Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

SGT. PEPPER REDUX

I'm a little late in reporting this, I realize, but then again I'll bet more than a few folks who regularly visit bookofkills.com aren't aware that Apple Records is releasing a 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on May 26. Rather than spend half an hour typing my own version of the story as cribbed from other sites, I thought it would make more sense to simply put a couple links to other accounts of the impending release. Go here for the Los Angeles Times story. Go here for the Rolling Stone version. I"m happy to see Apple finally putting together a truly interesting reissue of a Beatles album, but I really wish they would give the same treatment to all of their other records as well, especially. I'd be especially interested in "super deluxe" editions of A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be, and The Beatles.

By the way, on this day in 1970, Paul McCartney issued a press statement indicating that The Beatles had broken up. This after Paul and the other Beatles had successfully pleaded with John Lennon weeks earlier not to announce to the world that he was leaving the band. John was furious over Paul's announcement. 

“You don’t quite believe, with these iconic records, that somebody actually sat down and played it. To hear someone talking under a count-in and then playing the bit you know so well … wait a second, this wasn’t magically put on a tape machine – there is actually someone doing this?” -- Giles Martin (who is the current "caretaker" of The Beatles's music, a job he inherited from his famous dad, and who did the remixing for the new reissue)

“He knew he was going to die, I knew he was going to die, and I said, ‘Dad, you signed the Beatles. Just think about that. If you did nothing else, just imagine how much you’ve given to the world.’ And he said, ‘You know? I did the best I could.’ He was brilliantly musical. Dutiful in his approach and sensitive, and at the same time groundbreaking. ‘Take a sad song and make it better’ is what my dad did, and that’s his legacy, really. Every time you hear a Beatles song, he’s part of that.” -- Giles Martin (on his father)