The Beatles Release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: The Beatles retreated to the studio after three years of touring to revitalize their creative instincts and produced one of the most revolutionary records of all time.
Summary of Event
After their last live concert in San Francisco, on August 29, 1966, the Beatles, weary from more than three years of constant, worldwide touring, retreated to the recording studio to work on an album that would become an aural scrapbook of their childhood days in Liverpool, England. Since early 1964, when they conquered the American audience, the Beatles had recorded six albums, each demonstrating a growing musical and lyrical sophistication, and audiences had come to expect that each new pressing would exceed the accomplishments of the last. Rumors had spread that the Beatles were preparing something different, but no one realized how revolutionary that next recording would be.
Work on the new record actually began in November, 1966, when John Lennon offered the first composition, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” originally a simple, gentle song that took its title from an orphanage where Lennon and childhood friends attended garden parties. Through successive recordings, however, the song changed dramatically into a phantasmagoric recording accentuated by an eery, mildly slurred vocal track. The song was actually the product of two entirely different recordings in different keys that producer George Martin...
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