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    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:33:10

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    It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper told the band to play… well, not quite, but it's been almost fifty years since The Beatles released one of the most innovative albums in music history.

    To celebrate the recording and release of what many music critics still regard as the most important recordings in pop culture, a special release of the seminal album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is coming out. The album is being issued in a number of hugely expanded versions, with a variety of editions appearing across the usual formats.

    A single CD release of the album will be presented with a stereo mix. An expanded deluxe edition — as a two CD set or two LP set — will also have digital downloads available. Also available will be a super deluxe six-disc box set.

    The three deluxe editions of the album will contain previously unreleased, and complete takes of all 13 famous album tracks. The deluxe digital and CD versions will also include new stereo mixes — a previously unreleased instrumental take of "Penny Lane" and two previously unreleased takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever".

    For super fans it's the super deluxe box set that will be highest on the wish list. It's that package that contains all of the aforementioned CDs, plus 33 more recordings from the Sgt. Pepper sessions, almost all of which have never been released, and were newly mixed from the four-track session tapes. Pleasing for die-hard Beatles fans and music geeks alike, a fourth disc will include early, unreleased mono mixes of several songs and a direct transfer of the album's original mono mix. The fifth and sixth discs boast surround-sound audio mixes of the album on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as promo films for several tracks and a restored version of the 1992 documentary, The Making of Sgt. Pepper.

    A 144-page hardcover book will accompany the super deluxe version, and will feature a new introduction from Sir Paul McCartney and producer Giles Martin, who newly mixed the reissue with Sam Okell. Every facet of Sgt. Pepper is covered in the book, from its songs and cover art to musical innovations and historical context. A 50-page abridged booklet will be available in the two-CD deluxe edition.

    The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Reissue Track Lists 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
    CD 2
    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]
    Deluxe Vinyl
    LP 1
    Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix
    LP 2 (Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album)
    Side A
    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 B
    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]
    Super Deluxe [4CD/DVD/Blu-ray box set]
    CD 1
    Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix
    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)
    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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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    04.05.17



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