“Sgt. Pepper’s” at 50: was it a concept album or an identity crisis?

by Norm Gregory on May 15, 2017

in Music

 

Beatles fans, get your credit cards ready: On May 26, the Fab Four is unleashing a lavish revamp of 1967’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in honor of the landmark album’s 50th anniversary. Among the notable features of the reissue are outtakes and alternate versions of songs from the vaults — including the ‘Pepper’-era double-A-side single ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ — and a new stereo mix of the record that producers claim buffs up the painstaking vibe of the original mono mix.

‘They were trying to create this immersive world that the stereo didn’t have,’ Giles Martin, the man responsible for the new stereo mix (and, incidentally, the son of the late Beatles producer George Martin), recently told Rolling Stone about the original mono mixing sessions. ‘Nobody paid much attention to the stereo mix. What we did [today] was work out what they were doing in the mono mix and apply it to stereo.’ (More Via Salon.com.)

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