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The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Kes » Sun May 28, 2017 6:21 pm

Just to make people aware that The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album has just been issued (I say "issued", and not "Re-issued" for a reason). The version just released is completely "new" stereo mixes by George Martin's son Giles. Available on CD and vinyl (and probably download) both as single disc versions of the standard album, and double disc versions containing studio out-takes. The BIG bonus of these, is that most of them AREN'T on any of the Anthology album series. I bought the 2-CD version, and the accompanying booklet is a pretty good half hour read. Not often you get THAT with an album.

If you haven't got the album on its previous releases, or maybe even if you have! It's out there, and as it says on the back of the sleeve "A splendid time is guaranteed for all".
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby The Milkman » Sun May 28, 2017 10:45 pm

I thought the samples on iTunes sounded pretty good so I ordered the CD.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby kurgan » Mon May 29, 2017 2:04 pm

 
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Kes » Mon May 29, 2017 2:38 pm

Yeah, I seriously intend watching that!
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby WeeMann » Mon May 29, 2017 3:09 pm

Picked this up on Friday and I think it sounds great. I haven't A-Bd it with the last remaster, but it does sound good.

Some of the demos are recognisable from the Anthologies and Love, but there's plenty to make the 2 disc edition worth every penny. Just wish I could justify getting the big box set...

There was the first of a 2 part documentary on Radio 2 the other day which was also worth a listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08qqgm0
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby WeeMann » Mon May 29, 2017 3:10 pm



Anything with Howard Goodall is worth watching - he's also included in the radio doc.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby WeeMann » Mon May 29, 2017 3:32 pm

One piece of interest to me is Strawberry Fields. The final track is a splicing of two takes.

George Martin said that Lennon preferred the start of one take and the ending of another. The problem was that the two were played at different speeds and pitches. Purely by chance, it turned out that when he slowed the faster one down to the correct speed the pitch also matched - once you know this you can hear Lennon's voice sounds slowed down in the second half of the track.

For the first time, on disc 2, you can hear the original take at the faster speed (and it's a lot faster and higher pitched than I ever assumed).
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby The Milkman » Mon May 29, 2017 5:15 pm

The only copy I have is the original CD and I think it sounds a little flat. Picked up the 2CD version since it had a new mix of Penny Lane on it.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Kes » Tue May 30, 2017 4:22 pm

With the second half of Strawberry Fields, they apparently slowed it down by 11.5%, which altered the key of Lennon's vocal by an entire tone.

Still think it's an amazing track, from McCartney's intro on the
Melotron (found that out on a documentary when Macca was reunited with the original instrument during a tour of Abbey Road), right through to the false fade and backwards drumming.

Also to me, key as though the musical world seems to consider the album, I think Abbey Road and the White Album both have more going for them than SPLHCB.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Kes » Tue May 30, 2017 4:33 pm

Love the story of how the album got it's title.

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans were on a flight back from the States, and Mal asked Paul if he could pass the salt and pepper. Paul misheard the request and though he said Sergeant Pepper, and this sparked an idea in McCartney's head about an imaginary band, that The Beatles could become, to help them think outside what was expected of them.

I don't know at what stage The Rolling Stones started doing Marquee gigs under assumed names, but it can't have been far off about then.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby JLP » Wed May 31, 2017 8:25 pm

Ordered the 2 disc set and the Blu Ray too
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Ming119128 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:14 pm

Kes wrote:Love the story of how the album got it's title.

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans were on a flight back from the States, and Mal asked Paul if he could pass the salt and pepper. Paul misheard the request and though he said Sergeant Pepper, and this sparked an idea in McCartney's head about an imaginary band, that The Beatles could become, to help them think outside what was expected of them.

I don't know at what stage The Rolling Stones started doing Marquee gigs under assumed names, but it can't have been far off about then.


I heard many years ago that the original title was to be Dr Pepper... (as in the drink), but were denied it's use so went with Sargent as they had already decided on the uniforms.

The TV doc was a bit spares of information too, just telling us they were revolutionary in their studio techniques. Slowing down tapes to mix sure wasn't that difficult to work out.
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Re: The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Anniversary Edition

Postby Champs » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:59 pm

Enjoyed it. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" being the stand out track for me in this 50th anniversary redone format.
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