The Beatles Are #1 On The Charts!
Yes, fifty years after the original release, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” is topping the music charts!
The amazing new box set, which I will get into shortly, is the #1 record in the world.
Paul McCartney had this response to the news:
“Wow! Who would have thought that good old Sgt.Pepper would be back at number one 50 years on? It’s great news and all of us are well chuffed. Pepper rules!”
Pepper does indeed!
Meet Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Have you met the four people who made up the most legendary band of all time? When is the last time you listened to the great album of all time? Do you want to hear this masterpiece again – with alternate takes and demos? Well. 50 years on, you can!
Fifty years ago, these four musicians released a seminal album and cemented their reputation as the great musical Artists ever! The cover alone is an artistic achievement that has never been equaled!
The Greatest Musical Achievement Of All time!
Fifty years ago, the world heard “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” for the first time, and the music world was never the same…consider the title track, “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Fixing A Hole”, “She’s Leaving Home” and “A Day In The Life” – some of the greatest songs ever recorded – in fact, a flawless album from beginning to end, a way of recording music never heard before – and now, an amazing boxed set captures he entire album with a ton of great extras!
First, here is my story of the raw, stripped down version of the title track that was released in April to test the box set:
It’s just the tip of the Beatles iceberg!
As The New York Times reports in a great review of the new boxed set:
“Sgt. Pepper” has been analyzed, researched, oral-historied and dissected down to the minute differences between pressings, and because the Beatles industry never misses an anniversary, it has been repeatedly reissued. The 50th-anniversary deluxe version is exhaustive. It has been remixed and once again remastered to give the album a broader soundstage and crisper detail, giving more separation to individual voices and instruments. (For the older blend, it also includes the mono mix from 1967.) The new box rightfully incorporates “Strawberry Fields” and “Penny Lane,” the masterpieces recorded alongside “Sgt. Pepper” but released before the album. It also has outtakes, comprehensive reading material, video clips from 1967 and a documentary about making the album. )
Here is a short snippet of the classic “Strawberry Fields Forever” promotional film shot for the release of the song:
Yes, two classic Beatles songs were recorded for the album but released as a double-sided single instead – just having them on this release is a revelation!
A Super-sized Collection Of Beatles!
Here is what is being released on the massive new 50th anniversary box set:
The box set features a new stereo version by Giles Martin and 33 tracks from the Sgt. Pepper sessions that place you in the studio as the group develop the songs.
4 Audio CDs:
A new stereo mix of the album by Giles Martin. Sgt. Pepper Sessions on 2 CDs with over 100 minutes of audio illustrating how the album was created. Newly mixed from the original four-track tapes, most of the material is previously unreleased. Also contains the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes.
Fully restored 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. 2017 Giles Martin 5.1 surround sound mix and high-resolution stereo audio in 96KHz/24bit of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band plus ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’.
144-page hardback book featuring an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney, comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, in-depth essays about the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context… and much more. Illustrations include photographs from the recording sessions, handwritten lyrics and Abbey Road documentation.
Thanks to The New York Times for their great insightful review of this box set – see it here:
This amazing release follows the 50th anniversary edition of “Revolver” that was released in August of 2016:
This is also considered one of the great albums of the rock era – see some great videos about the recording of the album here:
And speaking of 50 years ago, that was when Paul McCartney went to San Francisco, hung out with hippies, and came up with the idea for “Magical Mystery Tour”:
Yes, Paul’s trip to the legendary Haight Asbury district led him to “Magical Mystery Tour” – read about that here:
Let me know what you think of the new demos versions of “Sgt. Peppers!”