This is amazing: in particular, George Martin admitting they fucked up not including Strawberry Field Forever/Penny Lane on the album (which may have made it the greatest album ever.) - XMASTIMEI've blather for a decade here re: how amazing Sgt Pepper would be if The Beatles hadn't coughed up Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane to the record company as a single, since God forbid they go 6 months without shitting out a coupla classics.
Turns out for the 50th anniversary of the album, they're putting the 2 songs where they were originally intended to be:
Two of the Beatles ’ most famous songs will finally be included on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club when the album is re-issued on June 1 to mark 50 years since its release.
Despite being written specifically for their eighth studio album, record label EMI chose to put out Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane as a double A side single.
The album was based on a concept by Sir Paul McCartney to record as the fictional Sgt Pepper group and encouraged them to push creative boundaries after they gave up touring.
But at the time The Beatles lost a battle with their label to keep Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane on the collection.