An officially sanctioned documentary on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album will run on BBC TV in early June. The Beatles posted on their official website (TheBeatles.com) about the doc, called, Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, writing, “The film will include extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road: studio chat between the band; out-takes; isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs.” In addition to that the “Fab Four” have offered up unprecedented access to the group’s personal archives and photographs.
The film’s host — one of Britain’s leading composers and most admired music broadcasters — Howard Goodall said in the announcement: “Whatever music you like to listen to, if it was written after June 1st, 1967 then more likely than not it will have been influenced, one way or another, by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The record’s sheer ambition in its conception, composition, arrangements and ground-breaking recording techniques sets it apart from others of the time. It’s a landmark in twentieth century music, and I’ve hugely enjoyed exploring the story behind the music.” There’s been no date announced for a U.S. broadcast.
Beatlefan magazine’s executive editor Al Sussman says that one of the album’s greatest achievements is that it showed the world that rock n’ roll was not just disposable kids music: “Sgt. Pepper was the first album the non-rock n’ roll world looked upon as being. . . this is a significant record. Y’know, this isn’t ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ anymore. These guys are doing music that really says something.”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on June 1st, 1967 and spent 15 weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and a total of 113 weeks on the chart.
The album has been certified eleven times platinum, for sales of over 11 million copies in the U.S.
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