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Sgt Pepper Revisited

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It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released, ushering in a new sound for the Beatles, but also for rock music in general. For many, Sgt Pepper's is considered a breakthrough album, for others, including some of the Beatles themselves, an over-blown affair. Not to miss an anniversary, Apple has released a newly remastered version of the album, undertaken by none other than Giles Martin, son of the Beatles' original producer George Martin. Fans of the album will want to pick up this new version, regardless of what this or any other review says. 

The reissue is available in several forms, but in this review I'll cover the "Deluxe" 2 CD edition which includes the remastered original album along with a second disk of 18 never-before released alternate takes as well as remastered versions of the singles "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" that were recorded earlier in 1967, but weren't on the original album. There's also a "Super Deluxe" version which includes 2 disks of alternate takes, the original mono mix, the 1992 25-year documentary film on DVD, a blu-ray audio disk and a 144 page hardcover book with details on all the recorded tracks, photos, hand-written lyrics etc.

Beyond the 50th anniversary, the impetus for the reissue is that the original stereo mixes of Beatles albums are rather outdated. Back in '67, few people owned stereos. So while the Beatles were heavily involved in the mono mixes, none cared enough about the stereo mixes to actually be involved, instead delegating the task to the Abbey Road audio engineer Geoff Emerick. Because of the limitations 4-track recording, many of the original stereo mixes are panned quite hard left and right. While that extreme panning (for example hearing the drums widely separated from vocals) can be dramatic on occasion, the new reissue sounds much better. Not only does it sound more modern, it is much more vibrant.

Sgt Pepper studioThere's a richness to the new release that makes the drums, bass and occasional guitar fills crisper and more natural sounding, without sacrificing anything. While the improvement is most pronounced when listening on headphones, even with a decent car or home stereo, the original stereo album sounds flat by comparison. There's a punch to the new mixes that is unmistakable.

The sound is most noticeable on the opening title track and "Reprise," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "Getting Better," "Fixing A Hole," "Lovely Rita," "Good Morning," and "A Day In The Life." Admittedly, that's pretty much the entire album. To be clear, every track sounds much better.

As with most "alternate takes" disks, I would have to say this one is also a bit of a mixed bag. Almost by definition, alternate takes are those which were not chosen for the original album, usually being obviously inferior. Still, they provide an interesting perspective. The Beatles are at times funny, sharp, flat, off-key, out-of-time, but always sounding good. It makes the Beatles more human and less like pop geniuses to hear the takes before they've been subject to the magic of George Martin's production wizardry. The remastered versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" are superb, but only a few of the alternate takes will be worth more than a few listens. The unadorned version of "Good Morning" is excellent and I found take 1 of "A Day In The Life," arguably the Beatles' greatest song, fascinating. If you're a fan of the Anthology albums, you'll love the disk. If you're a casual fan, it's less compelling.

At this point, I may as well state the obvious: I'm a huge fan of this album and the reissue. I don't think "Sgt Pepper's" is necessarily the Beatle's best album — I would rate "Revolver" higher– but it holds a special place for me as the first album I bought. And it still sounds fresh, innovative and compelling, 50 years after it's release.

The only down side to listening to the remastered version, is that not only does the original sound flat in comparison, but so do the rest of the Beatles' albums. I can only hope that Apple remasters the rest in the coming years. And for fans who just can't get enough, check out the PBS show "Sgt Pepper's Musical Revolution" as well as Rolling Stone's excellent coverage including the back story on every song

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Goplus 21″ Beginners Kids Acoustic Guitar 6 String with Pick Children Kids Musical Gift (Light Blue)

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This is our brand new and high quality 21″ kids guitar, which is a perfect gift for your children and for any occasion. After a superb craftsmanship, this kids guitar has bright finishes and a silky balance to the tone that supports vocals beautifully. Comes with 6 strings and a pick, this guitar will build a happy childhood for your children. Don’t hesitate to take it home!

Product Features

  • Poplar body with compact design, Fashion and Creative
  • Length: 21 inch
  • Side Board: Basswood, Fingerboard: Basswood
  • Bright finishes, a silky balance to the tone and real sound
  • Package includes: 1 x 21″ Kids Guitar 1 x Pick

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Peavy Rockmaster Full Size The Walking Dead – Michonne Slash Maple Neck 21 Fret Electric Guitar

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Body: Basswood Fingerboard: Rosewood No. of frets: 21 Pickup: 1 Humbucking Neck: Maple Tuners: Diecast Chrome Hardware: Chrome Scale Length: 25.5;” Nut width: 1.65″ Control: 1 Volume and 1 Tone Weight Packed: 8.82 lb(4 kg) Width Packed: 15.5″(39.37 cm) Height Packed: 41″(104.14 cm) Depth Packed: 4.5″(11.43 cm) The Walking Dead – Michonne Slash Includes FREE Guitar Strap, 1/4″ Guitar Amp Cable, Tools & (3) Pack Picks

Product Features

  • Peavy Rockmaster Full Size The Walking Dead – Michonne Slash Maple Neck 21 Fret Electric Guitar

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Donner DC-2 One Handed Trigger Guitar Capo for Electric and Acoustic Guitars Cinnamon

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Introduction:
Donner DC-2 Capo is for really fast changes on stage. Easily applied and adjusted with one hand, it is spring loaded design is equally at home in guitars, and can be conveniently parked on the headstock when not in use. Simple and easy to use, the guitar stays in tune with a great intonation.
Specification
1. Made of alloy, strong and durable.
2. Elegant, concise and curved shape design, fits Guitar and other musical instruments well, has excellent hand feeling.
3. Quality steel spring with internal memory that stands wear and tear.
4. Quality silicon pad conforms to fingerboard and frets can ensure good sound and avoid scratching.
5. Excellent structure on the basis of mechanics theory design, easy to open, but can clamp firmly and easy to stay in tune.
6. Weight: 60g.
7.Color:Cinnamon
8.Lifetime Warranty.
Package included:
1 x Donner DC-2 Guitar Capo

Product Features

  • Professional capo built to last – built of lightweight high quality zinc alloy (aircraft grade metal).
  • Easy to move – fits perfectly electric and acoustic guitars, ukulele banjo, folk guitars and mandolin, and so on.
  • No scratches – high quality silicone pad will protect your instrument against damage
  • No fret buzz – stays in tune with a great intonation in all frets. Quickly change position between frets on stage with one hand.
  • High performance – steel spring with internal memory to provide strength and fatigue resistance. It will put just enough pressure on each guitar.

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar Cherry

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Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar Cherry The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar is a Gibson-authorized version of their great ’66 SG with a solid mahogany body and slim-taper set mahogany neck. Some subtle-yet-significant differences make this one special. Instead of the small, lower horn-only pickguard, it has the larger pickguard so there aren’t any pickup mounting rings around the high-output Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers (the ’66 SG had P-90 pickups).Separate volume and tone controls for each of the pickups give you complete control of your sound and allows for a miriad of tones. The LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier. The deep double-cutaway body lets you reach all 22 frets with ease. Case sold separately.

Product Features

  • Body Body shape: Double cutaway Body type: Solid body Body material: Solid wood Top wood: Not applicable Body wood: Mahogany Body finish: Gloss Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: SlimTaper Neck wood: Mahogany Joint: Set-in Scale length: 24.75″ Truss rod: Standard Neck finish: Gloss Fretboard Material: Rosewood Radius: 12″ Fret size: Jumbo Number of frets: 22 In
  • Some subtle-yet-significant differences make this one special
  • Instead of the small, lower horn-only pickguard, it has the larger pickguard so there aren’t any pickup mounting rings around the high-output Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers (the ’66 SG had P-90 pickups)
  • Separate volume and tone controls for each of the pickups give you complete control of your sound and allows for a miriad of tones
  • The LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier

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Fender 351 Premium Guitar Picks – Thin Red Moto – 12-Pack

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Fender guitar picks are a must-have part of any player’s gear. From soulful blues licks to ripping metal riffs, your pick is where it all begins. Fender offers a wide wide range of picks, in any thickness and made from a wide range of materials and an amazing assortment of colors. You’ll easily be able to find a Fender guitar pick that reflects your personality and you’re playing style. Keep two things in mind: Your tone starts at the pick, and you can never have enough Fender guitar picks!

Product Features

  • Fender Model#1980351709

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HJMusic Guitar Humbucker Frame Pickup Mounting Ring for Gibson LesPaul Guitar 2 Packs

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Product Features

  • Great compatible with LP electric guitar.
  • Outside Frame Size (L x W): approx. 3.62 x 1.81 inch / 92 x 46 mm
  • Inside Frame Size (L x W): approx. 2.76 x 1.54 inch / 70 x 39 mm
  • Mounting Hole Distance: approx. 3.27 x 1.5 inch / 83 x 38 mm
  • Material: Plastic + Rosewood

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Custom Rick Toone Headless, fan-fretted T2 Telecaster

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I’m not going to get into too much detail. The pictures speak for themselves on this one. Either you love when some one takes a tried and true design and turns it into a unique beast, or you hate it. There is rarely someone in the middle on these issues.

This Rick Toone T2  is designed to be polarizing. The craftsmanship may speak for itself. It looks extremely well made and has all the elements of a great guitar.

What I’m mostly offended by is the price, $17500 US.

Admittedly I know very little about the Luthier Rick Toone apart from the fact that I’ve heard his name before, and have seen one or two of his more ergonomic offerings.

Has anyone here own/played one of his guitars? Is it worth the hefty price tag?

R.W. Haller

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The Great Worship Songbook (With Intros in Audio): 9 Must-Play Christian chords for those who love to worship the Lord playing the guitar. (Christian Books For Life 5)

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Hi brother in Christ…
I bring to you this ebook because, like you, I love to play the guitar and, of course, worship the Lord at my church, in my home or when I have a Bible study and I wanted to make some of the classical hymns easy to learn but at the same time not to lock myself up in just the Chords, so I included very basic but complete intros for every song to make the performance “richer” so that a new player could sound like an intermediate level.
I really hope you enjoy it and I would appreciate any feedback

This ebook contains the following worship songs:

It is well with my soul
There is sunshine in my soul today
Holy holy holy
Amazing grace
The old rugged cross
Blessed assurance
A mighty fortress
I surrender all
In the garden

Jonathan Tristan

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B.C. Rich Mockingbird One Electric Guitar, Transparent Red

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Body Construction Bolt On Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Finish Painted Fretboard Rosewood Fretboard Radius 12″ Fret Size Jumbo Inlays Dot Headstock 6-Inline Pointed Scale Length 25.5″ Nut Type Standard Nut Material Synthetic Graphite Nut Width 1 11/16″ Hardware Tuning Keys Die Cast Bridge Type Tune-O-Matic Hardware Color Chrome (Black on Trans Red model) Control Knobs Dome Knobs Electronics Electronics Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way Toggle Neck Pickup B.D.S.M. Humbucker Bridge Pickup B.D.S.M. HumbuckerGreat guitar, has a little

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