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ICYMI: Beatles Release Alt Version of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Title Track

The Beatles have officially kicked off the campaign for the 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a release of the "(Take 9 and Speech)" version of the title track.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 And Speech)

The Beatles Celebrate 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' with special anniversary edition releases Preorder: Music video by The Beatles performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (C) 2017 Calderstone Productions Limited (a Division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited

It's noticeably rougher than the version that kicked off the original album and doesn't have the crowd noises and brass that were added later, though it was spruced up a bit by Giles Martin, son of the late original Beatles and Sgt. Pepper's producer George Martin, who helmed the reissue.

The set comes out May 26 in several configurations, featuring a wealth of rare and unreleased video and audio material.

Meanwhile, The Beatles' home town of Liverpool is holding a Sgt. Pepper's golden anniversary celebration from May 25-June 16 featuring commissioned dance, music and art pieces and culminating in a fireworks show. Sgt. Pepper's actual anniversary is June 1.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.