Now With That Out Of The Way, Back To Christmachine – Audio Reference Server

Now With That Out Of The Way, Back To Christmachine – Audio Reference Server

Ahhh… Where Do You Keep The Vinyl Rips and Hi Resolution Digital Files ? ——————————–>Photo Courtesy Of Doc KEYAZA!!!

 

So there has been enough (So much!) time passed, it’s blatantly obvious to me that no one else will create an Audio Reference Quality Standards Catalogue for individual album releases.  The powers that be have showed us time and time again that they feel that we should be left in the dark about the music we have purchased and continue to purchase.  It’s loud and clear, they do not have to, there is no other option.

All we asked for was lineage and provenance of recordings that we spend gobs of cash for, as well as the textual and numerical details as to how they mastered, remastered, and transferred the new releases. Once again we are left clueless as to what we are purchasing. We know it can be done, some releases have done just that, usually projects overseen by reputable audio engineers.

I do understand that in some cases they do not know some of these details as they have been lost to time, poor record keeping, lack of proper labeling, and a sad state of storage of the original master tapes.  In some cases they don’t even know whether they are the “original studio masters” or well travelled copies.  We saw that in the report on the sad state of historical music archiving, much has been lost or destroyed….as we know back just a few decades ago music industry analysts and label bosses went with the prevailing wisdom, why would we want to preserve all this music–who is going to want it?  What is the use?

This:

https://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub148/pub148.pdf

And ESPECIALLY This (Re-Post):

http://www.billholland.net/words/Labels%20Strive%20to%20Rectify%20Past%20Archival%20Problems.pdf

 

Now that they realize the marketing and money making potential, oh the irony there, eh?  All we have asked for is crumbs; forget about the old arguments (for a moment) on the loudness wars, whether high rez audio can be heard by the human ear (The Nyquist Theorem), Wheather vinyl has more warmth and soul, whether expensive cables give a +/- better listening experience, The law of diminishing returns, “Sources? / Laws of Science?, Do CD’s suck, the failure of SACD, .mp3’s are garbage, etc.  Noel Gallagher saying there will be no more vinyl niche as an industry in a few short years as a result of streaming (He thinks? I agree, he is probably right).

With that said, our niche is just that–our niche, and it will continue as long as the electric grids are up.  Even then some of us crazies will be powering phonographs with a stationary bike, using a carefully sharpened fishbone as a rudimentary needle, a significant other propping up a makeshift jimmy-rigged cardboard cone to telescope and carry those wondrous melodies to the flash mobs in our living rooms.  Vinyl wear and tear bad, but for a time the ears are very good.

Remember what is normal any way, and relative to what?  With those previous dire predictions of the future, keeping in mind that some of us have never had or witnessed an argument on the early Yahoo and Alta Vista message boards about the wonders of Hi Resolution Audio (It will always be Hi-rez to me, soz!), I will try to parse mixed nuts.  Threading the needle like a steaming locomotive on crazy good meds, diplomacy will avail for all, no matter what our differences.  Joy!

 

Why don’t we focus on the things that which we do agree.

  1. We pay a lot of money re-purchasing music over and over.
  2. Music listening is a different subjective experience for each person.
  3. It “can” take a wee bit of trained ear (Not a B.S Degree), to hear improvements.
  4. The music is only as good as it’s source.
  5. ABX’ing can, not always, but “can” manifest as human listening fallibility & weakness.
  6. Placebo affect and bias are real “things”[sic].
  7. Provenance and Lineage of our recordings is Interesting and “nice” to have.
  8. There is such a thing as “brick walling”, “anti aliasing”, and de-noising”.
  9. There is more than one type of compression in music.
  10. Type A removes many of the tiny spaces to make music file formats smaller.
  11. Type B holds the fidelity of the performance together, Very Good!
  12. Good source players are available at many price ranges.
  13. There are good headphones and bad headphones at all price ranges.
  14. When in noisy public settings, audio nuances tend to decline.
  15. You Do NOT need to be an audiophile, to source good quality audio (If Available).
  16. Audiophiles can be nuts, same with Hi-Rez deniers. (In a good way 😉 )
  17. That said, Head-fi has it’s place, and deniers seem to hang around bigly.
  18. There are, subjectively to each of us, good mastering engineers and poor ones.
  19. We all have to listen to our source material and make our own judgements.
  20. I can have (IMO); my own vast archive of “self-proclaimed” Reference Quality Vinyl Rips, Hi-Rez digital lossless [FLAC 24/48, 24/96, 24/172, 24/192, 32 bit float, .WAV, even ALAC and DSD], quality sourced and mastered CD’s [16/44] etc., portable DAP’s/amps/DAC’s, and use .mp3’s and Youtube to preview and stream when need be.  It’s fine that you might consider this fodder, trendy, and hipsterish.  I often use apple ear buds while on the go with the mobile. I’m not a gobsmacked music snob…I listen to AC/DC cranked on the local radio in the car, beautifully overbearingly loud in all its overly-compressed glory.  I’d dance randomly in the street to an 80’s boombox with cassettes daily if these types of gatherings where more frequent.
  21. You can have 50,000 lossy .mp3’s on the go, with an excellent ear, sourcing quality CD’s and audio on your own volition (all without my schtick). You might even listen to vinyl for nostalgia purposes possibly.  Further you own low cost but excellent sounding source players as well as an expensive pair of headphones and/ or IEM’s. Even bluetooth love…it’s almost 5.0 (I too am sick of those frickin tangly chords). There’s nothing wrong with any of that.  What I’m getting at is it doesn’t matter.
  22. We can all site the Nyquist Theorem till we are blue in the face, and never get anywhere…agree to disagree perhaps.  If you’re happy, I am happy.
  23. Electronic music and Hip Hop does not and should not have to follow any of these rules.  Electronic music tends to sound great, almost always produced very well, unless it’s a very low bit rate or has been up sampled, but that is usually by design.  Hip Hop needs to be vicious or passive aggressive and Bassy…clean tight bassy…Superb dope! The only reservation I have is when either genre is too bright and shreds my ears. It’s rare, again unless by design.
  24. Classical music is on the other end of the spectrum…the rules DO very very very much apply. Soundstage and instrument separation are paramount.  Loud and soft, loud and soft just like The Pixies or Nirvana. A muddy midrange is a killer.  Attack, sustain, decay should be transparently punchy, grainy, and accurate.  The music has to breathe and pulse…ripping the heart right out your chest even with headphones on. Emotions, knocked about, tugged like a puppet to strings. It should convey an air of atmospheric space with perceivable parameters…and in a perfect world, pseudo-holophonic sound, as if you the listener can imagine you’re there live sitting center stage with the orchestra wrapped 180 degrees from ear to ear.  You’ll know something is wrong right off, a piano from each and every-little-single-ebony-to-ivory key is muddled together as one, or squashed in a constant spew of notes like an accordion. We should be able to perceive and hear milliseconds of spaciation[sic] and be acute to a differentiation between every single tapped key, no matter how fast the piece. I’ve said before piano is the hardest instrument to reproduce in recording with accuracy.  If that’s muddy then it’s all over.  I won’t get started on the pneumatic breath of the solo cello…you get my drift.
  25. Pop music…It depends on if it’s good! 😉 😉

So with all that said we arrive at the conclusion that we may not agree subjectively.  Please forgive me, as I was being purposefully presumptuous in some of the things I said above… but that is not the point.  I’m just generalizing for the sake of getting at the crux.  Most of the people reading this will not care one way or the other.  Some will be bored to tears as to, “what is the going on and on about”.  In the end we all just love music and are devilishly passionate about it–Pretty simple, no? 🙂

So, in the past I did some reviews….Beck, The Beatles Catalogue, Led Zeppelin Catalog, etc., they each get hundreds of hits daily as reference, awesome.  I also posted full album playlists (with some lineage)…it was quite subtle, again on purpose as to what I have deemed a Reference Quality Audio Recording.  I don’t know if I said it outright, I may have…If not my tongue in cheek went over people’s heads. A failed attempt by me.  Yes, you are left to taking me at my word, have to search for it yourself, and availability is spotty.  I know it’s somewhat authoritarian but let your ears be the judge.  There were many times I have searched for a single particular recording over weeks and months before finally getting a hold of it.  Time well spent!

If you search hard enough you will be able to get a hold of same source as I did, some searches will be easy, others will require patience and time.  Moderately I will recommend the High-Rez digital transfer available for everyone to purchase with a quick download and some cash.  I have no stake in this…no adverts, self funded hosting and servers.  I’m just passionate about music and everything else, and I know you are as well, or you would not be reading this.

Just a note **** again, the night site is under maintenance (The links from here the day page are static as of writing this)…It will be up again soon enough.  I’m going to do all those recordings here on the main page individually anyhow.  So there will probably be some updates as well.  When live, it will give you an idea of some of what I will cover, and it is only a small part of projected works.

From now on instead of taking a few months to do mega reviews, although I will someday do the Complete Pink Floyd Archives Posts (Damn there I go again, that’s one exception), from now on there will be single album releases (From past and present) which a single post can be done in one day.  I will do whatever I am listening to and I have in my wheelhouse as the best recordings and rips / digital to date.  The posts will vary widely in style, genre, and medium.  One day or two could be Thrash, the next Classical, Jazz, Electronic, Pop, wherever the music takes me.

In between I will continue to do my sordid stories, post mixes, photos, memorabilia, any type of art really.  I intend on making this site better by making it a reference site for individual albums.  In that vein It would make it possible for those who do not want to read my silly erotica, still be able to come here intentionally via direct link or search engine in order to just browse my reviews and recommendations on specific albums…quick and easy.

In conclusion, each album will have an easy to read, specific format that I have worked out, and tweak things as I go along.  If there is anything extra about a specific release that you would like to see, send me an email or message.  If I can get the info – I will post it or write you back.  Understand that I cannot council and/or recommend file sharing or piracy, so do not ask…messages from readers as to these types of questions will go unanswered.   No disrespect…just being clear.

 

Thanks For Reading & All Your Endless Support. My Readers Are Awesome!

Love You Lots! Stay Well, Be Kind & Bless.

 

Tak Tak, Bless!

Grazie, Ciao!

Obrigadx, Tchau! Adeus!

Gracias, Adios!

Danke, Tchuss!

Merci, Au revoir!

Dank je…Bedankt, Alstublieft!

Merci Vilmal, Adeau!

Gracies, Adieu!

Gracies, Adeu!

 

CM ☕

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Is It Not A Contradiction To Simultaneously Support Vinyl And Hi-Rez Digital Formats. Here Is Why It Is Essential That We Do!

 

Today Up On Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server :

Is It Not A Contradiction To Simultaneously Support Vinyl And Hi-Rez Digital Formats.

Here Is Why It Is Essential That We Do!

 

I have a lot of other things I have been itching to address, but when I saw someone post this question, “Is it a contradiction to support vinyl and digital formats?”, it Immediately BpUGB3qIEAA70Zo.jpg large.jpgCRPcaught my attention. The reason being that when I first read it, my mind was in a clusterfuck, as I already do support both simultaneously. The thing is, as I began to think about it more, I could understand why someone who may be new to Hi-Res Audio (HRA) may struggle with this reconciliation. It is a common theme that many think the move to Hi-Res Digital Audio, and it seems logical, is meant to free us from need to use vinyl as a source of High Quality Audio. That may be true, but thinking that we are there would be a big mistake.

As we know Hi-res Audio is becoming a widely recognized format, but aside all the controversy and looking at the facts. It is essential that we entertain both formats for several reasons…

1. It is because of Vinyl and High Quality Vinyl Rips (as well as advances in technology), that we now have the growing demand for Hi-Rez music that we have today.

2. In many cases, High Quality Vinyl rips Still, are the nearest representation to the Original Analog Studio Master Tapes, that is, obviously when the Vinyl is sourced from the Original Master Tape. When an All Analog Signal Chain was used in the Transfer to Cut the Original Vinyl Masters and thus is from what the Vinyl is “Properly” Pressed. In the case of Digital Hi-Res it is Optimal for a Direct Analog To Digital Conversion from the Original BnB20largeAnalog Studio Master Tapes to the digital domain. Even with Hi-Rez being offered for purchase at online stores, it is still hit or miss as to the lineage of the new digital recordings.

3. Because of point Number 2, we can use these superior pieces of vinyl, as well as the their High Quality Vinyl Rips, to Compare against Current and Further Digital Hi-Res Releases as well as Re-Issues of Vinyl. This comparison is relevant  whether the Vinyl Re-Issues or Hi-Res Digital is a Straight Flat Transfer from the Original Master Tapes, or they have been Remixed and or Remastered and then subsequently Transferred and then Pressed to Vinyl or Converted to Digital. Then a High Quality Vinyl Rip to Digital by a seasoned ripper may be up for consideration as a Hi-Res “Reference Recording” amongst the community. This means that it must have the Characteristic Sound Signature audio enthusiasts look for in excellent recordings. When a Vinyl Rip has these characteristics and there is a consensus, it can be considered to have the nearest representation of what the artist intended us to hear, as well as nearest available source to what the artists heard in the studio.

4. Just because an artist is an amazing or legendary musician, in most cases, does not automatically make them an excellent producer or mastering engineer. As a matter of fact they usually are not, even if they think they are. I am not going to name names so as not to unnecessarily offend anyone. The reason I can come to this conclusion is because of years of listening with a trained ear to the “Right” Reference Recordings. Obviously you come to your own conclusions about which I spout, but what I do know for sure is that this 900x900skill does not come from a few months or even years of listening, because it is dependent on “What Recordings” you are listening to and knowing “What Sound Signatures” and “Set Ups” hold weight. How can anyone come to a complete decision if they have not experienced it for themselves? These Vinyl Rips are available for anyone to search for and find, however their acquisition is unconventional and time consuming, but the rewards are immense.  Having the ability to “Cross Reference” from a number of Sources in your listening tests is Essential to coming to an “Educated Conclusion”.

5. The recording industry does not make this easy for us, as a matter of fact they would rather we remain confused so as to continue to buy sub par recordings. I am confident and hopeful with the coming Pono releases from the Pono Music Store, overseen by legendary producer Bruce Botnik, will streamline and perfect the process of lineage and quality of transfers to the Hi-Res (HRA) Digital Domain. Those of us who know the difference remain vigilant.

6. I implore CD and Digital Mastering Engineers to check their work against High Quality Vinyl Rips from Seasoned Vinyl Rippers, that have perfected the Art of Vinyl Transfers over years of tweaking set ups and searching every corner of the globe for the Finest Vinyl Pressings Available. In the private communities their rips have evolved exponentially before our eyes and ears, and over time have held up against and withstood intense criticism and discussion from the most trained and particular listeners in the world. In fact 6547Aalthough I consider myself to have a very good set of “trained ears”, they are eclipsed by the ears of even more seasoned veterans from nations again around the world. These vinyl rippers have all the experience and techniques to rival the best known and revered audio and mastering engineers.

7. To underscore the strength of High Quality Vinyl Rips…I am not going to name names but I do have knowledge that there have been recordings (especially re-issues) from famous artists that have been released to the public with the Understanding that they were Sourced From High Quality Vinyl Rips. Further murking the waters, there have been Artists (living or dead) who had No Knowledge that this was done by Their Mastering Engineers or Labels because the Particular Vinyl Rip was Better than the Source that had been given them by the Artist or Label in the studio.

There are also cases where the Mastering Engineer was given Vinyl Ripped Sourced Tape or Digital Recordings, and Low Level Audio Mastering Engineers as well as their Labels had no knowledge that they were using said Vinyl Ripped Sourced Masters for Re-Issues and either Willfully or Unknowingly Distorted Lineage on Packaging For Sale. There are many cases where the Packaging and Print on a vinyl pressing or piece of vinyl either confuses the purchaser into thinking that they were buying a pressing sourced from the “Original Analog Master Tapes” when they in fact had not.  The details on this 6745underhandedness is again murky and short on details but it is known to have occurred. Please do not ask because I cannot comment further on this…I can promise you that someday someone will write the book.

7. Again to underscore the strength of High Quality Vinyl Rips…There have been Specific Releases by Artists who have Requested to use a Particular Vinyl Rippers High-Quality vinyl transfers for their vinyl pressings and CD releases without the Vinyl Purchasing Public having knowledge. This however, in comparison to point number 6 is a good thing. It seems counter intuitive that certain releases would be sourced from a High Quality Vinyl Rips, but the Consumer are inadvertently getting Quality Sound Because of a Vinyl Ripper. Both points number 6 & 7 have had this result happen quietly for a number of reasons, usually because of Lost or Damaged Original Master Tapes to Unlabeled Masters Without Known Lineage, and a High Quality Vinyl Rip just Sounds Better than what they have available. This practice is not widespread but it is known to have occurred. Again someday someone will write the book. Remember the first rule of fightclub is…and the second rule of fightclub is….

Now with all those points made I hope to address point number 1 sufficiently. To properly describe the movement it seems necessary that I make a long story short in reverse. Again, it is because of Vinyl and High Quality Vinyl Rips that we now have the emergence of demand for “Quality Controlled” Hi-Res Audio (HRA). In some ways it was inadvertent by default, and in others a direct result of deliberate actions from the Vinyl Rippers in the Audio Enthusiast Community. This has been reported and discussed at length in previous articles and forums around the web. All the information is out there for your research…I 2709swas able to find it all through search engines, and it is therefore available for you with some dedication. We must make a distinction that there is Good Quality Hi-Res and Poor Quality Hi-Res.

Over the last decade as the music industry was in turmoil, and “The Loudness Wars” took over the stage front and center, savvy music enthusiasts found that they could extract the music from vinyl and render a superior sound signature than the music industry was releasing on CD, .mp3 digital, or on a significant portion of vinyl re-issues. As a matter of fact it was often highly superior, although this phenomenon was not universal, as a piece of vinyl and it’s resulting rip, logically is only as good as it’s original source. The idea that “You can’t polish a turd”, comes into play in this realm. In those cases where the vinyl is as close as possible to the original analog source studio tapes, after a decade of tweaking their setups, rigorous testing of rips that hold up in large listening communities, and finding the best quality vinyl pressings in the world has become in some respects an “Objective Pseudo-Science” in the last few years. Try and wrap your head around that, don’t think too hard as your head might explode. When you find yourself amongst that precipice, it is a truly astonishing event. I must reiterate that all these events are a result of a desire for quality that was not available, so it goes that Quality Hi-Res vinyl rips were born.

Fast forward to recent months…

So the industry was unable to control this underground viral movement, with the collapse 73423dof the music industry and as nature abhors a vacuum, there was not much choice left for them to come on board. That is not to say that the record industry came aboard easily. It has also been said that there are two factions in the music industry, one which fights to do quality control of released recordings Vs. the business or money side of the industry. In the end it’s sadly all about money over art, and as a result of the recent growing demand for Portable Hi-Res Audio Players (DAP’s) already on the market, as well as the opening of Hi-Res Audio online vendors such as HD Tracks and others, made it critical that the music industry take notice.

The final piece of the puzzle, was the insistence of the Legendary Musician Neil Young and his new Pono Player (To be released in October), the Coming Pono Music Store, as well as it’s streamlined Ecosystem…which finally shifted the tide in our favor. It took all these factors to finally bring the music industry to the table. It was only a matter of time as well, after convincing  the recording industry to see the advantage of a new revenue stream, before they folded.

There has been a lot of Hi-Res Audio that has been officially released over the last few years and what we music junkies have found is that there is still many cases where the best known sourced vinyl still beats out the official Hi-Res Audio releases. So as a result of the desire for the highest quality audio, which can only be sourced from vinyl, it still 8453ndremains an important tool in our arsenal.

So all of the aforementioned still, for the most part, holds true. It is because we can use High Quality Vinyl Rips as a source of “reference recordings”, that keeps the bar yet raised very high. There is still a lot of change that needs to come from the artists and music industry before we can say that we have an adequate amount of “Reference Recordings” in Hi-Res Digital Format. This is the goal which Pono Music and it’s “Quality Control Ecosystem” will attempt to meet and I believe they can do it. Some have said that a lot of the music that the Pono Music Store will have access to will in many cases consist of what the Artists and Music Industry has already made available for Hi-Res purchase. A lot will depend on the many famous artists stumping for Pono and the influence they have with their labels. Again I prefer to remain optimistic.

To finish we must ask ourselves have we answered the original question, “Is It A Contradiction To Simultaneously Support Vinyl And Hi-Rez Digital Formats?”. In answering, amongst the current surge in vinyl collections and nostalgia for a physical item as well as it’s strength as a indispensable format for comparison, we must remember one thing, that while we for a time gave up on vinyl, just know that vinyl never gave up on us. Again my process my review.

 

Cheers and 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.

 You will not find underground compilation lists like this anywhere else on the worldwide web. Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server Exclusive!

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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/

 

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#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]\

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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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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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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.

pepper_frontpepper_back

 

 

 

 

 

pepper_side1pepper_side2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Studer_J37_4-track_tape_recorder_(1964-1972),_Abbey_Road_Studios

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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label1_zpse4b11ca7label2_zpsfac1120a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#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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