Forty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper told the band to play. His band is still playing in millions of homes around the globe. The Beatles Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is probably the best album in the world. Carlsberg don't even presume to be able to make a better one.
It was ranked the #1 all-time album by Rolling Stones one magazine in 2003 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The concept, music, lyrics, recording techniques, and even album sleeve were groundbreaking. Pepper changed the face of music forever.
So to celebrate its fortieth birthday, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting a remake, masterminded by Geoff Emerick who recorded the original in the 1960s. It is a remake not to be missed. The biggest names in music today have each bagged a track; although the full line-up has not been announced, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, The Fray and Travis are confirmed; Oasis, U2, Stereophonics, and The Magic Numbers are rumoured.
The best bands giving a new interpretation of the best music. This should be special.
Part 1: Saturday 2 June
Part 2: Saturday 16 June