Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)
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|Audio CD, Enhanced, Import, 9 September 2009||
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.1 x 12.5 x 0.79 cm; 100.07 Grams
- Manufacturer : CAPITOL
- Item Model Number : 5317019
- Original Release Date : 2009
- Run time : 44 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : CAPITOL
- ASIN : B0025KVLTM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release.
Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.
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The record cover and sleeves etc are good. If thats all you want you will be happy.
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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!