It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.
LP+ - 2017 stereo mix as a limited, collectable picture disc vinyl LP. The album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin.
LP - 2017 stereo mix as a 180 Gram Black vinyl LP. The album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin.
CD - Featuring the new Sgt Pepper stereo mix, complete with the original UK album’s Edit for LP End run-out groove.
2LP - Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. Comes with a faithful reproduction of the album’s original Gatefold jacket.
2CD - Expanded 2CD (Digipack with 50 Page Booklet) set features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of Penny Lane and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of Strawberry Fields Forever.
6CD - The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:
CD1 : New stereo album mix.
CDs2 and 3 : 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates. A new stereo mix of Penny Lane and the 2015 stereo mix of Strawberry Fields Forever.
CD 4: Direct transfers of the album’s original mono mix and the Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane singles. Capitol Records’ U.S. promotional mono single mix of Penny Lane. Previously unreleased early mono mixes of She’s Leaving Home, A Day In The Life, and Lucy In The Sky With Diamond (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)
Discs 5 and 6 (Blu-ray and DVD): New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and Penny Lane by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of Strawberry Fields Forever. High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and Penny Lane and of the 2015 stereo mix of Strawberry Fields Forever. Video features: 4K restored original promotional films for Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and A Day In The Life; plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin.
Housed in a 12-inch by 12-inch box with lenticular artwork and two bonus posters, the six-disc Super Deluxe set is presented with a 144-page hardcover book. The book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate, illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original Sgt Pepper print ads.
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