With the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Club Hearts Club Band album set to be released later this month, producer Giles Martin visited BBC Radio on Wednesday to chat about the reissue.
Martin, son of the late Fab Four producer George Martin, revealed that his next Beatles-related project will be a reissue of the band’s classic self-titled 1968 album, commonly known as The White Album.
While the deluxe versions of Sgt. Pepper feature dozens of outtakes and alternate takes, Giles he expects that going through the sessions for the White Album to put together a selection bonus tracks will be more daunting.
“[T]hat was where they started becoming properly indulgent,” Martin noted. “There are 70 takes of ‘Sexy Sadie,’ for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window.”
He added, “There’s a lot of stuff. So, it’s getting the balance right of trying to provide people with what they want.”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Club Hearts Club Band is considered by many to be The Beatles’ most inventive and sonically diverse album, and was recorded at a time when the band had just retired from touring and was putting all their focus on creating music in the studio.
Giles told BBC Radio, “My dad always said it was the first time he’d actually spent time with them in the studios and they could use the studios like a playground. And he always just said it was the happiest time. And I think it’s the ultimate in the four of them collaborating with my dad, to stick their ideas down to a disc.”
The 50th anniversary Sgt. Pepper reissues will be released May 26.
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