50th Anniversary: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The legendary front cover.

Two posts today – a stupid one and another showcasing our moronic genius! Or possibly the genius is with the Beatles – it’s the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which remains a fantabulous record which truly shook the music industry back in 1967.

It’s a concept album, you see, which Sir Paul McCartney thought of to allow the band to be more creative with song structure. Would you believe it, some of the band’s finest moments are slap bang right here on this thing. All being for the benefit of Mr. Kite, surely?

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

With this in mind, this post is a concise little darling which celebrates the iconic album at a smidgen of the effort the band put into making its classic. But this is one iconic album we’re on about, from the front cover to the collection of songs within. A Day in the Life is, arguably, the one which caused the biggest stir.

However, the likes of With a Little Help From My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (what drugs were they on to come up with that one?), and the gloriously harmonic Lovely Rita (a particular favourite of ours), and you’ve got a bloody legendary record. At only 40 minutes, it’s short but sweet, but then if something is done right, it’s done right.

Anyway, there’s a load of stuff going on today to commemorate the whole thing, so keep your eye on the press as there’ll be all sorts of awesome memories relived. Who do we have to thank for 50 years of glory? Probably the band members, but we’d like to think narcotics had a shining role in musical history as well. Innit.

6 comments

  1. The weird thing is that there was only 10 years between Sgt. Peppers and Never Mind the Bollocks…looking back that hardly seems possible now…

    I inherited my incredibly well played copy from my elder cousin Peter…it was an original pressing –
    mono…scratched to buggery…I remember my feelings of shock and awe the first time I heard the songs in the digital age…

  2. Such a classic album & nailed just how pioneering the Beatles were – every songwriter since has stood in their shadow. The fact that Frank Zappa parodied the cover art on ‘We’re only in it for the money’ says it all. But I would be idle, I think, not to mention ‘Sgt Rutter’s Only Darts Club Band’ somewhere in this comment…

    • I believe Jimi Hendrix heard it the day of release and had a gig the same night in London – he took to the stage and let rip with the Sgt. Pepper’s riff (his take on it, anyway) perfectly. Really the best music scene at the time; the Who, Led Zeppeling, the Band. Magic stuff.

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