All Analogue Mono British Beatles Vinyl LP’s Coming Sept. 9– CONFIRMED

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I know it seems like this is a Beatles site, it’s not…far from it, it just happens by chance that there is some great Beatles news lately. So it is now confirmed that an all analog mastering chain Vinyl Beatles Box Set (14 Vinyls w/ laminated flipback covers) will be released on September 9th, 2014. They will be pressed at Optimal in Germany. Yes I said it, ALL ANALOG! Yes!!! Here’s all the news and the links to sources.

Looks like mono British Beatles vinyl LPs coming Sept. 9, early listings show

http://www.examiner.com/article/looks-like-mono-british-beatles-vinyl-lps-coming-sept-9-early-listings-show

 

THE BEATLES GET BACK TO MONO

 

 http://www.thebeatles.com/news/beatles-get-back-mono

 

 

 

 

The Beatles – Mono Masters (Mono 180 Gram Vinyl x 3)

http://www.thebeatlesonline.co.uk/thebeatles/Mono-Vinyl/Mono-Masters-Mono-180-Gram-Vinyl-x-3/3DGA041A000

 

 

The Beatles Get Back To Mono and AAA Vinyl ~ By Michael Fremer

http://www.analogplanet.com/content/beatles-get-back-mono-and-aaa-vinyl

 

 

“These mono LP’s are all analog cut from the original analog masters and pressed in Germany for worldwide release. This is from the Elusive Disc listing.”

http://www.elusivedisc.com/The-Beatles-in-Mono-Vinyl-Box-180g-14LP-Set/productinfo/CAPLP63379/&utm_source=email&utm_medium=special

 

So there you have it…thanks for reading and your massive support.

Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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The Best Of “The Beatles” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special]

 

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The Best Of “The Beatles” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special]

****NOTE ~ None of the 1960’s US Capitol Rainbow Pressings or The 1983 US Capitol Rainbow Re-Issues make the cut. The 1983’s are close but not acceptable.

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The Best Of “The Beatles” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special]

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The Beatles – With The Beatles (1963/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono Pressing)Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

**The Beatles – With The Beatles (1963) (Original UK Mono Pressing) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

3The Beatles – Please Please Me (1963/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – Please Please Me (1963) (Original UK Mono Pressing) FnlMstr Vinyl Rip >  Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)(Original UK Tube Cut) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  4Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1964/1982 Reissue) (Japanese Red Wax Mono Pressing) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1964) (Japanese Toshiba BC-13 Box Set Pressing) [RAW] Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/192kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

1The Beatles – Die Beatles (1964) (Original German Hör zu Pressing)  Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\
Comment From BZ: It is much heralded amongst Beatles [Collectors] people[sic] for being a version of that first LP that has not been subjected to any processing or equalization. In effect, it is advertised as the “truest” and “purest” vinyl represntation of the initial 14 Beatle songs ever offered in long play form. It has been sourced from a beautiful copy of
the original LP. [Ed Note: Different copy…same quality and pressing]
http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=244569

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The Beatles – Beatles For Sale (1964) (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

 

 

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The Beatles – Help! (1965) (Japanese Toshiba BC-13 Box Set Pressing) [RAW] Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/192kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – Help! (1965/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono Pressing) 2012 FnlMstr (NC) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\
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The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965) (Original UK Mono Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965) (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

 

 

 

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The Beatles – Revolver (1966/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

Another Great Source:

**The Beatles – Revolver (1966) (Original UK Mono Pressing) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

 

UPDATE FOR SGT. PEPPER’S MEGA THREAD ~ SAME PRESSING, SAME SOURCE, HIGHER RESOLUTION:

 

http://www.christmachine.com/christmachine/the-beatles-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-the-ultimate-review-my-process-vinyls-vs-digitals-w-mono-and-stereo-love-miley-cyrus-eat-your/

 

http://www.christmachine.com/christmachine/the-beatles-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-the-ultimate-review-my-process-vinyls-vs-digitals-w-mono-and-stereo-love-miley-cyrus-eat-your-lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds-fing-h/
#1ST PLACE : THREEWAY Tie for The Best Of The Best\9

Depending on your preference for either stereo better or mono, these two[Three] (UPDATE NEW RIP) are #1

#2 in Mono Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (UK Mono Original) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\ UK Parlophone Mono PMC 7027 (Original Issue)

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]

UPDATE SAME PRESSING, SAME SOURCE, HIGHER RESOLUTION:
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

#2ND PLACE : THREEWAY Tie for The Best Of The Best10

Depending on your preference for either stereo better or mono, these two[Three] (UPDATE NEW RIP) are #2

#1 in Mono Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967/1982 Reissue) (Japan Red Wax Mono) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

#5 in Stereo Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (1967) (UHQR)  FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Update:
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

 

11

 

 

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967/1971) (Original German Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

 

 

 

12

 

The Beatles – The White Album (1968)(UK White Vinyl Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – The White Album (1968) (UK White Vinyl Pressing) FnlMstr (NC) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

 

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The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969) (Original UK Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

 

 

 

 

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine (1969) (japanese Red Wax Mono) DESS Buster 2010 15Vinyl Rip  > Transferred to 16Bit/44kHz Lossless Flac\ AKA The Beatles – Yellow Submarine (Japanese Red Wax Mono) Vinyl Rip > transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz

Another Great Source:

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine (1969) (2012 EU Remaster) Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/96kHz [Hi-Rez]

Another Great Source/ Honorable Mention:16

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine Songtrack (1999) Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/96kHz [Hi-Rez] Remixed & Re-Mastered & This is the Black Vinyl version not the Yellow Vinyl…Yellow is noisy and this black is quiet. Also this pressing is very “Clinical” Sounding but it may have the best Sounding Sgt. Peppers version anywhere IMO. I noticed there was so much more detail to this track and after a spectral analysis there was a lot more “cool” data to the file and I checked it against every version of Sgt. Peppers I have and I was right. Vinyl purists tend to detest this version because it does not contain the Original
Mixes.\

 

 

17

 

 

The Beatles – Let It Be (1970) (Original UK Pressing) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

18

 

 

 

The Beatles – Hey Jude (1970) (Original UK Pressing) FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

 

 

There are High Hopes That Pono Music Store Versions in the future (I doubt they’ll get anymore than the Digital 24Bits already released and they don’t make it on to this list) or The coming Mono Vinyl Box Set! (Don’t Hold your breath it took a few decades to get the 2009 digital remasters…the Mono’s were the best of the bunch and that is not saying much.) Sozzz 🙁

 

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Next Up  ~ Led Zeppelin Catalog!

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I hope this gives you some reference information. I will be updating it over time as the music continues to evolve. Thank you all for you questions, comments, and words of wisdom.

 

So there you have it…thanks for reading and your massive support.

Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

 

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Playlist #9 Is Up Here, Today’s Favorite Videos #12 – A Little Bit For Everyone…

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Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but daily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” button. Or you can get there using the links below.

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Todays Favorite Videos #12…A little something for everyone…~NSFW~[VideoDirect Links]

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Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

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The Beatles – “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” The Ultimate Review: My Process ~ Vinyls Vs. Digitals W/ Mono And Stereo Love!…Part #2 [2 UPDATES]

Part 2 of 2 / Both In This One Review (Part1 = CD & Digital / Part 2 = Vinyl):

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brian_jonestown_mass_sgt_pepperAgain Sorry about the poor formatting…I learned way to far into this project that for some reason the software does not like when I post large multiples of thumbnails, like I did for the spek shots for each song. I will use galleries in the future. Cheers!

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The Beatles – “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” The Ultimate Review: My Process ~ Vinyls Vs. Digitals W/ Mono And Stereo Love!…Part #2

The following preamble will be present at the beginning of all reviews and is subject to change as things evolve.

Our reviews will not be the normal kind of review that you usually see about an artist release. These will be different as we will be aggregating all sources available …320kbps(Lossy Audio taken from the CD FLAC Rip), CD (EAC Lossless 16Bit/44.1kHzpepper_f header Rip), HD Tracks (Hi-Res Digital Downloads from 24/96 to 24/192), 24/48 ALAC Hi-Res Apple Lossless, Vinyl Rips (Often from different countries & catalogs transferred by different rippers with different set-ups), as well as other high quality sources as the become available such as Pono music. That’s not to say I will not add any subjective commentary(I’ll be open as to what I like and do not) but I will try to remain as objective as possible. As we know music listening is a very subjective, or personal experience, therefore I will try to stick best with theory to give you what I believe is the best format to own of any given release.

 

Part 2 of 2 / Both In This One Review (Part1 = CD & Digital / Part 2 = Vinyl):

Tracklist and Order For Vinyl For The Full Length Of This Post~

A1 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
A2 A Little Help From My Friends
A3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
A4 Getting Better
A5 Fixing A Hole
A6 She’s Leaving Home
A7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
B1 Within You Without You
B2 When I’m Sixty-Four
B3 Lovely Rita
B4 Good Morning, Good Morning
B5 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
B6 A Day In The Life

 

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Sir George Martin

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1 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2 A Little Help From My Friends
3 “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
4 Getting Better
5 Fixing A Hole
6 She’s Leaving Home
7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
8 Within You Without You
9 When I’m Sixty-Four
10 Lovely Rita
11 Good Morning, Good Morning
12 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13 A Day In The Life

**14 If there is a track 14 listed for a specific release it just means the end “Runout Sounds” have been made into a separate track from the end of Track #13.

I’ve decided that the best way to parse out the best vinyl, I will first do a list of all the vinyl worthy of representation. Then proceed to eliminate different but identical pressing vinyl releases according to their rank in quality. Sometimes two copies of the same pressing will make the cut even if they are transferred at different Bit Depths / Sampling Rates because of my desire for that particular setup’s sound signature, with an emphasis on the cartridge or signal chain used. So here is the best of the best lists:

 

Sgt Pepper’s Mono Vinyl:

 

Round 1:
I have weeded out a lot of the other mono vinyl rips because they just did not meet the standards of the releases posted below. As you can see it is pretty much between the best copy of the Japanese Red Wax Mono and The Original UK Mono. The stereo vinyl when we get to it, as you will see, not so simple.

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967/1982 Reissue) [VINYL] (Japanese Red Wax Mono)  Vinyl Rip >Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967) (Japan Red Wax Mono)  UltMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (UK Mono Original) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Red Wax Mono) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [UK mono] 1967 UK Parlophone ( PMC 7027) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967/1982 Reissue) (Japan Red Wax Mono) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

Round 2:

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Red Wax Mono) Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967/1982 Reissue) (Japan Red Wax Mono) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (UK Mono Original) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [UK mono] 1967 UK Parlophone (PMC 7027) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

Round 3:
It’s between these two one in Hi-Res and One in Red Book and they both make the cut to move on to compete against the stereo vinyl versions. Both sound amazing and both have different qualities that make them rise to the top.

 

#1.

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967/1982 Reissue) (Japan Red Wax Mono) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

Official DR value:    DR11

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Club-Band/release/4451664

This release is just amazing, I do believe it comes in second after a excellent condition Original 1967 UK Mono Pressing but this release is highly recommended. Excellent detail…no artificial hard panning like the stereo releases. It has great sound stage and as I’ve said you forget your listening to mono.

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01 - Sgt. PepperLHCB.flac02 - With A Little HFMF.flac03 - Lucy In TSWD.flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac

 

 

 

07 - BeingFBenefitOfMrKite.flac08 - Within YouWithout You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty Four.flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning GM.flac12 - Sgt. PLHCB(reprise).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life.flac

 

 

 

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This Studer J37 four-track machine was used to record Sgt Pepper.

 

 

 

#2

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (UK Mono Original) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\ UK Parlophone Mono PMC 7027 (Original Issue)

Official DR value:    DR11

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Club-Band/release/499497

This release right here is the holy grail of Mono…this is the original, and if you can find a mint pressing this is the mono you want. The Japan Red Wax mono is very close, I just find this pressing to have an amazing warmth to it. Who knows maybe I’m biased as it is the “way it was meant to be heard” but this has just as good sound at 16Bit/44.1kHz as the Hi-Res Japan Mono at 24Bit/96kHz.

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01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends.flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!.flac08 - Within You Without You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty-Four.flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning Good Morning.flac12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life.flacside1x_zpse00ae789side2flat_zps5cd63844

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Abbey Road Studios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sgt Pepper’s Stereo Vinyl:

Round 1:

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (192khz Vinyl Remaster 1st Rip) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (192khz Vinyl Remaster) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT)(2nd rip) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (Original UK Parlophone Stereo Tube Cut LP-1 Matrix) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (BC-13) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT) 2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (UK Stereo Tube Cut) 2009 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (UK Stereo Tube Cut) (Vinyl Rip DESS Buster 2009)  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFQR 1-100) RAWPD 2011 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (MFSL UHQR Reissue) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (MFSL UHQR Audiophile Reissue) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC & 320\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club (1967) (MFSL UHQR)Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]SHD\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFSL 1-100)1999 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (UHQR)  2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (1967) (UHQR)  FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  •     The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (UHQR) FnlMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt Pepper – (1967) (2012 Parlophone EU remaster) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (Capitol Records US 2012) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

Round 2:

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (BC-13) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT) 2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club (1967) (MFSL UHQR)Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]SHD\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFSL 1-100)1999 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (UHQR)  2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (MFSL UHQR Reissue) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (1967) (UHQR)  FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt Pepper – (1967) (2012 Parlophone EU remaster) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (Capitol Records US 2012) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

Round 3:

#1

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]\

Official DR value:    DR12

  • This is the best pressing of all the “stereo cuts” that I have reviewed. It is so detailed, excellent sound, dynamic, breathes, it’s warm and silky smooth!

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01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.m4a02 - With A Little Help From My Friends.m4a03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.m4a

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better.m4a05 - Fixing A Hole.m4a06 - She's Leaving Home.m4a

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite.m4a08 - Within You, Without You.m4a09 - When I'm Sixty-Four.m4a

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita.m4a11 - Good Morning, Good Morning.m4a12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).m4a

 

 

 

13 - Day In The Life, A.m4a

 

 

 

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Abbey Road Studio Two, where nearly every track on Sgt. Pepper was recorded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (BC-13) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT) 2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

Official DR value:    DR11

  • This 1967 pressing – original release is quite good but not as good as the tube cut. It’s a little too warm for my ears and slightly more neutral and flat. Less controlled punch as well but I’m digging here for criticism as it is still an excellent pressing and highly recommended.

pepperbc13_f

 

 

 

 

pepperbc13_bpepperbc13_1pepperbc13_201 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends.flac

03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite.flac08 - Within You, Without You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty-Four.flac10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning, Good Morning.flac12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).flac13 - A Day In The Life.flac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lunch_box_Beatles_Sargent_Peppers

 

 

 

 

#3

  • The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFSL 1-100)1999 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\
  • Disc 8 of 14 disc Mobile Fidelity “Beatles Collection” box set, JVC Japan “SuperVinyl” / MFSL 1-100 ~Half-Speed Mastered by Stan Ricker @ MFSL, Los Angeles

This Pepper’s is extremely bright/ top heavy, sounds clinical, and sterile…I believe that it is still better than the 2009 remaster stereo CD but that’s not saying much. I do not  recommend.

Official DR value:    DR13

C1
L1

 

 

 

 

L2

 

 

 

 

 

C2

 

 

 

 

 

 

C3

 

 

 

 

01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends.flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite.flac08 - Within You Without You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty Four.flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning Good Morning.flac12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life.flaccover

 

 

 

C4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C5

 

 

 

 

#4

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper – (1967) (2012 Parlophone EU remaster) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

This 2012 EU is sourced from the 2009 Digital Remasters and just by being pressed to vinyl…finally a 2009/2012 sourced remaster excels in all areas over the 24Bit/44.1 USB Key and The 2009 Stereo CD which to my ears is a poor CD pressing.

There were a lot of pressing issues for the 2012 US and EU vinyl releases…more for the US and less for the EU. The Pepper’s EU is spectacular if you get a good pressing so listen to it right away to find out. I would recommend this release highly if you get a good pressing.

Official DR value:    DR12

D1

label-a

 

 

label-b

 

 

D2

 

 

D3

 

 

D5

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 01.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 02.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 03.flac

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 04.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 05.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 06.flac

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 07.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 08.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 09.flac

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 10.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 11.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 12.flac

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 13.flacTHE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper - 2012 EU (2496) - Track 14.flac

 

 

 

C7

 

 

 

 

#5

  • The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (1967) (UHQR)  FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\
  • Again this is an excellent pressing, to be specific I would say that it’s not as bright as the regular MFSL but it is on the bright side for my ears but not overbearing. This sounds amazing from the speakers. The brightness for me comes through in headphones. So this has top dynamics and detail. It breathes rather well. Excellent sound stage and stereo image. There’s not much to complain about on this pressing as well. Highly recommended!

Official DR value:    DR12

 

E0

E00

E1

 

 

E2

 

 

E3

 

 

E4

 

01 - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.flac02 - A Little Help From My Friends.flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite.flac08 - Within You Without You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty-Four.flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning, Good Morning.flac12 - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life.flac

 

 

 

E10

 

 

 

E11

 

 

 

E12a

 

 

 

E13a

E14a

 

 

 

E15a
Round 4:

Eliminated From Round #3

  • Release # 3 The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFSL 1-100)1999 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\
  • Official DR value:    DR13
  • Disc 8 of 14 disc Mobile Fidelity “Beatles Collection” box set, JVC Japan “SuperVinyl” / MFSL 1-100 ~Half-Speed Mastered by Stan Ricker @ MFSL, Los Angeles
  • The MFSL was eliminated because it is way to “Bright” for my ears. The sound quality in many areas such as transparency, Dynamics, and detail are OK, it’s just too bright for me. If you subjectively like super bright then you will love this. This is the only pressing of the top 5 stereo’s that did not make  the cut. All four others make it into the category ~ “The Best Of The Best”!

 

Round 5: “The Best of The Best” and total rankings of all the Vinyl as well as all the digitals and CD’s.

 

TOTAL 5+ RANKINGS:

 

#1 : THREEWAYTie for The Best Of The Best\

2 UPDATES FOR SGT. PEPPER’S MEGA THREAD ~ SAME PRESSING, SAME SOURCE, HIGHER RESOLUTION:

#1ST PLACE : THREEWAY Tie for The Best Of The Best\

Depending on your preference for either stereo better or mono, these two[Three] (UPDATE NEW RIP) are #1

#2 in Mono Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (UK Mono Original) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\ UK Parlophone Mono PMC 7027 (Original Issue)

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > transferred to 24Bit/48kHz ALAC .MP4 [Hi-Rez]

UPDATE 1 SAME PRESSING, SAME SOURCE, HIGHER RESOLUTION:
****The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (Original UK Tube Cut Pressing -1 Matrix) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

#2 : THREEWAY Tie for The Best Of The Best\

#2ND PLACE : THREEWAY Tie for The Best Of The Best

Depending on your preference for either stereo better or mono, these two[Three](UPDATE NEW RIP) are #2

#1 in Mono Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper(1967/1982 Reissue) (Japan Red Wax Mono) 2011 UltMstr Vinyl Rip  Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

#5 in Stereo Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. P’s L H C B (1967) (UHQR)  FnlMstr FMV-NC Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]

UPDATE 2 SAME PRESSING, SAME SOURCE, HIGHER RESOLUTION:
****The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967/1982) (Japanese Red Wax Mono) 2014 Ans2TheMstr Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

 

 

#3 : Tie for The Best Of The Best\

Even though they both have different sound signatures…I could not decide which of these two stereo pressings is better. I think I lean toward the EU 2012 Digital remaster pressing which has amazing clarity and detail, the 1967 original UK press BC-10 Solid State Cut has amazing warmth.

#4 in Stereo Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt Pepper – (1967) (2012 Parlophone EU remaster) Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\

#2 in Stereo Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (BC-13) (UK STEREO BC-13 SOLID STATE CUT) 2010 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 16Bit/44.1kHz Lossless FLAC\

 

#4 : The Best Of The Best\

All the vinyl ranked highest as you can see, this is where other formats come in and they start out stunning and quickly plunge into the “poor” range. This 2009 Remaster CD Release takes the number 4 position in a big way.

 

In The CD Section from Part 1 ~ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Mono Remaster) (True) Mono CD Remaster, CD8-1 – CD8-13

 

#5 : The Best Of The Best\

Here comes the next best of the 2009 remasters (This position includes both limited and de-limited versions)…

In The Digital Section from Part 1 ~ The 2009 Remasters Limited Edition Stereo USB Key 24Bit/kHz44.1

 

#6 : The Mediocre\

Here comes the worst of the 2009 remasters…

In The Digital Section from Part 1 ~ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Stereo Remaster CD), CD8-1 – CD8-13

 

#7 : Poor\

# 3 in the Stereo Vinyl Section ~ The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [VINYL] (MFSL 1-100)1999 Vinyl Rip > Transferred to 24Bit/96kHz Lossless Flac [HI-RES]\ Disc 8 of 14 disc Mobile Fidelity “Beatles Collection” box set, JVC Japan “SuperVinyl” / MFSL 1-100 ~Half-Speed Mastered by Stan Ricker @ MFSL, Los Angeles

 

Beatles, The ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1987 Canadian CD) Label: Capitol Records ‎– C2 0777 7 46442 2 8, Capitol Records ‎– C2 46442 (1987) Ripped by EAC to 16/44.1 FLAC\

 

Beatles, The ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1995 US CD) Label: Capitol Records ‎– CDP 7 46442 2, Parlophone ‎– CDP 7 46442 2, Apple Records ‎– CDP 7 46442 2 (1992) Ripped by EAC to 16/44.1 FLAC

 

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I hope this gives you some reference information. I will be updating it over time as the music continues to evolve. Thanks for your patience and sorry for some poor formatting. Thank you all for you questions, comments, and words of wisdom.

My week long Sgt Pepper’s Bender ends here for now! :))))

So there you have it…thanks for reading and your massive support.

Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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The Beatles – “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” The Ultimate Review: My Process ~ Vinyls Vs. Digitals W/ Mono And Stereo Love!…Part #1

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The Beatles – “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” The Ultimate Review: My Process ~ Vinyls Vs. Digitals W/ Mono And Stereo Love!…Part #1

Ok I’m going to be straight, I’ve been working on this project for a long time…it’s finished but because it’s so frickin’ big, halfway through my formatting goes whack..but the project is done and backed up. So it says in this review that I wanted it all to be in one article…so since that is too much for the computer God to handle….I’m going to break it into two parts. One I will re-format the whole thing… and post the first part right now. Tomorrow will be part two on Vinyl Comparisons and also compare them with this post…Part 1 CD and Digital.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

PART #1 Out Of Respect For Miley Cyrus’ Lips….

This review as you will see is the definition of a Mega-Post. This is not just about the 4777730album in review here but also the start of a new way of reviewing all  reference releases of a particular album. You do not even need to be a Beatles fan to get something meaningful from this piece. There is no one place on the internet that presents the aggregation of data that you will see here about a particular album in one review. It is the culmination of a belief I had about this process, where I wanted to present said data in a way that was not done anywhere else. A place where one could come in the future and use this information to cross reference formats and learn about our art forms as the music continues to evolve.1

Instead of doing many hours of research to find all the information in many places, one could learn at an audiophile level in one single review here. This post (and other reviews that will follow) did not take months of research and listening with a trained ear, it took decades. With the ability to weed out the best, as well as having the sources, I can present a stripped down structure that one can sink their teeth into quite easily. Presenting reviews in this organically evolving way is new to me as well so I will get better at it over time. I must reiterate that everyone’s desired sound signature is subjective and different, and what I write is obviously not law. You may agree with some of what I say 2and disagree in other areas. The real point is that the framework of what is considered “the best” has variations but there is much agreement amongst audio fanatics.

The final thing I want to say about the reviews that I will do here is to the audiophiles. I know there will be controversy as to what I write because some will say well…duhhh, of course this or that mono or stereo or CD or Vinyl or digital is the best known source. First, I would say to that, this is for all those who cannot do what we do with the same fervor. Second, someone needs to do it somewhere…so here we are. Third, I could not do it without the years of knowledge and dedication shared by the real artists beyond the bands….the rippers, and to them I say a huge thank you. Someday I hope that you and your “art” will be recognized as it is, just like Banksy did for graffiti. The way I look at this is I am the writer and archivist of the text…I hope to be seen someday as a freelance journalist that connects the music underground with mainstream in a new exciting way. That is of course if my writing can improve! Well that’s enough for now…enjoy the art, and welcome to “The Machine”.

The following preamble will be present at the beginning of all reviews and is subject to change as things evolve.

Our reviews will not be the normal kind of review that you usually see about an artist release. These will be different as we will be aggregating all sources available …320kbps(Lossy Audio taken from the CD FLAC Rip), CD (EAC Lossless 16Bit/44.1kHzpepper_f header Rip), HD Tracks (Hi-Res Digital Downloads from 24/96 to 24/192), 24/48 ALAC Hi-Res Apple Lossless, Vinyl Rips (Often from different countries & catalogs transferred by different rippers with different set-ups), as well as other high quality sources as the become available such as Pono music. That’s not to say I will not add any subjective commentary(I’ll be open as to what I like and do not) but I will try to remain as objective as possible. As we know music listening is a very subjective, or personal experience, therefore I will try to stick best with theory to give you what I believe is the best format to own of any given release.

 

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Part 1 of 2 / Both In This One Review (Part1 = CD & Digital / Part 2 = Vinyl):

 

The album I present to you today is one of the most influential recordings in history. It is beach-boys-standard-pet-soundsconsidered one of the pinnacles in rock music and cultural history, and as I’ve said before influencing everything that would come thenceforth. It would put the biggest artists of their day on their heels, from Stevie Wonder to The Rolling Stones. As the Beatles took inspiration from The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds” and others, now the rest of the world would parse this album to bits to find it’s mystical secret. It was the point at which the Beatles would finally shake off there “Boy Band” image with a bang. Drugs, Magic, and Hedonism would become En Vogue…but that imageswas the public reaction and not the true spirit of the album. Considered the first concept album, John, Paul, George, and Ringo wanted to write this album reflecting visions of their experiences growing up in the working class England. The pivotal years in history 1966 and 1967 are really considered the beginning of the age of mind expansion, the only exception would be for Ken Kesey’s visions in 1964. This album as you now know was and is The Beatles 1967 release “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

When I was young my pops would play Beatles cassettes with music transferred from Strawberry_Fields_Forevervinyl, but for some powerful reason I remember Abby Road and Sgt. Peppers the most. One thing that happened to me that was strange was the Sgt. Peppers cassette had “Strawberry Fields Forever” on it….so I grew up thinking that track was always part of the original track order.

When I was a teen I would get into friendly arguments with imagespeople because I would always say when someone played Pepper’s, “Where is Strawberry Fields” and they would argue rightly that it was not on Peppers, it’s on MMT.  I would question my belief but that was always the way I heard it…what gives? Well there’s one of two answers and I’m not sure which one is correct. “Strawberry Fields” was written first along with Penny Lane in what is considered to be the era just previous to the Sgt. Peppers sessions. Brian Epstein needed a single to put out as Peppers was not finished. P1060729So George Martin gave Brian SF and Penny Lane to put out beatles-strawberry-fields-forever-odeonas a single. Now, In modern times, George Martin has been quoted as saying not putting SF on Peppers was one of the biggest mistakes of his career.

So what are the two possibilities for my mistake, because I listened to MMT and 174461bSF was on that album. The first one is easy, my pops would sometimes record vinyl to cassettes for ease of use. What may have happened was there was time left at the end of the cassette and what did everyone used to do, add any extra tracks to fill the cassette. So what may have transpired was the SF vinyl single was recorded on the end of the leftover tape. Simple right?

The second possibility is more complex. There were several vinyl bootlegs that circulated 1967 Coverover the years with alternate material with differing track orders, and there is one that I came across and it may help explain my conundrum. There is little known about this vinyl bootleg but it seems to have been made around the time of the original release. It contains alternate takes and some mono and some stereo tracks put together. It’s known as “1967 AKA TSPLHCB”. The vinyl has a lot of surface noise but it does contain a strange version of SF. Notice in the photos that the album cover is completely different as well as the labels and track listing. So this may have been what I was listening to, I was too young to remember. I was floored when I found it though.

1967_00101967_0009

 

 

 

 

 

So as you can see I may have been tricked by those pesky kids! Anyway I don’t need to go on about the history of Peppers because it has been done a thousand times and as I have 15painting_piano_daysaid this review will be quite different. It’s logical that should get any controversy out of the way before I start. As I count my versions of Peppers I come to the number of 35 different sources. Some were transferred or ripped on different setups or different software. Many of the vinyls were done by two or three rippers, the main setup difference would be with cartridges but I have several of each of the best releases each done with the same setups. So there is no  variation with them. As far as the CD releases I only source and acquire CD releases done with EAC (Exact Audio Copy), so that closes that argument as well.

(Tracklisting For the length of these posts)

A1 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
A2 A Little Help From My Friends
A3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A4 Getting Better
A5 Fixing A Hole
A6 She’s Leaving Home
A7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
B1 Within You Without You
B2 When I’m Sixty-Four
B3 Lovely Rita
B4 Good Morning, Good Morning
B5 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
B6 A Day In The Life

or

1 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2 A Little Help From My Friends
3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4 Getting Better
5 Fixing A Hole
6 She’s Leaving Home
7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
8 Within You Without You
9 When I’m Sixty-Four
10 Lovely Rita
11 Good Morning, Good Morning
12 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13 A Day In The Life

 

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SOURCES:

 

CD’s #1 and #2:

So I’ll start with the easy sources as they are quite definitive and will get them out of the way. I have two CD’s one original Canadian Capitol released in the 80’s and one an American reissue from the 90’s. Although the 80’s CD is not as loud as the 90’s CD, they both are unlistenable…they are overly harsh, loud, flat, and bloated. So my fellow Americans if you own any Peppers CD’s from the 80’s and 90’s then you have been listening to garbage and unless you’ve heard the original vinyls from the UK 67, the digital releases from 2009, or the digitally sourced vinyl from 2012, you most likely have never heard Peppers the way the Beatles intended you to hear it. Not only that but your killing your ears as the overly compressed, dynamically sterile, and extremely loud early CD releases in America are ear fatigue city.

 

Original CD#1

Beatles, The ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1987 Canadian CD

R-150-518355-1186224770

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Club-Band/release/571937

 

Official DR value:    DR 9

The Beatles ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / Label: Capitol Records ‎– C2 0777 7 46442 2 8, Capitol Records ‎– C2 46442 (1987) Ripped by EAC to 16/44.1 FLAC

 

Original CD#2

The Beatles ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1995 US CD

R-150-518355-1186224770

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Club-Band/release/2551836

 

Official DR value:    DR 9

Beatles, The ‎– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band /Label: Capitol Records ‎– CDP 7 46442 2, Parlophone ‎– CDP 7 46442 2, Apple Records ‎– CDP 7 46442 2 (1992) Ripped by EAC to 16/44.1 FLAC

R-518355-1186322273R-518355-1186309114

Again there are NO Original Sgt. Pepper’s CD releases that are recommended. All original CD issues are dead on arrival for this review since the release of the 2009 digital remasters in 24.44.1 USB, Mono, and Stereo (16/44.1). These I will get into later in this review.

One question that needs to be answered was, well if all early CD releases were poor representations compared to the original UK vinyls then what did people do for 30 years, just listen to crap? Well yeah but with one caveat…unofficial bootlegs. As I usually talk about how pirates help to push for better releases by releasing, selling, or trading CD copies of the superior sourced ripped vinyl on the black market. I am not giving away any secrets here…There was a famous needle-dropper who for many years sold memberships to a private club which would send people, via post CD’s that were mastered at home from all the original Beatles vinyl rips. This is one major area where I disagree with piracy, that is someone selling other peoples copyright material for there own personal monetary gain. If he gave it away to people who already owned an original CD and maybe people just paid for shipping, that I get. Glad to say many ethical vinyl rippers today trade or give away there artwork for free.

One more thing about by that needle-dropper who sold copyright infringing works. I don’t know if this is true, as I did not know this person…a few of the bootleg rips did land my way, but I read an online statement that said since the Beatles had finally released some quality recordings in 2009 that they would be going into retirement. This person also stated that the real reason they did what they did was to get the band to finally release some quality controlled recordings…If you ask me this is probably how things started out but then it took a lot of time to keep up with demand, therefore he must have felt the need to be compensated financially. I have also heard that he has not really “retired” just not as active as before. Just as I write this I find a website selling his whole catalog of Beatles CD’s, but I don’t know if it’s the same person as there are many other CD’s from other artists being sold there. So who knows. I continue…

 

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SOURCES:

 

HD Tracks & Other Hi-Res Outlets:

There has been no release or even a planned release of quality controlled sourced masters direct to Hi-res digital. Since The Beatles released the USB Key Files in 2009 in 24Bit/44.1, the Mono and Stereo CD Boxes in 2009, and the Vinyl Remasters in the EU and US in 2012. This makes Hi-res files even more of a dream because they probably feel like they already released them via The USB Key. Plus would you release the Analog Digital masters RAW to the public and end the cash cow. Michael Fremer has an unmastered CD of Peppers from the original analogue tapes…so few if any have the holy grail. Also remember that all four remaining interests in the Beatles fortune Olivia Harrison, Yoko Ono, Paul, and Ringo…all have to give their approval on any given release. Who knows what Apple Corp. and Pono Music can drum anything up in the future.

 

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SOURCES:

 

2009 Mono CD, Stereo CD, and Digital USB Key 24/44.1 Remasters:

In 2009 three Box Sets, as mentioned earlier were released, the 24/44.1 Digital USB Key, the The Mono Box Set, and the The Stereo Box Set…all of which contained Sgt. Peppers. The band, especially John Lennon, was clear that Pepper’s and other albums were recorded and meant to be listened to in mono. Here’s the story via George Harrison from Wikipedia:

“Digital” Intention

The Mono Box Set was released to reflect the fact that the Beatles’ catalogue (aside from Abbey Road, Let It Be and Yellow Submarine) was originally released in mono, with the stereo versions as an addition. Many feel that these mono mixes reflect the true intention of the band. For example, in the case of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the mono mixes were done together with the Beatles themselves, throughout the recording of the album, whereas the stereo mixes were done in only six days by Abbey Road personnel George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush after the album had been finished, with none of the Beatles attending.[5] George Harrison commented:

“At that time […] the console was about this big with four faders on it. And there was one speaker right in the middle […] and that was it. When they invented stereo, I remember thinking ‘Why? What do you want two speakers for?’, because it ruined the sound from our point of view. You know, we had everything coming out of one speaker; now it had to come out of two speakers. It sounded like … very …naked.[6]”

 

 

The 2009 Limited Edition Stereo USB Key 24/44.1 :R-2042525-1260396913

 

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-The-Beatles-Stereo-USB/release/2042525

 

Official DR value:    DR10

Official DR value of De-Limited FLAC’S:    DR11

R-2042525-1260396920

The USB Key is  flash drive inserted in the top of a green apple. Sgt Peppers was included in this release as both 24/44.1 FLAC files and the popular.mp3 320kbs. The full artwork was presented in a .swf file. “Digitally Remastered for Superior Sound”.

The process of sourcing and transferring from the original analog masters to the digital R-2042525-1260396926remasters is best summed up by “Stefan” via the Hoffman forums.

Quote:
“1. Analog master tape playback
2. 24/192 digital recording using Prism A/D
3. Digital touch-ups/fixes using Cedar retouch
4. D/A using Prism
5. Mastering EQ using Abbey Road analog console
6. 24/44.1 digital recording using Sadie A/D
7. Digital limiting
8. Dither/bit reduction to 16-bit resolution.The flac files were produced from step 7 and the CDs were produced from step 8.”

So I guess we can take comfort in the fact that in another 42 years, there lies the possibility of a release of the 24Bit/192kHz digital remasters..

 

The USB Sound:

Well to start looking at the Pepper’s USB waveforms, peak limiting was used therefore losing some of the dynamic range in the process. An unofficial de-limited set is circulating, where the gain was lowered and new peaks are interpolated, restoring some of that lost dynamic range but I have not heard them yet. [Update 05/17/14] I just received the unofficial delimited version of Pepper’s, review and Speks will be posted below.

For the official USB Pepper’s, the sound is leaps and bounds beyond the original CD releases. The tracks are detailed and the sound stage is better but not fully there yet. I could tell the difference between the 320 .mp3 and the 24 bit (Using a blind shuffle test) as the 320’s lose a lot of the dynamics and detail from compression.  The .mp3’s  are sourced from the 24/44.1 digital remasters and although some of that spark gets lost…I would say that the 320’s are easier on the ears than the original CD’s.
So although a bit sterile, clinical and overly loud…I would recommend Pepper’s from this set but it’s not the best of the best. Another thing I can say after a lot of listening, is that the 24Bit USB Key Pepper’s is the best of the released digital formats. Below are the spek analysis for the tracks, titles (Bit Depth and Sample Rate) noted in the spek shots. First the 24/44.1 and then below that the 320’s.
The final review for this release is for the unofficial de-limited 24Bit USB pepper’s. The differences are notable both in the sound by listening and the sight measurement of the spectrogram. It’s not a large difference, but a small amount in an area were every few percentage points in better sound quality is welcomed. The poignancy of the clinical sound is slightly more tame as the mix is less hot. Above the newly interpolated peaks there is more room to breathe and with the cooler mix as a result of the lowered gain it sounds better in certain areas, or at least the same. In these kind of mixes that are tamed and the quality of the sound is not adulterated, often times what I do not hear means less ear fatigue.So in short the USB Key is a good source, nice to find early in this review.

 

24/44.1  USB Digital Stereo

01 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Digital Remaster).flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends (2009 Digital Remaster).flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2009 Digital Remaster).flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better (2009 Digital Remaster).flac05 - Fixing A Hole (2009 Digital Remaster).flac06 - She's Leaving Home (2009 Digital Remaster).flac

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (2009 Digital Remaster).flac08 - Within You Without You (2009 Digital Remaster).flac09 - When I'm Sixty Four (2009 Digital Remaster).flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita (2009 Digital Remaster).flac11 - Good Morning Good Morning (2009 Digital Remaster).flac12 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (2009 Digital Remaster).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life (2009 Digital Remaster).flacR-2042525-1260396937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 320 .mp3s USB Digital Stereo
01 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Digital Remaster.mp302 - With A Little Help From My Friends (2009 Digital Remaster).mp303 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2009 Digital Remaster).mp3

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better (2009 Digital Remaster).mp305 - Fixing A Hole (2009 Digital Remaster).mp306 - She's Leaving Home (2009 Digital Remaster).mp3

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (2009 Digital Remaster).mp308 - Within You Without You (2009 Digital Remaster).mp309 - When I'm Sixty Four (2009 Digital Remaster).mp3

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita (2009 Digital Remaster).mp311 - Good Morning Good Morning (2009 Digital Remaster).mp312 - Sgt Pepper's LHCB (Reprise) (2009 Digital Remaster).mp3

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life (2009 Digital Remaster).mp3R-2042525-1260396942

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24/44.1  USB Digital Stereo (2009 24-Bit Remaster, 2014 De-limited)

01 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac

 

 

 

04 - Getting Better (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac05 - Fixing A Hole (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac06 - She's Leaving Home (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac

 

 

 

07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (2009 Digitall USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac08 - Within You Without You (2009 Digitall USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac09 - When I'm Sixty Four (2009 Digitall USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac

 

 

 

10 - Lovely Rita (2009 Digitall USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac11 - Good Morning Good Morning (2009 Digitall USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac12 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flac

 

 

 

13 - A Day In The Life (2009 Digital USB Remaster-2014De-Limited).flacBooklet In9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source:catalogueimageCrp

 2009 Stereo EU CD Remaster:

Official DR value:    DR10

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-The-Beatles/release/1919340
Booklet front

Sgt. Pepper’s: CD8-1 – CD8-13

I hate to start this section of this way but just as we were moving uphill with the USB Key, the Pepper’s 2009 CD Remaster brings it right back down again. The Pepper’s for this Digital CD Box Collection is sourced from the same 24/44.1 transfer (just a dithered/ bit reduction to 16 Bit), however the Pepper’s CD has lost some of the beauty of the USB Key.

Many people argue that one cannot tell the difference but my system is very revealing and this release is not as detailed as the USB. It is still not only too loud, but now a different Booklet backdimension of loud, to the point of shrill brightness especially in the vocals and guitars. Other differences include, overly compressed, less transparency, and the instruments and vocals are not as tightly controlled as the USB. I can here them lose control in the sustained upper frequencies, which were tight in the USB. The treble sounds tinny in many areas especially with the vocals and cymbals. The USB resulted in no ear fatigue…the remastered CD here did quite quickly.

As I said loud similar to the USB but more sterile, clinical, and fine details sound buffed out. One characteristic I have not yet touched on, is that neither the USB or this stereo discremaster has the punch or tightly controlled slam of some of the vinyl or the Mono Box Pepper’s release review which is up next. If you are not of the belief that many CD’s today are way too loud (See Loudness Wars) then you will have no problem with this CD. If you want to hear it sound the way it should, read on. I do not recommend this release unless you want to damage your ears or only listen on a room stereo setup. If there is any redeeming quality, it is listenable and superior to the original CD’s from the 80’s and 90’s. Below are the Speks for you to see and compare if you like.

 

16/44.1  EU CD Stereo  (2009 Remaster)

01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.flac02 - With A Little Help From My Friends.flac03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac

04 - Getting Better.flac05 - Fixing A Hole.flac06 - She's Leaving Home.flac

07 - Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!.flac08 - Within You Without You.flac09 - When I'm Sixty-Four.flac
10 - Lovely Rita.flac11 - Good Morning Good Morning.flac
12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band (Reprise).flac13 - A Day In The Life.flacR-1919340-1286213529

Booklet In8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source:

 

2009 Japanese (True) Mono CD Remaster:box OBI

 

Official DR value:    DR12

http://www.discogs.com/Beatles-The-Beatles-In-Mono/release/3913099

Sgt. Pepper’s: CD8-1 – CD8-13

Now we’re getting somewhere! The True Mono version of Pepper’s is quite stunning. Most of the problems associated with the stereo remaster are gone. The recording is very transparent. The mix is tight and controlled in all areas. There is sibilance in Ringo’s “Friends” but it disappears  inafter that. The highs are well controlled and mids are even and revealing. I hear lots of detail that pops up everywhere in unexpected places. There is that great slam with the bass and drums and no bloat. It’s still louder than the original vinyl releases but it is not over the top. The mix has headroom, breathes, and even has the effect that you forget you are listening to inlaymono…producing a nice open sound stage and dare I say it a wide fidelity image.

It’s quite interesting as well because it feels very nostalgic listening to such a landmark album, which I only listened to the stereo versions growing up, the way it was meant to be heard. Now knowing what I do, I listen to a lot more early mono releases from other bands as this type of mono made me realize why it just works 05 Discbetter for some albums. As I said before the Beatles were involved in the mixing of the mono material and you can see their vision fully realized. Everyone knows the genius of the Beatles but when you finally have that “a -ha” moment for their mono, one can almost see the thinking process as well as the music that was in their heads. More importantly what intention was playing out in their minds after the songs had been written but not yet recorded.

This release of Pepper’s is fully recommended, as it does what it’s supposed to do sound right. So far the best of the modern releases are, first, the Pepper’s Mono 16Bit/44.1kHz 2009 Remaster CD and second,  the 2009 24Bit/44.1 USB Key 2009 Remaster.

 

Next up vinyl, but before that a set of the speks for the mono release are posted below.

 

16/44.1  Japan CD (True) Mono (2009 Remaster)

01 Sgt. Pepper's LHCB.flac02 With A Little Help From My Friends.flac03 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.flac
04 Getting Better.flac05 Fixing A Hole.flac06 She's Leaving Home.flac

07 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!.flac08 Within You Without You.flac09 When I'm Sixty-Four.flac

10 Lovely Rita.flac11 Good Morning Good Morning.flac12 Sgt. Ps LHCB (Reprise).flac

13 A Day In The Life.flacbox backOBI  front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is the End Of Part 1 of 2…Vinyl is added to the mix tomorrow and compared to what you see here!

 

 

 

 

Bless Bless!

Braindamage Inc.

 

CM ☕

 

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