The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Released 26th May)

£32.99 – Deluxe Vinyl 180g x2LP

Deluxe Vinyl:  Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.

– “A splendid time is guaranteed for all” –

The album’s vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band. The original artwork is showcased across the suite of Anniversary Edition releases, including the album’s pull-out sheet of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cutouts. Housed in a 12-inch by 12-inch box with lenticular artwork and two bonus posters, the six-disc Super Deluxe set is presented with a 144-page hardcover book. The book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate,  illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original ‘Sgt. Pepper’ print ads. The Deluxe 2CD digipak is slipcased with a 50-page booklet abridged from the box set’s book, and the 2LP Deluxe Vinyl is presented in a faithful reproduction of the album’s original gatefold jacket.

– “We hope you will enjoy the show” –

Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal’s request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as “Sgt. Pepper.” The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul’s mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band — “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Beatles’ creative wellspring for ‘Sgt. Pepper’ also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster (“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!”), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal (“Good Morning Good Morning”), a picture drawn by John’s young son, Julian (“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”), a teen runaway reported in the news (“She’s Leaving Home’), and Hindu teachings (“Within You Without You”).

– “Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song” –

Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve “the impossible,” as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, “We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.

– “I read the news today oh boy” –

Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected ‘Sgt. Pepper’ for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” ‘Sgt. Pepper’ tops Rolling Stone magazine’s definitive list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

LP 1:  ‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix

SIDE 1                                                              SIDE 2

  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1.  Within You Without You
  2. With A Little Help From My Friends 2.  When I’m Sixty-Four
  3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3.  Lovely Rita
  4. Getting Better 4.  Good Morning Good Morning
  5. Fixing A Hole 5.  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  6. She’s Leaving Home 6.  A Day In The Life
  7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

 

LP 2:  Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album

SIDE 3

  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]
  2. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 – False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]
  3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]
  4. Getting Better [Take 1 – Instrumental And Speech At The End]
  5. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
  6. She’s Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]
  7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]

 

SIDE 4

  1. Within You Without You [Take 1 – Indian Instruments]
  2. When I’m Sixty-Four [Take 2]
  3. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]
  4. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]
  5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]
  6. A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]

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