Details have started to emerge as the Beatles prepare a 50th anniversary reissue of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – including a release date and information regarding various formats.
An expanded six-disc Super Deluxe Edition is being offered, as are two-CD, two-LP and single-disc configurations. There’s no word yet on what extras these sets will include, though rumors have abounded that the Beatles might restore both “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” two standalone singles recorded during the same sessions.
George Martin, the Beatles’ longtime producer, was once quoted as saying that releasing that those two tracks four months before the arrival of Sgt. Pepper, rather than including them in the original running order, was “a truly terrible mistake.” However it shakes out, the set already has a fan in Ringo Starr, who was apparently very pleased with the sound of these polished-up four-track recordings.
The Sgt. Pepper Super Deluxe Edition is listed for $149.98, while the others range from $18.98-$38.98. They all share the same release date of May 26, 2017.