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The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

(180g Mono Vinyl LP)

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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 All-Analog Project

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 cutting engineers. 
 
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 forcethe byproduct of 700 hours spent in the studio, countless overdubs, imaginative production techniques, and full-on embrace of freedom, risk, and adventure.

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 

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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

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