Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band =50th Anniversary= 2017
2 x LP
50th Special Edition, Stereo, ½ Speed Mastered
2017 UK Special 50th Anniversary Edition double LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl comprising Giles Martin's new stereo album mix together with a collection previously unreleased complete takes of the album's 13 s...
Release date: 26-05-2017 (originally released in 1967)
2017 UK Special 50th Anniversary Edition double LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl 2LP=comprising Giles Martin's new stereo album mix together with a collection previously unreleased complete takes of the album's 13 songs, all newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. Both discs are housed within the sealed & hype-stickered gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics printed on the reverse [as per the originalsleeve]
180g Vinyl 2LP Anniversary Reissue of Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Features New Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased Complete Takes of the Album's 13 Songs, Gatefold Packaging
LP1=New Stereo Mix by Giles Martin:
A1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
A2. With A Little Help From My Friends
A3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A4. Getting Better
A5. Fixing A Hole
A6. She's Leaving Home
A7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
B1. Within You Without You
B2. When I'm Sixty-Four
B3. Lovely Rita
B4. Good Morning Good Morning
B5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
B6. A Day In The Life
LP2=Sgt. Pepper Studio Sessions:
C1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9)
C2. With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start & Take 2 - Instrumental)
C3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)
C4. Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental)
C5. Fixing a Hole (Take 3)
C6. She's Leaving Home (Take 1 - Instrumental)
C7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 4)
D1. Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments)
D2. When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
D3. Lovely Rita (Take 9)
D4. Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
D5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 8)
D6. A Day In The Life (Take 1 & Hummed Last Chord)
Sgt. Pepper is telling the band to play like never before: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the watershed Beatles classic many consider the finest album in pop history, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a big way. Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios in stereo, the first LP is expanded and enhanced on this analog pressing with a second LP featuring previously unreleased complete takes of the album's 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The audiophile-quality 180g vinyl LPs are presented in a faithful reproduction of the album's original gatefold jacket.
This is the first time Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be... Naked. To create the mixes for Sgt. Pepper, producer Martin and mix engineer Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin's new stereo mix of the album sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.
"50 years young, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band killed The Beatles so that they might live, and unveiled a boundary-smashing philosophy that enriched all rock to come. In 2017 it is reborn, augmented by revelatory outtakes and a spectacular new stereo mix: two new reasons to turn-on and tune into the alpha and omega of albums."
- Mojo, July 2017
Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, Sgt. Pepper first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal's request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as "Sgt. Pepper." The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul's mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles' creative wellspring for Sgt. Pepper also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster ("Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal ("Good Morning Good Morning"), a picture drawn by John's young son, Julian ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), a teen runaway reported in the news ("She's Leaving Home'), and Hindu teachings ("Within You Without You").
"The sessions that Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr played on were never intended to be heard publicly. This anniversary edition of Pepper, then, represents a breakthrough. For once, we can map the creative path taken by The Beatles. [They] never worked with such unified purpose again, but what this new Pepper set captures is the fun, intense, playful creative ferment; the triumph, in other words."
- Uncut, July 2017
Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, the Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve "the impossible," as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, "We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape." The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.
Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at No. 1. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the No. 1 spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. Sgt. Pepper won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected Sgt. Pepper for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Sgt. Pepper tops Rolling Stone magazine's definitive list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Opm(Ltd,Colored,PictureDisc): 50th Special Edition, Stereo, ½ Speed Mastered
Originally released: 1967
This release: 2017