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It was fifty years ago today that Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band was unleashed on an excited public. In the years that have elapsed the album has attained monumental status as the most lauded LP in music history. Songs such as “A Day In The Life”, “When I’m Sixty Four” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” have become standards. Less mentioned but even more magnificent are masterpieces like “Getting Better” and “Within You, Without You”.
Pepper is in many respects the album of the rock era, lauded by Rolling Stone, Mojo, the NME and every major critic. We mark the 50th anniversary of its release with a guided tour (with appropriate music accompaniment) around the Beatles’ Liverpool haunts:
* The Cavern.
* St George’s Hall.
* The Eleanor Rigby statue.
* The shabby flat where John Lennon dossed.
* Brian Epstein’s rather more comfortable apartment.
* The Inny where George and Paul went to school.
* And of course Ye Cracke pub where we will try and order a “Creme tangerine and montelimar/A ginger sling with a pineapple heart” for our “coffee desert”.
PS. Today’s guide, Ed Glinert, prefers “Beggars Banquet” and “Music In A Doll’s House” but don’t tell anyone.