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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Retheme(S)!

By VonPinball

9 months ago

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“Which is Your Favorite Beatles Pinball Mix?!”

  • Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 11 votes
  • White Album 16 votes
  • Revolver 11 votes
  • I like the original mix. 3 votes
  • A different album all together 2 votes

(43 votes)

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#1 9 months ago

oga83 recently released version 7.03 of PinballBrowser and it is an amazing upgrade that now allows you to replace video assets! I highly recommend checking it out and playing around with it. It's very easy to use.

I've always wished Stern had gone with the "later" Beatles and I went a little wild with it the past week or so with a Sgt Pepper re-theme and replaced all the songs and video assets in the game!

I'm not a graphic designer by any means, but the videos replacements turned out well. I'll be making some further tweaks in the coming weeks as I collect notes and I may change or tweak a song, but it's fun to play for now!

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Retheme:
Drive Link:

Here's a video of me playing a game that gets through to the "Taxman" (Sgt. Pepper) multiball:

Taxman - Sgt Pepper (reprise)
All My Lovin - Lucy In the Sky w/ Diamonds
Drive My Car - Good Morning
Ticket to Ride - When I'm 64
It Won't Be Long - Lovely Rita
Should Have Known Better - Getting Better All the Time
Help - Little Help From My Friends
Hard Days Night - Sgt Pepper
Can't Buy Me Love - Day in the Life

The White Album Retheme:
Drive Link:

Taxman - Helter Skelter
All My Lovin - Back in the USSR
Drive My Car - Revolution
Ticket to Ride - Why Don't We Do It In the Road?
It Won't Be Long - Ob La Di, Ob La Da
Should Have Known Better - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Help - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Hard Days Night - Glass Onion
Can't Buy Me Love - Martha My Dear

Revolver Retheme:
Drive Link:

Taxman - uhhh...Taxman...
All My Lovin - Yellow Submarine
Drive My Car - Doctor Robert
Ticket to Ride - And Your Bird Can Sing
It Won't Be Long - Good Day Sunshine
Should Have Known Better - Got to Get You In To My Life
Help - Eleanor Rigby
Hard Days Night - Want to Tell You
Can't Buy Me Love - I'm Only Sleeping

You'll need to flash an SD card (I recommend a class 10 with min. 16gb) using Win32DiskImager (https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/). After that, just turn off the game, swap out the SD card in your backbox with this one, turn it on, and you'll be ready to go. If you want to change back, just put the old SD card back in!

Done on Beatles Gold Code, but confirmed to work on Diamond and Platinum.

A big thanks again to oga83, I recommend everyone give Pinball Browser a shot and play around. It's very intuitive and for $20.00, it's one of the cheapest mods on the market!

#5 9 months ago

Please let me know if you have any suggestions, I'm still doing little upgrades here and there.

#9 9 months ago

Thank you all for the kind words! I think I may switch gears and do White Album next. I think I'm going to keep the videos, but change up the songs and fix the score cover-ups. I'm already dreaming of playing a "Why Don't We Do it in the Road" multiball...

#11 9 months ago

You only need the big 8gb file, the other .dat file isn't needed.

I updated the Drive link to go straight to the file now.

#13 9 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Simply awesome and can't thank you enough for sharing your creativity!!! Total nube question as I have never messed with the software I assume if something went wrong this is reversible? I just may do this unless I bumble the upgrade...

If you write to a new SD card, you will just be physically switching the SD card in your backbox with this new one. You can switch them back and forth at your leisure. No software update necessary.

#17 9 months ago

The White Album is here!

I kept all the Sgt Pepper videos and didn't do any further replacements except for the start and match sequences. I added some tweaks here and there to both this and the Sgt. Pepper link, so you may want to refresh that too.

I replaced:
Taxman - Helter Skelter
All My Lovin - Back in the USSR
Drive My Car - Revolution
Ticket to Ride - Why Don't We Do It In the Road?
It Won't Be Long - Ob La Di, Ob La Da
Should Have Known Better - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Help - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Hard Days Night - Glass Onion
Can't Buy Me Love - Martha My Dear

Same installation instructions as the initial post.


#22 9 months ago

gorillabiscuits ...Revolver delivered.

#26 9 months ago
Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

Man I’ve been tearing apart my drawers looking for one. No luck yet!
vongator cant wait to check out Revolver thank you! I’m terrible with pinball browser, but my day job is making motion graphics. Maybe I can dress up some clips and font stuff in the future? Will PM ya after I get this installed and get some plays in!

For sure! I can cut and clip sounds and video, but have no graphics skills...

#27 9 months ago

I know money can be tight during these times, but here are 5 SD Cards for $22 on Amazon, which is a pretty good deal:

amazon.com link »

#33 9 months ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

Baaad movie.
Saw Peter Frampton in concert a few years ago and he was still great though!

I think the only movie clip I used was for the match sequence :/

wake2wood Thank you! I love making people happy!

#35 9 months ago
Quoted from Adaminski:

Wow - so fun!!! Both my wife and I really enjoyed this.
Downloaded the SD card raw data, balenaEtcher for Mac (Catalina), cleared the SD card from my old Lumix DMC-LX7, wrote the Beatles software to the SD card, installed, rebooted, and it worked the first time. Just had to remember to reset adjustments to my preferences (like headphone volume controls backbox volume).
Comment from our first play - we liked how you switched out "I Should Have Known Better" with an appropriate substitute!
Thanks, vongator !!!!

So glad you like it! I just have 4 SD Cards now next to my game and switch back and forth when I feel like it. I think White Album is actually my favorite. The songs fit really well with Pinball. Enjoy!

#37 9 months ago
Quoted from Adaminski:

Just tried White Album. Overall, I like it better than Sgt. Pepper's also. Except for maybe the road song. The pop bumper song is great!!!
Wonder if it's possible to start USSR right at the first lyrics - "Flew in from Miami beach BOAC...." The intro on that song slows things down.
I had 2 extra 16 GB SD cards lying around. Need to scrounge up a 3rd smaller SD card - the others I have are too big & I still use them in cameras.

You are right about USSR, I fixed it. If you download again from the link, it is updated.

The road song is perfect for some late night pinball lovin'...

#39 9 months ago
Quoted from Aipotu:

Sorry too be naive, but I am a relatively new pinball owner. Do I need to do a reboot and load the file from the SD, or simply stick the SD in? Do I need a separate program to unzip the files you posted?
Thank you for your patience with someone new to this -- these files look awesome (and a welcomed option for a machine I love)!

Download the file from the link in the first post.
Download this program: Etcher (https://www.balena.io/etcher/)
Using Etcher, write the file you downloaded from the first post to the SD Card. You need a class 10 SD Card w/ at least 16gb memory.
Turn off your Beatles game
Swap out the SD card in your backbox with the new one
Turn on the game.
Start Playing Pinball!

1 week later
#42 9 months ago
Quoted from RTS:

It would be interesting if the OP added a poll showing the most popular between all versions.

Done and Done. I personally think the White Album is the best one even though the whole project was just supposed to be Sgt Pepper.

#44 9 months ago
Quoted from Adaminski:

Ahhh... but don't deprecate yourself!
One of your poll options is "Should have left the original alone..."
I submit that even if someone likes the original the best, it doesn't mean that they don't like any of the others or appreciate their availability! Maybe "Original" or "Still like original the best."

You're a kind person. Self depreciation is my MO, but I've changed it...

#48 8 months ago

Thanks for the kind words and we now know that it works on all Beatles models thanks to Levi!

I'd be willing to work on another mix, if there was some consensus among the group on the music and I get motivated... As Adaminski stated, the issues with song looping are based on the 1 : 1 sound asset replacement restrictions in Pinball Browser. There are some ideas I have regarding animations, but I don't have any graphic skills to speak of...

I had someone reach out to me to do a private mix for them, but I don't feel comfortable charging for this as I am 100% stealing every asset and, if I'm doing it for someone else, it turns into work...but if it's a joint project, it could be fun. We could do polls for each song and have the community choose.

#52 8 months ago

The problem is there's only 9 songs in the game, so that would only really replace Help, Hard Day's Night, Can't Buy Me Love, and Taxman and you wouldn't hear them that often as they occur in the game rarely.

The match and beginning songs are only 5-9 second audio files and I stick them in as replacements for Ed Sullivan (beginning) and the match sequence "chords", so they don't play at any other times during the game.

2 weeks later
#62 8 months ago

I really appreciate everyone's kind words. I use other pinsiders' sound mods, images, videos, tutorials, advice etc. all the time and I'm simply happy to be able to give back to the community a bit.

3 months later
#77 4 months ago

Put together a doodlepoll of like 20 songs and let them duke it out! Maybe a post Beatles solo career cut too.

Also... gorillabiscuits ... you think I could borrow your escalera...?

1 month later
#83 3 months ago
Quoted from StoneyCreek:

I’m psyched to try this, but a bit apprehensive. Is it as simple as downloading the .raw file and flashing it? Will it work with win32imager, or do I have to use escher(sp?). I imaging all custom settings and scores will go away when I reboot with the new card, right? Is this similar to what Tim has done on the JP machine? So many questions, sorry1

This is the exact same process as the JP. It is as simple as Dl/Flash. Your settings and high scores "go away" with the new card, but they are stored on the old card, so when you swap it back, the settings should remain. Keep 4 separate SD cards and they will each keep their own high scores and settings. I would recommend using win32imager. It seems there's more and more people having issues with Etcher.

#84 3 months ago
Quoted from djpro:

I'm so impressed with the work you did on these Beatles Rethemes!!!I just got my Beatles Gold and I'm so happy to have some more choices.
I've made all three SD Cards.
Are you planning on doing some more albums in the future? That would be AWESOME!!!
Is there anyway that the videos can be stretched slightly fill the whole TV frame?
Are you working to improve these further? If so, I've got tons of Rare Beatles Video Footage with Sound!!!
Thanks again,

I'll be honest, I haven't revisited the project much in the past few months...Going through some other stuff right now, but maybe in the future, though probably will do mixes vs. albums.

I highly recommend getting PinballBrowser and trying your hand at it!

#86 3 months ago
Quoted from djpro:

Remixes would be way cool!!!
I was looking at PinballBrowser and was having trouble with the ffmpeg. Couldn’t get it to work at all after downloading it and putting it in the root folder of the PinballBrowser program.
Are there any great tutorials for PinballBrowser? I’d love to play with it a bit!

For help w/ PinballBrowser I would recommend reading through this thread:

For ffmpeg, you should download the package, extract, then go to the "bin" folder and cut/paste ffmpeg/ffprobe to the root of PB.

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#91 65 days ago
Quoted from ghostbc:

I have said this in other Beatles threads, just going to say it here again. If you have a Beatles pin get this and you will be a happy pinballer.
Thanks again VonPinball

Happy to be able to give back to the community. I've used so many others' work! Hope you and Carol stay safe!

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#102 45 days ago
Quoted from Tgr81dk:

I purchase new SD cards, I downloaded etcher, I downloaded using the link Sargent Pepper. Taken out original card and inserted new card. Game just keeps flashing Restarting Game. Inserted original SD card game plays fine. Instructions seem so simple what am I doing wrong? Thanks.

SORRY! Etcher no longer works with Stern code. You have to use Win32DiskImager

#103 45 days ago

I updated the original post to remove Etcher as the image writing tool and recommend Win32Disk Imager

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