Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Brief Thoughts

Tomorrow I'm hoping to have several unobstructed hours to devote to the album. I'm very close to being done with the mixing of the first ten songs. The eleventh one will very likely be finished tomorrow. That means I could wrap up production this week, but who knows?

On this day 47 years ago, The Beatles released SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND in England. I'm not sure if it was released on the same day in America. Regardless, it went on to become one of the ten biggest selling records of all time with sales estimated to be over 20 million. It was in and out of the BILLBOARD top 200 album charts from 1967 until it finally fell out of the charts permanently in 1987. Though many think of SGT. PEPPER'S as The Beatles' greatest album, I would say the band issued at least five or six other albums that are superior to it. However, if the band hadn't removed "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" from the record as a concession to EMI's request for a new single, it might to this day have to be considered the best rock album ever. I still enjoy RUBBER SOUL, REVOLVER, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, THE WHITE ALBUM, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, LET IT BE, and ABBEY ROAD more. There are some, including several well-known music critics, who believe to this day that SGT. PEPPER'S ultimately "killed" rock and roll.