Sergeant Pepper Turns 50
For me, as I am sure it does for many others, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band defines my g-g-g-generation.
Boldness. Freedom. Something completely new, yet mindful of and fully acknowledging its historical antecedents. Stretching the minds of listeners with challenge, inventiveness, awareness of the world we lived in, compassion, skill, and love. And above all: fun. The pure joy of being alive and sharing pleasure, playfulness, and adventure with others.
I clearly remember rushing home from the music store with my copy, putting it on my parents' console stereo system in the living room, and lying on the floor with my head between the speakers listening for the first time. By the time they hit that final chord with all those grand pianos playing at once, I was changed forever.
Giles Martin is probably the only person on the planet who could attempt such an audacious endeavor, but I am so glad he has done so. I, for one, have been eagerly awaiting this new version of the classic album, and now that it's here, I'm soaking it up all over again.