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