Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band











Reel E63816 A
(masters)
April 1967

A Day In The Life *
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds *
Fixing A Hole (RM3 + RM6) *
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band *
She's Leaving Home *
Lovely Rita *
Getting Better *
With A Little Help From My Friends X NOT ON BOX
Within You, Without You X NOT ON BOX
(CUT OUT FOR LP)
This disc was auctioned by Heritage Galleries in April 2005. Zooming in on the run-out groove, the numbers <67-04-02> can be seen. It seems logical this would indicate 1967 April 2nd. In addition the track selection noted in the description would seem logically circa that date. Also, the track selection seems to have some relation to reel E63816 (see below). John Barrett notes only April 1967 for reel E63816. No specific date is noted.

I'm guessing all the tracks are the standard RMs, with
the exceptions noted below, and that it's a rough assemblage before crossfades were done on 6 April.

The description also states "Most of the cuts have minor differences in vocal background levels, and some effects have not been mixed in yet. Paul's bass stands out very clearly in this mix." I would attribute this description to two
things, 1. an acetate is a lower generation to the master tapes and would provide better dynamics and 2. the person writing the description might be more familiar with the stereo mix.

What is odd about this disc is the matrix number in the run-out. The disc reads YEX-637&8-M. The YEX-637&8 matrix is the EMI number for the Sgt. Pepper LP. However, YEX is used to designate a stereo mix (XEX is for mono) and the auction description states this is a mono disc. Perhaps the 'M' in the matrix is some indication for mono. A similar situation exists for the Beatles For Sale acetate seen here

AUCTION DESCRIPTION:

Twelve-inch Acetate With Tracks from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is a piece of rock and roll history, a part of the production of one of the most important albums of all time. This 12" acetate was pressed close to the final mixdown with 4 tracks on each side.

The recording is in mono and has great sound. Most of the cuts have minor differences in vocal background levels, and some effects have not been mixed in yet. Paul's bass stands out very clearly in this mix. In "Day In The Life" there is no alarm clock before Paul's vocal.

This acetate was brought to a collector's shop in LA in the early 1980s. The seller said it was given to him by a teacher he had taken a recording class from someone who had worked at Abbey Road. An amazing one-of-a-kind piece for the Beatles collector who thought he had everything! Condition is VG+ with some minor surface noise.

RECORDING HISTORY:

Side 1:

It seems likely this track would not feature
the crossfade from "Sgt. Pepper"

With a Little Help From My Friends
(take 11 RM15) 31 March 1967
- masters mixes -
RM15 - 31 March 1967
RS3 7 - April 1967

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
(take 8 RM4) 3 March 1967
- masters mixes -
RM4 - 3 March 1967
RS5 - 7 April 1967

It's Getting Better
It seems likely this is an alternate early mix.
(take 15 RM3) 23 March 1967
- masters mixes -
RM3 - 23 March 1967
RS1 - 17 April 1967

Fixing a Hole
(take edit RM3/6) 21 February 1967
- masters mixes -
edit RM3/6 - 21 February 1967
RS1 - 7 April 1967

Side 2:

Lovely Rita
(edit RM11/14 21 March RS2 17)
- masters mixes -
edit RM11/14 - 21 March 1967
RS2 - 17 April 1967

Good Morning, Good Morning
(take 15 RM3) 23 March 1967
- masters mixes -
RM2 RS5 both - 6 April 1967

The crossfade is probably absent here

Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)
(take 9 RM9) 1 April 1967
- masters mixes -
RM9 - 1 April 1967
RS10 - 20 April 1967

The crossfade is probably absent here and it appears as thought the last two songs on Side 2 are rilled as one track.

A Day in the Life
(take 6/7? RM?)
- masters mixes -
edit RM9/edit piece 9 - 22 February 1967
edit RS12/edit piece 9 - 23 February 1967

Which mix of "A Day In The Life" is featured on this disc is difficult to determine.

- The description states, "In "Day In The Life" there is no alarm clock before Paul's vocal".

- Lewisohn indicates that the clock was present from day one.

- It's present on the 30 January RM1 mix.

- Surely, the clock is present on RM6-8 from 22 February and, since RM9 was best at that time, it would seem the logical choice for this acetate.

- Perhaps it's possible that one of the RM2-5 mixes from 13 February might not feature the alarm and might have been chosen for this acetate?