I decided it was time for me to review something new, so I went out and bought the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 2 CD Deluxe Edition. You can pick up various packaging for the revised/remix of the original album (1 CD, 2 CD, Deluxe, etc.), but I decided that for my own purposes all I really needed was the 2 CD set with the new mix and a CD of outtakes (I won’t be reviewing the outtakes).
In order to fully understand what Giles Martin did in his editing of the original cuts, I pulled out my Sgt. Pepper’s CD from 1987 and tried desperately to get my old 5 disc player to play the two discs in spiral mode so I could hear the old, then new version of each track…but alas, after 2 hours of wrestling with both our players, I ended up having to do it manually! UGH…time warp back to the 1980s!
Well, it didn’t take long to hear the difference! The older disc has a duller, more muted sound to it and the tracks sound very distinct as they change from speaker to speaker. The new version is an amazing mix that flows…Picture yourself in a boat on a river, With tangerine trees and marmalade skies INDEED! The music literally surrounds you and it made me sorry I was listening to it on just two speakers. My next purchase is going to be a fantastic set of headphones for just the purpose of listening to this CD. I also can’t wait to get to listening to these mind blowing, full bodied moving tunes in the six speaker sound chamber of my car. It’s so hard to describe, maybe you just have to be there! And for that reason…
I rate this album/CD 5 out of 4 Beetles! (George Martin included this time…)
7 responses to “Album/CD Review: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition”
get the 6cd box set for the 5.1 dts cd, that’ll blow your mind.
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Thank you, Dave! Much appreciated…I’ll look into getting a set. 🙂
An extra star indeed, this mix is done so superb by Giles Martin – he deserves as mu h credit as we can imagine. However comparing to 1987 discs is nonsense, we have the 2009 Remastered versions…
I thought I had the 2009 remastered version. Guess I was wrong! 😉
The 87 disc is horrible