Sgt Pepper?s still a hot seller
By JANE GARDNER
THEY were Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; they hoped we would enjoy the show.
And four decades later, we still are.
The legendary Beatles album is having its 40th anniversary this week and is still widely celebrated as the breakthrough album of the 20th Century.
Lismore music fan Gabriel Dilworth, who works at Music Bazaar in Lismore, reckons it's still the most timeless album around.
"I grew up listening to that album and I play it for my son, who is eight, and he loves it," he said.
"Those earlier bands really pushed the envelope and now everyone is just imitating those sounds. We all know who Oasis was copying."
Gabriel owns the original fold-out cover record and wouldn't sell it for any price.
"It was my dad's and now it is mine," he said.
Gabriel works as a DJ and often surprises his unsuspecting listeners with samples of 'She's So Fine'.
"People don't expect to hear The Beatles at a club, but they love dancing to it," he said.
The Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album remains one of the most sought after albums.
A mint-condition first press record with the original fold-out cover sells for around $100. If you're lucky enough to have a record with the famous group photo printed on it, it is worth well over that amount.
Later editions released in Australia are worth less than these originals.
Fans will tell you the record is an interesting reflection of the drug culture fused with artistic expression.
"Bob Dylan introduced The Beatles to pot and they went from clean-cut boys to ... well, that," Gabriel said, pointing at the insert picture.
"And they say drugs don't affect people!"