It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles unleashed their magnum opus onto the United States and changed the record-making process forever. The Fab Four had had it with touring. Who could blame them? They played their music to screaming fans with inadequate sound systems. They felt that people came to see them rather than hear them. They were mostly right. So what did they decide to do? They just stopped. Instead, they would make a “concert” in the studio. Sgt. Pepper’s was their attempt to give the listener the experience of going to a Beatles’ show by just putting on the record.
An album as iconic as Pepper has been and will continue to be analyzed to death. Any Google search will certainly lead you to articles arguing that it wasn’t their best album and I would tend to agree. Give me Rubber Soul and Revolver any day of the week. But Pepper is their most important album. The Beatles used the studio in unprecedented ways and provided future artists with a blueprint of what is possible when making an album.
Block off 40 minutes today and pay your respects to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. If you can’t find time to do that, watch the video below of A Day In The Life, the final track on the album. In my opinion, it’s the single best thing The Beatles ever made. Enjoy.