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The Beatles Will Celebrate “Sgt Pepper” 50th Anniversary with 6 CD Special Edition of Album

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The Beatles will release a 6 CD suped up version of Sgt. Pepper to commemorate the 50th anniversary. There are two CDs for the album itself, two CDs of “sessions,” a DVD and a BluRay disc. The package goes on sale May 26th for the June 1st celebration. There isn’t more info yet, just this YouTube promo. But I would guess they’ll offer Sgt Pepper remastered and remixed in the same formats as the Beatles “1” album from last year. That will mark the first real upgrade for the album. The album will now include the two sided single that preceded the album’s release– Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever– but were left off the finished project. There may be upgraded versions of outtakes that appeared on the Anthology album. Whatever it is, we’ll want it, and we’ll buy it, and it will all be very, very good.

Seems like the list price on Amazon is $149. Here’s the link  It’s already number 2 on amazon.

More details:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases include:

A CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.

Deluxe:  Expanded 2CD and digital package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

Deluxe Vinyl:  Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.

Super Deluxe:  The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:

CD 1:  New stereo album mix

CDs 2 & 3:

– 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates

– A new stereo mix of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”

CD 4:

– Direct transfers of the album’s original mono mix and the “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” singles

– Capitol Records’ U.S. promotional mono single mix of “Penny Lane”

– Previously unreleased early mono mixes of “She’s Leaving Home,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)

Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray and DVD):

– New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”

– High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” and of the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”

– Video features:  4K restored original promotional films for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “A Day In The Life;” plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin.

Roger Friedman
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