December 30, 2017

The Beatles Story Album




The Beatles' Story is the sixth album by the Beatles in the United States, issued on 23 November 1964 by Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats (although the mono was merely a fold-down of the stereo mix). It is a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, snippets of original or orchestral versions of Beatles songs with voice-overs. The easy listening excerpts were created, produced and arranged by Stu Phillips with the Hollyridge Strings originally recorded for the first Capitol Records' Beatles Song Book.[1]

This documentary album was issued in response to interviews of the Beatles collected on the Vee-Jay Records release, Hear the Beatles Tell All.[citation needed]

Development



Originally, Capitol Records intended to release the group's 1964 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but due to a lack of advanced live recording and sound enhancement technology and the excessive amount of loud screaming fans on tape the album was shelved. Another plan was to release a 2 LP 'Greatest Hits' album for the Christmas market. Four songs were to make their Capitol debut on this album: "A Hard Day's Night," "Misery," "There's a Place," and "From Me to You." The album was compiled, but never issued.

 

Release and reception

The Beatles' Story entered the Billboard Pop Albums on 12 December at number 97, and on 2 January 1965 it reached its peak position at number seven, where it remained for four weeks before beginning its slide down the charts.[2] It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA;[3] it was also released in Canada and is currently out of print. It was released by Toshiba EMI in Japan on the Apple label (in stereo) in a box set with a deluxe 24 page 12"x12" booklet that contains the entire text of the script in English and Japanese.

The album contains a brief stereo excerpt of "Twist and Shout" performed at their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert. The album was only released on cassette tape in Canada (4XBB 2222) and Japan (ZR44-1019), and was never issued at all on a stereo 8-track cartridge tape. The Beatles' Story was being prepared for release on digital audio tape in 1996, but when the format failed commercially the plan was scrapped.[citation needed] In 2014, The Beatles Story was made available on CD for the first time in the Beatles boxed set, The U.S. Albums. Running time is: 49:22.



Side one
No.     Title     Length
1.     "On Stage with the Beatles"     1:03
2.     "How Beatlemania Began"     1:20
3.     "Beatlemania in Action"     1:25
4.     "Man Behind the Beatles – Brian Epstein"     2:47
5.     "John Lennon"     5:50
6.     "Who's a Millionaire?"     0:39
   
Side two
No.     Title     Length
1.     "Beatles Will Be Beatles"     7:28
2.     "Man Behind the Music – George Martin"     1:04
3.     "George Harrison"     4:46
Side three
No.     Title     Length
1.     "A Hard Day's Night – Their First Movie"     3:08
2.     "Paul McCartney"     2:45
3.     "Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul"     3:29
   
Side four
No.     Title     Length
1.     "The Beatles Look at Life"     2:05
2.     "Victims of Beatlemania"     1:10
3.     "Beatle Medley"     3:58
4.     "Ringo Starr"     6:24
5.     "Liverpool and All the World!"     1:05

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles%27_Story

You can listen to it here:

http://www.mcrfb.com/files/Miscellaneous/The%20Beatles'%20Story%20-%20(Capitol%20Stereo%20U.S.%20LP)%20-%20%5bFull%20Album%5d.mp3



December 29, 2017

The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963


The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 is a compilation album of 59 previously unreleased recordings by English rock band the Beatles, released on 17 December 2013, exclusively through the iTunes Store.[1] While it was initially only available for a few hours,[2] it is currently available again for purchase.[3] The release was timed to extend the copyright of the 1963 recordings under EU law by 20 years – the EU protects recordings for 70 years only if they are formally released.[1][4] Officially unreleased recordings from the band's earlier recording sessions previously entered public domain in 2012.[citation needed]






The album includes 15 studio outtakes and 42 live BBC Radio tracks, adding to those released previously on the albums Live at the BBC (1994) and On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 (2013).[5] The album also includes John Lennon's demo recordings of "Bad to Me" and "I'm in Love", later released as singles by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and the Fourmost, respectively.[1]





Track listing
Tracks 1–14 are stereo; the rest are mono.
All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.


Tracklist

1-1 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Takes 5 & 6) 2:19
1-2 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Take 8) 1:58
1-3 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Take 9) 2:04
1-4 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Studio Outtake / Take 7) 2:17
1-5 A Taste Of Honey (Studio Outtake / Take 6) 2:12
1-6 I Saw Her Standing There (Studio Outtake / Take 2) 3:07
1-7 Misery (Studio Outtake / Take 1) 1:54
1-8 Misery (Studio Outtake / Take 7) 1:56
1-9 From Me To You (Studio Outtake / Takes 1 & 2) 3:24
1-10 From Me To You (Studio Outtake / Take 5) 2:17
1-11 Thank You Girl (Studio Outtake / Take 1) 2:09
1-12 Thank You Girl (Studio Outtake / Take 5) 2:04
1-13 One After 909 (Studio Outtake / Takes 1 & 2) 4:29
1-14 Hold Me Tight (Studio Outtake / Take 21) 2:42
1-15 Money (That's What I Want) (Studio Outtake) 2:48
1-16 Some Other Guy (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 2:02
1-17 Love Me Do (Live At The BBC For "Saturday Club" 26th January, 1963) 2:31
1-18 Too Much Monkey Business (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:50
1-19 I Saw Her Standing There (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 16th March, 1963) 2:38
1-20 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:50
1-21 From Me To You (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:54
1-22 I Got To Find My Baby (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:59
1-23 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 29th June, 1963) 2:29
1-24 A Taste Of Honey (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 23rd June, 1963) 2:01
1-25 Love Me Do (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:29
1-26 Please Please Me (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:08
1-27 She Loves You (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:29
1-28 I Want To Hold Your Hand (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:19
1-29 Till There Was You (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:16
2-1 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:16
2-2 You Really Got A Hold On Me (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963) 2:54
2-3 The Hippy Hippy Shake (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963) 1:43
2-4 Till There Was You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" /11th June, 1963) 2:14
2-5 A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963) 2:06
2-6 A Taste Of Honey (Live At The BBC for "Pop Go The Beatles" 18th June, 1963) 1:56
2-7 Money (That's What I Want) (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963) 2:41
2-8 Anna (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 25th June, 1963) 3:02
2-9 Love Me Do (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:29
2-10 She Loves You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963) 2:16
2-11 I'll Get You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:05
2-12 A Taste Of Honey (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:00
2-13 Boys (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963) 2:12
2-14 Chains (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963) 2:22
2-15 You Really Got A Hold On Me (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 17th September, 1963) 2:57
2-16 I Saw Her Standing There (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 24th September, 1963) 2:41
2-17 She Loves You (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 10th September, 1963) 2:15
2-18 Twist And Shout (Live At the BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 24th September, 1963) 2:36
2-19 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Live At The BBC For "Here We Go" 12th March, 1963) 1:55
2-20 Please Please Me (Live At The BBC For "Here We Go" 12th March, 1963) 1:57
2-21 Long Tall Sally (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 1:49
2-22 Chains (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 2:23
2-23 Boys (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 1:53
2-24 A Taste Of Honey (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 2:04
2-25 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:17
2-26 All My Loving (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:06
2-27 She Loves You (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:21
2-28 Till There Was You (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:12
2-29 Bad To Me (Demo) 1:29
2-30 I'm In Love (Demo) 1:32

There also appears to be an unofficial bootleg CD version of the recordings.










Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_Bootleg_Recordings_1963




After something of a false start, Apple Corps/Universal have today issued 59 previously unreleased recordings by The Beatles consisting of studio outtakes and live material from 1963.
We should clarify straight off the bat, that this is not a deluxe box set; indeed, it’s not being released physically on any format. Bootleg Recordings 1963 (as this collection is dubbed) is a digital-only affair and can only be bought via iTunes. But hey, it is The Beatles, so coverage here is justified!
The Beatles’ Anthology albums (themselves nearly 20 years old) were the one and only time in the last 50 years that Fab Four studio outtakes have been officially released, so to see something akin to The Holy Grail almost casually uploaded onto (the other) Apple’s iTunes servers takes a while to get your head around.

But that is what has happened. Tracks made available include work-in-progress from Please Please Me and With The Beatles, and early takes of the group’s first (official) UK number one From Me To You and its B-side Thank You Girl. The 1963 version of The One After 909 (which famously went unreleased until Paul and John dusted it down for Let It Be six years later) is another notable inclusion (takes 1&2) in this Beatles Bootleg bundle.
Into total, 15 studio tracks are issued followed by an enormous amount of what you might call Live at the BBC ‘the leftovers’ – tracks recorded at the BBC radio studios that haven’t appeared on the official releases (1994 and 2013) probably to avoid duplication and in some cases because the sound quality is not up to par. So we get three Love Me Dos, four A Taste Of Honeys and a couple of Do You Want To Know A Secrets amongst the 42 Beeb tracks. A special treat at the end of the Bootleg Recordings are demo versions of Bad To Me and I’m In Love, two Lennon-McCartney songs given to other groups (Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas and The Fourmost, respectively).

As a fan of physical media the first reaction is ‘why couldn’t they have released this is a proper box set’, but in truth, the digital domain is somehow a more forgiving environment for this Merseybeat memory dump; running orders don’t need to be fretted over (or are rendered irrelevant by the medium), and no one is going to complain about multiple versions of the same track because you just can just download the ones you want. In short, Apple don’t need to think  about it too much, because the truth of the matter seems to be that they would probably rather not do this at all. The current thinking is that this Bootleg Recordings 1963 release is all about retaining copyright of the material once it’s over 50 years old. Previously released material is now protected for 70 years (in Europe), but unreleased material is not afforded the same protection and becomes public domain. The solution? Release it.

And that is what Apple/Universal have done today. The Anthology projects of the 1990s were studies in planning, hype, marketing, coordination and global brand enhancement. Three multi-formatted double albums spread over a year with the small matter of a six-part companion TV documentary (and later a hardback book). By comparison Bootleg Recordings 1963 is the polar opposite. No hype, no build-up, no advertising, no ‘tie-ins’ – just a bucketful of Beatles’ rarities falling onto the unsuspecting Mop Top fan as they go about their daily business.

If there are no changes in the copyright law, then surely we can look forward to similar Beatles Bootleg recordings in our Christmas stockings over the next seven years. Bootleg Recordings 1963 is released globally via iTunes today and is available to download in many territories already.

Source: http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/beatles-bootleg-recordings-1963/

December 17, 2017

Listen to the Beatles Christmas Messages: 7 Vintage Recordings for Their Fans: 1963-1969

1963: 
Every year from 1963 to 1969, the Beatles recorded a special Christmas greeting to their fans. It started when “Beatlemania” took off and the band found itself unable to answer all the fan mail.  “I’d love to reply personally to everyone,” says Lennon in the 1963 message, “but I just haven’t enough pens.” The first message was intended to make their most loyal fans feel appreciated. Like those that followed, the 1963 message was mailed as a paper-thin vinyl “flexi disc” to members of the Beatles fan club. The recording features the Beatles’ trademark wit and whimsy, with a chorus of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ringo” and a version of “Good King Wenceslas” that refers to Betty Grable. It was made on October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road Studios, just after the band recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”






1964:
The band recorded their next holiday greeting, Another Beatles Christmas Record, on October 26, 1964, the same day they recorded the song “Honey Don’t.” Lennon’s rebellious nature begins to show, as he pokes fun at the prepared script: “It’s somebody’s bad hand wroter.”






1965:
Recorded on November 8, 1965 during the Rubber Soul sessions at Abbey Road, the 1965 message features a re-working of “Yesterday,” with the refrain “Oh I believe on Christmas Day.” The band’s gift for free-associational role playing is becoming more apparent. One piece of dialogue near the end was eventually re-used by producer George Martin and his son Giles at the end of the re-mixed version of “All You Need is Love” on the 2006 album Love: “All right put the lights off. This is Johnny Rhythm saying good night to you all and God Blesses.”







1966:
You can sense the band’s creative powers growing in the 1966 message, Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas. The recording was made at Abbey Road on November 25, 1966, during a break from working on “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The Beatles were just beginning work on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. Instead of simply thanking their fans and recounting the events of the year, the Beatles use sound effects and dialogue to create a vaudeville play based around a song that goes, “Everywhere it’s Christmas, at the end of every year.” Paul McCartney designed the cover.





1967:
This was the last Christmas message recorded by the Beatles all together in one place. Titled Christmas Time (Is Here Again), it reveals the group’s continuing experimentation with sound effects and storytelling. The scenario, written by the band earlier on the day it was recorded (November 28, 1967), is about a group of people auditioning for a BBC radio play. Lennon and Ringo Starr designed the cover.






1968:
By the Christmas season of 1968, relations within the Beatles were becoming strained. The holiday message was produced around the time the “White Album” was released, in November of 1968. The four members’ voices were recorded separately, in various locations. There’s plenty of self-mockery. Perhaps the most striking moment comes when the American singer Tiny Tim (invited by George Harrison) strums a ukulele and sings “Nowhere Man” in a high falsetto.






1969:
The Beatles were in the process of breaking up when they recorded (separately) their final Christmas message in November and December of 1969. A couple of months earlier, just before the release of Abbey Road, Lennon had announced to the others that he was leaving the group. Yoko Ono appears prominently on the recording, singing and talking with Lennon about peace. Fittingly, the 1969 message incorporates a snippet from the Abbey Road recording of “The End.”



This post was written by Open Culture contributor Mike Springer.



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Source: http://www.openculture.com/2013/12/listen-to-the-beatles-christmas-records.html

December 02, 2017

Christmas Messages Covers- Updated HQ Scans

Each year the Beatles would send a studio message thanking all their fan club members for a wonderful year. Below are the covers for each year from 1963 thru 1969 and a link where you can get them. Enjoy http://returntopepperland.blogspot.com/2006/11/beatles-christmas-records.html























December 01, 2017

John Lennon – 2018 US Postal Service Stamp

Looks like the US Postal Service is to honour John Lennon in 2018.
The newest stamp in its Music Icons series will honor singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), “….a rock ’n’ roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist.”









If the photograph for the stamp looks familiar, it was most recently used on the cover of Philip Norman’s book John Lennon – The Life, which came out in 2008. The image is by legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen who knew Lennon well and has taken many iconic images of him. The photograph comes from a photo shoot for the cover of his 1978 album



Walls and Bridges
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The Postal Service has previously honoured The Beatles as a group on a 1999 postage stamp as part of its Celebrate the Century series. That issue depicted the Yellow Submarine from the animated movie and soundtrack Yellow Submarine. The upcoming Lennon release will be the first to feature an actual likeness of one of the Beatles on a U.S. stamp.
In 2007 Britain’s Royal Mail issued ten different stamps celebrating the importance of The Beatles to Britain and the world. These depicted album covers (With The Beatles; Help!; Revolver; Sgt. Pepper; Let It Be; and Abbey Road, plus the single ‘Love Me Do’), along with images of Beatle memorabilia. For more detail on those releases click here.
Detailed information and the issue date for the Lennon US Postal Service stamp will be revealed later. The stamp design is preliminary and subject to change until issuance dates.


Source: https://beatlesblogger.com/2017/12/15/john-lennon-2018-us-postal-service-stamp/

November 01, 2017

Beatles Christmas Records Box Set Coming Dec. 15

Resourceful Beatles fans have been beat-ing the drum for several days sharing info about upcoming year-end releases from the Fab Four. Videos, presumably from Apple Records, would appear on YouTube and elsewhere, only to vanish within hours. By Oct. 31, one project was identified as the long-awaited release of the annual Christmas messages that the Beatles sent to their fan club members on flexi-discs for many years. On Nov. 1… a title: The Beatles Christmas Records Box, which appeared on Amazon’s France-based website for EUR71.88 under the code name Tbc (The Beatles Christmas?).

And on Nov. 1, Amazon’s U.K. site listed a second release, a vinyl edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which, the detectives assured their fellow fans, was a picture disc of the album.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Sure enough, several titles showed up on Amazon today (Nov. 2) for a Dec. 15 release. Shortly after 9 a.m. ET, the formal announcement arrive from Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises.

The Beatles Christmas Records Box is a limited-edition collection of 7″ singles, pressed on colored vinyl, of the Fab Four’s annual holiday messages that were sent to their fan club members from 1963-1969.

From the announcement: “The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as ‘Beatle People’. Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi-discs and mailed to fan club members each December.

“Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set. The limited-edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi-disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi-discs.”





The Beatles: The Christmas Records [limited edition box set: seven 7” colored vinyl singles]

1963: “The Beatles’ Christmas Record” (one-sided, 5:00 TRT)

Recorded: 17 October 1963 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


1964: “Another Beatles Christmas Record” (one-sided, 3:58 TRT)

Recorded: 26 October 1964 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


1965: “The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:20 TRT)

Recorded: 8 November 1965 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


1966: “Pantomime – Everywhere It’s Christmas: The Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:36 TRT)

Recorded: 25 November 1966 – Dick James Music, New Oxford Street, London


1967: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again): The Beatles’ Fifth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:06 TRT)

Recorded: 28 November 1967 – Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


1968: “The Beatles’ Sixth Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:48 TRT)

Recorded: 1968, various locations


1969: “The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:39 TRT)

Recorded: 1969, various locations


Pre-order The Beatles Christmas Records Box in the U.K. here and the U.S. here.


Also coming Dec. 15 is the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s 2017 stereo mix as a 1-LP, 180g vinyl edition and as a limited, collectible picture disc vinyl LP. Produced by Giles Martin for this year’s 50th Anniversary Edition releases, 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.


Pre-order the picture disc: for the U.K. here and the U.S. here. Pre-order the 180g vinyl: for the U.K. here and the U.S. here.

On the same date, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition of Sgt. Pepper’s will debut worldwide in high definition digital audio (96kHz/24bit). This edition features the album’s 2017 stereo mix, plus 18 additional tracks, including complete alternate takes for the groundbreaking album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo. The expanded edition also features the 2017 stereo mix and an instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two complete alternate takes for “Strawberry Fields Forever.”


Shortly after the labels’ April 5 announcement of the Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary editions, fan pre-orders went wild. And for weeks following their May 26 release, all four versions sold phenomenally, with the Super Deluxe Edition (at a super deluxe $149.98 list price) holding the top spot at Amazon.






Source: http://bestclassicbands.com/beatles-christmas-records-box-11-2-17/

August 11, 2017

John Lennon's letter to first wife sells for $30,000 at auction

AN OPEN letter John Lennon wrote to his ex-wife Cynthia slamming her for making details of their marriage breakdown public has been unearthed after 41 years. John Lennon's letter to first wife sells for $30,000 at auction. By GILLIAN CRAWLEY, PUBLISHED: 13:08, Mon, Aug 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24, Mon, Aug 7, 2017



In the original letter, which is titled 'an open letter to Cynthia Twist' and is dated November 15, 1976, the former Beatle said Cynthia had an 'impaired' memory of their marriage.

He claimed their relationship was over long before Yoko Ono arrived on the scene and accused her of double standards for wishing to get away from her past with the Beatle, yet was happy to speak about it to magazines.

Lennon sent the letter to a US weekly magazine for them to publish with the request that it is 'printed without any edits.

I think it only fair to me and your readers to present my side of the story'.

He wrote it in response to an article Cynthia had published in an English women's magazine earlier that year.

She claimed her ex-husband's mounting LSD use and the intrusion of Yoko Ono were to blame for the breakdown of the marriage.

At the time these letters were written, Lennon had reunited with his second wife Ono after an 18 month separation.

In Lennon's rebuttal, he claimed Cynthia came to visit him two years earlier in 1974 to try and persuade him to get back together with her but he declined because he was still in love with Ono.

He refuted her claim that he hired a private detective to spy on her and her future husband Roberto Bassanini who she was married to from 1970 to 1973.

The letter measures 8.5in by 11in and has been signed 'John' with Lennon adding a small sketch of his face.

It is being consigned by a private collector in the US who wishes to remain anonymous and the letter is tipped to sell for £20,000 ($25,000).

It reads in full: “As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono ... and that's reality!

“Your memory is impaired to say the least.

“Your version of our first L.S.D. trip is rather vague, and you seem to have forgotten subsequent trips altogether!

“You also seem to have forgotten that only two years ago, while I was separated from Yoko, you suddenly brought Julian to see me in Los Angeles after three years of silence.

“During this visit, you hardly allowed me to be alone with him for one moment.

“You even asked me to remarry you and/or give you another child, 'for Julian's sake'!

“I politely told you no, and that, anyway, I was still in love with Yoko, (which I thought was very 'down to earth').

“There were no detectives sent to Italy. Our mutual friend Alex Mardas went to Bassanini's Hotel to see how you were, as you said you were too ill to come home...

“Finally, I don't blame you for wanting to get away from your 'Beatle' past.

“But if you are serious about it, you should try to avoid talking to and posing for magazines and newspapers!

“We did have some good years, so dwell on them for a change, and, as Dylan says, it was 'A Simple Twist of Fate!'

“Love & good luck to the three of you, from the three of us.”

Lennon's pun on Cynthia’s surname at the close of the first letter 'A Simple Twist of Fate' possibly inspired Cynthia's decision to call her forthcoming memoirs A Twist of Lennon which were published in 1978.

A spokesman for US based RR Auctions, who are selling the letter, said: “As Lennon's official side of the story, a public he-said, she-said self-defence, these letters represent the unique final chapter in the life of the former Beatle.

“They are of the utmost rarity and importance.” Cynthia met Lennon in a calligraphy class at the Liverpool College of Art and they began dating in 1958.

They married in 1962 and were together for six years but divorced in November 1968.

In 1976, Cynthia married John Twist, an engineer from Lancashire, but divorced him in 1983.

She was married to night club owner Noel Charles from 2002 until his death in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, she died aged 65.

The auction ended on August 9.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/837932/John-Lennon-marriage-Cynthia-letter-Yoko-Ono-the-Beatles#.WYiC-hx7BHs.blogger

May 19, 2017

Updated: 50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band


According to The Sunday Times, a New edition of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is planned for release this year, with the single tracks "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" added.


The newspaper says that "The 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June will be marked with a worldwide re-release — and for fans it will mean at last hearing the album as the band had intended it to sound".


According to the newspaper's sources, the anniversary relaunch on June 1 will reinstate the two tracks, which George Martin agreed to release as a single several months before the album was in the shops. The Sunday Times quotes Paul McCartney:"We were then moving away from screaming girls’ gigs where no one could hear anything in the concert halls any more and were working on Sgt Pepper. John wrote this absolutely amazing song, Strawberry Fields Forever, for the new album and I was frankly a bit jealous, so I went home and wrote Penny Lane. It worked and we wanted them as the main tracks on Sgt Pepper."


The Sunday Times also writes that "Although details of the re-release are being kept secret, it is understood that all parties involved have co-operated fully, including McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison".


Source: Sunday Times


We must add that as far as we're concerned, we believe that a 50th Anniversary re-release of the "Sgt. Pepper" album should do more than just add the Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever single to the album's lineup, and we do think that a far grander scheme is in the works.



Source: https://wogew.blogspot.com/2017/03/revised-sgt-pepper-album.html





Update 04-05-17 from Apple:






London – April 5, 2017 – 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 will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). 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.


“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,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.


“‘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 recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.


For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ which followed 10 months later.


This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases include:


A CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.


Deluxe: Expanded 2CD and digital package 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.”


Deluxe Vinyl: 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.


Super Deluxe: The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:


CD 1: New stereo album mix


CDs 2 & 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 Diamonds” (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)


Discs 5 & 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.


– “A splendid time is guaranteed for all” –


The album’s vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band. The original artwork is showcased across the suite of Anniversary Edition releases, including the album’s pull-out sheet of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cutouts. 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. The Deluxe 2CD digipak is slipcased with a 50-page booklet abridged from the box set’s book, and the 2LP Deluxe Vinyl is presented in a faithful reproduction of the album’s original gatefold jacket.


– “We hope you will enjoy the show” –


Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal’s request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as “Sgt. Pepper.” The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul’s mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Beatles’ creative wellspring for ‘Sgt. Pepper’ also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster (“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!”), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal (“Good Morning Good Morning”), a picture drawn by John’s young son, Julian (“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”), a teen runaway reported in the news (“She’s Leaving Home’), and Hindu teachings (“Within You Without You”).

– “Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song” –

Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve “the impossible,” as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, “We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.

– “I read the news today oh boy” –

Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected ‘Sgt. Pepper’ for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” ‘Sgt. Pepper’ tops Rolling Stone magazine’s definitive list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”


Preorder Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition: http://TheBeatles.lnk.to/SgtPepperAnniversary

Watch a brief trailer video for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition:

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Track List, More Details Emerge on Beatles' 50th Anniversary "Sgt. Pepper"

04-07-17 We now have the full details on the 50th anniversary editions of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.


Considered one of the greatest, if not THE best, album of the rock era, Sgt. Pepper will receive a multi-format release on May 26, five days before the 50th anniversary of the album's release.



Single-CD - A new stereo mix including the U.K. version of the album's "Edit for LP End" run-out groove.
Double-CD - Stereo mix on disc 1 plus an 18 track second disc with alternate takes of all of the songs on the album, two alternate takes of Penny Lane including an instrumental version, and three alternate takes of Strawberry Fields Forever.
Double-Vinyl LP - Same as Double-CD without the Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields takes.
Six-CD
New Stereo Mix
Two-CDs/33 tracks of studio outtakes
One-CD of the album and bonus tracks in mono
Two-Blu-Ray or DVDs with 5.1 mix and high resolution versions of the album plus a previously unreleased documentary and promotional films.


The Super Deluxe version will include a 144-page hardcovered book with introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin. The two-CD version will have a shortened 50-page booklet.


The track lists:


Single-CD (Stereo Mix)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life


Two-CD Set


Disc 1 (Stereo Mix)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life

Disc 2
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)
Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 4)
Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments)
When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 8)
A Day In The Life (Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015)
Penny Lane (Take 6 - Instrumental)
Penny Lane (Stereo Mix - 2017)


2-Vinyl LP Set


LP 1 (Stereo Mix)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life

LP 2
Side A
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1)
Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 4)
Side B
Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments)
When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Take 8)
A Day In The Life (Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord)


Super Deluxe (4CD/DVD/Blu-ray box set)


Disc 1 (Stereo Mix)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life

Disc 2
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 4)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26)
Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015)
When I'm Sixty-Four (Take 2)
Penny Lane (Take 6 – Instrumental)
Penny Lane (Vocal Overdubs And Speech)
Penny Lane (Stereo Mix - 2017)
A Day In The Life (Take 1)
A Day In The Life (Take 2)
A Day In The Life (Orchestra Overdub)
A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) (Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11)
A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 1 – Instrumental)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)
Good Morning Good Morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown)
Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)

Disc 3
Fixing A Hole (Take 1)
Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At End)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 7)
Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 And Speech At The End)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Speech, False Start And Take 5)
Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)
Getting Better (Take 12)
Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments Only)
Within You Without You (George Coaching The Musicians)
She's Leaving Home (Take 1 – Instrumental)
She's Leaving Home (Take 6 – Instrumental)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Speech And Take 8)

Disc 4 (Mono Mix)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing A Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life
Strawberry Fields Forever (Original Mono Mix)
Penny Lane (Original Mono Mix)
A Day In The Life (Unreleased First Mono Mix)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Unreleased Mono Mix - No. 11)
She's Leaving Home (Unreleased First Mono Mix)
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 (4K restored)
Strawberry Fields Forever (4K restored)
Penny Lane (4K restored)

Source: http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2017/04/track-list-more-details-emerge-on.html





Review: Sgt Pepper Super DeLuxe

The Super DeLuxe edition

SGT PEPPER SUPER DELUXE SET - Some random musings, by Anna Crusis


DISC 1 - The new stereo remix of the full album.

(See further down)

DISC 2


01. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)

This is the same version that has been heard on bootleg for several decades now. When included on Anthology the beautiful backing vocals were omitted but here they are present (and in stereo). Like all the tracks on the two sessions discs, this recording is presented completely "dry" and without any added reverb or echo. Sounds better than the boot version although the mellotron ramblings at the start are absent.


02. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 4)

Another track that was booted many years ago, sounding very similar here but in higher quality.

03. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)

A mono mix of this was used on Anthology but here it is in stereo. Great track.


04. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26)

The complete fast version with score. Oddly John didn't bother to sing the first verse on either of his vocal overdubs, and instead la-la's it and doesn't come in till the final line. Since there was an earlier mono mix that featured him singing the verse, the implication is that he'd decided to use the start of take 7 already and therefore didn't bother singing the opening verse on this version. We'll never know for sure.



05. Strawberry Fields Forever (Stereo Mix - 2015)

Just like the label says. Doesn't really fit in here and should have been on disc 1.



06. When I'm Sixty Four (Take 2)

Take announcement, then a few seconds of preliminaries and into the take that ended up on the album. Here there are no lavish overdubs though, just bass, drums, guitar, Paul's vocal and a piano overdub. Paul does some extra jazz scat vocals that were mixed out later. The piano is more prominent too. Nice.



07. Penny Lane (Take 6 - Instrumental)

A very basic instrumental version. The foundation seems to be Paul on piano, which is really nice to hear so clearly. On the other channel are a myriad of sounds from organ to cymbals and tambourine, some of which work and some of which don't! All of these sounds can be heard on the Anthology version but here they are much clearer.



08. Penny Lane (Vocal Overdubs And Speech)

A very interesting track: Paul and George adding experimental background vocals to the song. You just hear their isolated voices and the backing track faintly through their headphones. Firstly they add what was obviously a carefully worked out Beach Boys-style part and handclaps to the section where the trumpet solo would end up. It sounds very similar to the cor anglais overdub heard on Anthology. This is obviously a rough take though, so they can be heard talking afterwards as the song goes on and Paul suggests various ideas as they proceed. Then there is some mention of backwards trumpet, and then some actual backwards trumpet (not sure if this is kosher or has been added by GM). A really interesting track this one.



09. Penny Lane (Stereo Mix 2017)

They've apparently found some new elements for this song and so have done a new stereo mix to supersede the one on 1. Should have been on disc 1 though.



10. A Day In The Life (Take 1)

Wow, we've struck gold here. The spoken intro was heard on Anthology and the first part of the take in the "Making Of Pepper" tv special, but this is the first time we've heard the full take. John's vocal is ethereal and beautiful, and Paul turns in some budding avante garde piano. No drums, just John's vocal and guitar, someone (probably George) on maraccas, Mal counting and Paul's piano. This is my favourite track on the set.



11. A Day In The Life (Take 2)

Continues on in the same vein. This take was included on Anthology, but in mono. Here it is stereo and is not intercut with other versions except at the end where there is a cut to the "OOOMMMMM" they recorded later, but the take itself is not abbreviated so no real harm done.



12. A Day In The Life (Orchestra Overdub)

An isolation of the second orchestral build up. It starts a bit beforehand and there is so much studio noise, even the sound of people talking. Sinister and disturbing.



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

"This is take 8, the choir for the end" says Geoff Emerick. "Choir?" responds a bemused John. There's then some talking, a girl says "you lead in" and then follows a pretty lame attempt at the "Ommmm". Much laughing. The girl vocalist seems to be Cynthia Lennon. "Stop freakin' out, missus" says John. There is another unidentified (male) voice too. A few more attempts and then the final one which has been multitracked to make it more effective but, honestly, still sounds pretty silly.


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

"You got yer loud pedal down Mal?" asks Paul. "Which one's that?" responds Mal. Paul puts him right and then follows several attempts at the final chord, with George Martin giving some pointers. Ringo and John can also be heard.



15. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 1 - Instrumental)

A garage band version of the rhythm track, with punky out-of-tune guitars. No bass, just drums so it's hard to know who is on the guitars but one is so rough and ready it has to be John.



16. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)

Identical to the version floating around on acetate for years but in stereo and with extra vocals and chat at the end. Paul sings "I feel it, I feel it! Gotta be free now..." and opines "I think it'll probably be another day singing it." George suggests Paul insert some vocals where he runs out of breath, so maybe the vocal track contains punch-ins.


17. Good Morning Good Morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown)

"This is called Good Morning Good Morning I believe, I'm not sure about that" intones Geoff Emerick. John seems to recite the wedding vow. Paul counts in, which is a bit odd since he doesn't seem to be actually doing anything. John sings and plays guitar while Ringo drums, but the Dingle boy blows it about halfway through due to the complexity of the arrangement.



18. Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8)

The version that wound up on the lp but in a basic form. Unlike the Anthology version John's voice is completely dry here. Paul is on bass now.

DISC 3

01. Fixing A Hole (Take 1)

The take which ended up on the album. This seems to be entirely live with harpsichord, bass, drums and Paul's vocal. It keeps going towards the end so there are some new vocal bits not heard before. Some very faint guitar.


02. Fixing A Hole (Speech And Take 3)

Another live take with some chat at the start. John: "Paul, did you make it with [drums?] on? I thought I was going to do the whole thing you see." Paul: "try and make it the whole way through." John is presumably on bass since it is very poorly played. There's some nice improvised vocals towards the end once more.


03. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite (Speech From Before Take 1, Take 4 And Speech At End)

George Martin in American accent: "Okay man, let's go the light's on." A full live take which ends with John counting out the beat in the final bar. GM tells John just to mouth it or it'll come out on the bass track. John - dubious - replies, "Well, we'll have the Massed Alberts on by then won't we?" He then jokes, "This time you'll get it in the middle of the song."


04. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite (Take 7)

Another live take as they try and get the performance tighter.


05. Lovely Rita (Speech And Take 9)

The take that ended up on the album, but with less overdubs and some extra vocals from Paul at the start. I say "vocals" but it's actually him reciting something in Latin. John is on acoustic guitar: "I did a freakout one then - one of them where you don't know what you're doing." He complains about his guitar cutting in and out of the mix on the previous take. The lack of overdubs allows one to hear Paul's improvisations at the end more clearly... strange.


06. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 And Speech At The End)

Starts with a groovy little organ riff that reminded me of Johnny And The Hurricanes at the Star Club. George says something about his part and George Martin tells him it will only be in the headphones and not be recorded to tape. George: "Oh well." John in scouse accent: "It's direct injection." George Martin is on piano, John on acoustic guitar, Ringo on drums and Paul on organ. Then follows a live take with a (very) rough guide vocal.


07. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Speech, False Start And Take 5)

Paul: "Right, now: concentrate, swing it!" He then gives John some vocal coaching and there follows another live take more or less the same as the previous one.


08. Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End)

A really heavy early take. No vocals, just drums, electric piano (Paul), fuzz guitar doubling as a bass and another lighter guitar. Almost unrecognisable (but good!)

09. Getting Better (Take 12)

The take from the album but without any vocals. Instead there is a very loud tamboura drone.

10. Within You Without You (Take 1 - Indian Instruments Only)

Just like the label says. Not very interesting for me.

11. Within You Without You (George Coaching The Musicians)

This is much more interesting. George uses a kind of Indian solfege to coach one of the musicians. I hadn't actually realised George had learnt to do this and he is quite good at it. Very different from the way he coached his fellow Beatles with "Da-da-da, la-la"!

12. She's Leaving Home (Take 1 - Instrumental)

George Martin conducting the score. Nice enough, and there is an extra little cello phrase at the end of the "She's leaving home after living alone for so many years" parts.

13. She's Leaving Home (Take 6 - Instrumental)

George Martin: "Is the tempo all right Paul?" Paul grunts.

14. With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False Start And Take 2)

No vocals, but lots of other stuff: drums, guitar, organ, cowbell, maracca, tambourine and really great piano from Paul. Paul had developed a terrific style of his own by this point.

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

A different take from Anthology, but similar in content. Paul thinks his guide vocal may be confusing Ringo and is tripping out on the shapes on the walls of Studio 1. They sound like they are having fun.

DISC 4

(The first 15 tracks are the original mono mixes and not discussed here)

16. A Day In The Life (Unreleased First Mono Mix)

The same as the acetate version that has been kicking around since the year dot, but now with a slate at the start.

17. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Unreleased Mono Mix - No. 11)

Similar to the released mono mix but even more phasey.

18. She's Leaving Home (Unreleased First Mono Mix)

Some horrible flanging on the poor harp at the start. Otherwise similar to the released mono mix but with the extra cello phrases retained at the ends of the choruses (edited out for the lp).

19. Penny Lane (Capitol Records U.S. Promo Single - Mono Mix)

Crikey, this sounds like it was trod around the floor of the studio before being transferred. Surely there is a better copy somewhere.

DISC 1

The much-vaunted 2017 remix. I won't go into every track (hey, I've gotta leave some stuff for other people to cover!) but generally the stereo placement is much better. There's no lead vocals coming awkwardly out of the speaker on the other side of the room. Now vocal harmonies are often spread out in stereo, which is nice. Instruments are often placed more subtly in the picture rather than being panned hard left or right.

Okay, so in terms of actual mixing that's a tick. Now the crosses. My big beef is with the dynamic range. I mean, there isn't any. None. Everything is just constantly loud and it became fatiguing for me after about 15 minutes. I don't want to sound negative but I wish they'd concentrated on making the stereo image better and not tried to make everything sound loud. She's Leaving Home is not meant to be a loud song. There also seems to be quite a lot of reverb sometimes. So as usual it's swings and roundabouts - plenty of good stuff, but some regrettable apects too.

As for the 5.1 mix I don't have a surround system so I can't comment on the effect. But the centre channel generally has the vocals in mono, with the vocals in wide stereo on the front left-right channels. The rear channels are kind of similar to the front channels and don't seem to have too much discrete material. But, like I said, I can't listen to it the way it was meant to be so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

My verdict: buy it! It's not as exciting as Anthology back in the day but still a fascinating listen.

Source: https://wogew.blogspot.com/2017/05/review-sgt-pepper-super-deluxe.html






The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper at 50 : The New Surround Sound Mix


There is much to discuss regarding this new ultra deluxe boxed set celebrating The Beatles' landmark 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.



For the skeptics, please note that the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition is not a tossed-off simple repackage cash-in. The intent behind this project was to do something different celebrating the album's 50th Anniversary, shedding new light on a beloved recording and giving the fans something special. While most people have heard and owned the Stereo version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band over the years, the reality is that The Beatles themselves were not involved with the making of that version of the album; they put all their energy into the Mono mix which, in 1967, was the dominant audio format, Stereo still being something of a niche commercial market at that point, less than 10 years old...


All the commercial radio stations at that point were still broadcasting in Mono. Most people had Mono transistor radios and maybe some sort of automatic record player with a built-in speaker and amp, if you were lucky. Boomboxes weren't even a thing then. There were no Walkmen. There were no iPods. There were no iPhones.

Mono was the thing...

Accordingly, Producer Giles Martin has thus set out to create a new perspective Stereo mix that honors the intent of The Beatles' original Mono creation, emulating the feel and overall vibe they'd worked so hard on, yet delivering a higher fidelity soundstage which a modern two speaker mix can enable.

These new Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition mixes are downright revelatory.

For the first time these mixes have been made from the original multi-track recording elements, virtually eliminating the sonic degradation which occurred when "bumping" tracks down in the analog realm. Remember, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band was effectively recorded on a four-track tape machine, so producer George Martin had to innovate to capture all those sounds which The Beatles wanted to convey in this album. He and his team invented a new sync method to link multiple tape machines together while recording -- expanding their number of available tracks at a given time -- yet inevitably still had to create "sub mixes" or "reduction mixes" along the way to free up space on a tape (i.e.. mixing four tracks on one machine down to one on another tape deck, freeing space for more recording elements).



By going back to the original pre-mixed multi-track source material tapes -- which thankfully still exist in the EMI archives -- and bringing them into a modern digital audio workstation type recording program (probably ProTools, the industry standard), Giles Martin has been able to present us with a new mix that literally removes layers of murk which had blanked the original music, be it Mono or Stereo versions. I have to admit, I was initially surprised at how bright the new recording sounded, but as I've given it repeat listens I realize that phenomenon was more about my ear getting acclimated to the increased detailing and lack of distortion, hiss and other sonic anomalies present in all prior versions than any problem with the recording.


For an added bonus, while Giles Martin was working on this Stereo re-invention, he took things a step further and created a quite lovely and complementary 5.1 surround sound mix. These recordings are included on the Blu-ray Disc within the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition in high resolution 96 kHz, 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHd. You also get a high resolution PCM Stereo version (which we'll discuss in Part Two of this series). For those who have yet to get a Blu-ray player, the set includes a DVD containing the same material only in standard resolution DTS and Dolby 5.1 formats as well as PCM Stereo.



Both discs contain not only the full album as well as the single sides of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" (songs which were recorded at the same time as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band and not included on the original album due to the convention back in the day in England of not duplicating single releases on the LP) You also get restored great looking and sounding promotional videos for both of those songs plus "A Day In The Life," all of which also have new 5.1 surround and stereo mixes.

And those are just two of the discs in the set! You'll also get four CDs chockfull of outtakes, alternate mixes, the original Mono mix and the new Stereo mix. You also get a 100-plus page hardcover album-sized book with loads of information and incredible period photos. This set is a Beatle-fan's dream, folks. I'll go into more detail on the other CDs and bonus goodies in Part Three of this review.

But, for now, lets dive into the new 5.1 Surround Sound remix...

Giles Martin has achieved a sweet and happy balance here, creating an immersive listening experience while maintaining a somewhat traditional Stereo sound stage that honors the richness of the Mono mix. So fear not Dear Readers-who-are-haters-of-overly-immersive-surround-sound-mixes: the new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band feels like a playful old friend who will sometimes sneak up to surprise you when least expected, delivering a tasteful multi-channel listening experience without being heavy-handed. This new 5.1 mix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band complements and respects the music and does not draw your attention away from the underlying recording -- an important distinction.


For example, at the Chorus ends during "Strawberry Fields Forever" you'll hear that sort of Sitar-Harp sound skip gingerly around the room leading into the next Verse. Likewise, on "A Day In the Life" the mix is gently immersive, blooming only as necessary, especially on the massive final chord; as much as I might like to hear a madly-wild tripped-out aggressive surround sound mix on this song, Giles Martin's decision to keep things grounded is wise because the song is already madly-wild and tripped-out enough!



Vocals are now much clearer, enabling you to make out every syllable. You can more easily detect individual Beatle voices even amidst densely layered harmonies. On "Fixing a Hole" those lush voicings are much more up front, almost like the way George Martin mixed The Beatles' backup vocals for the Abbey Road album (think "Because" and "Sun King") two years later. It is really beautiful to hear these richly detailed parts.




The strings on "She's Leaving Home" are remarkable, offering up detail -- such as low cellos on the chorus -- which I'd never fully noticed before. Remember that in addition to the recordings being bounced down multiple generations (losing fidelity along the way) there was always some level of compression applied to the vinyl records to accommodate the limitations of the average record player back in the day -- if a record was cut too hot, the discs would make the "needle" skip (if you will) because some lower cost players simply could not track that sort of wide range musical information. That said, with this newly very Hi Fi presentation, this song feels almost like this could be a modern recording by The Kronos Quartet. Its really haunting to feel the Harp behind you as Lennon's aching voice floats away with a somber "Bye-bye..."



The cut-up-spliced-tape Calliope carnival parts on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. kite!" trip gleefully around the room; hey, it was 1967 after all! The rich combination of Indian and traditional orchestral instrumentation on "Within You,Without You" -- Violins, Cellos, Sitar, Dilruba -- makes for a lovely surround showcase as those final rushes of Harp-like sounds gently hug you. The back up harmonies on "When I'm 64" really pop! And now you can feel the earthy woodiness of the acoustic guitar opening strums to "Lovely Rita" -- and throughout -- delivering a wonderful rhythmic twang.



Ringo's drumming on "Good Morning, Good Morning" is absolutely fierce throughout while the raw urgency in Lennon's vocal sounds borderline punk emanating from the center channel. Spoiler alert: listen closely for the animal noises at the end of which culminate in the back left rear speaker; those final clucks behind you give way to that all important electric guitar pull-off riff which leads us back into the Reprise -- diagonally across the room in the front right channel! This new surround sound mix makes me realize what a quite brilliant production choice it was for The Beatles to begin wrapping up the album with this song as it leads into the"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (Reprise)" and into "A Day in the Life."



There are three videos on the Blu-ray Disc and, curiously, those mixes seem to be a little different than the audio-only surround sound versions (so be sure to compare and contrast when you get the set to decide for yourself). Also interestingly, the surround sound audio for these videos is quite different than the previously released surround mixes on The Beatles #1 collection of just a few years back and on The Beatles Anthology DVDs from 2003 (which contained as far as I know the first attempts at mixing Beatle music into surround sound). So, for example, the bass on the videos for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" seems more prominent -- perhaps too much so -- on the The Beatles #1 version than on the new Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition. And while on "A Day In The Life" the sound on The Beatles #1 version is much bigger than on The Beatles' Anthology DVD set (the Anthology version of this song also has some different video edits happening in it, so hold on your copy for now!), the new Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Super Deluxe Edition version differs significantly as well. Most notably, on the big build up orchestral section, Mal Evans' time-countdown is is much more audible on the The Beatles #1 version. All that said, the newer mix is indeed more true to the original recordings, bringing us full circle back to the original purpose of this set.


Gosh.... With all these new mixes to consider, you really get a sense of just how well Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band was recorded. It reminds us that The Beatles were recording in one of the best studios in the world -- EMI's Abbey Road -- with one of the best producing, mixing and engineering teams in the world at the time (George Martin, Geoff Emerick) with the best equipment available.


The result, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, remains, a world class artistic statement and this new deluxe edition gives us a fine alternative perspective to study for the ages. It is an amazing new way to hear a favorite album more clearly than ever before.

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