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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 02:25pm | Post a Comment

Beatles Sgt Pepper Anniversary Reissues

The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP turns 50 this June! To celebrate, Capitol is reissuing this legendary LP on May 26th in four different anniversary edition releases that are really something special. After all, this is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since 2003's Let It Be... Naked. This new version of Sgt. Pepper features new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, conducted at Abbey Road Studios. Even more exciting is the fact that the reissues include 34 previously unreleased recordings, including early takes from the sessions. Each reissue features Martin's new stereo mix, which was sourced from the original four-track session tapes and guided by his father, George Martin's mono mix. They are all now available to pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's what to expect from the four different versions.

Beatles Sgt Pepper CD

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Anniversary Edition] CD

Please Please Me

Posted by Whitmore, March 22, 2008 07:29pm | Post a Comment

45 years ago today,  March 22, 1963, the Beatles released their first album Please Please Me. This mono version was rush-released to the public in the UK to capitalize on the success of the hit single of the same name which had reached #2 on the charts. The album contained six cover songs, but more importantly it contained eight songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A stereo version of this album was later released in 1963 on April 26th.

In the U.S., most of the songs from Please Please Me were first released in 1964 on the Vee-Jay Records label on the renamed album Introducing The Beatles. And in 1965 a similar collection was issued once again on Capitol Records as The Early Beatles. The unexpurgated Please Please Me was not released in the U.S. until the Beatles catalog was released on CD in 1987.

Other than the singles and the flip sides of "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do" (the Beatles' first single which had charted and reached #17 in the UK), all the other tracks were recorded in a marathon session on Monday, February 11th, 1963, at Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles, with George Martin producing, essentially recorded their live act in 9 hours and 45 minutes. The entire day's session cost around £400. And besides John, Paul, George Harrison and Ringo Starr playing their respective instruments, George Martin also played a little piano. The earlier tracks recorded the previous September and November had session player Andy White on drums, who has also recorded with the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Herman's Hermits, and Tom Jones.