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Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2017
Released simultaneously with the rest of the 50th anniversary editions of The Beatles' most celebrated album, the Japanese exclusive super deluxe box set is the most comprehensive of all, featuring all the brand new audiovisual material, plus other exclusives, not available elsewhere. Along with all the contents of the international super deluxe box set, the Japanese box set exclusively comes with cardboard papers to set up a diorama (11 x 11 x 7cm), replicating the cover artwork (the design of these is different from the ones individually sold at stores). Furthermore, the box includes 2 mini gift cards, plus an A2-sized poster. More importantly, the 6 CDs inside the box are Super High Material discs ( SHM-CD format), offering to audiophiles even higher quality sound than normal CDs (SHM-CDs are played on a standard CD player). The lavish and info-packed 144-page hardback book is naturally included in the package. Since I have purchased both super deluxe box sets, I think I can safely say that the Japanese is the most precious, being the greatest collectible of the 2017 anniversary series a Beatle-maniac can get. It is, also, a limited release, making it even more special. It costs a little more than ¥19,000 (incl. p&p) when ordering from Japan, quite reasonable for what the item is. The product details below are meticulously typed by little old me straight from the listings in the box. Those who invest in any version of the box set, will be highly rewarded by the diligence employed towards assembling it; from the magnificent lenticular slipcase, to the newly refreshed original 4-track tapes audio, this is a premium package of one of the most influential and celebrated albums in the history of music.

List of contents:

CD 1: "Sgt. Pepper..." 2017 Stereo mix

1. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band
2. With a little help from my friends
3. Lucy in the sky with diamonds
4. Getting better
5. Fixing a hole
6. She's leaving home
7. Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite!
8. Within you without you
9. When I'm sixty-four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good morning good morning
12. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Reprise)
13. A day in the life

CD 2: Early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order

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 mix - 2015)
6. When I'm sixty-four (Take 2)
7. Penny Lane (Take 6 - Instrumental)
8. Penny Lane (Vocal overdubs and speech)
9. Penny Lane (Stereo mix - 2017)
10. A day in the life (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) (Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11)
14. A day in the life (The last chord)
15. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Take 1 - Instrumental)
16. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Take 9 and speech)
17. Good morning good morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown)
18. Good morning good morning (Take 8)

CD 3: Early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order

1. Fixing a hole (Take 1)
2. Fixing a hole (Speech and Take 3)
3. Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite! (Speech from before Take 1, Take 4 and speech at the end)
4. Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite! (Take 7)
5. Lovely Rita (Speech and Take 9)
6. Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Take 1 and speech at the end)
7. Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Speech, false start and Take 5)
8. Getting better (Take 1, Instrumental and speech at the end)
9. Getting better (Take 12)
10. Within you without you (Take 1 - Indian instruments only)
11. Within you without you (George coaching the musicians)
12. She's leaving home (Take 1 - Instrumental)
13. She's leaving home (Take 6 - Instrumental)
14. With a little help from my friends (Take 1 - False start and Take 2 - Instrumental)
15. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Reprise) (Speech and Take 8)

CD 4: "Sgt. Pepper..." + bonus tracks (All in mono mix)

1. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Original mono mix)
2. With a little help from my friends (Original mono mix)
3. Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Original mono mix)
4. Getting better (Original mono mix)
5. Fixing a hole (Original mono mix)
6. She's leaving home (Original mono mix)
7. Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite! (Original mono mix)
8. Within you without you (Original mono mix)
9. When I'm sixty-four (Original mono mix)
10. Lovely Rita (Original mono mix)
11. Good morning good morning (Original mono mix)
12. Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (Reprise) (Original mono mix)
13. A day in the life (Original mono mix)
14. Strawberry fields forever (Original mono mix)
15. Penny Lane (Original mono mix)
16. A day in the life (Unreleased first mono mix)
17. Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Unreleased mono mix - No. 11)
18. She's leaving home (Unreleased first mono mix)
19. Penny Lane (Capitol Records US promo single - mono mix)

Disc 5 (blu-ray)

Audio features:
- New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of "Sgt. Pepper..." album and "Penny Lane", plus 2015 5.1 Surround mix of "Strawberry fields forever" (blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1)
- High Resolution 2017 Audio versions of "Sgt. Pepper..." album and "Penny Lane", plus 2015 "Strawberry fields forever" (all in stereo mix) (blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit)

Video features:
- The making of "Sgt. Pepper..." (Restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased)
- Promotional films: "A day in the life", "Strawberry fields forever", "Penny Lane" (4K restored)

Disc 6 (DVD)

Audio features:
- New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of "Sgt. Pepper..." album and "Penny Lane", plus 2015 5.1 Surround mix of "Strawberry fields forever" (DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
- High Resolution 2017 Audio versions of "Sgt. Pepper..." album and "Penny Lane", plus 2015 "Strawberry fields forever" (all in stereo mix) (DVD: LPCM Stereo)

Video features:
- The making of "Sgt. Pepper..." (Restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased)
- Promotional films: "A day in the life", "Strawberry fields forever", "Penny Lane" (4K restored)
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