Ringo loves the 50th anniversary Sgt. Pepper master because the drums are louder
Written by Nathan Jolly
on Apr 03, 2017
Over the weekend, eagle-eyed Beatles fans will have noticed the band’s social media accounts, plus those of George Harrison’s estate and Ringo Starr, posted four colour bars which match the four outfits worn by the Beatles on the cover of their 1967 magnum opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
June 1 will mark the album’s fiftieth anniversary, and the Times have reported that a big reissue is in the works (we’d be shocked if such a momentous date came and went without one, to be honest). While there is talk of inserting the band’s double-A single recorded during the Pepper sessions — ‘Strawberry Field Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’ — into the album’s official tracklisting (which is a bad idea), it would appear that the audio has been remastered in a way that pleases Ringo Starr.
Coming soon peace and love peace and good 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶🎵🎶☮ pic.twitter.com/ad0PeHQ0bW— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) 31 de marzo de 2017
Keith Allison played bass in ’60s band Paul Revere and the Raiders, and has worked with Starr in the years since. He shared a fascinating story on his social media, in which Ringo played him the newly remastered copy of Sgt. Pepper, an album Starr hadn’t listened to for decades.
Ringo’s thoughts? “He thought it was great!” Allison reveals. The reason? “Because it originally was recorded on a 4-track with a lot of overdubs, which buried the drums. Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased.”
Allison also adds the album was remastered at EMI Studios, where it was originally recorded. Read the full story below.
If you're a Beatle fan you might like this this story...I know I do. *This June 1st will be the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper album. March 30th is the anniversary of cover photo shoot.
A couple months ago I was at Ringo's home. We were in his man cave watching tv, when a delivery from England came in. It's was from Giles Martin, George Martins son. What's this? It's the Sgt. Pepper album remastered. I said, "I haven't listened to this in I don't know how long." Ringo exclaimed, "You haven't heard it in a long time? I haven't listened to it in decades." So we decide to listen to it on his high def top of the line system. So here we are sitting on the sofa, facing the Tv, muted, but with soap operas playing. We listened to every track together. I thought, this is a historically great moment. Sitting here with my friend, listening to Sgt. Pepper, that he's on as a Beatle, and that he hasn't listen to track by track, since it came out.
Only two copies of the remastered Sgt. Pepper album were sent out, one to McCartney and one to Ringo, to be approved by them both. So what did Ringo think? He thought it was great! Why? Because it originally was recorded on a 4-track with a lot of over dubs, which buried the drums. Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased. You'll be glad to know it was remastered at EMI Studios where it was originally recorded.
I remember the first time I heard Sgt. Pepper. It was in Carmel, at Raiders drummer Mike 'Smitty' Smith's home. He got an advanced copy prior to its release. We sat there listening to it, in its entirety. Revisiting certain songs.