Thursday, 1 June 2017

It was 50 years ago today...

Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play...
Yep, it's been a whole half century since the Beatles' classic album came out and arguably changed the face of pop music, if not that of popular culture itself. It's hard to imagine if you weren't there at the time what an impact this piece of vinyl had on the world. ( I was 6 months old at the time so wasn't too aware of it... ) Their previous album, Revolver, may have been more innovative, their first step into the unknown, but Sergeant Pepper was The One  -  the concept album that sound-tracked the Summer Of Love ( baby! ) and brought the world such amazing songs as Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, When I'm Sixty-Four, A Little Help From My Friends and, of course, A Day In The Life. I think I'm contractually obliged to use the phrase "acid-drenched" at this point...
I think I need to take a trip to Pepperland... I've been there before...
"Thanks very much and I hope I pass the audition..."

6 comments:

Richard said...

I'm old enough to remember my mother buying it when it was new! Of course it didn't mean much to me until the following year, when the Yellow Submarine film came out and I could relate to the eponymous band as cartoon characters being impersonated by the Beatles...but after that I fell in love and have been listening to it ever since.

Steve Does Comics said...

I have this weird urge to buy it, even though I already own two copies of it.

cerebus660 said...

@Richard
It must have been fantastic to be part of those times - a landmark in popular culture.

@Steve
I know what you mean. I've got the album on vinyl and CD but I was seriously eyeing up the new special edition of it in HMV yesterday...

John Pitt said...

Well, I have expressed my anger at the cost of the new 6 disc set on several blogs! As a loyal fan who has already bought this 4 times already, I expected a better deal!
I had to settle for the 2 disc!
:-(

cerebus660 said...

Beatles albums are always ridiculously over-priced so I'm not that surprised. Surely they make enough money off these endless re-packagings that the prices can be lowered to make them more accessible to most people?

John Pitt said...

They are forcing people to look towards non-legal methods of obtaining these tracks by expecting fans to pay £110 for 6 discs in this day and age!
And MacCa's solo super deluxe packages can be even worse! -£140 for Flowers In The Dirt!!
Grrr!

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