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By: Renee Grant

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ epic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles are set to release several special edition versions of the classic LP on May 26th.

The album has been newly remixed by Giles Martin, son of George Martin, the band’s former producer, and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The album will also feature early takes from the group’s studio sessions, with no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings, including Take 1 of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

“‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

This is the first time the album has been remixed and presented with additional session takes.

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