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: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Jun 29, 2017
    10
    This album is very beautifully remastered and remixed and helps in bringing out and making every instrument and voice richer and pronounced.This album is very beautifully remastered and remixed and helps in bringing out and making every instrument and voice richer and pronounced. Lovely album Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2017
    10
    A grounbreaking masterpiece that still holds up half a century later, Sgt. Pepper´s 50th Anniversary Edition brings back the pennicle of rockA grounbreaking masterpiece that still holds up half a century later, Sgt. Pepper´s 50th Anniversary Edition brings back the pennicle of rock music as we know it in all its shining glory. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    I don't need to tell you how good this is you probably already know ! ! ! It's The Beatles ! ! !
  4. May 31, 2017
    10
    With a couple of reservations, this is a fantastic new mix. Martin has succeeded in providing much more clarity and punch than the sadWith a couple of reservations, this is a fantastic new mix. Martin has succeeded in providing much more clarity and punch than the sad original stereo mix that was executed in just about 12 hours without The Beatles even being present compared to the weeks that were spent laboring over the mono mixes. The mix is particularly effective in opening up the vocals and highlighting the McCartney-Starr rhythm section. While every song sounds great, standout tracks (as far as an improved mix) are Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Getting Better and, particularly, Good Morning, Good Morning. The way the horns are amped-up and spread out on Good Morning really kick the song into high-gear.
    Martin used the mono mixes as a guide to the overall sound that the The Beatles intended and in nearly every case has managed to capture the immediacy and power of those original mixes. My only major quibble comes with A Day in the Life. In the original mono Ringo's drums were prominent and powerful but, for some reason, Martin has chosen to leave them mostly in the right channel. This really lessens the impact that would have been achieved if the drums had been spread across both channels. For that reason alone the mono mix will still be my go-to version of the song. On the plus side, he really nails the
    orchestral blast that caps the track.
    I'm also slightly disappointed that Only a Northern Song, which was recorded during the Pepper sessions, was not included. They also didn't reproduce the original psychedelic dust jacket, at least not in the version I have.
    Overall, though, this is a stellar effort. I hope this is successful enough that Martin is able to remix the other two Beatles albums that most desperately need it, Revolver and Rubber Soul.
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  5. May 29, 2017
    10
    The cock-suckery from the losers who gave this album a negative review is just plain sad. This is a wonderful album. After reading theThe cock-suckery from the losers who gave this album a negative review is just plain sad. This is a wonderful album. After reading the "negative" comments, I had to get my blood pressure checked cuz all of that salt really took a toll on my sodium levels. Expand
  6. May 29, 2017
    9
    One of the most influential albums in rock / pop history. Remastered with a lovely crafted stereo mix, produced by George Martin's son GilesOne of the most influential albums in rock / pop history. Remastered with a lovely crafted stereo mix, produced by George Martin's son Giles Martin. Each song sounds good, modern and fresh and is a more than pleasant listen.
    Best songs: The whole album
    Worst Song: Being for the benefit of Mr.Kite! If I had to pic one.
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  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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