It Was 50 Years Ago Today...The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond
Director: Alan Parker
cast: Pete Best, Tony Bramwell, Jenny Boyd, Hunter Davis, Simon Napier-Bell, Ray Kelly, Philip Norman, Steve Turner, Andy Peebles, Freda kelly
Country of Origin: UK 2017 mins. (12A)
Released by Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Alan Parker's documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper, quoted by Rolling Stone as 'The most important rock and roll album ever made,' with archive footage that doesn't make any great revelations and the talking heads, Hunter Davis, Pete Best, Simon Napier Bell, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, Jenny Boyd and Paul McCartney run a bland commentary that's hardly a wow. This was the 12 months (August 1966 - August 1967) when The Beatles stopped their heavy touring schedule and took to the studio to push the boundaries, but where's the music and studio recordings of Sgt. Pepper. As expected, Brian Epstein, Abbey Road Studios, Apple, Swinging London, the Summer of Love, psychedelia. LSD, and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi fold into the time and on 1st June 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released with Peter Blake's album cover and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Unfortunately Alan Parker's documentary is hardly a knock-out' tribute to 'The most important rock and roll album ever made.'