BEATLES' "Sgt. Pepper" 50th Anniversary CD Will Be "Expanded..."

2 songs added to original song line-up.

April 3, 2017

Stefano Panzeri/Dreamstime

Have you ever listened to THE BEATLES songs, "Penny Lane," & "Strawberry Fields Forever," and wondered 'Why?' those 2 songs weren't on the 'Sgt. Pepper...' album? The 2 songs were released as a 'double-A side' single in February of 1967, and both charted in the Top 10 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Both songs had the same 'feel' and 'sound' of the songs that would come a few months later on the 'Sgt. Pepper' album, yet were released 4 months before the album. The Beatles producer, Sir GEORGE MARTIN, in retrospect said that releasing those 2 songs, and not saving them for the album was "a truly terrible mistake." That "mistake" will be "corrected" when the 50th Anniversary edition of "Sgt. Pepper" is released on June 1st with the 2 songs in the album's line-up. Where the songs end up in the sequence isn't known, and speaking for myself, it will be a little bit 'strange' when I listen to the updated album, knowing the sequence of songs from years and years of listening, and then having "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields Forever" show up! Not a bad thing, but it will be a bit...odd. :D  Additionally, the album has been remastered (at EMI/Abbey Road studios) and will boast a mix that will improve upon the original recording, which was recorded on a 4-track recording machine with a lot of overdubs. One noticeable aspect will be that the drum parts have been "brought up" in the mix, whereas before that got kind of buried. Naturally, RINGO STARR is thrilled with that improvement! Both Ringo & Paul McCartney, as well as the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have all given their "Blessing" to the upcoming 50th Anniversary release.