Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, September 8, 2009
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Standard CD pressing of The Beatles' classic album, one of the grand pillars of modern popular music that practically changed the world of the LP when it was issued in 1967.
Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt. Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture. --Billy Altman
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All around, the sound is perfectly centered and absolutely dead quiet. This is most evident in the rhythm sounding tighter and all around much fuller. The drumming sounds punchier and truly pounces out of the speakers. Even the crowd from the beginning of the record sounds more detailed. Every new small detail that I notice adds up to produce the best reissue I have ever heard of any record.
The jacket has been flawlessly reproduced. It is made thicker to withstand the weight of a 180 gram record (something that MANY reissues seem to lack.) The most surprising point is not just that it includes a replica of the original paper cut-outs and original psychedelic inner sleeve, but that the gatefold is made with the same fold-over tabs.
All around, this reissue was painstakingly reproduced down to the smallest detail. Every ounce of effort and special care put into it truly lifts it to the highest quality I have ever seen on a vinyl reissue. If you want to go above and beyond the sound quality of an original pressing, I highly recommended buying this reissue.
BTW, if you want to rip these to your MP3 player, just use the Windows Media player that came with Windows. Be sure to check the rip format and rip settings to get the format (mp3) and quality (I suggest the highest setting for this CD) to get what you want.
Sit back and enjoy some music that really was revolutionary when it was new.
BUT, it won't record on my computer for iTunes, which allows me to play it on my phone, and thru my car stereo and other various stereos, WHICH IS THE POINT. Thus, this very good CD is only useful on traditional CD players, and that is not the way most people play CDs these days.
Very disappointed and heartbroken, as this is the historical album by the Beatles, and a landmark album as it is widely considered the first "concept" album. Guys, you need to fix this.