Showing posts with label Sgt. Pepper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sgt. Pepper. Show all posts

Friday, August 14, 2020

Artifact: Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" album from NEMS record department in Liverpool

NEMS (North England Music Stores) was the furniture/appliance busines owned by Brian Epstein's family.

Brian managed the record department in the main store when he first started managing the Beatles.

He also used the NEMS name as his management company for the Beatles and other acts.




 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Vintage news clipping: "Beatle Paul's howler" - did Sgt. Pepper's "dog whistle" work?

The finishing touch on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP is a tone intended to be so high in pitch that only dogs can hear it. But did it work? In this vintage article, a reporter plays the selection for a canine friend to gauge the reaction.






Monday, December 2, 2019

"Immersive" "Sgt. Pepper" listening event planned in Liverpool


Beatles fans will get a chance to hear an immersive new mix of the Sgt. Pepper LP by Giles Martin in a show running Dec. 19 through Jan. 9 in Liverpool.

The album will be played over a Dolby Atmos system with "speakers all around the listeners - even above their heads," the Liverpool Echo reports.

"People will become fully immersed in a soundscape, which is unlike any other. For me, it's like imagining falling through the vinyl of a record and and into this world where you're surrounded by The Beatles," Martin said. "It's like sitting in Abbey Road's Studio 2 and having The Beatles play for you."

"Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Immersive Experience" will be presented at National Museums Liverpool's Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at the Royal Albert Dock. The event is a collaboration between Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Apple Corps Ltd. More information here.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Documentary planned on John's gypsy caravan

A gypsy caravan, painted in a Sgt. Pepper motif, that once sat on John Lennon's property outside London is the subject of a planned documentary film, Surrey Live reports.

The caravan went missing for a number of years after John gave it to Ringo but was rediscovered, badly damaged, in 2012.

"John and Yoko left it behind when they went to America, although they were hoping to come back."

"Ringo Starr moved into John's property and then John died. When Ringo sold the house he moved the caravan to his next property in Longcross and then for some reason he left it there."

While at Longcross, the caravan was "turned to splinters" when a tree fell on it during the Great Storm of 1987 and was not rediscovered until 2012 when the house was sold to a new owner, who in turn passed the caravan onto the charity.

A charity called the Delight Makers is restoring the wagon and plans to take it on tour around England once the work is completed.

More information about the restoration and documentary is available here.



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Unused gatefold art for Sgt. Pepper LP up for auction


A painting by the Dutch art collective, the Fool, originally intended as gatefold art for the Sgt. Pepper album is up for auction at Sotheby's.

“…The Beatles’ roadie, Mal Evans, brought John and Paul to our studio in St Stephen’s Gardens,” said Marijke Koger, one of the founding members of the group.

“They had seen my Saville Theatre programme cover for Hendrix and The Who and were intrigued by the artwork. They blew their minds over the ‘Wonderwall’ Simon [Posthuma] and I had painted in 1966 on an armoire in polychrome psychedelic imagery, as well as others paintings and artwork.”
Having been introduced to LSD in 1965, the Beatles were becoming well-versed in psychedelic imagery, and they felt The Fool’s work captured the spirit of the age.

In return, the group created a vivid dreamscape filled with flowing water, towering mountains, green foliage and colourful birds such as parrots and peacocks, all surrounding a blazing sunset.

However, the style of the artwork didn’t sit well with Peter Blake’s cover, or the faux-Edwardian imagery McCartney had originally envisioned, and in the end the band rejected the painting.

Instead they decided to use a group photograph taken by Michael Cooper during the shoot for the cover.

The Fool continued its relationship with the Beatles, however, designing posters and clothes for the band's Apple Boutique and painting the huge psychedelic mural on the boutique's Baker Street storefront.

The group also painted a huge three-story mural on the front of the Apple Boutique in London’s Baker Street; gave new psychedelic paint jobs to George Harrison’s custom Mini Cooper and John Lennon’s gypsy caravan; and painted instruments including several of Harrison’s guitars and Lennon’s piano.

Interestingly, Ringo Starr purchased the unused gatefold art in the 1980s, later gifting it to his manager at the time, Hilary Gerrard in 1987. Ringo even signed the reverse side of the painting “To Hill | We Love you | Billy S.”, in reference to his Sgt. Pepper alter ego Billy Shears.

Sotheby's expects the unused "Pepper" artwork to fetch more than $100,000.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Original Sgt. Pepper cutout of actor Tony Curtis

What is reportedly the original cardboard cutout of actor Tony Curtis recently surfaced in an eBay auction. Here are pics with the actor, who autographed the back of the cutout.





Sunday, December 17, 2017

Head violinist on Sgt. Pepper LP dies

Frank Stiles, a British World War II pilot and violinist who performed on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, died at age 93 on Dec. 8.


...during the Swinging Sixties he had been head violinist and conductor for The Beatles when they cut their famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
Mrs Courtney said: "He said all of The Beatles were lovely but his favourite was Paul McCartney.
"He said Paul always talked to them and he was very respectful. He liked Paul because he could read music.
"Two years ago he got a letter from the Empress of Japan in which she said how much she liked his music - one of his huge followers was the viola player Takashi Kikuch."
She likened her step-dad to a "mad professor" with big hair and said he had enjoyed good health throughout his life.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Check out the Sgt. Pepper jukebox - pics and video



The British company Sound Leisure is producing an official Sgt. Pepper jukebox and it looks pretty spiffy. You can order one for a mere £8995 (about $11,830, American).

Details:

The unique rotating vinyl mechanism holds 70 45rpm records (not included) with 140 selection options the jukebox can play both A & B sides. The machine features a revolving title rack to select favourite records at the touch of a button. The Label Magic software subscription, included for 12 months with the jukebox purchase, enables personalised creation of record title labels when records are changed in the machine. Music selections are made directly from the button bank on the machine or via the infra-red remote control that also controls the volume, shuffle play and record reject.

The Sgt. Pepper's Vinyl Jukebox incorporates a Bluetooth ™ receiver with the ability to stream digital music from a compatible device. It also features auxiliary outputs, input and additional speaker connections. A splendid quality sound is guaranteed for all from needle to ear via the Sound Leisure D4 amplifier and five way in built speaker system.

Featuring authentic Sgt. Pepper's styling from cabinet to lettering and solid aluminium chromed castings, this jukebox is truly unique.

All machines are hand built to the highest standard by Sound Leisure's craftsmen and women and are individually numbered.