The Beatles Mark Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary With Special Reissue

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by David Chiu
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The greatest album of all time that changed the face pop pop music is getting the royal treatment on its upcoming golden anniversary. Last Wednesday, Capitol Records announced that the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be reissued in various formats as the album turns 50 years old, and remixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1. The key highlights of the new reissues are the addition of previously unreleased bonus tracks from the sessions—about 34 of them—as well as the inclusion of the classics “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” two songs recorded during that period that ended up as a double-A side single.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” Paul McCartney said in the anniversary edition’s text.

Sgt. Pepper seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr said in the anniversary edition’s book.

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Released in 1967, the year of the ‘summer of love,’ the landmark Sgt. Pepper is best known for its psychedelic sound; the record saw the Beatles and producer George Martin really experiment in the studio. Since then, Sgt. Pepper has been consistently ranked in every survey of the greatest albums of all time, including Rolling Stone at number one. According to the press release, this edition of Sgt. Pepper marks the first time the album has been remixed and accompanied by bonus material.

Here are the track listing for the various editions of the 50th anniversary reissue, from the information released by Capitol:

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition

Tracklists

CD

(‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix)

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

2. With A Little Help From My Friends

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

4. Getting Better

5. Fixing A Hole

6. She’s Leaving Home

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

8. Within You Without You

9. When I’m Sixty-Four

10. Lovely Rita

11. Good Morning Good Morning

12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

13. A Day In The Life

Deluxe [2CD, digital]

CD 1: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)

CD 2: Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album, plus various versions of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9]

2. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 – False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]

4. Getting Better [Take 1 – Instrumental And Speech At The End]

5. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]

6. She’s Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]

8. Within You Without You [Take 1 – Indian Instruments]

9. When I’m Sixty-Four [Take 2]

10. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]

11. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]

12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]

13. A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]

14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]

15. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]

16. Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix – 2015]

17. Penny Lane [Take 6 – Instrumental]

18. Penny Lane [Stereo Mix – 2017]

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Deluxe Vinyl [180g 2LP]

LP 1: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)

SIDE 1 SIDE 2

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1. Within You Without You

2. With A Little Help From My Friends 2. When I’m Sixty-Four

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3. Lovely Rita

4. Getting Better 4. Good Morning Good Morning

5. Fixing A Hole 5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

6. She’s Leaving Home 6. A Day In The Life

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

LP 2: Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album

SIDE 3

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]

2. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 – False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]

4. Getting Better [Take 1 – Instrumental And Speech At The End]

5. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]

6. She’s Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]

SIDE 4

1. Within You Without You [Take 1 – Indian Instruments]

2. When I’m Sixty-Four [Take 2]

3. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]

4. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]

5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]

6. A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]

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Super Deluxe [4CD/DVD/Blu-ray boxed set]

CD 1: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)

CD 2: Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates

1. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 1]

2. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 4]

3. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]

4. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]

5. Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix – 2015]

6. When I’m Sixty-Four [Take 2]

7. Penny Lane [Take 6 – Instrumental]

8. Penny Lane [Vocal Overdubs And Speech]

9. Penny Lane [Stereo Mix – 2017]

10. A Day In The Life [Take 1]

11. A Day In The Life [Take 2]

12. A Day In The Life [Orchestra Overdub]

13. A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) [Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11]

14. A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)

15. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 1 – Instrumental]

16. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]

17. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 1 – Instrumental, Breakdown]

18. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]

CD 3: Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates

1. Fixing A Hole [Take 1]

2. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]

3. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At End]

4. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 7]

5. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]

6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1 And Speech At The End]

7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Speech, False Start And Take 5]

8. Getting Better [Take 1 – Instrumental And Speech At The End]

9. Getting Better [Take 12]

10. Within You Without You [Take 1 – Indian Instruments Only]

11. Within You Without You [George Coaching The Musicians]

12. She’s Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]

13. She’s Leaving Home [Take 6 – Instrumental]

14. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 – False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]

15. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Speech And Take 8]

CD 4: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ and bonus tracks in Mono

(Tracks 1-13: 2017 Direct Transfer of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Original Mono Mix)

14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Original Mono Mix]

15. Penny Lane [Original Mono Mix]

16. A Day In The Life [Unreleased First Mono Mix]
17. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Unreleased Mono Mix – No. 11]

18. She’s Leaving Home [Unreleased First Mono Mix]

19. Penny Lane [Capitol Records U.S. Promo Single – Mono Mix]

DISCS 5 & 6 (Blu-ray & DVD)

Audio Features (both discs):

– New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album and “Penny Lane,” plus 2015 5.1 Surround 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’ 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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