Sgt. Pepper comes to Furillen

The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released. In every city in Europe and America the radio stations played [it] … and everyone listened … it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young. (Langdon Winner, Rolling Stone)

On 1 June 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, and we will be celebrating its fiftieth birthday at Furillen with an event whose scale will match those we dedicated to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

pepper at 50 C

This was a great – epic – record. It was described in The Times as “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilisation”, as “a historic departure in the progress of music” in Time magazine, and in Newsweek, as a “masterpiece” whose lyrics rank alongside literary greats such as T. S. Elliot, Edith Sitwell and Harold Pinter.

Just look at the tracklist …

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… and then remind yourselves that two of The Beatles’ best-loved songs, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, were recorded during the sessions for this album but released separately as a double A-side single – and you begin to appreciate the hot creative streak that the band must have been on at this time.

Besides the songs, the concept – playing as an alter-ego group enabled the band to experiment musically – together with the artwork

Making The Cover for Sgt Pepper_s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1)

… and the influences …

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… give the album such richness, depth and quality that the hyperbole surrounding it seems quite justified. This was – truly – a great record.

As always, we’ll be turning the entire sim into a tribute: to the group, their albums and songs and the artwork associated with them, and – of course – to Liverpool itself. It’s a city I know quite well: the first house I bought was right here on this street …

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So, to get you in the mood, here’s Take 9 of the title track, which contains some speaking at the end and will be released as part of a special anniversary edition

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