This afternoon saw the English premier of "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at the St. John's Wood library in London. Brits always seem a little hesitant to ask questions after my programs, but once things get started there are always very engaging discussions. I have long suspected - but never been able to confirm until today - that UK releases of Sgt. Pepper featured the run-out groove loop that would play continuously until manually lifting the needle from the vinyl, whereas the US releases of the same album omitted the run-out groove entirely.
In the audience this afternoon was Richard Porter, a self-described "professional Beatles and Rock tour guide in London", who is conducting a Beatles walking tour tomorrow afternoon, which I plan on attending.
Since the library was just a few blocks from Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles recorded the vast majority of their songs, that was my next stop.
And, of course, here's the most famous crosswalk in the world, just a few steps South of the studio, where the cover photo of the Beatles' last-recorded album, Abbey Road, was shot:
I then made my way to Westminster Abbey for an evensong service. (That's Big Ben peaking out from the lower left in the photo below.)
My return flight departs Heathrow tomorrow at 9:10pm, which gives me most of the day in the city. I plan to take Richard's walking tour, hit a few souvenir shops to spend my last few remaining pounds, then catch the tube to the airport.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.