#SundayFunday: Sgt. Pepper at Fifty

My Instruction Manual

When I was in grade five, my dad returned from a business trip to China with gifts: Two bootlegged cassette tapes of Beatles songs. The label was an ugly orange and there were spelling mistakes on the outside case. But I loved those tapes and couldn’t stop listening. More than a decade after they broke up, I had discovered the Beatles.

My life changed again when I bought Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heats Club Band on vinyl. The album turns 50 this week.

One track, A Day in the Life, was like nothing I had ever heard before. All at once, the song moved filled me with sadness, awe and wonder.

I love almost the whole album. Aside from Within Without You, the George Harrison Sitar track, Sgt. Pepper’s is nearly perfect. The amazing thing is that two of the best songs from the Sgt. Pepper’s sessions were released early as…

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