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‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – front cover
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‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – back cover
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‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone R 5570 MONO
  • Released: 17th February 1967
  • Peak position:
    BBC – #2;
    Disc Weekly – #2;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #2;
    Record Retailer – #2
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – from 25th February 1967
  • Label: Parlophone R 5570 MONO
  • Released: 8th March 1976
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #32
  • Weeks in chart: 3 – from 3rd April 1976
‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – front cover
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‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – back cover
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  • Label: Parlophone R 5570
  • Released: 6th December 1982
‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – front cover
Front cover
‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – back cover
Back cover
‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ UK single – Parlophone record label
Picture disc
  • Label: Parlophone RP 5570
  • Released: 16th February 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #65
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 28th February 1987
  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 5570
  • Released: 8th May 1989
  • Label: Parlophone CDR 5570
  • Released: 2nd November 1992
Average rating   from 2 reviews
5-star review  from  Guy

Even though this is probably their best single, in terms of quality and skill, I dont think that its their all-time best. For that, I would have to give it to either Hey Jude or Get Back. Because those two songs are much more enjoyable and singalong-able than Strawberry Fields Forever.
When I listen to strawberry fields, I can be amazed by the genius that created it, because nobody but John Lennon could have come up with that song at that time. Paul would never, ever write something like that. I think it is one of Johns best tunes, and the enigmatic lyrics go perfectly with it. Penny Lane, on the other hand, is all Paul. John could never, ever have written a tune like that! Which just goes to show what a great team they were.

5-star review  from  Steve

How Strawberry Fields Forever never made it onto Sgt. Pepper is one of lifes eternal mysteries because its better than anything on that album (with the possible exception of A Day In The Life)

Beautiful melodies, a great Lennon vocal & some of Ringo’s finest moments… a wistful, meandering tune that evokes a melancholic longing for times past yet still manages to feel uplifting and triumphant… a truly great single by a truly great band….

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