The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Turns 50 June 1. Naturally, There’s a Special Edition of the Record Coming

While it may not be the best Beatles album (I’d go with Revolver), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the band’s most influential. Never before had a band taken on an alias in this way. It was probably rock’s first concept album. The artwork! The packaging! “A Day in a Life!” The cutting-edge recording technology!

Come June 1, Pepper will turn 50. Such an anniversary deserves a reissue, right? Behold the upcoming six-disc super deluxe edition, which will feature “100 minutes of outtakes, many previously unheard and unreleased” along with a special mono mix plus a “lost” version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Want more? DVD and Blu-ray versions of a documentary on the making of the album. Hi-Res Audio stereo mixes. A 5.1 surround mix(!!!), two posters and a 114-page book. MSRP will be around $150.

And there’s still more. A two-CD set. A two-LP set. A new single disc version. Prices start at around $20.

Check out the video teaser

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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