サージェント・ペパーズ・ロンリー・ハーツ・クラブ・バンド 改良, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, 限定版
このような当時の流行はThe Rolling StonesのTHEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUESTでも見られます。
Well that was back then - AND now we finally have a new stereo mix, where you definitely can tell that all possible effort was put into as well - and by no other that George Martin's son Giles Martin. The result: couldn't be better if you ask me - just absolutely great!
I only have one little "complaint" and that is the final mastering (not done by Martin) - well, is sounds great and all that, but a little less compression would had been nice for my taste... High volume shouldn't be the goal, it is very easy instead, just to turn up the volume knob on your stereo equipment. Less compression mean more dynamics. Luckily it seems as this trend of high volume mastering is on its way out again.
But I can still highly recommend this new mix - absolutely great.
The music - well what can be said other than great timeless music - absolutely one of a kind - I love the variety of the songs, but even so it still feels like a continuos "story" - just amazing!
But to be honest every single offering I’ve heard so far has suffered from poor sound quality. Yes, I know it was recorded in 1967, yes I know technology has moved on and yes I maybe expecting a bit too much.
This even applied, albeit to a lesser extent to the 2009 remaster, which was certainly a step up from the 1987 version.
Roll on 2017.
Unbeknown to me there were preparations to release a 50th Anniversary edition which included remastering, new tracks, demos and and unreleased/rare info and photos. The majority of times such things are of little or no interest to me at all. But there was a rumour that something fundamentally different had happened to the sound, And after a little bit of nosiness, yes it looked as if things had changed. Which was good enough for me. And off went my order.
Well I was absolutely blown away with this.
This version is unlike others not just a remaster but also a remix. Apparently the team responsible worked off the original mono source tapes as their reference point, using the latest remixing technology and acquiring some previously thought lost source material (sadly not all the source material has survived!) for it has been brought to bear. And it has made Sgt Pepper sound like it was recorded yesterday !
Absolutely AMAZING sound quality. Crystal clear guitars, nice bass thump, nice subtle details released on the drums which sound natural..not just a big splodge coming out of each speaker.
I know many people will have owned Sgt Pepper in the past, perhaps from the vinyl days and may need convincing as to why they should stump up for yet another version.
The album is still pure genius of course. But for me the sound quality has at last started to approach the quality of the music.
And that’s reason enough for me.
The two CD's come in a colourful and picturesque box, with a 60 page booklet full of the group's personal or collective pictures, production scenes, words of songs, personal minutia, etc. Very generous. And, of course, there is the music, which one critic considered was "world-changing" and that "the sum is greater than the whole". And what did the whole contain? The cover song itself, as well as "With a little help from my friends", "Lucy in the sky with diamonds", "She's leaving home", "When I'm sixty-four", "A day in the life" - and more!
This was music that was topical, full of impression and expression, singable and warm, and it became familiar - expressions of dissatisfaction with suburban living in the 1960's, the failings of parenthood, misgivings about the Establishment, and nostalgia for a previous age. It had little of the militancy and violence that sprung up across the Atlantic during the same era, but it was no less effective, and never anything other than the fullest expression of the British music of that generation.
The discs on this 2CD Anniversary Edition are crystal clear, yet not too bright, enabling every word and musical nuance to be heard and appreciated. Certainly a production for the annals as well as the enthusiast's shelf. Go on and buy it, enjoy it... and remember!
I went through the whole Beatles Rock Band thing on PS3 when Giles Martin worked with getting the Beatles tracks engineered for use on the game. I loved what he did with the tracks, as they sounded fantastic through 96kHz audio. But for whatever reason, I didn't hear much about the successive remaster from him until the White album remaster a couple of years ago, when my daughter bought it for me for Christmas. I was blown away with how perfect it sounded. White album was always a messy affair, but he'd polished it up to perfection.
This year I got the Abbey Road remaster for Christmas too, and again, I was blown away with how good it sounds.
So I got to searching what else was out there, and learned that Giles had also done the "1" album (which I then bought) and Sgt Pepper (amongst the obvious "Love" album and Hollywood Bowl stuff which I had already known about).
Sgt Pepper for whatever reason has never been my favourite album. I didn't hate it at all, it just never fully resonated with me.
In much the same way that Giles' remaster of the White album made it sound cohesive and tracks well matched with each other, he's REALLY improved this album. With the wide range in musical styles on offer, that's no mean feat. Every track sounds far more detailed and open right from the opener of Sgt Pepper. Listening through either my Primare stereo or on Grado headphones it sounds warm, detailed and has so much more space to breathe.
Giles is also a master of understanding the subject and he's managed to correct small errors in the originals - from tweaking the mix of various instruments to removing the odd bit of leakage - whilst remaining absolutely true to the Beatles' spirit.
So, Sgt Pepper has now become one of my favourite albums and I can't thank him enough for that.
the additional tracks are also well chosen for the most part, and treated with similar care. This is unsual because demos and early mixed are usually just bunged out as they are without much care or treatment. Not so with Giles Martin.
So for me, this is a perfect collection. Unless some much better media comes out in the future, I can't see me getting another release of this, as this is as close to perfection as one can get. Along with the additional tracks, well, they're just the cherry on top.
If you've bought rematsered albums in the past and been disappointed that you can't really tell much different, you could do worse than go for this.
Also love the other tracks, best described as "work in progress"....good to hear how something that started as a very simple song finished up as a mega performance. Brilliant !!
PS Wish the same could be said for the "White Album" remix....very difficult to hear any difference from the original mix.
This album is amazing. You would never believe it was recorded nearly 50 years ago.
The pressing is super quiet and the sound quality is super clear and naturally sounding with a wide sound stage. It is hard to believe the pressing is mono.
That said, the inclusion of so many demos makes this a worthy addition to the collection, and I am happy to recommend it.