It Was 50 Years Ago Today

We’ll overlook the rush release date and stick with 1st of June 1967…

Sgt. Peppers? Ground breaking psychedelic genius or drug-addled tosh that was too far a distance from the loveable shaking mop-top days? Both of those descriptions are right, in places, but equally, they don’t go far enough to detailing what The Beatles conjured up in ’67.

In fact, if you just stick with Sgt. Peppers, you’ll fall short of the full story when it comes to the Fab Four. At Drone Publishing, we love a good music debate and we came up with the task of creating the classic Beatles 1967 album. All songs released during the year were available and the format was to be a 12 track record, six songs on Side 1, six songs on Side 2. We’d love to hear your opinions or what album you’d make so feel free to add a comment at the end but for now, read our thoughts on what The Beatles could…and maybe even should…have released in ’67.

Dave Redford

Dave, author of Pop365, was up first and if you follow Dave on Twitter or you’ve heard him talk about music, you’ll know that he can be a bit of a purist at times. There’s nothing wrong with that but in conjuring up The Beatles quintessential 1967 album, Dave found himself bound by the same constraints the band had…and this means he has deliberately overlooked Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

Side 1

  • A Day In The Life
  • Hello, Goodbye
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • Your Mother Should Know
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
  • All You Need Is Love

 Side 2

  • Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • I Am the Walrus
  • Within You Without You

There’s still some debate about where A Day In The Life should be placed in Dave’s list and if we’ve got that wrong we’ll alter it asap. Dave said that the song that just missed out for him was Good Morning, Good Morning.

Andy Reilly

As you can see, Andy Reilly has absolutely no qualms about firing in the double A-side songs that were unbelievably kept off of the top of the charts by ol’ Engelbert. To be fair, Andy has never had that much respect for the general record buying public and considers this to be one of the biggest acts of treason that has ever been committed.

Andy also strongly believes that people who don’t like Strawberry Fields Forever should be ignored when it comes to musical matters.

Andy was very close to listing Lovely Rita but then he remembered McCartney yelping “Rita” in the middle of the track and got a bit annoyed, so he decided to leave it off.

Chris Reilly

Chris wasted no time in displaying his true Beatles fans credentials and enquired about the availability of songs the Fab Four recorded in 1967. This would open up songs like It’s All Too Much, recorded in May of this year but not released until 1969 with the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album.

In discussion about the songs, Chris was more than happy to take a contrary viewpoint to Andy and say that Macca’s yelp of Rita was one of the key reasons why he included the song in his list.

Paul Boyle

Friend of the site Paul Boyle was also keen to get involved with the Beatles 1967 fun, even if it did lead to him breaking off from listening to Radiohead for a limited period of time. This indicates the level of respect that Paul has for the Fab Four because he has personally ignored his wife and child at times to listen to Thom, Johnny and the lads*.

*That’s really not true…but equally, if it was to happen, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise in the world. But it didn’t happen. For sure. Your Mother Should Know was the song that just missed out on Paul’s playlist.

It’ll come as no surprise that A Day In The Life features on all four versions, as does Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hello, Goodbye and I Am The Walrus, with the latter two songs not featuring on the Sgt. Peppers record.

Given that The Beatles dropped out of the touring cycle in 1966, it was probably no surprise that they managed to come up with a bumper crop of songs in ’67, but the spread of quality, not to mention the pushing of boundaries at the time, indicates what a stunning year it was for the group.

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones didn’t have their troubles to seek this year, the Fab Four dealing with the loss of Brian Epstein and settling into a very different lifestyle while The Stones had a difficult year of drug busts, ludicrous punishments and a whole bunch of legal concerns to deal with. The fact that The Stones managed to release a single as brilliant as We Love You should be commended but the fact that they managed to release an album as bad as Their Satanic Majesties Request should probably be written off and forgiven. Keith called it “crap” and he was right…but 1967 wasn’t The Rolling Stones year. 1967 wasn’t The Beatles biggest or best year either but when you think about the number of brilliant songs and cultural impact that they had during the 12 months, it would be fair to say that the majesty of 1967 owes a lot to The Beatles.

Oh also, if you’re looking for a long term project, we’ll get around to the “make a single album out of The Beatles (White Album) record” soon enough. Most people are in agreement that it could be shorter but there’s no way you’re getting agreement on what a single album should contain, so that could open up some chat…

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