Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Packaging Details

Super Deluxe 6 Disc (Stereo Remix, Mono + Rarities, Outtakes CDs x 2, 1 DVD, 1 Blu-ray – see more detail on track listings below):

2 LP (Stereo Remix plus, as this site says, “…a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo”!):2 CD (Stereo Remix plus previously unreleased alternate takes of each of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of ‘Penny Lane,’ and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased alternate takes of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’):

1 CD (Stereo Remix):

Here’s a more detailed track list for the Super Deluxe 6 disc set – taken from the Canadian Music Vaults site. There are new 5.1 mixes of the whole album, plus ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ on the DVD and Blu-ray, and much, much more:

  • 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.

BLURAY/DVD
1-13 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band new stereo/5.1
14 Strawberry Fields Forever – 2015 5.1 mix
15 Penny Lane new 5.1 mix
16 The Making Of Sgt. Pepper restored
17 A Day In The Life – 2017 Audio
18 Strawberry Fields Forever – 2017 Audio
19 Penny Lane – 2017 Audio

CD1 – album, new 2017 stereo mix
CD2

1 Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 1
2 Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 4
3 Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 7
4 Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 26
5 Strawberry Fields Forever – Stereo/Giles Martin Mix (probably the 2015 mix)
6 When I’m Sixty-Four
7 Penny Lane – Take 6
8 Penny Lane – Vocal Overdubs and Speech
9 Penny Lane – Stereo / Giles Martin Mix 2017
10 A Day In The Lif e- Take 1
11 A Day In The Life – Take 2
12 A Day In The Life – Orchestra Overdub
13 A Day In The Life – Hummed Last Chord
14 A Day In The Life – The Last Chord
15 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Take 1
16 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Take 9
17 Good Morning Good Morning – Take 1
18 Good Morning Good Morning – Take 8
CD3
1 Fixing A Hole – Take 1
2 Fixing A Hole – Speech And Take 3
3 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
4 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! – Take 7
5 Lively Rita – Speech and Take 9
(Should read “Lovely Rita”)
6 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Take 1 And Speech
7 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Speech
8 Getting Better – Take 1
9 Getting Better – Take 12
10 Within You Without You – Take 1
11 Within You Without You – George Coaching The Musicians
12 She’s Leaving Home – Take 1
13 She’s Leaving Home – Take 6
14 With A Little Help From My Friends – Take 1
15 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) Speech and Take 8
CD4
1-13 album in mono, original mono mix
14 Strawberry Fields Forever (mono single)
15 Penny Lane (mono single)
16 A Day In The Life – First Mono Mix
17 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Original Mono Mix (lost version)
18 She’s Leaving Home – First Mono Mix
19 Penny Lane – Capitol Records Mono Mix

Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Re-Issues Revealed

Significantly more detail has emerged about the May 26th release of the 50th Anniversary Editions of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

As already noted, the BIG news is that there’ll be a 2LP set;  a 1CD set; a 2CD Deluxe Edition; and a 6 Disc Super Deluxe Edition! That’s four CDs plus a DVD and a Blu-ray disc of the documentary “The Making of Sgt. Pepper”.

This “unboxing” video has been released:

As you can see, it says “Remixed….a brand new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell from the original master tapes”.

Plus, wait for it, one CD of “previously unreleased session takes” in the double CD set, and in the 6 disc edition “two CD’s of extras – a deeper dive with 100 minutes of outtakes, many previously unheard and unreleased”.

There’ll also be a Mono mix “…with 6 extra tracks, including the ‘lost’ version of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.

Phew!  More soon.

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Australian A Hard Day’s Night – BluRay and DVD

Finally got hold of an Australian, two-disc, BluRay/DVD edition of the 50th anniversary release of A Hard Day’s Night.

Not much to show really. We here in “Region B” get a low-cost, very basic set in a standard BluRay blue plastic box….not even a booklet or insert inside:

AHDN frontAHDN rearAHDN BluRay1AHDN DVD1The BluRay special features are The Beatles: The Road to A Hard Day’s Night – An Interview with author Mark Lewisohn; In their Own Voices – The Beatles on A Hard Day’s Night; Anotomy of a Style – a piece on Richard Lester’s methods; Picturwise – A featurette on Richard Lester; Audio Commentary – by the cast and crew; and a new trailer for the film.

The DVD adds: You Can’t Do That! – the making of AHDN; The Running Jumping Standing Still Film – Richard Lester’s 1960 short film; Things They Said Today – a 2002 documentary; Audio Commentary – by the cast and crew; and the new trailer for the film.

In Australia the film is distributed by Umbrella Entertainment.