… when Sgt. Pepper came out to play.
You probably don’t need me to tell you that. The 50th Anniversary Edition was launched on May 26th with a great fanfare lauding the 10 CD box set of the original album in mono, stereo, quadraphonic, mp3, FLAC etc., outtakes, bonus tracks, interviews, conversations with the tea lady, videos …. four formats: single CD; double CD; double vinyl; and a super deluxe edition containing four CDs, a DVD, a Blu-ray disc, posters and inserts, in a replica EMI tape box with a slipcase.
Now, you may not believe this, but I don’t have a single Beatles track in my archives, not one, but if I hear any song I can join in word perfectly, and almost in tune. Like the school hymn of horrible memory – the school that is – the Beatles’ music is engrained in my hippocampus or frontal cortex … I forget which part of the brain stores memory.
However; what I do have are cover versions of all the Sgt. Pepper songs as well as versions of the cover art.
Jakartass Salutes Sgt. Pepper
01. Easy Star All-Stars – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
02. Bugs & Friends – With A Little Help From My Friends
03. The Christians – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04. The Wedding Present w. Amelia Fletcher – Getting Better
05. Hue & Cry – Fixing A Hole
06. Larry Coryell – She’s Leaving Home
07. Frank Sidebottom – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
08. Sonic Youth – Within You Without You
09. Baxter Dury – When I’m Sixty-Four
10. Michelle Shocked – Lovely Rita
11. The Triffids – Good Morning Good Morning
12. Wize Men – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. Jeff Beck – A Day In The Life
This is a Sgt. Pepper compilation you’ll find on BandCamp. If you’re really into the Beatles … and if not, why not? … you’ll find all the Beatles’ albums ‘on ukelele’ from there.
We hold this to be self-evident –
if every citizen spent a little bit of time playing the ukelele,
the world would be a better place.