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Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition

I am now listening to my Super Deluxe 4CD, 2 DVD/Blu-Ray version of the 50th anniversary version of The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band re-issue. The packing of this expensive box set is commensurate with the price, but sonically, it requires just one word - WOW!


It gives you goosebumps when timeless music gets ‘refreshed’. Which in this instance means a thorough re-mixing and re-mastering. Which simplified means an improved source product meets 21st century recording techniques. And it doesn’t lose a thing and gains plenty!

To my ears, I agree with the initial reviews that both Ringo’s drums and Paul’s bass have a greater presence than the originals, but as an owner of the original MONO vinyl recording, the detail and subtleties of the arrangements of that recording have been preserved and enhanced to the benefit of this ‘new’ stereo reproduction.

I can only assume that the absolute last note of detail has been retrieved from the multiple original four-track tapes as the clarity, separation and depth of the studio ‘performance’ from 50 years ago is totally stunning. The ‘freshness’ of the sound is truly startling.