Beatles Prep Massive 'Sgt. Pepper' 50th Anniversary Reissue

New deluxe editions boast previously unreleased takes from legendary recording sessions

The Beatles will reissue 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' for its 50th anniversary, complete with numerous unreleased studio takes. Credit: Apple Corps/Photofest

The Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with several reissue packages arriving May 26th.

A new stereo mix of the album will be available as a single CD and as part of every other package. An expanded deluxe edition will be released digitally, as a two-CD set or two-LP vinyl package. A super deluxe six-disc box set will also be available.

All three deluxe editions of Sgt. Pepper will boast previously unreleased complete takes of all 13 album tracks. The deluxe CD and digital versions will also include new stereo mixes: a previously unreleased instrumental take of "Penny Lane" and two unreleased takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever."

The super deluxe box set come with all of the aforementioned CDs, plus 33 more recordings from the Sgt. Pepper sessions, most of which have never been released and were newly mixed from the four-track session tapes. A fourth disc will include early, unreleased mono mixes of several songs and a direct transfer of the album's original mono mix. Discs five and six will boast surround-sound audio mixes of the album on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as promo films for several tracks and a restored version of the rare 1992 documentary, The Making of Sgt. Pepper.

The super deluxe package will also come with a 144-page hardcover book featuring a new introduction from Paul McCartney and producer Giles Martin, who newly mixed the reissue with Sam Okell. The book will explore every facet of Sgt. Pepper, from its songs and legendary cover art to musical innovations and historical context. Beatles historian Kevin Howlett, composer and musicologist Howard Goodall, producer Joe Boyd and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate all contributed to the book. A 50-page abridged booklet will be available in the two-CD deluxe edition. 

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Reissue Track Lists

CD
(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"

Deluxe [2CD, digital]
CD 1
Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix 

CD 2
1. " Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" [Take 9]
2. " With A Little Help From My Friends" [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]
3. " Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" [Take 1]
4. " Getting Better" [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
5. " Fixing A Hole" [Speech And Take 3]
6. " She's Leaving Home" [Take 1 – Instrumental]
7. " Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" [Take 4]
8. " Within You Without You" [Take 1 - Indian Instruments]
9. " When I'm Sixty-Four" [Take 2]
10. "Lovely Rita" [Speech And Take 9]
11. "Good Morning Good Morning" [Take 8]
12. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" [Take 8]
13. "A Day In The Life" [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]
14. "Strawberry Fields Forever" [Take 7]
15. "Strawberry Fields Forever" [Take 26]
16. "Strawberry Fields Forever" [Stereo Mix - 2015]
17. "Penny Lane" [Take 6 - Instrumental]
18. "Penny Lane" [Stereo Mix - 2017]

Deluxe Vinyl 
LP 1
Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix

LP 2 (Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album)
Side A
1. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" [Take 9 And Speech]
2. "With A Little Help From My Friends" [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]
3. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" [Take 1]
4. "Getting Better" [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
5. "Fixing A Hole" [Speech And Take 3]
6. "She's Leaving Home" [Take 1 – Instrumental]
7. "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" [Take 4]

Side B
1. "Within You Without You" [Take 1 - Indian Instruments]
2. "When I'm Sixty-Four" [Take 2]
3. "Lovely Rita" [Speech And Take 9]
4. "Good Morning Good Morning" [Take 8]
5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Reprise) [Take 8]
6. "A Day In The Life" [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]

Super Deluxe [4CD/DVD/Blu-ray box set]
CD 1
Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix

CD 2 (Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates)
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 (Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates)
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 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 and bonus tracks in Mono)
1-13: 2017 Direct Transfer of Sgt. Pepper 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 U.S. Promo Single - Mono Mix]

DISCS 5 & 6 (Blu-ray & DVD)
Audio Features (both discs):
- 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 / DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
- High Resolution Audio versions of 2017 'Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix and 2017 “Penny Lane” stereo mix, plus 2015 “Strawberry Fields Forever” hi res stereo mix (Blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit / DVD: LPCM Stereo)
Video Features (both discs):
- 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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