): 480i MPEG2 DVD-video NTSC • Aspect ratio 4:3 (presented in 16:9) • Region 0
Subtitles (The Making of Sgt. Pepper): English SDH, Español, Français, Nederlands, Português, Deutsch, Italiano
Exempt from classification.
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Track CD3-6 "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)" is incorrectly listed as "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 And Speech At The End)", but it has no speech ending on this boxset.
Track CD4-19 "Penny Lane (Capitol Records Mono US Promo Mix)" was mastered from a very low quality source.
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The replica of the gatefold from 1967 still shows the back cover misprint given on side 1, track 2, as "A Little Help From My Friends" instead of "With A Little Help From My Friends" .

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 602557455328
  • Barcode (Text): 6 02557 45532 8
  • Label Code: LC01846
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1, Variation 1 & 2): 5756703 AH73012-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1, Variation 1 & 2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (CD1, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI 9744
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2, Variation 1 & 2): 5745537 AH73014-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2, Variation 1 & 2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (CD2, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI 9743
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3, Variation 1 & 2): 5745538 AH73015-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3, Variation 1 & 2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (CD3, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI 9746
  • Matrix / Runout (CD4, Variation 1 & 2): 5745543 AH73016-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Mastering SID Code (CD4, Variation 1 & 2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (CD4, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI 9751
  • Matrix / Runout (BD, Outside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): EH73017-01 5745546 optimal media GmbH L0
  • Matrix / Runout (BD, Inside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): EH73017-01 5745546 optimal media GmbH L1
  • Mastering SID Code (BD, Inside & Outside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI LZ08
  • Mould SID Code (BD, Variation 1): IFPI 9752
  • Mould SID Code (BD, Variation 2): IFPI 9756
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD, Outside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): 5745541 DH73018-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH R
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD, Inside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): DH73018-01 L1
  • Mastering SID Code (DVD, Inside & Outside Layer, Variation 1 & 2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (DVD, Variation 1 & 2): IFPI 9741
  • Other (CD1, Catalog #): 0602557567038
  • Other (CD2, Catalog #): 0602557455373
  • Other (CD3, Catalog #): 0602557455380
  • Other (CD4, Catalog #): 0602557455434
  • Other (BD, Catalog #): 0602557455465
  • Other (DVD, Catalog #): 0602557455410
  • Rights Society: Sdrm
  • Rights Society: Biem

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PMC 7027 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(LP, Album, Mono) Parlophone PMC 7027 UK 1967 Sell This Version
SMAS 2653 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(LP, Album, Gat) Capitol Records SMAS 2653 US 1967 Sell This Version
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msmccune

msmccune

June 19, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
question: I only have the remix vinyl set. For those who have both the vinyl and the deluxe set, what differences should I expect between the vinyl, CD, DVD and Blu-ray versions? Any tunes better or worse from one format to the other?
0dd1

0dd1

May 30, 2017

So many of the choices made in the new mix are just bizarre. I find it really weird how inconsistent it is. A lot of the time, it seems to favor the right channel for some reason, leaving little in the left and the mix unbalanced. Sometimes they seem to have double-tracked certain track elements that weren't double-tracked in the original mixes, which works in some cases, but in other cases is pretty obviously done to make the mix feel more full than they had the ability to do. Sometimes the drums are in the center, but often they either are hard-panned to the left or jump around the mix like a 5-year-old with a sugar high. Keep in mind, these are drum parts originally recorded onto one track, so it's not like they isolated certain elements of the drums to pan those while keeping the base of the beat in one place--the entirety of the drum track goes back and forth on some songs, which is just bizarre and brings to mind for me the original stereo mix of Are You Experienced, where things get panned back and forth all over the stereo spectrum of single tracks because STEREO IS NEW AND EXCITING. It's not the '60s anymore, and stereophonic sound is the default, no longer considered just a gimmick to sell more speakers. People have certain expectations for stereo recordings, and even if they didn't want to cave to those expectations (and granted, the way the music was originally recorded prevents it in some cases), they could've at least gone with something more consistent.

The mixes also make me question some missed opportunities they had. The Beatles considered the mono mix in its time to be the true way to listen to the album, so why not try to make the new stereo mix mimic that in some ways? They did it with "She's Leaving Home", correcting the speed to match that of the mono version, thus demonstrating that they weren't totally concerned with "heresy", so why not do that with, say, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", putting the flange effect on the vocals like in the mono mix? Nah, instead let's make the tamboura part jump around the stereo field every other note, that'll really wow 'em.

I don't know, I love the packaging of this release (especially love the inclusion of the poster that inspired "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"), and the Sgt. Pepper Sessions that they included were very welcome, and I even like the inclusion of the original mono mix (even if I already own the mono box, and even if I also think they should've included the original stereo mix for the sake of comparison and to make this feel more definitive). The main draw of the set though, the new stereo mix? You're far better off listening to the 2009 remaster, or even the original stereo vinyl if you've got it on hand. If you're just curious about that new mixes, you'd best just stream them on Spotify or something instead, because it's not worth buying this if that's all you want. It's even more disheartening when you consider that the new mixes on the 1 rerelease (The Beatles - 1+) were far superior to this (even if some of those mixes didn't seem to be much changed if at all from the originals), with some of the mixes on that release even being arguably superior to the original mixes. Here's hoping that in future Super Deluxe releases, if they continue to do this (and I certainly hope so, as a Super Deluxe Edition of the White Album seems like the best shot we've got of finally getting to hear "Carnival of Light"), they're a lot less messy with the new mixes.

One last note, it's a bit disappointing that such an expensive set didn't include even a single vinyl too--gonna be really angry if in a few months they announce an Even More Super Deluxe Edition that includes two vinyls or something.
Mop66

Mop66

May 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
They really could have added the vinyl to this box set as well. It is expensive enough. Pure profiteering. Besides that I enjoy the 5.1 mixes. I understand it's not everyone's taste.
gigidag77

gigidag77

May 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Don't get me wrong, the packaging of this boxset is as perfect as you can get. But for the content iself:
I like and understand some of the Ideas Giles Martin had for his new mix of Pepper. The execution and final product leave a lot to be desired though.

Every element is constantly trying to outdo the other in terms of volume. Everything is just loud, all subtlety is lost in a very claustrophobic master that makes me feel uncomfortable. Even worse: The allready loud mix "of course" had to be mastered with even more digital limiting, making the tracks even louder and less dynamic. Cause radio domination + people with their iPhones don't care anyway, right ?
If you can't see the crescendos in "A Day In The Life"s waveform anymore, you've gone too far.

What really grinds my gears is how even the Blu-Ray "hi-res" audio files you only get with a 115$ set STILL have the same digital limiting applied.

The only release that was spared of it, is the new double-vinyl set. Why didn't they use that master for the blu-ray ? Seems totally pointless and majorly lackluster to me.

The outtake discs are sounding much better. Much less compression was applied here, but they also were tinkered with a little by that. On these it's at a tolerable level though.

A real headscratcher is the US Promo Mix of "Penny Lane" at the end. Obviously this was recorded from a heavily worn source, probably an acetate. It's one of the worst quality tracks that was ever released in the Beatles catalogue. I bet about 99% of all the original promo singles would have been a better audio source.

Overall, this release was a good approach, but in the end it "fell flat on it's butt" by very questionable audio-quality decisions.
I'm sure there's plenty of people who are going to love it, that's why I now sold it to a different soul.
I hope If they continue these Album-remixes, they will aim towards more "audiophile" (hate that term) people with the Deluxe Sets / Blu-Ray masters.
inkling23

inkling23

May 26, 2017
Does anyone know if the LP will fit inside this box? Shame it wasn't part of the package.