From Music Documentarian Paul Ingles
For the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
There won’t be a better time to celebrate this most-heralded of The Beatles albums as the 50th anniversary of it approaches. On May 26 The Beatles will be releasing special expanded editions of the album with previously unreleased extras which include rare rehearsal recordings and a brand new mix.
The 50th anniversary of the album’s original release is June 1.
For decades, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked high on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the “Summer of Love” in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way. Some have ranked other Beatle albums as superior to Pepper and feel the record has been over-hyped.
In this two or one-hour special, producer and host Paul Ingles presents a lively ride that functions as both a celebration of a landmark recording and a balanced survey of critical opinion about “Sgt. Pepper.” Listeners will experience this music in a new way as they’ll hear both the stories behind the creation of these memorable tracks as well as thoughtful perspectives that place the work in context.
Run either the two or one hour version Memorial Day Weekend or near or on June 1. Or anytime in this 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love.
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