By: Renee Grant
Two beloved songs recorded for one of the Beatles‘ most popular albums never made the LP release, but that will change for the anniversary re-release.
While Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were slated for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club‘s original release, record label EMI chose to put the songs out as a double A-side single. When the album is re-issued on June 1st, marking the 50th anniversary of the original album, the two tunes will finally be included.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club won four Grammy awards, the first rock album to be named Album Of The Year.
Speaking about the songs, Paul McCartney, who conceptualized the album, said, “John write this absolutely amazing song Strawberry Fields Forever for the new album and I was frankly a bit jealous so I went home and wrote Penny Lane.
“We wanted them as the main tracks on Sgt Pepper.
“We were in another phase of our career.
“We didn’t have to be performing every night so instead we could be writing or chatting with our mates or visiting an art exhibition.
“Having the time off gave us time to come in (to the studio) with crazy ideas.
“We were all opening our minds to different areas and sharing it with one another.
“There was a lot of cross-fertilization.”
George Martin, former Beatles’ producer who passed away last year, once admitted the omission of the songs was partially his fault.
“The only reason that Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane didn’t go onto the album was a feeling that if we issued a single it shouldn’t go onto an album,” he remarked. “It was a crazy idea, and I’m afraid I was partly responsible.”