SGT.PEPPER AND THE DEFINITIVE JOURNEY
By marty noel
“NEVER TO SEE ANY OTHER
When I was 5 YEARS OLD,I began to have OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES akin to what child psychologists would later call fitful dreams.But the truth of what they really were wouldnt become apparent to me for another 20 years.When I formally began my DEFINITIVE JOURNEY as a 20th century BRUJO.However,at the time of my initiation,the DREAMS that I kept experiencing night after night after the night,all seemed to fit a schematic pattern.Whereby,they would start off as child’s play,with some children(mostly girls)playing with me,then the DREAM would get progressively darker and scarier,until the same pretty little girl with ribbons in her hair would take me to a door(Always the same door)and ask me to join her inside this door forever!While my INNERVOICE would forceably dissuade me from entering this door into this MYSTICAL HOUSE,as I always understood implicitly that to do so would lead to my untimely death......and then................I WOULD WAKE UP!When SGT PEPPER(in its original mono form)was released.FOUR YEARS LATER, It SCARED THE LIVING HELL OUT OF ME!As it seemed as if the Beatles were recreating an aural enactment of my early OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES.With side one fitting the pattern of PRELUDE or the lightning before the ⛈ storm.While SIDE TWO with the remarkable WITHIN YOU,WITHOUT YOU(probably the greatest and deepest song that George Harrison ever recorded)symbolizing for me the part of the DREAM when I would begin to comprehend that it was all a show of sorts for my benefit(aka;A TRAP)but,that the GRAND FINALE had yet to occur.With SGT.PEPPER REPRISE,as the FALSE CLIMAX,which A DAY IN THE LIFE with its DOOM-LADEN CHORD would soon actualize in the most dramatically chilling way imaginable.Just as I would think that I had awakened,but,then would be plunged back into the DREAM................AND AN ENDING THAT SOMEHOW NEVER SEEMED TO BE THE END!
The WORLD WAR TWO historian STEPHEN AMBROSE,in commenting upon the ultimate impact of the ALLIED D-DAY INVASION stated,that everything prior to D DAY had been in a GLOBAL/MILITARYsense,leading up to D DAY.While everything that has occured since D DAY has HAPPENNED because of D DAY.Whether Ambrose thesis is correct or incorrect?I do believe that taken within a SOCIO-CULTURAL context,that it now must be said 51 YEARS FROM ITS INITIAL RELEASE,NOW IN ETHEREAL AND MAGNETIC STEREO ,THAT SGT.PEPPER AND A DAY IN THE LIFE REPRESENT A SIMILAR MOTIF.WITH EVERYTHING BEFORE PEPPER LEADING INTO PEPPER,AND EVERYTHING SINCE PEPPER...............LEADING US TO NOW!
Listen to this remarkable re-production,and have your own DEFINITIVE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL.
AKA;M..N .REVOLUTION ROCK
Amazing...one day I hope all Beatles albums will receive this treatment
By Gavin Rothschild
Incredibly sounding album. Great mix. Everything can be heard, all clear in its glory! I was born in the seventies after the Beatles broke up, but I grew up listening to them. This is by far the best sounding they have ever been. I am hoping they can do this treatment to at least Rubber Soul, Revolver, the White Album, Abbey Road, and Let it Be. I loved the takes where you can hear the songs evolving. If you are fan of the original album or The Beatles, this is a must have.
Pleasing but in Some Cases Overdone Remastering
The remastering of this immortal album has effectively greatly improved and updated the album to modern standards. Overall, this is very pleasing however some of the chorus reverb the vocals is overdone. While to an extent this is useful in strengthening the psychedelic effect of the vocals, one of the Beatles' biggest strengths is the raw vocal quality of its lead singers. The chorus reverbs are in some cases just too blatant to allow the listener to fully appreciate the vocal prowess of Lennon and McCartney. This being said, a remastering was needed. This is a notably marvelous reissue.
An Undisputed Masterpiece
...and an essential part of any record collection.
Pretty good, but BE WARNED
By That One Guy!
For the most part, these new mixes are much better than what was previously available. BUT with that said, there are a few disappointing changes you should know about. My biggest gripes are that the beginnings of both “Mr. Kite” and “Good Morning” are way too compressed. Also, “She’s Leaving Home” has been sped up noticeably faster than the original. On “Friends”, there was a mistake that was buried in the original mix that could barely be heard, but now it really pops out - at the very end of the song when Ringo sings “Yes, I get by…”, you can simultaneously hear him start to sing “mmm-” and get abruptly cut off. They could have taken that out. At the end of “Within You Without You”, the laughing is no longer subtle, but way too loud. Also, the final note of "A Day In the Life" is way too loud. And on the 3rd verse of “Strawberry Fields”, there’s a loud backwards click between the words “me” and “but” that wasn’t in the original mix. Also, the fade-out/fade-in part of “Fields” near the end of the song is louder, thus making the fade-out/fade-in part have less of its effect. And during the first fade-out of “Fields”, the beginning part of the mellotron can barely be heard, and during the second fade-out, the piano can barely be heard. And why does "Fields" and "Penny Lane" only peak at -3 dB while the rest of the album peaks at -0.4 dB? Then finally, “Lucy” and “Rita” are played slightly slower than the original versions, which isn’t too big of a deal for me since I didn’t even notice it until I made a sound comparison, but just so you know. I think a little more care could have (and should have) been taken in this remix/remaster, but overall, they did a good job. I think the album is a good purchase.
The album is great and I love the Beatles so yeah
Modern take on perfection
By Zaki Family
A little bass heavy, but you get used to it pretty fast. Younger ears will prefer it that way. It was awesome to have some details finally come out clearly. Over time I may end up preferring this mix.
Sometimes It Just All Comes Together
By Thanks Bob Schiffer
How wonderful it is to sit and listen to such a magnificently remixed version of the four great artists and the magic music they made that truly changed rock and roll, making everyone, every group and every song that came along after strive to get better all the time. This is truly the set of recordings that changed the direction of music for all time. My thanks to all The Beatles, and may God forever grant you peace and rest, John Lennon and George Harrison. What did we all lose by losing you far too early?
This is so good
I'm pretty much a purist and deeply respect the amazing work that went into the making and mixing of this album. But recording technology is prime to update this amazing piece of work. And the production team stayed very close the the feel of the original. Except now, drums have a snap, Paul's bass is clean and vocals are centered and crisp.
Really lots of reasons to upgrade. Maybe the best album ever made... and now better.