Welcome to the Coming Around Again podcast, the new member of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests will be discussing notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.
This week, the podcast focuses on one of the most important albums of the rock era: The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart upon its release in 1967, helped jump-start what would ultimately be known as the Summer of Love, and forever changed the way major artists approached making full-length LPs.
Joe Lynch, Billboard deputy editor, digital and host of our Must-Hear Music podcast, stops by to talk about the album’s legacy and its shifting importance in a music world that may have stopped valuing the things the record does so well in the same way it did a few decades ago, when the album regularly topped critics’ lists as the best album of all-time.
We also run down a couple of our favorite moments each from Sgt. Pepper — including some of the most subtly meaningful lyrics, the best between-track transitions, and the most unexpected sonic left turns on the set — and discuss the much-maligned 1978 film adaptation of the album; featuring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees and precious little common sense.
Listen below, and be sure to check back every Thursday to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again!