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Elektra To Release 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Love Classic, Forever Changes

In the late ’60s, a wealth of sounds and thoughts were swirling in the growing world of Rock and Roll and its listeners. The preoccupation with the Vietnam War, the need to expand consciousness beyond the scope of our boring three-dimensional interaction with reality, and the questions that new immersions in philosophy and concept would create (and never answer), as well as the need to shape our world through politics, were paramount to the times. Many band emerged in the US to ask those questions and to seek impossible answers. One of those were Arthur Lee’s Love.

Love was great in that they were willing to incorporate styles to make a great hybrid of music. One of their great classics is Forever Changes from 1967. In 2015, the album was newly remastered and presented to appreciative audiences. However, with the arrival of he album’s 50th Anniversary, Elektra Records has done the album extreme justice with a celebrating 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

On April 6, you will be able to acquire the definitive set of this classic for your Love library, if you consider yourself one of the fans of the band willing to shell out the sum required.

For this set, the first CD will present the original album, with CD2 providing an alternate MONO mix of the original album, CD3 offering a collection of previously released alternate mixes, and CD4 providing a selected set of singles, demos, and outtakes, most previously heard from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Forever Changes.

The DVD contains 96kHz/24-bit hi resolution mixes of the original album plus a video of “Your Mind And We Belong Together”. Finally, the vinyl LP offers the original album with the 2015 remaster.

A 12″ by 12″ hardbound book separates this massive reissue endeavor with a bunch of great photos, notes, essays, credits, and other insights.

This classic 1967 album beautifully captures the state of music back in the incredible period of the late ’60s.  It’s just an awesome album that deserves better attention than it (or the band) gets!


Beatles Classic, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Gets 50th Anniversary Treatment

It’s been a while that the rumors of a SUPER Deluxe package of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the universally acknowledged Beatles album that helped to change Rock and Roll in scope and direction, was being released. As of yesterday (04/04/17), that confirmed bit of news literally exploded across the internet with the flash of an incoming comet. And with good reason. Folks just seem to revere this album with the tenacity of a newfound love. And so:

On May 26, Parlophone will offer several editions of this time-honored classic that includes a pricey 6-disc ‘must have’ Box, a 2LP vinyl set, a 2CD edition, and a single CD for those that only need the original in its newly remixed form. While it’s going to be difficult even for uber-fans to jump into the costly multi-disc set, I’ve no doubt that it will sell well. But I’m reasonably sure the sales marks will hit astronomically for the 2CD set.

The original album will be reintroduced with a brand new remix of the essential classic. That’s the best news of all. But, when you need more, there will be:

CD – The original tracks, remixed.

2CD – The original album along with a CD of bonus sessions tracks that include multiple takes of songs that you’re familiar with and which might be great fun to hear against the chosen takes.

CD 1 -Original Album 2017 Stereo Mix

CD 2 – Bonus Tracks
01. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Take 9
02. With A Little Help From My Friends -Take 1 with false start, Take 2 instrumental
03. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Take 1
04. Getting Better – Take 1
05. Fixing A Hole – Take 3
06. She’s Leaving Home – Take 1
07. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! -Take 4
08. Within You Without You – Take 1
09. When I’m Sixty-Four – Take 2
10.  Lovely Rita – 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
14.  Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 7
15.  Strawberry Fields Forever – Take 26
16.  Strawberry Fields Forever – 2015 Stereo Mix
17.  Penny Lane – Take 6
18.  Penny Lane –  2017 Stereo Mix

6Disc Box – This will include the two CD found on the 2CD set PLUS another CD of more takes, a CD of MONO mixes of the first two CDs, a BD (Blu-ray), and a DVD. The BD, and DVD both contain 5.1 Surround mixes with the BD adding in a Surround mix for DTS Master Audio HD. For the Stereo tracks, the BD adds 96kHz/24-bit files. Both DVD and BD will provide The Making of Sgt Pepper (1992, restored), and 4k Promo videos of “A Day In The Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “Penny Lane”.

2LP – Original Album, and Tracks from CD2 on 180g-weight vinyl.

You can expect great books within each packages. The 2CD set offers a 50-page booklet, while the Super Deluxe Box provides a 144-page hardbound book.

Have fun!


50th Anniversary Beatles Set, The Japan Box, Arrives In US In July

Capitol Records have set July 15 as the US release date for The Japan Box, a set containing 5CDs that include Japanese versions of Meet the Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, and The Beatles No 5, which was a Japanese only compilation album.

The set is a 50th Anniversary Edition, with the albums using 2009 remasters.  Additionally, the set will contain a 100-page booklet. The official Japanese version is being released in Japan on June 25, with the US set coming not long after.

Japan Box Beatles

From my understanding, the set’s Help!, and A Hard Day’s Night will be the UK versions.