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UK vinyl album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – front cover
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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – back cover
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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone PMC 7027 MONO / PCS 7027 STEREO
  • Released: 1st June 1967
  • Sales figures: after 1 week – ¼ million; after 1 month – ½ million; after 6 years – 1 million
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 27 – twenty-three weeks from the 10th June 1967, one week from the 25th November 1967, two weeks from the 23rd December 1967, and one week from the 3rd February 1968
  • Weeks in chart: 148 – fifty-five weeks from 3rd June 1967, sixty-four weeks in 1970-72, and twenty-nine weeks in 1973-76

This stayed at the top-spot for twenty-seven weeks. (It had twenty-three weeks when it was originally released, then another one in November, another two in December, and a final one in February.) It was eventually knocked off by Val Doonican’s superbly titled ‘Val Doonican Rocks – But Gently’.

When it came out Kenneth Tynan of ‘The Times’ got a little bit carried away and called it “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilisation”. The US critic Abbie Hoffman said it was like “Beethoven coming to the supermarket” and the ‘New York Times Book Review’ heralded it as “a new and golden renaissance of song”.

It was (and still is) one of the most drugged-up records ever written. The BBC immediately banned ‘A Day In The Life’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ from …

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Not their best album by Steve “It beats me why this is always at the top of the Top100 or best albums of all-time lists, it wouldn’t even make the top of my best Beatles album... continued.”

UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7027 / PCS 7027 STEREO
  • Released: 1968
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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7027
  • Released: 1972
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UK vinyl picture disc album (Re-release) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • Label: Parlophone PHO 7027
  • Released: 16th January 1979
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UK CD album (Re-release) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Parlophone CD label
CD label
  • Label: Parlophone CDP 7 46442 2
  • Released: 1st June 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #3
  • Weeks in chart: 54 – sixteen weeks from 6th June 1987, eight weeks from 20th June 1992, twenty five weeks in 1995-99, one week in 2003, and four weeks from 10th June 2007
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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #5
  • Weeks in chart: 5 – from 13th September 2009
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