One of the most beloved and best-selling albums of all time, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by famed rock group The Beatles, recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. In doing so, it has proved itself an album that can transcend time.
Originally released on June 1st of 1967, the album was an immediate commercial success. It topped charts in the United Kingdom for 27 weeks and for 15 in the U.S. With the reissuing of the album as a special 50th anniversary edition, it has bounced back into the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for album sales.
It seems rightfully so that a newly released special edition of such a praised album would result in this sudden spike of sales. It has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide and was the first rock LP to receive a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1968, along with three other Grammy Awards.
Throughout the years, Sgt. Pepper has been known as quite the innovative album. The album’s content fluidly fits the feeling of the era and helps generations of today relive the life of the sixties. It is also said to be one of the first ever concept albums, where each song not only flows into the next, but each is related to the other in terms of theme.
The Beatles used Sgt. Pepper to experiment musically and creatively, creating orchestral drama in songs like “A Day In The Life” or distorted vocal speed in “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” Due to their handiwork, the album has gone down in history as one of the most important rock albums of all time.
The new remix edition includes several unheard versions of original songs on the album, as well as a few renditions of both “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”, songs that helped fuel the idea behind Sgt. Pepper but were not included on the original album.
For any true Beatles lover, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper is an honor. The extra album tracks are just the cherry on top.