By: Renee Grant

This year marks 50 years since we were treated to the musical masterpiece that was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The iconic album was a sonic force, taking us on a rock opera journey through Strawberry Fields.

This year, the classic album has been remastered and will be reissued on June 1st as part of a 50th-anniversary celebration of one of the Fab Four’s most beloved records. Only two copies of the updated version have been heard so far, one by Ringo Starr and the other by Paul McCartney. Ringo approves of the new mix and is ecstatic to hear it the way he says it was always meant to be heard. Ringo says the album is “great, like the original four-track. But now my drums are back, the over-dubs and things lost them originally. Now they are back. I’m so happy to hear it the way we did it.

“Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased. You’ll be glad to know it was remastered at EMI Studios where it was originally recorded.”

Keith Allison, former bassist for Paul Revere & the Raiders, posted Ringo’s reaction to his Facebook page, recalling he and Starr hearing the remaster for the first time.

The updated release will also feature two songs that were meant for the original LP but never made it, Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.


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