On a dark Tuesday night in January 2011, eight souls gathered together in a converted garage (affectionately as ‘The Shed’) in Pontefract to listen to a long playing vinyl record album by The Beatles. The record was ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and we played the original mono version on a 1960s Hacker Gondolier GP42 record player. We sat in silence to listen to it in full, sipped on our beer, and then had a bit of a row about it afterwards. Some would argue that ‘Sgt Pepper’ is the best record ever made – many would argue that it’s not even the best record The Beatles made – but few would dispute that it is possibly the most influential album ever made. It’s the record that elevated 12 inches of plastic stuffed in a cardboard sleeve into an art form. It was a fitting choice to begin our trip.
A trip that has featured some of the leading names in popular music coming along to present and talk about an album of their choice.
CLASSIC ALBUM THURSDAYS AT THE TAP & BARREL, THE QUEEN’S MILL & THE BLIND PIG (2016-present). Guest presenters in brackets