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Re: Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Reviewed

Posted by **backbeat** on Jun 13, 2017 at 6:42:41 PM:
In Reply to: Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Reviewed posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Jun 13, 2017 at 11:58:19 AM:

*OK OK, I finally coughed up some cash to the greedy bean counters at Apple/EMI. Why did I fall for it? It's easy - I'm just another gullible baby boomer that just has to have new stuff.
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*So what about it you say?
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*Some of it is really good.
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*Some of it is really bad.
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*The good -
*The manic piano at the end of Help from my Friends. Some neat sounds in Lucy. More evenly balanced music. Those are all good.
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*The bad -
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*It's really LOUD!
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*And LOUD does not equate with good. LOUD is LOUD!
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*Is George Martin rolling over in his grave? I doubt it, since he was not against butchering the catalog in the Love album.
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*So was is necessary? Absolutely not, not in this incarnation. Had they made a more subtle change, less loudness, more fidelity, maybe.
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*The be all and all remains the mono album on vinyl and in the 2009 mono box set.
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*Anything else is a let down. This is not exceptional, and does not deserve any accolades. It's more like the emperor without his clothes, exposed for what it is. No better and no worse than the original stereo. A very mixed bag.
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*So congratulations, Apple. You've done it again. It could have been just great. There are some neat moments where you just say, wow, that's really cool. But too many when you just want to run to the stereo and lower the volume. Too bad. In this latest version it's just a sad, disappointing failure, totally forgetful, unfortunately. Buyer beware.

actually i quite liked it - the vocals and harmonies are much clearer, pronounced and articulated as is the instrumentation - there is far more to this mix than turning up the volume imho - as well there's way more richness to the album then heard before - as far as vinyl goes ...well i love the mono vinyl....

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