"John came into the control room on that first day and said, 'We're never going to tour again, and we're going to make an album that's got sounds on it and things on it that no-one's ever heard before'."
and with that...
The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's project was born
John Lennon was talking to a 21-year-old engineer
at Abbey Road studios called Geoff Emerick.
Sound engineer Geoff Emerick
remembers recording The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s album
The next Beatles album didn't have a name, let alone a concept, but the band already knew it had to be different. Very different.
Along with his assistant engineer, 18-year-old Richard Lush, and under the gaze of producer George Martin, Emerick cajoled the primitive equipment into creating the extraordinary soundscapes for a band that had no respect for the limitations of the four track tape.
The Sgt Pepper's concept was dreamt up by Paul McCartney but the sessions that produced the album started months before its title track was recorded
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band provided the binding idea for the album. It's a rocking song re-imagined before the sort of live audience the Beatles had just shunned.
The crowd noise on the opening track was taken from a recording Martin had made of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook's Beyond The Fringe comedy revue in Cambridge.