SGT PEPPER'S MUSICAL REVOLUTION: with Howard Goodall - BBC 2 June 3rd 2017 (DVD) JTT
SGT PEPPER'S MUSICAL REVOLUTION: with Howard Goodall
June 3rd 2017
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Fifty years ago this week, on 1 June, 1967, an album was released that changed music history - The Beatles' Sgt
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this film, composer Howard Goodall explores just why this album is still
seen as so innovative, so revolutionary and so influential. With the help of outtakes and studio conversations
between the band, never heard before outside of Abbey Road, Howard gets under the bonnet of Sgt Pepper. He takes
the music apart and reassembles it, to show us how it works - and makes surprising connections with the music
of the last 1,000 years to do so.
Sgt Pepper came about as a result of a watershed in The Beatles' career. In August 1966, sick of the screaming
mayhem of live shows, they'd taken what was then seen as the career-ending decision to stop touring altogether.
Instead, beginning that December, they immersed themselves in Abbey Road with their creative partner, producer
George Martin, for an unprecedented five months. What they produced didn't need to be recreated live on stage.
The Beatles took full advantage of this freedom, turning the studio from a place where a band went to capture
its live sound, as quickly as possible, into an audio laboratory, a creative launch-pad. As Howard shows, they
and George Martin and his team constructed the album sound by sound, layer by layer - a formula that became the
norm for just about every rock act who followed.
In June 1967, after what amounted to a press blackout about what they'd been up to, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Club Band was released. It was a sensation, immediately becoming the soundtrack to the Summer of Love - and one
of the best-selling, most critically lauded albums of all time. It confirmed that a 'pop music' album could be
an art form, not just a collection of three-minute singles. It's regularly been voted one of the most important
and influential records ever released.
In this film, Howard Goodall shows that it is the sheer ambition of Sgt Pepper - in its conception, composition,
arrangements and innovative recording techniques - that sets it apart.
Made with unprecedented access to The Beatles' pictorial archive, this is an in-depth exploration, in sound and
vision, of one of the most important and far-reaching moments in recent music history.
JTT June 3rd 2017