More information has been divulged on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Edition of The Beatles‘ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Reissue producer Giles Martin, the son of the album’s original producer George Martin, held the first of three scheduled industry listening events around the world last night (Monday) at Abbey Road Studios in London. He’ll be in New York April 28th and L.A. May 2nd, too.
Rolling Stone had a reporter in London who noted 10 new things you’ll hear on the album’s 34 previously unissued bonus tracks .
- The original hummed ending of “A Day in the Life,” which was later replaced with pianos.
- Various takes of the same song with the piano ending.
- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with a long guitar jam at the start.
- “Penny Lane,” which was used as a pre-album single, with different backing vocals and handclaps from John and Paul.
- The first take of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” with John on acoustic guitar, Paul on electric keyboards and a much more powerful lead vocal from John than the one we’ve come to know.
- An early version of “Within You, Without Out,” featuring George Harrison’s verbal back-and-forth with the Indian musicians who play on it.
- The first take of “Getting Better,” another song that would undergo significant change before the take that was used.
- An early take of “With a Little Help from My Friends,” with Paul on piano, John on guitar and George on cowbell.
- A “much more rocking” version of “Fixing a Hole.”
- A version of “Sgt Pepper (Reprise)” recorded in Studio One, instead of their Studio Two, where they usually recorded, leading to a “more spontaneous live band feel.”