‘Sgt. Pepper’ getting 50-year anniversary reissue

News / Preorders / April 4, 2017

The 50-year anniversary of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is starting to show up at retailers in a 2xCD, 2xLP and 6xDisc collection. For the vinyl edition, it’s described as follows by the Beatles website: “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 here’s the description for the 6xDisc set:

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.

The reissue is coming out on May 26. The announcement also mentions that on Record Store Day, Apple will release a 7″ single featuring “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” some of the first tracks recorded during these album sessions. This was not previously on the official RSD list.



Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

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