Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017)

By The BeatlesOfficial album• Part of the collection “The Beatles • Post break-up albums

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Release date:
May 26, 2017
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

New Stereo Mix


1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:02 • Studio versionR2017

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Giles Martin:
Producer
Neil Sanders:
French horn
James W Buck:
French horn
Tony Randall:
French horn
John Burden:
French horn
Sam Okell:
Mix engineer
Miles Showell:
Mastering engineer
Sean Magee:
Mastering engineer
Matt Mysko:
Mix assistant
Greg McAllister:
Mix assistant
Matthew Cocker:
Transfer engineer
James Clark:
Audio restoration
Adam Sharp:
Mix coordination

Session Recording:
Feb 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:45 • Studio versionR2017

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Cowbell
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Hammond organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 29, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 30, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 31, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:28 • Studio version


4.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:47 • Studio version


5.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio version


6.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:26 • Studio version


7.

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:39 • Studio version


8.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:08 • Studio version


9.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Studio version


10.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:46 • Studio version


11.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Studio version


12.


13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:31 • Studio version

Disc 2


1.

Sgt. Pepper Sessions


1.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1. Too much criticism to George Martin because on Anthology CDs Vol. 2 he "erased" Paul and George’s backing vocals, when in reality, he gave us the actual TAKE 1 without any overdubs as Mark Lewisohn documented, a version that wasn’t bootlegged before that. The very same day of this recording, November 24th, 1966, John recorded a second vocal (double tracked vocal) and Paul and George added backing harmonies, all over that first take and that’s the version that was bootlegged before and it’s the same version appearing now. Now, on this Deluxe edition: Giles edited out some mellotron warm up sounds after the "Take One" announcement, missing 22 seconds that are available on bootleg, and also he faded out 8 seconds of post-take studio sounds.

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


2.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 4. The bootlegs have it complete, while now Giles faded out five seconds of music (the actual end). Everything else is the same, including the slate announcement.

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


3.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 7


4.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 26. The bootleg version is complete with pre-take announcement sounds and no slight fade out at the end, while on this new version we have that. Also Giles try to hide John’s vocal warm ups during the first seconds on the song that can be heard clear and loud on the bootleg and here are almost imperceptible.

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


5.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Stereo Mix – 2015


6.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 2. Starts with a "Take Two" announcement and some warm up but the rest is just the released take (minus overdubs), so this is not actual Take 2 (Takes 1 and 2 were instrumental). This is Take 2 Vocal Overdub (the same as the released version, Giles could have use a different vocal take but he didn’t) recorded two days later.

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


7.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 6 – Instrumental. One of the highlights of this new Deluxe set not available before. Paul starts the count-in and the familiar piano notes, but from the second 41 the song adds a different rhythm buried on the final take (and also buried on the Anthology CD2 version that uses part of this take). This is like hearing a new Penny Lane version with instruments and elements not present on the final or the other known takes.

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


8.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Vocal Overdubs And Speech


9.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Stereo Mix – 2017


10.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1


11.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 2


12.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Orchestra Overdub


13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • (Hummed Last Chord) [Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11]


14.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • The Last Chord


15.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 – Instrumental

Session Recording:
Feb 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


16.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 9 And Speech


17.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 – Instrumental, Breakdown


18.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 8

Disc 3


1.

Sgt. Pepper Sessions


1.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1


2.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Speech and Take 3


3.

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Speech from before Take 1 ; Take 4 and speech at the end


4.

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 7


5.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Speech and take 9


6.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 and speech at the end


7.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Speech, false start and Take 5


8.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 - Instrumental and speech at the end


9.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 12


10.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

Studio version • Take 1 - Indian instruments only


11.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

Studio version • George coaching the musicians


12.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 - Instrumental


13.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 6 - Instrumental


14.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Take 1 - False start and Take 2 - Instrumental


15.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Studio version • Speech and Take 8

Disc 4


1.

Mono album (1967 mix)


1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:03 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Sanders:
French horn
James W Buck:
French horn
Tony Randall:
French horn
John Burden:
French horn

Session Recording:
Feb 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:45 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Cowbell
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Hammond organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 29, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 30, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 31, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:28 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lowrey organ
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Tambura
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Piano, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Congas, Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Tambura
George Martin:
Pianette, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Malcolm Addey:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 09, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 10, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 23, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead and backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Harpsichord, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Adrian Ibbetson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 09, 1967
Studio:
Regent Sound Studio, London

Session Recording:
Feb 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Stephen Shingles:
Viola
John Underwood:
Viola
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Derek Jacobs:
Violin
Trevor Williams:
Violin
José Luis Garcia:
Violin
Dennis Vigay:
Cello
Alan Dalziel:
Cello
Gordon Pearce:
Double bass
Sheila Bromberg:
Harp

Session Recording:
Mar 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


7.

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Harmonica, Shaker bells
John Lennon:
Lowrey organ, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmonica
George Martin:
Hammond organ, Harmonium, Piano, Producer, Tape loops
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Tape loops
Mal Evans:
Bass harmonica
Neil Aspinall:
Harmonica

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
28, 29, 31 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 31, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:08 • Studio versionA

George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Sitar, Tambura, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jack Rothstein:
Violin
Neil Aspinall:
Tambura
Ralph Elman:
Violin
Jack Greene:
Violin
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Alan Loveday:
Violin
Julien Gaillard:
Violin
Paul Scherman:
Violin
David Wolfsthal:
Violin
Reginald Kilbey:
Cello
Allen Ford:
Cello
Peter Beavan:
Cello

Session Recording:
Mar 15, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 22, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 04, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


9.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Robert Burns:
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie:
Clarinet
Frank Reidy:
Clarinet

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


10.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Comb and paper, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Comb and paper, Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals, Comb and paper
George Harrison:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals, Comb and paper
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


11.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Barrie Cameron:
Saxophone
David Glyde:
Saxophone
Alan Holmes:
Saxophone
John Lee:
Trombone

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
13, 28, 29 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Bongos, Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison:
Maracas
George Martin:
Harmonium, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jack Brymer:
Clarinet
Mal Evans:
Alarm clock, Piano, Vocals
Sidney Sax:
Violin
Francisco Gabarro:
Cello
Jurgen Hess:
Violin
John Underwood:
Viola
Alan Civil:
French horn
David Mason:
Trumpet
Neil Sanders:
French horn
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Granville Jones:
Violin
Bill Monro:
Violin
Hans Geiger:
Violin
D Bradley:
Violin
Lionel Bentley:
Violin
David McCallum:
Violin
Donald Weekes:
Violin
Henry Datyner:
Violin
Ernest Scott:
Violin
Gwynne Edwards:
Viola
Bernard Davis:
Viola
John Meek:
Viola
Dennis Vigay:
Cello
Alan Dalziel:
Cello
Alex Nifosi:
Cello
Cyril MacArthur:
Double bass
Gordon Pearce:
Double bass
John Marston:
Harp
Basil Tschaikov:
Clarinet
Roger Lord:
Oboe
N Fawcett:
Bassoon
Alfred Waters:
Bassoon
Clifford Seville:
Flute
David Sanderman:
Flute
Monty Montgomery:
Trumpet
Harold Jackson:
Trumpet
Raymond Brown:
Trombone
Raymond Premru:
Trombone
T Moore:
Trombone
Michael Barnes:
Tubas
Tristan Fry:
Percussion, Timpani
Marijke Koger:
Tambourine

Session Recording:
Jan 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jan 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
3,10,22 Feb 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Bonus tracks


1.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:09 • Studio versionA • Original mono mix

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Bongos, Electric guitar, Mellotron, Timpani
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Bongos, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison:
Electric guitar, Maracas, Svarmandal, Timpani
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Mal Evans:
Tambourine
Derek Simpson:
Cello
Norman Jones:
Cello
Neil Aspinall:
Guiro
Terry Doran:
Maracas
Tony Fisher:
Trumpet
Greg Bowen:
Trumpet
Derek Watkins:
Trumpet
Stanley Roderick:
Trumpet
John Hall:
Cello

Session Recording:
Nov 29, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Dec 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
29 Nov 1966 and 8, 9, 15, 21 Dec 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:02 • Studio versionB • Original mono mix

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonium, Percussion, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handbell
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Congas, Guitar, Handclaps, Piano
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
David Mason:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Ray Swinfield:
Flutes, Piccolos
P Goody:
Flutes, Piccolos
Manny Winters:
Flutes, Piccolos
Dennis Walton:
Flutes, Piccolos
Leon Calvert:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Freddy Clayton:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Bert Courtley:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Duncan Campbell:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Dick Morgan:
Cor anglais, Oboes
Mike Winfield:
Cor anglais, Oboes
Frank Clarke:
Double bass

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
30 Dec 1966 and 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 Jan 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 25, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


3.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:43 • Studio versionF • First mono mix. "This is RM1 of Four Track Take..ahh.. Six" announcement  from Geoff Emerick is new.  But on bootleg we have a different announcement circulating: "Four track remix, this is Take six" and was placed together with the RM1 acetate version, so maybe that announcement on bootlegs comes from the tape reduction made to create Take 6 but not the Mono mixing?. The rest of the song is the same version on bootleg circulating from many years where Paul makes the "Oh S**t!" mistake, but here is in perfect quality.

Session Mixing:
Jan 30, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


4.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:50 • Studio versionE • Original mono mix - No.11. From "The Daily Beatles": New- "RM 11" announcement from Emerick, it has also some pre-take sounds. The ‘lost’ version for many years.

Session Mixing:
Mar 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


5.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:43 • Studio versionC • First mono mix. From "The Daily Beatle": New- "RM1" announcement from Emerick, Paul and John can be heard at the beginning ready to sing and then Paul’s count in. The harp at the intro has the ADT effect not featured on the final version and also the extra cello part is present here.

Session Mixing:
Mar 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Details & description coming from The Daily Beatles


6.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:02 • Studio versionA • Capitol Records mono US Promo mix

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmonium, Percussion, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handbell
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Congas, Guitar, Handclaps, Piano
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
David Mason:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Ray Swinfield:
Flutes, Piccolos
P Goody:
Flutes, Piccolos
Manny Winters:
Flutes, Piccolos
Dennis Walton:
Flutes, Piccolos
Leon Calvert:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Freddy Clayton:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Bert Courtley:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Duncan Campbell:
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Dick Morgan:
Cor anglais, Oboes
Mike Winfield:
Cor anglais, Oboes
Frank Clarke:
Double bass

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
30 Dec 1966 and 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 Jan 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jan 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From the press release:

THE BEATLES CELEBRATE ‘SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND’
WITH SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITION RELEASES

‘Sgt. Pepper’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging

Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, ‘The Making of Sgt. Pepper,’ Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set

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.”

 

From billboard, May 18, 2017:

[Giles] Martin says their work was built around the original mono mix of the album, which his father, the late Sir George Martin, produced. “The [monaural mix] is the one the band was present at, so we tried to adhere what they were trying with mono, the tape speeds and with effects, the ADT [artificial double tracking] on drums. ‘She’s Leaving Home’ is a good example of that. And then, things like fades, like ‘Good Morning’ with the animals being more present on the mono and the laughter at the end of ‘Within You Without You.’ There are things that Beatles fans cry out for that they experience in the mono.

“And on top of that, by using the techniques we used, by using the other generations of tapes, we get a chance to mix from tapes that haven’t been mixed from. And the intention was, I suppose, to make the mono into a stereo as far as the band’s ethic and what they want to achieve from their mixes goes. And also to bring Sgt. Pepper to a new generation.”

Martin says there were things he noticed between the stereo and mono mixes. “A good example of the stereo would be my intention to put the bass in the center as much as we could. And then ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,’ which you could have put the bass in the center if you have that, we had enough tracks to do it. I found that there was a loneliness to Ringo [Starr]’s voice when the bassist on the right panned right that I was missing when I put it in the center. And Sam actually put it on the right and I went, ‘Why didn’t you put it in the center?’ And he goes, ‘I’m not sure about it.’ And then I did it and it was like Ringo’s voice didn’t sound as good. So that would be a stereo thing, because the mono has no panning.” […]

Last updated on May 31st, 2017

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Cece Blakemore

May 26, 2017 / 2am

Mr. McCartney, Mr. Star, Mr. Martin & Mr. Okell please do the same for the White Album! Sergeant Pepper's and The White Album would be a dream come true! Thanks for listening. :)


The PaulMcCartney Project

May 29, 2017 / 5am

Thanks for the msg ! Your wish may become true according to Giles Martin !

“The White Album, which is the next release – that is where they started becoming indulgent,” Giles told the BBC in a new interview. “There are 70 takes of ‘Sexy Sadie,’ for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There’s a lot of stuff. So, it’s getting the balance right.”

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