Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On this day in 1967...

... The Beatles unveiled to the British public perhaps their most accomplished feat of sonic artistry in the form of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Read more here.

An original vision for their new sessions, led by McCartney, spurred on by the recent grapples with touring, was to create a concept album underpinned by a fictional band, with fictional members and, in relieving the four bandmates of their own duties, taking the record out on tour instead. As it turned out, the idea was never fully realised, but fragments did remain and become important aspects of the record, from the introduction and farewells of ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and its reprise, to the lavish costumes which served as the focal point of the iconic sleeve design. Ringo Starr, by now filling his time by getting in some crucial chess practise, did see his alter-ego living on, as Billy Shears following the opener seamlessly on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’.

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