Friday, May 26, 2017

Ringo celebrates release of Sgt. Pepper anniversary edition

The anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper is out in multiple formats today (look to the sidebar on the right) and Ringo tweeted a pic of himself in appropriate regalia.

Also check out the Beatles' official Facebook page for interviews with Giles Martin about his remix of the album and more.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Listen: "Sgt. Pepper Forever" documentary on BBC Radio 2

Now streaming here.

Martin Freeman presents Sgt. Pepper Forever, which will reveal the revolutionary studio techniques used during the remarkable sessions dating from November 1966 to April 1967 and also examine the album's huge impact on the history of music. They will feature 'work-in-progress' versions of Sgt. Pepper tracks - and the songs on the double A-side single Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, which were also recorded during the sessions - to illustrate the pioneering techniques used by The Beatles and George Martin.
This two-part documentary special features interviews with Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin, and in a new interview composer Howard Goodall talks about, and illustrates on piano, the musical innovations of the album's songs.
Having worked with the original four-track tapes to create a new stereo mix of Sgt. Pepper for its 50th anniversary, producer Giles Martin (son of Sir George Martin) describes the innovative recording techniques used at the time and how he approached making his new version.
There will also be interview material with the album cover's co-designer Peter Blake, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, Tony King (George Martin's assistant in 1967), Mike Leander (the arranger of She's Leaving Home), poet Adrian Mitchell, DJ John Peel and some of the producers and musicians who were influenced by the achievements of the album, including T Bone Burnett, Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Martin Freeman says: "Sgt. Pepper is the most celebrated album by my favourite band. These documentaries will shed light on how The Beatles, with George Martin, created a piece of work that marked a watershed for what a long playing record could be. It's my absolute pleasure to help tell you about it."

Brian Epstein posters appear around Liverpool

Several posters depicting and mentioning the late Beatles manager have appeared in spots around the city, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The posters are part of a citywide celebrate of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

... One of the billboards includes the quote ‘Brian Epstein Died for You’, speaking about the quote, artist Jeremy Deller said: “The phrase, ‘Brian Epstein Died for You’, though short, carries with it ideas of belief and self-sacrifice, two strong aspects of Christianity and indeed most mainstream religions.