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20:53 05/18/2017

NPR Music Premiere The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, from the Anniversary Edition of Sgt Pepper.

“What you hear on this first attempt is a version lacking the vocals from that famous chorus; John is singing lead and Paul McCartney is at a Lowrey organ, combining numerous presets, including harpsichord, vibraharp and music box, to make that infamous opening sound.”
“You hear, in the bits of backgrounded conversation, a true collaboration, a bit of magic unfolding. It's thrilling to hear.”

Order your copy here: https://thebeatles.lnk.to/sgtpepperanniversary

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The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear the first take The Beatles recorded of a legendary song.

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Sutton David
I like the Beatles music--but i don't buy the line that Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds is not about LSD --and I resent that they are pinning it on Julian Lennon and his drawing. Let's get real.
Aileen Frazer
Grew up with Paul McCartneyOn Western Ave,Speke,LiverpoolLove all thier music.
Les Field
You were named after this. Lucy Field
Abe Nemuras
im thinking of buying some of my favorite cds on cassette again. my cds are remastered and sound way wrong. sgt pepper and abbey road for sure. plus, my jimi hendrix "are you experienced". on some of the songs the music is up but the vocals are practicaly inaudible. plus, all those cool little background noises are gone. and on jimi his guitar playing is watered down and less intense.
Matt Gelfand
If Pepper had Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane on it like it should have, it would be the best Beatle album.
Jon Ashley
It's one of the first three CDs I ever bought- back in the day when they were invented. It's still my favorite Beatles album.
John Boyer
This and Come Together are my least favorite Beatles creation. Probably because of the drug references that are arguably the causation for the fall of this great foursome.
Andy Mellor
This early take of LITSWD has some vocal elements that are more advanced than the Anthology take. Did George Martin play the electric piano on this track ? I know he used his keyboard skills on previous albums , but John may have played this himself. Very impressive if that was the case.
Linda Harrielle Wies
Don't you remember listening to the radio back then 🤗 every week it seemed there was another great song released... Im not sure if there was another time when music was so exciting... maybe it still happens ? Someday when Im sick of listening to 60s and early 70 songs ... I'll check it out and let you know 🤔 😎 definitely magical
Becky Vitelli
It's kinda weird that the 2 remaining Beatles have cigarettes dangling out of their mouths. Curse Sir Walter Raleigh, it was such a stupid get...
Paul Holmes
Giles Martin is spot on. I made a choice when I got the last remasters on 2009... Stereo over Mono because the boxset had everything in it but the mono one didn't... Yet the mono mixes are the 'real' versions. However much they have dated, it's not as much as the stereo mixes. Meanwhile Yellow Submarine Songtrack, Love and more recently 1+ have shown that new stereo mixes can breathe fresh life into the songs. If Giles wants to remix the whole catalogue I'm game to buy them again. How's about vinyl reissues that have the original mono mix on one disc and a new stereo mix on another? Gotta be worth a fortune right?
Neil Charles Morgan
Here we go again, Universal clawing the money back after the take over of EMI Cant wait until two years time when they reissue it again only this time its played backwards. Its like taking a painting by picasso, cutting it up and putting it on a museum wall.I already own 10 copies of Sgt Pepper alone. As much as i love The Beatles i will not be buying it. Remix? for Pete's sake leave it alone.
Adrian Elton
Extraordinary that the song was that complete, both lyrically and in terms of the constituent parts of the arrangement and yet the most hooky of choruses was still missing despite the chords already being in place. I would have thought the chorus would have been an integral part of the song as first written. That said, as they were writing so prolifically, it was quite possibly a work in flux even as they recorded it.
Malcolm David Murray
Listening to this take offers - for me, insight into the Beatles' songwriting process, which by that time was so richly creative that they could produce hits without even having to go on tour to promote them. Although Herman's Hermits were a great band and also produced hits, the "crowd wisdom" over time puts the Beatles in a whole different league. And although I was a young teen when this song was getting lots of airplay, it never inspired me to start taking acid even though one of my 13-year old classmates at the time was dealing in it. Music for me offered something else to think about doing than drugs. 😊
Will Ivy
i'm glad Giles Martin is putting out the mono version of Sergeant Pepper. that's what I had when I was a kid in fact I had all the Beatles in mono up to including magical mystery tour.

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Fabian Grognuz Sincerely, the Gilles Martin mix is just perfect. Instruments, voices and choirs are clean, it is as if I met this album once again it's magic. For me, it is he who will save the Beatles musical catalog. Because, with the admiration I have for his ...
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NPR Music Premiere The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, from the Anniversary Edition of Sgt Pepper. “What you hear on this first attempt is a version lacking the vocals from that famous chorus; John is singing lead and Paul McCartney is at a Lowrey organ, combining numerous presets, including harpsichord, vibraharp and music box, to make that infamous opening sound.” “You hear, in the bits of backgrounded conversation, a true collaboration, a bit of magic unfolding. It's thrilling to hear.” Order your copy here: https://thebeatles.lnk.to/sgtpepperanniversary

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The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear the first take The Beatles recorded of a legendary song.

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Sutton David I like the Beatles music--but i don't buy the line that Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds is not about LSD --and I resent that they are pinning it on Julian Lennon and his drawing. Let's get real.
Aileen Frazer Grew up with Paul McCartneyOn Western Ave,Speke,LiverpoolLove all thier music.
Les Field You were named after this. Lucy Field
Abe Nemuras im thinking of buying some of my favorite cds on cassette again. my cds are remastered and sound way wrong. sgt pepper and abbey road for sure. plus, my jimi hendrix "are you experienced". on some of the songs the music is up but the vocals are ...
Matt Gelfand If Pepper had Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane on it like it should have, it would be the best Beatle album.

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