I have the recently reissued Sgt Peppers on Capitol vinyl and it sounds really, really good. The remastered CD was also recently released on Capitol but I have not heard it.
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there is no problem with the recording.
the 24 bit/44 kHz file of 'Sgt. Peppers' is the best sounding digital that I have heard. that came from a USB stick of the whole catalogue. it's better than the 'quite good' re-mastered CD Beatles box (mono and stereo). the 24 bit is only stereo. both box sets are better than any previous CD.
the best Sgt. Peppers I've heard by a long shot is my low gen 15ips 1/4" master dub of Sgt. Peppers which smokes everything else. but it's unicorn and rainbow stuff. I suppose I ought to make a 2xdsd or Quad dsd rip of the tape. that might be the new digital king.
ditto my comments for the White Album including the tape..
I don't know about your "Sgt Pepper's" release, Jim, but I was buying Japanese CD remasters for a while, and stopped because they all had one thing in common; over-extended highs. The mastering had very good dynamics, low noise floor, but were very fatiguing due to the highs.
I don't know if this is specific to certain record labels, but the CDs I purchased were all from major labels and I'm sure were legitimate releases.
The Beatles albums up through the white album are available in newly-remastered mono versions (the preferred mode for purists), and everyone likes them a lot (the first versions about which that can be said). There is a boxset containing all those albums in mono as well, and also a stereo boxset containing those albums plus the later ones. I think the stereo versions are also available individually.
To Lowrider, Yes, you are correct "overextended" highs. However, by your comment,it seems like you have bought other Japanese pressing of the Beatles or possibly others, and they are better.
BTW, even if the dynamics are outstanding and there is minimal or low noise that is irrelevant if the highs are so fatiguing it burns off your ears and gearing which is the case on the Japanese pressing of SPLHB.
To Bdf, Thank you for the info. I assume you mean remastered mono vinyl box sets, and also remastered stereo vinyl. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I am not that much of a vinyl purist to have add mono vinyl LP. I believe I recently purchased a mono version of the Beatles "Help" which is missing one or two of the better selections....and also sounds flat and washed out....( Thank you again Music Direct) I have a minimal TT in a Project DC Carbon with a Ortofon 2M Red.....I only have it to play the 40 or so LP's that I have not given away or which are just worn out. So, if the remastered Beatles boxset in stereo is vinyl, I would not be interested or getting back into analog. However, can you clarify who is offering these two box sets, and wheather there is a remastered CD box set in stereo. Thank you
The mono Beatles I'm talking about are CD's, released in 2009. It was a big deal at the time, Capitol having spent a lot of time getting it right. The boxset was a limited edition, but there are plenty of them around. Careful though, it was counterfeited in the Far East! If you do a search on You Tube, there are a few postings showing how to identify them.