It was 50 years ago today… ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ I was a child when I first heard #SgtPepper. It was weird to me. I had grown up listening to #TheBeatles but it was only in singles, never an entire album in full. But the more I listened to this album, the more I understood why the band left touring and to focus on this album. It finally gave them the freedom to be as creative as they wanted to be with so many things (new instruments, new themes, some fun drugs). ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ As this album has aged — now on its #SgtPepper50 anniversary — it actually sounds fresher today. The new remastered version (which I am listening on #Spotify right now) sounds so crisp. It's clean. It's pure. It sounds like a completely new album to me — like I am in the studio with them. My favorite songs sound so great and the adventure of this album takes me back. It showed me the range of all the four members as artists and performers. They dared to be different. It was wonderful. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ There were a lot of uncertainty of the band being so different from the songs they performed before. But when this album hit the shelves 50 years ago on this date, it changed so much. It is considered one of the greatest music albums of all time — and with a great amount calling it the best ever. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ This album holds a deep place in my heart. I want to get the new remastered version that came out today. But I don't have that kind of money right now. But still, let me close my eyes and listen to this right now. Take me back to 1967. Let me go see Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band perform again! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Tag Archives: The Beatles
This was an absolute blast to watch this last night. I really enjoyed the rare clips and the stories behind the band during the touring years. Yes, it seems like it was the same as the anthology but what made it different was that for two hours, it focused solely on the band and this four-year window during their touring days.
They shared about the people they had to work with, the agony of escaping fans, the drama of being The Beatles and the desire to get out of touring when the pressure mounted.
This was an absolute gem of a movie just learning, singing and reliving all the memories of The Beatles during the height of their popularity. They enjoyed the fame but everything that came with it was so tough. I think Paul’s line was the best (paraphrasing): “We were kings but we felt like prisoners.”
It was heartbreaking in some sense but thrilling as well. Now every time I see clips, I now see it in a different perspective. They weren’t all happy. It was tough. It was obligation. It was life being The Beatles.
I want to go into full detail about this past weekend’s trip but I just don’t have the energy and effort to type it all out. I don’t even have the effort to give you the details on how it all went down.
But I will tell you this. The show was a Beatles’ fans’ dream come true. If you love the band like I do and love great storytelling, then this was for you. I got teary eyed for several songs and performances and the excitement and visual pleasure of the performers was simply amazing! I am still speechless that I finally got to see this after all these years!
I am so lucky!
I’m at a loss for words. On Friday I went to this Beatles Fest. I didn’t know it existed but this was their 40th year doing it. It was just a sweet collection of memorabilia, artwork, people who have met them and just great storytelling. I was so amazed with what I saw!
They even had a cool cover band perform. It was like a little mini Beatles heaven for me!
Back when this concert was confirmed, I immediately bought tickets. I didn’t even know if I was going to go, but I knew I would find a way. At the time I was unemployed, so there was an uncertainty to this. But nevertheless, despite all the busyness of life, I flew back to the Bay the morning of the concert, ready to go to the last event ever at Candlestick Park and to see Paul McCartney one last time.
My dad and I took the secret way to Candlestick. We parked and walked our one mile to the stadium. This was the route that I took to the 49ers games when I was a writer. I would turn on Jamestown because I had a parking pass. But as a fan, this second route is the way to go. Now that the stadium is being blown up, now it’s cool to use this route one last time.
When we got there I marveled at the idea that this would be the last time I would be here. I had already bid my farewell at the last 49ers game here. Little did I know I would be back one last time.