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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0025KVLTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 - Remaster)
2. With A Little Help From My Friends (2009 - Remaster)
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2009 - Remaster)
4. Getting Better (2009 - Remaster)
5. Fixing A Hole (2009 - Remaster)
6. She's Leaving Home (2009 - Remaster)
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (2009 - Remaster)
8. Within You Without You (2009 - Remaster)
9. When I'm Sixty Four (2009 - Remaster)
10. Lovely Rita (2009 - Remaster)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (2009 - Remaster)
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (2009 - Remaster)
13. A Day In The Life (2009 - Remaster)

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BBC Review

It took 129 days to record, between autumn 1966 and spring 1967, and it changed the world. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band may have all but disappeared under an avalanche of hyperbole, but if there’s one reason why this album stands the test of time it’s because its sum is greater than its whole. After five listens most people will know it as a suite, where Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds always follows With a Little Help from My Friends. And it will always be thus.

The reason it took 129 days to piece together isn’t due to the band’s indulgences – on the contrary, The Beatles were extremely disciplined during their studio sessions. It’s simply because guiding an album this complex to fruition in those days took a long time. These guys weren’t just recording songs; they were inventing the stuff with which to make this record as they went along.

But with George Martin and his backroom boys on hand, the Faberge psychedelic egg that was finally laid on the eve of the Summer of Love came so fully-realised that it changed the way we listened to recorded sound forever. Sgt Pepper’s… is at once warm and familiar, yet wild and strange; cosy and English with a very empirical eye on the exotica of the East (note George Harrison’s underrated Within You Without You). Shot through with Peter Blake-assisted Edwardiana, it was also as fashionable as it could possibly be.

It was also a release key in the canon of concept albums, coming with its own alter-ego mythology and very much addressing the pressing concerns of their generation, ie: how to achieve higher states of consciousness in 60s suburbia. It is riddled with The Beatles’ trademark love/hate affair with the Establishment as their own lives were suddenly shoved unceremoniously up against those of the chattering classes, encapsulated by She’s Leaving Home’s blow at straight parenthood, Lovely Rita’s suggestion of sexual deviancy, and A Day in the Life’s oblique references to minds being blown on buses in rush hour traffic.

Yet it’s all a far cry from the militancy of their American peers. Paul McCartney’s When I’m 64 is pure nostalgia for his parents’ golden age, one which was taken from them. It’s less a kicking out of the jams, more a spreading them on scones at teatime.

Yet what was revolutionary was the sonic carpet that enveloped the ears and sent the listener spinning into other realms. There was the nursery rhyme surrealism of Lucy in the Sky…, the crazed calliopes of Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite! and, of course, the lysergic collage of A Day in the Life, promising the meaning of life in its endless final chord. And it still rings on today. --Chris Jones

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!!!!! 15 Nov 2012
Format:Vinyl
Oh my God, This is absolutely STUNNING!!!!! I have to admit to being a bit of an anorak when it comes to vinyl but this 2012 LP remastered recording of Sgt Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band is just awesome!!!.
It was released on Monday the 11th of November and I was a tad sceptical when I got it this morning of how good it would be, how wrong I was!
Lets start with the repackaging.Its great! The cover and pictures are much richer. I'm sure the details are the same on the CD but to have the album the way it was supposed to be is like looking at it for the first time. There are new notes on each of the songs and detailed information from Peter Blake on the albums cover. The original inserts are all there.
The remastering of the record is just brilliant. This is not a case of someone just turning up the gain as could be said of some remastering projects I've come across. On some of the songs, A Day In The life, When I'm Sixty Four, Within You Without You, She's Leaving Home its like the Beatles are in the room with you. But the bass for me is what really brings this album home, it is so clear, detailed and warm. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is so deep. The bass is far better than any other Beatles recording I've heard. Theres no need for sub woofers here.
I've gushed enough, but in honesty you don't need a decent turntable but it's almost worth getting one just to hear how good this album is. I've been looking forward to this release for three years, it was well worth the wait!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Waves Superior to Sound Particles 14 April 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
First of all, let me state this is a review of the 2012 vinyl reissue of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Amazon does a serious disservice by failing to properly index reviews of multiple-release versions of classic albums. The question here is this: Should one pay three times as much for an audiophile pressing of a record rather than its CD counterpart? My answer is a resounding yes. After A/B comparisons of the vinyl and CD versions of this indisputable pop music landmark, I feel that analog presentation of music remains far superior to that of digital. The best CDs simply byte off far more than they can chew. There is so much more body and substance to the record than the CD that it is almost frightening. Sgt. Pepper on CD sounds like it was made for creatures of a flatland culture. As improved as the 2009 CD was over earlier versions, it falls far short when compared to the vinyl. And I have outfitted my CD player with a very expensive Digital-to-Audio Converter (DAC). When I sent to England for the original Parlophone pressing of this album and heard the almost narcissistic bass levels Paul McCartney had imposed on the English version of the record, I was horrified at its anemic-sounding American counterpart. The vinyl pushes the bass to new limits but in a non-objectionable way because of the overall balance and density of state-of-the-art analog sound. You really owe it to yourselves to hear this album on vinyl. Yes, I know you've got to get up and flip the record after 20 minutes or so. But the long journey across the room and its inconvenience are outweighed by the rewards of listening.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Landmark Album with Landmark Remastering! 11 Mar 2010
By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Sgt. Pepper" is arguably the Beatles most recognized album. Released in 1967 at the peak of the 'hippy/flower power' movement, it combined art with music in a way that no album had previously done. From the way upbeat, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to the surreal, somewhat somber, "A Day In The Life", every song is a classic. The sound is what makes this album amazing. George Martin and his son remastered and remixed several songs for the "Love" album. This same remarkable remastering has revitalized "Sgt. Pepper's" to an unbelievable clarity. Mixed with an array of sound effects, the remastering not only enhances the instruments and vocals, but brings all those art/music sound effects throughout the album to a vivid height. It's really remarkable how great this album sounds.

Also included in the great album is a multi-paged booklet with some excellent liner notes. There is also a diagram identifying all the famous people in the cover photo! On your computer, you can play the five-minute mini-documentary about the album (Quick-time), which showcases comments from all four Beatles and George Martin. All of this is mixed in with rare photos never seen before. Imagine learning that this album was recorded at night with over 400 hours devoted to it. That's perfectionism and its shows. In fact, there is a mini-documentary for all the Beatles albums. This CD is a collector's item and a perfect showcase for the Beatles genius.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and packaging 22 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Beatles album I owned, so my attitudes to it are coloured by that. Aside from the great music, the album had the most interesting packaging. It is terrific that when the CD was released in 1987, 20 years after the original outing, it was also packaged in an interesting manner, with excellent notes about the music and the cover included in the booklet.
It is a great shame that the other CDs were so miserably packaged.
The recording features a lot of other players and instruments besides The Beatles, including horns on the title track, weird-sounding harpsichord in Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, another string group, this time with harp, too, on She's Leaving Home, old-fashioned steam organs on Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite, a full Indian ensemble, but with orchestral strings as well on Within You, Without You, clarinets and tubular bell on When I'm 64, the saxophones, trumpets and trombones of Sounds Incorporated on Good Morning, Good Morning and then a full orchestra playing atonal, aleatoric crescendos on A Day in the Life.
The album features quite simple songs like With A Little Help From My Friends to songs with strange rhythms and keys like Within You, Without You and Good Morning, Good Morning.
It is a great album, but I think you have to be in the mood for it, whereas Rubber Soul always sounds fine.
It is only really a concept album in a loose sense, because the idea of it being a concert by Sgt Pepper's band is really only evident in the first two tracks, where the band is introduced and Sgt Pepper introduces Billy Shears, Billy [Ringo] singing With A Little Help From My Friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Pleased with this item, it arrived quickly and was packed well so no damage.Recommended for Beatle fans one of the best
Published 4 hours ago by Susan Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
I heard this when it first was released in 1967 and thought it was very good but I only heard it on poor record players or radiograms then when it was released on CD I heard it... Read more
Published 4 days ago by A J R
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles
The Beatles probably the best band ever and Sgt Pepper is in my opinion is probably their best album ever.
Published 13 days ago by John Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the album that confirmed The Beatles as one the most influential bands of all time. If you haven't got it, get it!
Published 25 days ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles remastered as knew & the sound great
This album from the Beatles is there best and after being remastered it sound like they made it yesterday , it's clear and it's like they are playing in your room . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ICONS OF MUSIC-HISTORY'
If you asked a room full of people to name a 'Beatle' album, I suspect a
large percentage would name 'Sgt Pepper'
This was their 8th album released back in '67' with a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
3.0 out of 5 stars OVERESTIMATED
YES S. PEEPER'S IS OVER ESTIMATED. THE WHITE ALBUM AND ABBEY ROAD WHICH FOLLOWED ARE MUCH SUPERIOR ESPECIALLY THE WHITE ALBUM. NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT
Published 2 months ago by STAVROS K
5.0 out of 5 stars age 63/64
if you know anyone who is 63 then this with the song when im 64 is a must. beatles great music
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The Beatles very best.
All tracks are possible hits and the concept of the album is pretty cool.

Get it.
Published 3 months ago by Rui Neves
5.0 out of 5 stars new cd
Have a lot of beatles music and albums already,But had to get this for my collection as have only heard tracks from this.Great album if you like the beatles wont be disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by william macdonald
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