The third and final week of our formal review of the Deluxe Edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. We start with the high resolution stereo version available on the DVD and BluRay, follow it up with a look at the Dolby Atmos system, and the special June 1 anniversary theatrical playback at theatres around the country. Rounding out the show is chat about the various cover/label/disk variations of Pepper the WTWF guys did and do own (stereo, mono, Capitol, Apple, EMI, Picture disc, casetter, 8-track and so forth).
Happy 77th Birthday to Ringo! In lieu of a livecast at noon, we present a bit of chat, a bit of music and (hopefully) a bit of fun. Peace and Love!
2017.28 Free Now — The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Mark Lewisohn, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The WTWF review of the Super Deluxe edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band continues. This week, we look at the new stereo mix of "side two", a selection of outtakes (as presented across either the two-disc or six-disc versions of the set), and the video presentations repeated across the DVD and Blu-Ray discs. This leads to a diversion on 4K, and whether the first full resolution commercial release of the "Penny Lane", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "A Day in the Life" video will come on a physical disc, or in some future, unknown intangible format. The epic saga ends next week!
The month of Pepper continues as the WTWF guys start their review of the fiftieth anniversary box set of Sgt. Pepper. This week we discuss the lenticular cover, interior box, paper goods, posters, the book, the fourth (mono) disc, and we even manage to squeeze in side one of the remix. Even with all that, there is more to come throughout June!
2017.26 You Gave Me The Answer — Giles Martin, George Martin, Sam Okell, Wings, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles-world is fortunate to have a number of Father-son team ups throughout their history. One of these has been display on late, as Giles Martin was chosen to do the media and be "the face" of the fiftieth anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this show, the WTWF guys talk a bit about the technology involved in recording (two, four, eight, 16-track, and the virtually limitless possibilities available in the digital realm), how it shaped the Beatles' music, and how we experienced those sounds through the various reproduction formats in our homes (mono, stereo, quad, 5.1, Dolby Atmos). We close with thoughts on the making and remaking of Sgt. Pepper, includingthoughts from Sam Okell, highlights from Giles' recent appearances, and some classic George Martin interviews.
Part two of out visit with author Bruce Spizer. We talk about his new book, "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective". Highlights include Bruce's memories from June 1967, the release of Pepper in Canada, classic articles from Beatlefan magazine, and over 80 essays from public figures including Billy Joel, Peter Tork, Pat DiNizio, May Pang, Mark Lewisohn and more. Stick around for "Return to Pepperland", Paul McCartney's musical remembrance of the era.
2017.24 A Day in the Life — Bruce Spizer, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, Giles Martin
"It Was Fifty Years Ago Today!" Author and renowned New Orleans tax attorney Bruce Spizer joins the show this week to discuss Sgt. Pepper in the context of its era, how the original stands up today, and the magic Giles Martin accomplished with the fiftieth anniversary remix just recenty released to the world. Along the way we touch upon the surround sound mixes, the difference between "Love" and "Pepper" in 5.1, and how the album united fans across the globe for at least a couple of weeks.
2017.23 My Brave Face — Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Lumpy Trousers, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
A split show. We finish up our look at the "Flowers in the Dirt" Deluxe Edition, and slide into its spiritual cousin (in terms of contents, if not sound or production), the Fiftieth Anniversary six-disc Deluxe Edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band. Stay tuned through June as we ceebrate "the month of Seargent Pepper" with a special guest, plenty of music and chat, our own review of the package, its contents, and some of the special celebrations both local and global!
2017.22 Tommy’s Coming Home — Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Chris Whitten, Linda McCartney, Lumpy Trousers
Part two of the WTWF look at the deluxe edition of Flowers in the Dirt. Remember the mini-controversy over Visa's exclusive sponsorship (and commercial) covering the 1989-1990 Paul McCartney? That is touched upon as we consider the DVD included in this package. Ten videos, three jam-packed featurettes and the full-length "Put It There" documentary can be found on this disc, and we tell you what's old, new, borrowed and turquoise!
2017.21 How Many People — Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Chris Whitten, Linda McCartney, Lumpy Trousers
Part One of the long-promised review of the Flowers In The Dirt Deluxe Edition. Did the McCartney camp deliver with this in-depth look at what is widely regarded as one of McCartney's better albums? How badly is the package hurt by the decision to include B-sides and rarities as download-only instead of a physical disc? WTWF looks at the remaster, the acoustic "Paul and Elvis" demos, the band demos and touches on the download-only material this week. Just how many copies of "Ou Est Le Soleil" is too many?