Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [50th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Version] Image
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  • Summary: The reissue of the British rock band's eighth studio release features Giles Martin's new stereo album remix, sourced from the original, mono mix from the four-track masters. The deluxe edition also includes a second CD containing Martin's stereo mixes for "Strawberry Fields Forever" andThe reissue of the British rock band's eighth studio release features Giles Martin's new stereo album remix, sourced from the original, mono mix from the four-track masters. The deluxe edition also includes a second CD containing Martin's stereo mixes for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," plus previously unreleased alternate takes for all the album's 13 tracks. The Special Collector's Anniversary Edition adds another CD of additional recordings from the studio sessions, a CD of the remastered original mono mixes of the album, a DVD and Blu-ray with 5.1 surround/high resolution audio mixes of the album, "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," 4K restored original promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane," and "A Day In The Life," the restored 1992 documentary film "The Making of Sgt. Pepper," and a 144-page hardcover book. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Q Magazine
    May 25, 2017
    100
    George Martin's son Giles's work here is superb. It helps you hear an album you know inside-out as if for the first time. [Jul 2017, p.116]
  2. May 25, 2017
    100
    It’s all beautifully done, as you might expect. ... Giles Martin’s remix is a vast improvement on the old stereo version--more muscular, with an unexpected emphasis placed on Ringo Starr’s drums--although the original mono mix, also here, is the one with the Beatles’ fingerprints on it.
  3. 100
    [Giles] Martin and co-engineer Sam Okell have done a loving job, getting away from some of the oddities of the familiar stereo mix done by Abbey Road engineers. ... It is like seeing a favourite movie again in high definition. It doesn't replace the original, it enhances it.
  4. Uncut
    May 25, 2017
    100
    Accompanying all this is Giles Martin's newly mixed stereo version inspired by the original mono. It means everything is fuller and better balanced. ... The Beatles never worked with such unified purpose again, but what this Pepper boxset captures is the fun, intense, playful ferment; the triumph, in other words. [Jul 2017, p.42]
  5. 100
    With an extraordinary remix of Sgt. Pepper, Giles Martin has knocked down the wall between the myth of the greatest pop album of all time and the listener’s experience.
  6. 100
    Overall, the album offers a surprisingly successful transformation that somehow enables one to hear this most familiar of material as if through new ears, a remarkable achievement in itself.
  7. May 25, 2017
    80
    The mix is a massive improvement on the stereo that we’re used to--there’s so much more presence here from the off. For an album you know to feel somehow fresh, that’s quite an achievement. Purists may balk at some of the perceived liberties Giles Martin has taken (splitting and panning drum parts or backing vocals for starters), but he’s by no means claiming this is the definitive version of the album, and has clearly acted in the interests of the material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Aug 9, 2017
    10
    3 words for the ones who are uncertain about listening to this masterpiece.

    IT'S THE BEATLES. Never felt so much after listening, my
    3 words for the ones who are uncertain about listening to this masterpiece.

    IT'S THE BEATLES.

    Never felt so much after listening, my favorite band's best album in it's 50th anniversary.
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  2. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    I know this album, since I was a kid. I know it by heart. When I heard A deluxe 50th anniversary edition The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's LonelyI know this album, since I was a kid. I know it by heart. When I heard A deluxe 50th anniversary edition The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, I was shocked. What I got was kind a new album of The Beatles, all alternative takes are like unexpected gift from beyond. Amazing album, especially for fans. I hope we'll get more of unheard versions of other albums - White Album maybe? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Expand
  3. May 26, 2017
    10
    What a marvelous deluxe edition of the influential Sgt. Pepper album. Firstly, the album restores all of the thirteen tracks in theirWhat a marvelous deluxe edition of the influential Sgt. Pepper album. Firstly, the album restores all of the thirteen tracks in their original, bright-eyed glory. The epic opening to simulate a live theatre production, the vivid psychedelic imagery in "Lucy With the Sky With Diamonds", the skeptical optimism in "Getting Better", the celebrated Lennon-McCartney partnership at its finest in "She's Leaving Home" and "A Day In the Life", and the immensely innovative studio techniques in all the tracks are restored. However, the greatness of this album has already been known since its release. Giles Martin's, the son of original producer George Martin, mix turned out is the real account of ranking, and overall it is oddly satisfying and personable. It shines the album in a new light while still somehow keeping it Sgt. Pepper. Although some felt the original album was a tad bit lackluster in contrary to the rave critical reviews, with criticism directed at an isolated Harrison song and a myriad of McCartney quirky love songs, the decade-spanning influence, whether or not you love or hate it, of this album can not be undermined. This deluxe edition puts a special emphasis on the historic value and production of the album; this is no more prevalent than by adding studio takes and "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane", songs that were not in the original album but has significant ties to it. Overall, the album succeeds in allowing you to go back to 1967 and remembering that it was "twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play..." Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2018
    10
    The Beatles are a masterpiece and make me and everyone else feel great! Their songs are the best! If you don't know The Beatles, you don'tThe Beatles are a masterpiece and make me and everyone else feel great! Their songs are the best! If you don't know The Beatles, you don't know what music is. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2017
    10
    This is not just another reissue, this is a gorgeous restoration of a great album. The material is well-known and needs no further comment;This is not just another reissue, this is a gorgeous restoration of a great album. The material is well-known and needs no further comment; the work put in by Giles Martin is what we're talking about, and it's top-notch. Vocals are fuller, clearer, Ringo's drums come out from the shadows and shake the floor, the soundstage is wide and detailed - the differences are truly dramatic when compared to the old stereo mixes. I'd love to hear the entire Beatles catalog with this treatment! Expand
  6. May 28, 2017
    10
    This is where art and music first met. It's not my favourite, but anyone who rates this below 9 is just trying to be ignorant or really has noThis is where art and music first met. It's not my favourite, but anyone who rates this below 9 is just trying to be ignorant or really has no clue about music Expand
  7. May 26, 2017
    0
    When I listen to this crap the first thing I think of is the old people that blame rap for being repetitive. If you haven't heard thisWhen I listen to this crap the first thing I think of is the old people that blame rap for being repetitive. If you haven't heard this overrated album before; don't bother listening to it now. Expand

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