ATTENTION BEATLES FANS: GET READY FOR A 6-CD SET OF "SGT. PEPPER" ON ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

posted by Mark Robertson - 

                                                                                                                      

The Beatles have formally announced the long-rumored 50th anniversary edition of their Sgt, Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The reissue, which will be released in single and double-disc versions, will also be issued as a two-record set. The big news is the super deluxe six-CD set features a brand new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell created from the original master tapes, with two discs featuring 100 minutes of never-before heard outtakes, along with new mixes of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane."

Also included are both DVD and Blu-ray versions of the 1992 documentary, The Making Of Sgt. Pepper, along with 5.1 surround sound and hi-res stereo mixes, a 114-page booklet, two posters and a replica "cut-out" insert from the original album release. In addition to the new stereo remix, the main draw of the set are the second and third discs, which -- according to the German Amazon site -- features selections from sessions for "Strawberry Fields Forever," "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Penny Lane," "A Day In The Life," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Good Morning, Good Morning," "Fixing A Hole," "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!," "Lovely Rita," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "Getting Better," "Within You Without You," "She's Leaving Home," "With A Little Help From My Friends," and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)."

                                                                                                                        

The full tracklist for the super deluxe edition Sgt. Pepper box set is:

DISC ONE: 2017 stereo mix‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ ‘Getting Better’ ‘Fixing A Hole’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ ‘Within You Without You’ ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ ‘Lovely Rita’ ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ ‘A Day In The Life’

DISC TWO: Outtakes‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [Take 1]‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [Take 4]‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [Take 7]‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [Take 26]‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [2015 stereo mix]‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ [Take 2]‘Penny Lane’ [Take 6: instrumental]‘Penny Lane’ [Vocal overdubs and speech]‘Penny Lane’ [2017 stereo mix]‘A Day In The Life’ [Take 1]‘A Day In The Life’ [Take 2]‘A Day In The Life’ [Orchestra overdub]‘A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord)’ [Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11]‘A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ [Take 1: instrumental]‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ [Take 9 and speech]‘Good Morning Good Morning’ [Take 1: instrumental, breakdown]‘Good Morning Good Morning’ [Take 8]

DISC THREE: Outtakes‘Fixing A Hole’ [Take 1]‘Fixing A Hole’ [Speech and Take 3]‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ [Speech from before Take 1; Take 4 and speech at end]‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ [Take 7]‘Lovely Rita’ [Speech and Take 9]‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ [Take 1 and speech at the end]‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ [Speech, false start and Take 5]‘Getting Better’ [Take 1: instrumental and speech at the end]‘Getting Better’ [Take 12]‘Within You Without You’ [Take 1: Indian Instruments Only]‘Within You Without You’ [George coaching the musicians]‘She’s Leaving Home’ [Take 1: instrumental]‘She’s Leaving Home’ [Take 6: ynstrumental]‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ [Take 1: false start; Take 2: instrumental]‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ [Speech and Take 8]

CD4: Sgt Pepper and bonus tracks in mono Tracks 1-13: 2017 direct transfer of Sgt Pepper’s original mono mix)‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ [Original mono mix]‘Penny Lane’ [Original mono mix]‘A Day In The Life’ [Unreleased first mono mix]‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ [Unreleased mono mix: No.11]‘She’s Leaving Home’ [Unreleased first mono mix]‘Penny Lane’ [Capitol Records US promo single: mono mix]

DVD and Blu-ray:

Audio Features (both discs):

  • New 5.1 surround sound audio mixes of Sgt Pepper’s and ‘Penny Lane’, plus 2015 5.1 surround sound mix of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1; DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • High-resolution audio versions of 2017 Sgt Pepper’s stereo mix and 2017 ‘Penny Lane’ stereo mix, plus 2015 ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ hi-res stereo mix (Blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit; DVD: LPCM Stereo)

Video Features (both discs):

  • The Making Of Sgt Pepper [restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased]
  • Promotional films: ‘A Day In The Life’; ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Penny Lane’ [4K restored]
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