The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Inimitable Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band exemplifies sonic
transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs
were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records
for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band mono LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Generally regarded as the finest psychedelic pop album ever recorded, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band stands as the Summer of Love’s defining moment. It also remains many music lovers’ pick as the greatest record in history. Merits of such debates aside, it’s clearly a sonic tour de force—the
byproduct of 700 hours spent in the studio, countless overdubs,
imaginative production techniques, and full-on embrace of freedom, risk,
Perhaps more so than any other Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band gains completely new life from the remastering efforts.
The band pushes the limits on what’s possible with phasing, flanging,
chorusing, and four-track synching whereby four tracks were strictly
used for instrumentation and then carried over to second (and sometimes,
third) reduction mixes. This pioneering method of locking two
four-track machines together in sync—never attempted before—now sounds
glorious, as was originally intended in the studio.
The album’s psychedelic feel has never come across so heavily or wholeheartedly.
Chorus-like effects that grace so many songs, the result of wobbling
the oscillator, transmit with unparalleled quality. In addition, the
more open-sounding bass notes carry and decay, as do the myriad
keyboard-dependent arrangements. And the return of reverb—the Beatles went back to utilizing echo chambers—dots the melodies, harmonies, and overwhelming scope of instrumentation.
If you own a turntable, you need this pressing. It’s that involving. That definitive. That essential.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Track Listing:
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With 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