Archive for ‘Sgt. Pepper’

February 9, 2012

Fixing a Hole

“Fixing a Hole”, written by Paul McCartney for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album, was primarily about two things: the hordes of fans who hung around his London home and the act of fixing up his house in Scotland. Many fans misconstrued the lyrics to be about drugs. The song was recorded on February 9th, 1967.

January 9, 2012

Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove

The original British pressings of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band featured the “inner groove” following the final track “A Day in the Life.” This endless loop of laughter and gibberish was made by the runout groove looping back into itself. On early editions of the LP, if the listener kept the record playing on the turntable, the loop would continue on endlessly.

December 29, 2011

Only a Northern Song

George Harrison wrote “Only a Northern Song” as a dig at The Beatles’ publishing company Northern Songs, Ltd. Harrison had a bad deal and did not receive a fair share of publishing royalties. The song was originally written during the Sgt. Pepper’s session but was held off for the film Yellow Submarine.

Watch the video for “Only a Northern Song” after the jump!

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November 29, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

The Beatles recorded “Strawberry Fields Forever” on November 28, 1966, during the sessions for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final released version was actually two very different takes that were carefully edited together. Producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick increased the speed of one take and decreased that of the other, while splicing in another verse to fill the gaps between the orchestral score. The song did not appear on the Sgt. Pepper album, but on a double A-side single along with “Penny Lane.”

Watch the video for “Strawberry Fields Forever” after the jump!

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January 11, 2011

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever

The Beatles released a double A-side single with the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1967. The single was the first taste of new Beatles music after the band retired from touring and enjoyed a lengthy hiatus from recording. Both songs were originally recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but not included on the album. The single was the first by The Beatles since “Love Me Do” not to hit #1 in the UK charts (it debuted at #2).