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Re: Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Reviewed

Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:01:06 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Reviewed posted by **Only Sleeping** on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:18:50 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.
**So what about it you say?
**Some of it is really good.
**Some of it is really bad.
**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.
**The bad -
**It's really LOUD!
**And LOUD does not equate with good. LOUD is LOUD!
**Is George Martin rolling over in his grave? I doubt it, since he was not against butchering the catalog in the Love album.
**So was is necessary? Absolutely not, not in this incarnation. Had they made a more subtle change, less loudness, more fidelity, maybe.
**The be all and all remains the mono album on vinyl and in the 2009 mono box set.
**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.
**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.
*I like it.

It's grown on me after a few more listenings. I still think it is too loud, in comparison to the wonderful Japanese mono 2009 set which should be considered the gold standard for any to date releases on CD. Of course I am biased toward the vinyl release of Pepper, since it was my very first album, a birthday gift from my sister, the mono one! I listened to it neat to read the lyrics on the back of the album as I listened to it. The one bone headed thing I did was based on some myth I heard that if you placed a penny on the tone arm you would get better fidelity. All I got was wear and tear on the vinyl (I think I only played it like that for Lucy thank goodness).

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