Listen to Martin Freeman’s outstanding two part documentary on BBC Radio 2 (iPlayer) called Sgt. Pepper Forever to hear a really interesting insight into the creation of what many believe to be the greatest record ever produced.
I’m listening to Giles Martin’s remix of his late father’s masterpiece and it does sound zingier, cleaner, crisper and yet deeper. It’s recorded in stereo of course which adds a dimension that purists may not appreciate but I feel adds quality.
And it is quite incredible source material pushing the limits of sound technology absolutely MILES past anything else that had been recorded by 1967.
It introduced completely new compositional facets to pop music (some drawn from classical repertoire) and now we have the benefit of 50 years’ later’s technology to further emphasise its brilliance.
Of course, the songs are what makes it and there’s only 39 minutes 52 seconds of them.
Top of the pile for me are She’s leaving home and the absolve;ute masterpiece Life in a Day. The story behind the recording of this in Martin Freeman’s documentary is fascinating.
Amazingly (and possibly rarely) all four Beatles have songwriting credits including Ringo who penned “With a Little Help From my Friends.”
Enjoy this spectacular new take on a five star classic.