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The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' turns 50
by Brian Boehler

This would be considered an iconic album from the Beatles' and a game changer from 50 years ago. 

It was the first rock album with printed lyrics, the first with a fold-out cover, the first to win a "Best Album" Grammy. It may be the most influential record in pop history, and the best-loved. It changed the direction of The Beatles, and rock-and-roll, forever. It's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," released 50 years ago June 2. USA TODAY

McCartney and Ringo Starr are the two surviving members of the Beatles. John Lennon was murdered in New York in 1980. George Harrison died of cancer in 2001.  Sgt. Pepper's spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's U.S. album sales chart. In Britain, it was No. 1 for 27 weeks. It has sold 11 million copies in the USA and more than 32 million globally, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Nielsen SoundScan. Sgt. Pepper's was voted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame in 1993. Rolling Stone magazine named it the greatest album of all time.

"This (the new re-issue) is far more than a straight re-master, there are a lot of differences. In the balance of the instrumentation, the speed of the tracks, where the sound effects occur and even parts of vocal that did not make it to the original stereo mix."

The new remastered version is a treat to hear.  If you appreciate the Beatles' body of work, it is a must hear.