Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

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Release date:
Sep 09, 2009
Publisher:
Apple, EMI

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:03 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Neil Sanders :
French horn
James W Buck :
French horn
Tony Randall :
French horn
John Burden :
French horn
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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

2:44 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Malcolm Addey :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Adrian Ibbetson :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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

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

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:35 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording 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
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


7.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer, Tape loops
Mal Evans :
Bass harmonica
Neil Aspinall :
Harmonica
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:05 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Sitar, Tambura, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording 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
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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

2:38 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


10.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:42 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


11.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:41 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Barrie Cameron :
Saxophone
David Glyde :
Saxophone
Alan Holmes :
Saxophone
John Lee :
Trombone
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

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

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:19 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

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 :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:37 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Bongos, Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic guitar, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison :
Maracas
George Martin :
Harmonium, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording 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
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

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 23, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From the liner notes:

Historical Notes

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles’ eighth album in just over four years. The frequency of their releases seems startling now but as the ten months between Revolver and this LP passed by, there was much speculation about the perceived long delay. In fact, the group had abandoned concerts and were dedicating themselves solely to songwriting and prolongs work in the studio. Released on 1st June, 1967, the immediate artistic and commercial success of Sgt. Pepper vindicated this new approach adopted by The Beatles. It was the LP that provided the ubiquitous soundtrack to ‘the summer of love’ but its appeal is timeless.

The previous summer The Beatles had raced to finish recording Revolver – completing the last song just three days before the start of the tour that visited West Germany, Japan and the Philippines. Some tense encounters in Asia – and also on summer tour of the USA and Canada – rocked their already shaky commitment to touring. Besides, their concerts were musically out of sync with their recent innovative records – not one song from the current LP Revolver was played onstage during the North American tour.

The frustration of repeating their old repertoire to screaming fans, who could not hear them anyway, when added to the other pressures on the road in the summer of 1966, led the group to decide that the concert on 29th August at Candlestick Park, San Francisco would be their last. They now became a studio group with no concern about how to replicate their records in concert. In their first session for five months, The Beatles began recording ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Its evolution showed the musical imagination and technical experimentation of the previous album would be continued. Things were not always complex, of course, because the other new recording at this time was the much more straightforward ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. In the last days of the year, work began on ‘Penny Lane’. To stop the long wait since August for new material, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ were released in February, 1967 on a double A-sided single.

In the UK, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band became the fourth Beatles album from which no singles were taken during the 1960s. remarkably, this was also the case in the USA where – also for the first time – the LP’s track listing was exactly the same as in the UK. The only American alteration was the removal of the high pitch tone and garbled speech embedded in the run-out groove. An initial run of 148 weeks in the British album chart included a total of 27 weeks at number one between June, 1967 and February, 1968 (it was interrupted occasionally by The Sound Of Music soundtrack album and Val Doonican Rocks But Gently). In the USA it remained at number one for fifteen of its initial run of 88 weeks in the Top 200.

Even before Sgt. Pepper was released, The Beatles had started work on the title track of their next project, the TV film Magical Mystery Tour.

Recording Notes

Produced by George Martin

Orchestrations by George Martin

Principal Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The Beatles’ recording grew more adventurous and innovative with every album release. Built on the experience and knowledge gained while making the ground-breaking Revolver, the inspirational work by The Beatles and George Martin on the next album showed the world what could be achieved in a recording studio.

More often than not, the imaginative arrangements required more tracks than were available on one four-track tape. The solution was to create extra tracks by copying the first four tracks to a second blank tape and simultaneously combining some of them to leave free as many tracks as were needed for additional overdubs. The need for more tracks reached a peak on Sgt. Pepper with ‘Getting Better’ requiring ‘bouncing down’ no less than three times.

The Beatles began work on ‘Getting Better’ on 9th March, 1967. First, the rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and ‘Pianet’ electric piano was recorded on all four tracks. These were mixed together onto one track of a new tape, which left three tracks available for overdubs. Additional drums and bass were recorded on track two and double-tracked on track three; the final free track was used for a tamboura drone and piano. When copying to a third tape, the two bass and drum tracks were combined to one track and the tamboura and piano track was mixed in with the rhythm section. This left two tracks to record a double-tracked lead vocal, harmonies and handclaps. This third tape was then copied to a fourth tape to allow the two vocal tracks to be combined into one, creating a track for a guitar overdub. At the end of this protracted process, ten unique tracks had been used to complete the song.

Revolver had seen the introduction of Artificial/Automatic Double Tracking and this was also used throughout Sgt. Pepper. The sessions for the album also marked the first use of DI (Direct Injection) boxes. For example, on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Paul’s bass guitar was connected directly to the mixing desk rather than being recorded by a microphone in front of a speaker cabinet. There was also the speeding up and slowing down of tapes during recording and mixing, which altered the tempo and pitch of a voice, instrument or whole song. This is particularly evident in the sound of Paul’s voice on ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’.

The Beatles had worked during the night on several occasions when making Revolver but nocturnal recordings became the norm for Sgt. Pepper. No session ever began before 7:00pm and could sometimes finish as late – or early – as 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning. Their experimental and painstaking approach meant that it took nearly 400 hours to complete the LP – an astonishing amount of work for an album at that time.

This remastered album has been created from the original stereo analogue master tapes.

Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke.

Project Co-ordinator: Allan Rouse

Thanks to Simon Gibson

Historical Notes: Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley

Recording Notes: Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett

Project Management for EMI Records Ltd: Wendy Day and Guy Hayden

All songs published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC.

Digital Remaster © 2009 The copyright in the sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. © 2009 EMI Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.

Artwork © 2009 Apple Corps Ltd. All photographs © Apple Corps Ltd.

All photographs taken at Chelsea Manor Studios, London, March, 1967, except where otherwise stated.

Album Redesign: Drew Lorimer

Photo Retouching: Gavin O’Neill

Photo editing and research: Aaron Bremner and Dorcas Lynn

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