The 40th anniversary of the
The biggest thing about "Sgt. Pepper," of course, is that there had been nothing like it before.
From the drum staccato at the opening of the first (and title) song to the sustained final piano note out of the orchestra crescendo at the end of “A Day In the Life,” the album was a smorgasbord of innovative instrumentation and breakthrough recording techniques, famously including reverse taping effects.
Then there was its psychedelic aspect, which ignited my decades' long interest in that genre of exotic music and art. (Collecting, not ingesting.)
So where was I the first time I heard "Sgt. Pepper?" By golly, I remember like it was yesterday.
I bought the album on the morning it was released and looked forward to playing it when I got home after my shift as a police reporter for the local rag. But a nine-alarm factory fire kept me out until daybreak the next morning and I ended up playing it on the family room hi-fi at the home of the parents of my new romantic interest the following evening.
It wasn’t exactly make-out music. In fact, it was a huge distraction. But while my romantic interest faded by the end of the summer of the Summer of Love, my love of "Sgt. Pepper" knows no season.
Knowing a good thing when they see one, promoters are taking full advantage of the nostalgic penchants of us oldsters with more events than you can shake a Glo-Stick at that are tied to the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
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