Sgt Pepper celebrates 40th anniversary with a little help from his 21st
century Lonely Hearts Club friends
Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Razorlight, James Morrison, Travis and The Fratellis are amongst the special guests helping BBC Radio 2 celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Artists are going back to the studio to record tracks from the album as part of Radio 2's Sixties Season - a series of programmes to be broadcast over the summer to mark the network's 40th birthday in September, and the anniversary of the "Summer of Love".
Geoff Emerick, the album's multi award-winning audio engineer who recorded the original version at Abbey Road, will be using his ground-breaking techniques to record the new interpretations on the analogue, one-inch four-track equipment used back in 1967.
Lesley Douglas, Controller, Radio 2, says: "This will be, not only a unique radio event, but a very special musical moment.
"The range and quality of artists involved ensure that this will be a fitting tribute to one of the great albums of all time."
Des Shaw, from Ten Alps, the company producing the programme, says: "The documentary will highlight how important this album was to each artist and capture their feelings as they record their interpretation of one of the Sgt Pepper tracks."
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles' eighth album and is often cited as their most influential by critics.
It was recorded by The Beatles at Abbey Road over 129 days and was released on 1 June 1967.
The album was an immediate critical and popular sensation - innovative in every sense, from structure to recording techniques and Sir Peter Blake's stunning cover artwork.
Sgt Pepper's 40th Anniversary can be heard on BBC Radio 2 in a two-hour special on Saturday 2 June 2007, 4.30-6.30pm
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