A Day In The Life…[NSFW]…[Remixed, Re-Edited, and Remastered]…

 

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“Wake the Fuck up and drink mutherfucker” over and over, is all I can remember being wakened from a deep sleep. “Get up and Drink”, slam, landing on my chest barely half awake was a case of bottled beer, A half gallon of Wild Turkey and a half gallon of cheap butterscotch schnaps. It hit so hard knocking the wind out of me, sailing through the air from several feet away. I’m surprised none of it broke, but the Schnaps was of a cheap variety and thus was in a plastic bottle. As I began to shake the cobwebs off, I looked at the clock and it was C-2087ca little after Nine in the morning. I was getting used to this ritual from my roommate who was a more than a dozen years older then me…I believe that I was seventeen.

At this point in my life I had moved from my parents home because they could be understandably hard on me over drinking and drugs. Somehow I preferred this life over their persistence in trying to keep me on the straight and narrow. I had graduated from high school early because they just wanted me out of the High School. Really the story is much more complex than that however it would take a full page to explain it all. At the time my High School just wanted me gone. They let me graduate on the condition that I was off school grounds by noon every day. I just had to finish my requirements, to make a long story short.

So as I got up, I immediately began to feel the rush of exhilaration of knowing what was to come. I cracked open a bottle of Michelob, it was hair of the dog time. Soon there would be shots, and by noon I was completely hammered. Raising the stakes was always next and my roommate was always on point, time to get the first eight ball of coke. You know that was always a couple hours of going from house to house until we could score the best coke around. We had a pretty good source but it always still felt so shady, again all worth it at the time. Snort it no way, never. We would always cook it with ammonia and freebase it all. We knew we had a good source because the yield was always high. Purity is essential to this because if the coke was heavily “stepped on” their would be nothing to smoke.

Then the Second eight ball would be needed, already having smoked two packs of cigarettes before late afternoon, so we could use the ashes as a bed in the pipe bowl for the rocks we made. This went on every day for a long time, my roommate would give me his wallet after the second eight ball and tell me to hide it on him, and no matter what not to give it back. Soon, a few hours later, he would be trying to fight me to get back his wallet and after a wrestling match with my psycho but strong roommate, he would get his wallet back and say, “Wait here I’m going to get some more”. This was in the days before crack hit it big. Sometimes we would hang out with our dealer and pass the pipe around for three days straight before kibbying home hoping to not have a seizure. Pills, alcohol, and marijuana would help us come down…only to fall asleep and crash for two days or more.

So this was how I would begin my days and their was nothing glamorous about it however good it felt at the time. We were fired up and raging, “Living on the edge”, we would say. It was in the days before I would get real hangovers. It was not uncommon though to go through alcohol poisoning on my own, vomiting and ill from cheap liquor but no withdrawals or addiction. A few days off here and there from this madness felt like a months vacation in the sun. At the time we were also dropping blotter acid and purple mescaline like candy, to the point where we would C3452aFlpdose and would not get off due to tolerance. So a few would have to do the job…sometimes it was just right and others it was way too much. The walls would be sweating and breathing like a panting dog…over and over for hours. Kaleidoscopes….What fun, yeah OK!

Because we were in the city a few towns away from home, sometimes my roommate would disappear on a cocaine bender and I would take off with friends for adventures that were always a gas. We had one friend that we would hang out in his basement that was finished off like an apartment, and his parents just turned a blind eye to whatever we were doing down there. Fully grown pot plants on fire filling the whole house with smoke while his parents were home, hordes of friends all drunk on cough syrup and pills, feats of strength being tested to the limit of destruction of property, we had it all and it went on like that, it seems forever. Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Beatles, Iron Maiden always blaring from the stereo, and all the windows in the basement where blacked out. Clocks were not allowed as a rule, so we would not be able to keep track of time or know whether it was day or night. There were times we would not leave the basement for two weeks at a time in the summer. People would show up and leave all day long, and we would smoke and get stoned on numerous chemicals. Others would bring and share their goods with us as it was a safe place out of sight.

At some point we found ourselves in town to stock up on boxes of food, to get us through our benders. One day when we left the store my friends and I realized that I was the one person the least wasted. I was not drunk or on acid that day for some reason so I was voted to drive the car back to the compound, and I did not have my driving license yet. So we left to head for our shelter and found ourselves uncharacteristically backed up in traffic. I pulled over with the realization that friends of ours had gotten into a bad car accident clipping a telephone pole. The police were already there, as ambulances were taking each person to the hospital. One friend that was not severely injured came over to us and he explained what happened. They were speeding and missed the curve in the road and slammed into c4563athe telephone pole. They were very lucky as no one was critically injured…it was a bizarre scene all of us wasteoids standing on the side of the road, like a random gathering of the tribe.

I do remember taking note that the police were watching us, but none of us were carrying so we did not care. I did find it strange that the cops did not ask us to move on, they seemed to act like they did not care either. Little did we know that this was the beginning of the end for most of us, and all of this scene was a wild coincidence in the cops bigger plans.

So we left the scene and we were all generously relieved to get out of there. I remember the car ride was strange, because again everyone was completely off their tits on acid, laughing and rolling around in the back seat and boot…we thought we were smooth sailing. My friends car had a powerful engine and I was taking full advantage of it, feeling the rush as we dropped over certain hills where our hearts would float into our necks. Not smart, I usually was super careful in times of taking things to the edge. So as we are coming around the bend way to fast into my friends neighborhood, I hit a patch of sand and the car slid off the road we sailed right over my friends neighbors front yard, hitting trees and signs. All of the grass in the front yard was all torn up good and next thing we know boom, we were launched into the air and landed on top of a large steel junction box for the whole neighborhood and came to a complete stop. All four tires were off the ground and we were square on top of the junction box about five feet off the ground. We all looked at each other with hallucinated faces and the electricity began to go out house by house down the length of the long road. I was scared shitless…everyone else broke out into unadulterated laughter. We were screwed.

We all exited the car, jumping down to the ground, we were only two houses away from the compound. All the families in the neighborhood came out on their doorsteps to see what all the chaos was about. My friends were rolling around on the grass laughing and I was scared stiff, all I could think was that we were going to pay dearly for this. My friend whose house the compound was in, his parents came out on their front steps with the look of absolute horror in their eyes. I could hear his little sister yell to his parents outside (I’ll never forget this as long as I live), she screamed “Mom, Dad…how come the cable is out.” I could have shit myself. Now it’s funny to reminisce but at the time, not so much.

So the police came and interviewed everyone and they gave my friend a ticket as they did not know I was driving and they did not ask. My friend who owned the car took the blame, they just figured he was driving and though he was wasted, he pulled it together once the police arrived. A tow truck came and it took them an hour to get the car down. As they were pulling it off the junction box the bottom of the car was squealing in pain. We just all stood there plussed. The fire department came as did the electric company, and they fixed the electric quite fast. I could not believe they let us leave to go inside and continue the C2367dmadness. I guess this called for a real party…the running joke was people asking me over and over “Hey man can we do that again, that was fun!”, to the roar of laughter.

Anyway we had purchased a book of acid…yes 1000 doses of blotter/ ten sheets of one hundred, for a couple hundred dollars (This happened often and we would split it). We would have the whole town blasted for a week for free just for fun. Everyone in school was dosing an hour before dismissal and by the time everyone walked out the front door everyone was toast. It was absolute mayhem, but there always came the time for running out. I was all out of my share, but my good friend had ten hits left, and as luck would have it he said on a whim, “let’s split the last 10 hits, five each”. I was all game, so we dosed and smoked some dope to some good music and friends. Our day, unbeknownst to us was just beginning after all we had already been through.

So as I was just starting to get off…loud bangs started to go off everywhere. Cops ripped open the cellar door and came from every direction. We could hear the helicopters flying over the house, and looking out through the destroyed door we could see cops frisking friends, dogs, spotlights everywhere. We were in the middle of an all out drug bust but it was local police…seems like the whole force, not the D*E*A. So they sat us all down in a line and asked us where the LSD was, and we said truthfully we did not have any. We had just finished it all, or so we thought, we did not say that but we had nothing. So they began to strip search us all, taking us one by one into a side room. Yup like you see on TV. The girls with us were balling because they were not involved, and they brought in a female officer to strip search them. After an hour or two of all this chaos…my friends parents were standing there watching all of this, the police mentioned they searched everywhere and they seemed to be giving up. I thought wow were we lucky…damn!

For some reason they wanted to search my friend that lived at the house for a second time…I remember them telling him to take his socks off and as he did this a small glass vial with two hits of acid in it clinked onto the floor and all of our jaws just dropped. We were fucked now! The police threw him to the ground and held up the vial and said, “Now that we have found this we have the right to tear this house apart…the ceilings, the electronics, the furniture, everything.” The cops told my friend “If you want to end this now, give us the rest and we can end all this.” His parents pleaded with him and he realized the jig was up so he walked over to the refrigerator, opened it and pulled off the locked ice box cover, slid his hand down the back and took out a tape case with thirty or so hits. They cuffed him and sat him down. Soon after, they started to let people leave one by C3425sone. My friend and I who were just starting to peak, we were chatting and the cops overheard something we said and they said to me what’s you’re name and I told them. They said ohhhh…we’ve been looking to talk to you. Oh shit here we go.

They said they wanted us to come to the police station…yes that’s right drive ourselves to the police station so they could talk to us. When we got in the car, we said just be cool and if they try to play us against each other, know that they were lying. So we got to the station and immediately they split us up and brought us into two different rooms. We were not scared because we did not have any drugs, but we were still high on five each. They did exactly as we talked about…they let us sit in the interview rooms for a half hour and I kept telling myself just be cool and honest. We were innocent in a gray area kind of way. When they came in they said to me, “you’re friend gave you up, we know you’re involved…tell us if you want us to help you out.” They had not read me my rights so that was a giveaway, and I told them he did not give me up…that’s a lie because we’ve done nothing. There is nothing to give up. So they tried to rattle me for about a half hour. Then they left and let us sit another half hour…I did not know what was going to happen. There was a clock on the wall and it was just about four in the morning at this time. Then all of a sudden they came in and said I could go, and to “stay out of trouble”.

That’s right, they let us leave and drive back to the city, to the safety of home. No…it still was not over, when we got to the city about ten minutes from the house…whew…whew the sound of police sirens behind us pulling us over. OMG fuuuuuck, we thought what now. The officer came to the window and said license and registration. My friend realized he did not have his ID, they had taken it at the police station and he forgot to get it back. So we proceeded to explain to him that we were just part of a house raid and drug bust, and the police at so and so station had his license. The cop could not believe his ears, and neither could we. ***FACEPALM*** He said he would be right back, that he was going to contact them to confirm. The officer came back to the window five or so minutes later and said it all checked out and that we could go. I think we drove twenty miles per hour the rest of the way home. When we walked in the door my roommate screamed at the top of his lungs at five in the morning. “Drink you mutherfuckers…it’s time to drink”, as he hurled unopened bottles of beer at us far across the room. All we could do was look at each other and laugh. Nine lives…one for the ages and I was not even eighteen years of age yet.

 

Cheers and 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 #2 [2 UPDATES]

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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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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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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!

label 001label 002
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

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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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 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

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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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Playlist #8 Is Up Here…[Direct Link / Portal to the other side of this site below…

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