The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Our Shootout Winner from 2009

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Letters and Commentaries for Sgt. Peppers

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This British Import Parlophone pressing has, without a doubt, ONE OF THE BEST SIDE TWOS WE’VE EVER HEARD. I guarantee you’ve never heard A Day In The Life sound as good as it does here — we sure haven’t! The superb presence, clarity, and transparency allow elements to come through that are lost on all but the very hottest copies. Take a listen to how clear the piano comes through in the mix and compare it to any other copy you can find to see what I’m talking about.

Talk about energetic, jumpin’ out of the speakers, zero distortion sound! This A+++ side two is a MONSTER. The bottom end has all the weight, the mids are as tubey magical as they come, and the top end is fully extended and silky sweet. I’d feel good putting this side up against anything you could throw at it. Heck, I’d be surprised if the master tape itself sounded significantly better!

Side one isn’t quite in the same league (wouldn’t that be something if it were?) but it’s still pretty darn good. The sound is rich and sweet with excellent bass. What does side two have that side one lacks? A bit of extension up top and a degree or two of presence. Still, most copies out there wouldn’t be competetive with this one. We give it an A+.

The Greatest Rock Record Ever Made?

I have the CD for Sgt. Pepper in my car, and having played it dozens of times during the last year I am more and more impressed by it. A more original group of songs simply cannot be found. Each is brilliant and unique. I never really appreciated this album, but repeated playings have shown me the error of my ways. There’s a reason it regularly gets voted the greatest rock album of all time.

We’ve kept our commentary relatively brief for this title, because we imagine there’s not much we can tell you about this album that you don’t already know. If you’re ready to hear Sgt. Pepper’s sound better than you’ve ever heard it in your life, grab this copy — plain and simple!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help from My Friends
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 
Getting Better
Fixing a Hole
She’s Leaving Home
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

Side Two

Within You, Without You
When I’m Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita 
Good Morning, Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
A Day in the Life

AMG Review

With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian ‘When I’m 64’ seems like a logical extension of ‘Within You Without You’ and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of ‘Lovely Rita.’ It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this.