At the end of summer 1966, The Beatles’ seventh UK album, Revolver, was dazzling the world with its mix of haunting melodies and studio innovation. But the group had done with touring: they seemed to fall silent. Was it possible they were breaking up?
In February 1967, the world had its answer. The double A-side single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/‘Penny Lane’ was released: a milestone in the art of recording. History shows us that the 45 was, in some senses, a warm-up for the explosion just ahead, namely the eighth UK album – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – in June 1967, but fifty years later the two songs still stand as masterpieces in their own right.
This Kindle Single tells how they came about. Here are The Beatles’ individual preoccupations subsequent to Candlestick Park, their last public show; John’s first work away from the group; Paul’s travels and interest in art; George’s immersion in Indian culture; Ringo’s love of home and family. Above all, what we have here is a remarkable insight into every step taken to produce arguably the greatest single ever made.