It was 50 years ago today… Well, not quite, but to mark the June 1 1967 release of the Beatles’ groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a new suite of deluxe reissues of the classic album are on the way.
Due on May 22, this will be first time the seminal record has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings. The deluxe CD edition features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and a second disc of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.
The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of Penny Lane, plus the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of Strawberry Fields Forever. These two songs, the first fruits of the Sgt. Pepper sessions, will also be available as limited edition seven-inch vinyl single which is being released on April 22 for Record Store Day.
Serious Beatles fans, however, will want the six-disc super deluxe set, which will include 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, and a previously unreleased 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper.
In his newly-penned introduction for the anniversary edition, Paul McCartney: “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art.”