Today’s Runner is the paradigm album from 1967 which helped define psychedelic rock and ushered in the Summer of Love. On June 1st Sgt. Pepper turns 50. For me this record exists much the same as a highly worn paperback with its beat up cover, yellowing pages and turned corners. Like Tolkien’s The Hobbit or Kerouac’s On The Road, it too sits in my basement in a trunk along with many other treasures. Always ready to pull out and revisit on a day when the weather says “No, you may not pass!” or when the sun and beach are calling to spread out and soak in their rejuvenating rays.
The dialogue is friendly and familiar. The story is a dream that echoes memories of childhood hugs and the sweet tastes of a time when kids rode bikes and played outside in the good morning, good morning sun. Days filled with monkey bars and don’t touch the ground, and in the evening a Magical Mystery Tour of fireflies, ghost in the graveyard, and getting by with a little help from our friends.
Enjoy Sgt. Pepper here in its original iteration before all the fan fair on May 26th when the giant 6 disc box celebrating its anniversary is released.
You might also enjoy this Cheap Trick live performance of the album as well.