Plans for 50th Anniversary Reissue of "Sgt Pepper"

This year, the Beatles' iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was originally released June 1, 1967. While there has been no official word on what might be in store, rumors are spreading that they are planning a reissue that puts the two songs that their long-time producer omitted from the album.

The Beatles and the George Harrison Twitter feeds posted a four-color image, which also appeared on the Beatles' Facebook page (see the post below) The color scheme and the placement corresponded directly with the color of outfits the four Beatles are wearing on the record’s cover.

Britain's 'The Sunday Times' reported that a reissue of the album was in the works. The article cites anonymous sources within the Beatles’ Apple Corps organization as saying the reissue will place “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” somewhere on the record.

Beatles producer George Martin was once quoted as saying that the decision to put out the two songs as a double A-sided single in February of 1967 — four months before the release of Sgt. Pepper — instead of placing them on the album itself was “a truly terrible mistake”.

“Many Beatles fans have added the two tracks to their own Sgt Pepper playlist, which allows you to hear the album as it so nearly ended up being,” Dan Cairns, rock critic of the Sunday Times, said. “So it’s nice to hear that Apple are finally catching up.”

The 'Times' noted that the reissue has the full cooperation and participation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. 

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