It was 50 years ago today… looking back on half a century of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

May 27, 2017

"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.

 

 

 

  

 

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