Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Note: CDs come in LP Sleeve. This extensive collection gives an unprecedented insight into how The Beatles made their ground-breaking album. The box set features a new stereo version by Giles Martin and 33 tracks from the Sgt. Pepper sessions that place you in the studio as the group develop the songs.
4 AUDIO CDs:
A new stereo mix of the album by Giles Martin. Sgt. Pepper Sessions on 2 CDs – with over 100 minutes of audio illustrating how the album was created. Newly mixed from the original four-track tapes, most of the material is previously unreleased. Also contains the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes.
Fully restored 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. 2017 Giles Martin 5.1 surround sound mix and high-resolution stereo audio in 96KHz/24bit of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band plus ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’.
144-page hardback book featuring an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney, comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, in-depth essays about the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context… and much more. Illustrations include photographs from the recording sessions, handwritten lyrics and Abbey Road documentation.
Plus a replica of the original card insert and two bonus posters.
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Well that was back then - AND now we finally have a new stereo mix, where you definitely can tell that all possible effort was put into as well - and by no other that George Martin's son Giles Martin. The result: couldn't be better if you ask me - just absolutely great!
I only have one little "complaint" and that is the final mastering (not done by Martin) - well, is sounds great and all that, but a little less compression would had been nice for my taste... High volume shouldn't be the goal, it is very easy instead, just to turn up the volume knob on your stereo equipment. Less compression mean more dynamics. Luckily it seems as this trend of high volume mastering is on its way out again.
But I can still highly recommend this new mix - absolutely great.
The music - well what can be said other than great timeless music - absolutely one of a kind - I love the variety of the songs, but even so it still feels like a continuos "story" - just amazing!
But to be honest every single offering I’ve heard so far has suffered from poor sound quality. Yes, I know it was recorded in 1967, yes I know technology has moved on and yes I maybe expecting a bit too much.
This even applied, albeit to a lesser extent to the 2009 remaster, which was certainly a step up from the 1987 version.
Roll on 2017.
Unbeknown to me there were preparations to release a 50th Anniversary edition which included remastering, new tracks, demos and and unreleased/rare info and photos. The majority of times such things are of little or no interest to me at all. But there was a rumour that something fundamentally different had happened to the sound, And after a little bit of nosiness, yes it looked as if things had changed. Which was good enough for me. And off went my order.
Well I was absolutely blown away with this.
This version is unlike others not just a remaster but also a remix. Apparently the team responsible worked off the original mono source tapes as their reference point, using the latest remixing technology and acquiring some previously thought lost source material (sadly not all the source material has survived!) for it has been brought to bear. And it has made Sgt Pepper sound like it was recorded yesterday !
Absolutely AMAZING sound quality. Crystal clear guitars, nice bass thump, nice subtle details released on the drums which sound natural..not just a big splodge coming out of each speaker.
I know many people will have owned Sgt Pepper in the past, perhaps from the vinyl days and may need convincing as to why they should stump up for yet another version.
The album is still pure genius of course. But for me the sound quality has at last started to approach the quality of the music.
And that’s reason enough for me.
The two CD's come in a colourful and picturesque box, with a 60 page booklet full of the group's personal or collective pictures, production scenes, words of songs, personal minutia, etc. Very generous. And, of course, there is the music, which one critic considered was "world-changing" and that "the sum is greater than the whole". And what did the whole contain? The cover song itself, as well as "With a little help from my friends", "Lucy in the sky with diamonds", "She's leaving home", "When I'm sixty-four", "A day in the life" - and more!
This was music that was topical, full of impression and expression, singable and warm, and it became familiar - expressions of dissatisfaction with suburban living in the 1960's, the failings of parenthood, misgivings about the Establishment, and nostalgia for a previous age. It had little of the militancy and violence that sprung up across the Atlantic during the same era, but it was no less effective, and never anything other than the fullest expression of the British music of that generation.
The discs on this 2CD Anniversary Edition are crystal clear, yet not too bright, enabling every word and musical nuance to be heard and appreciated. Certainly a production for the annals as well as the enthusiast's shelf. Go on and buy it, enjoy it... and remember!