UHQR Sgt. Pepper Intervention.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ssmith3046, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Makes me wonder what folks are listening to, but hey.
     
  2. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I bought #686 in NM condition, it looks like it had never been on a turntable, for four hundred dollars. Absolutely no regrets. I own a NM mono first pressing from the UK so with this addition I have all the Sgt Pepper releases that I need. I have not heard all the Pepper releases that have come out over the 49 plus years so there might be what some consider better stereo versions out there but I'm more than happy with this UHQR version. Thanks to all who took the time to post with their comments.
     
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  3. Anton888

    Anton888 Member

    Michael Fremer had this experience with the MFSL "Sgt. Peppers":

    "I played the Mo-Fi box's "Sgt. Peppers..." for Geoff Emerick who should know what it's supposed to sound like since he engineered it, and he made me take it off. He was disgusted and declared it "rubbish."
     
  4. fishcane

    fishcane Forum Resident

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    maybe he was being asked about his book? :hide:
     
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  5. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Forum Resident

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    :laugh:
     
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  6. Tommyboy

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    Or his mixes for the Anthology series. Total rubbish!
     
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  7. Sam

    Sam Forum Resident

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    The UHQR is on super quiet vinyl, but it is a tad "hot" in the EQ department. Still, on the right system, you can hear into the recording like no other pressing. The soundstage is very wide. Enjoyable, but I find that for overall accuracy, I put on my German Apple pressing. The UK mono is nice too, just a different perspective. As far as the UHQR being a collectible, yes, it is that all day long. Maybe mofi will release this again with it's new "one step" process or Chad will add it to his new UHQR releases or his reel to reel tape releases. Any of those would be something to hear!
     
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  8. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ Forum Resident

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    Get an original UK or Aussie stereo (they use UK stampers). Much better than the MFSL.
     
  9. Apollo C. Vermouth

    Apollo C. Vermouth Forum Resident

    I have a Abbey Road Mobile Fidelity and I can honestly say I was not impressed with it at all. If the Pepper is anywhere as not impressive as the Abbey Road I would probably pass on it. I personally like my Blue Box Pepper and my UK 1st pressing stereo copy.
     
  10. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

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    Engineering students did the stereo mixes after hours, don't bother :laugh:
     
  11. simon-wagstaff

    simon-wagstaff Forum Resident

    Love, love, love the new hi rex remix. Detail, soundstage and quietness are remarkable.
     
  12. Tommyboy

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    I doubt the mastertape for Pepper will ever leave Abbey Road.
     
  13. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Forum Resident

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    The stand-alone MFSL pressing of Pepper that was mastered by Jack Hunt sounds better to me than the Stan Ricker cut from the box set (non UHQR). The midrange suckout that plagues the Ricker version is less prevalent on the Jack Hunt cut. It sounds more natural to my ears.
     
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  14. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

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    Hmm, I guess I need to listen to mine.
    I have an individual release bought way back when and just assumed it had a mid range suck the way all my other
    MoFi’s did
     
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  15. Tommyboy

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    I thought it sounded better. That being said, I wouldn’t say it’s the best pressing of Pepper that I’ve heard.

    I would love to hear the Nimbus and Australian Audio 5 cuts. That’s not going to happen anytime in the near future.
     
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  16. Ben Sinise

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    Another point of difference is the Jack Hunt cut includes the lock groove audio at the end of the album but it's omitted on the Stan Ricker mastering.

    Jack Hunt also mastered the Nimbus pressing.
    Being so rare with only 1,000 copies and less than 500 copies pressed respectively, those 2 continue to command ridiculously high prices.
     
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  17. Archtop

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    Differences in pressings notwithstanding, I can't get past the regurgitating chicken on the mono Pepper. Who thought that sounded good?
     
  18. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

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    Everyone of us who heard that first in June 1967. I’ve never understood what people are talking about on this.
     
  19. Archtop

    Archtop Forum Resident

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    It's the transition from Good Morning, Good Morning to Sgt. Pepper Reprise. Maybe the gaffe isn't on the original pressing, I don't know. But it goes "whaa, bl-^-urp" on the mono 2009 CD and "Whaa click" on the stereo (and on my 1976 pressing of Pepper). For lack of better descriptors, of course.

    For the record, I've been accused of not listening to music closely enough and hearing things that certain people can't or either refuse to hear, despite the relative quality of my equipment to theirs. No beef there other than I can hear these things. :)
     
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  20. TheSixthBeatle

    TheSixthBeatle Active Member

    Isn't 3db (boost in the treble) equal to a doubling of volume? Is that realistic?
     
  21. J Vanarsdale

    J Vanarsdale Well-Known Member

    I've had in my hands at one time or another both the regular MFSL Pepper that was in the big Beatles box and the UHQR Pepper and the UHQR was the clear winner, it sounds pretty amazing. (I don't have an original UK first press to compare.) I especially like how the bass sounded on that. The 200gm vinyl made a difference I think. (I usually don't buy in to "heavier is better")
     
  22. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    The first step is to admit you have a problem.
     
  23. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

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    I understand the part you’re talking about. What I meant is that I’m used to the mono and the stereo rooster section sounds weird to me. Most people seem to agree with you but I don’t hear it that way.
     
  24. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    I compared the UHQR of Pepper to the latest remix vinyl version and I thought the MFSL was much better. The remix vinyl suffers from the same poor eq and mix the DVD and Blu-ray did.
     
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