I turn fifty in two months. I’m about six months younger than SGT. PEPPER’s.
As almost all of you surely know, Apple/Parlophone/EMI/Capitol/Universal has released a new stereo mix of the uber-famous 1967 album. Just as the convoluted name of the company suggests, the new album comes in a variety of packages from one disk to innumerable ones.
Growing up in a family that loved music of all types and genres, I’ve had the Beatles running through my head from my earliest memories. No one in the house was a fanatic, but we certainly appreciated the music. My two older brothers tended to like the pre-REVOLVER Beatles best, but I always loved REVOLVER through ABBEY ROAD the best. For about a six-to seven-year period in my life—mostly in college and early graduate school–I was obsessed with the band. I bought and read all of the books about the band, and I knew every song and every lyric from REVOLVER through ABBEY ROAD. I knew the most minute details about the recordings, the controversies. . . well, everything.