“It was 50 years ago today…” – if you’re anywhere near my advancing years you will now be singing “Sgt Pepper taught the band to play” and castigating me with “actually it was 20 years you nobhead!”
It was released just before my 19th birthday and I can remember listening to it with good mates, Denis, Steve and Rib at Den’s Mum’s place in Abbey Wood.
Everyone was amazed – the only album that came close for us was Pet Sounds which had been out for about a year then.
There have been shedloads of ‘The 100 Greatest Albums’ lists and I very much doubt that Sgt Pepper tops them all – but it must be right up there.
As Brian Clough once famously said
“ I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one”
That will really wind Airdy up – he’s a big Leeds fan!
I’m not sure if Lell or Rich have ever listened to the album – but I do remember that they would mime sticking their fingers down their throats when they were trapped in the car and forced to listen to my stuff – so I doubt it.
Sgt Pepper is in my top 5 all-time albums – and I still have most of them on the vinyl from when I first bought them.
I think tracks like ‘A Day in the Life’ and the contrasting ‘She’s leaving home’ changed recording forever.
I suspect there aren’t too many albums that will still be revered 50 years lafter their release date.