Saturday, June 01, 2013

Record #0357: Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever – THE BEATLES

Capitol 5810 (original, 2nd pressing) USA, Feb. 13, 1967
Words & Music bySide A – John Lennon, Paul McCartney; Side B – Lennon, McCartney
Musicians: Side A - Paul McCartney (lead & backing vocals, bass and three pianos), John Lennon (backing vocals, congas, handclaps and two pianos), George Harrison (backing vocals, handbell and handclaps), Ringo Starr (drums and tambourine), George Martin (piano), David Mason (piccolo trumpet solo), Manny Winters, P. Goody and Ray Swinfield (flutes and piccolos), Leon Calvert, Freddy Clayton, Bert Courtley and Duncan Campbell (trumpets and flugelhorn), Dick Morgan and Mike Winfield (oboes and cor anglais), Frank Clarke (upright bass); Side B - John Lennon (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano and bongos), Paul McCartney (bass, mellotron and timpani), George Harrison (guitar, slide guitar, maracas and swarmdal), Ringo Starr (drums and backward cymbals), Mal Evans (tambourine), Neil Aspinall (guiro), Terry Doran (maracas), Tony Fisher, Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins and Stanley Roderick (trumpets), John Hall, Derek Simpson and Norman Jones (cellos)
Recording sessions: Produced by George Martin at EMI Studios, London, UK, side A - Dec. '66 - Jan. '67; Side B -  Nov.-Dec. 1966
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #1, UK #2, Canada #1; Side B - US #8

The Fab Four was enforced with quite a many musicians in this 1967 hit record. The record is like a short tour to the band's hometown.

The promotional film made for "Strawberry Fields Forever" is widely regarded as the world's first music video.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30. Many variations exist. This particular one is without the text "A Subsidiary of ..." (with the text, 1968 release, NM $50) and the length of "Penny Lane" marked as 2:57 (length 3:00, 1st pressing, NM $25). Red and orange label, 1969 release, NM $20.

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