Google Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near You

first_imgStay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation It was 50 years ago today last Friday/this Thursday that the Beatles released their eighth studio album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” in the UK and US, respectively.And while fans will travel far and wide to visit London’s Abbey Road Studio—where John, Paul, George, and Ringo transformed into the fictional Edwardian military band—Google Earth has a simpler solution.“Today on Google Earth’s storytelling platform, Voyager, we’re celebrating not only this beloved, influential album but the whole of the Fab Four’s monumental contributions to rock ‘n’ roll,” content strategist Jill Emeny wrote in a blog post.The global Voyager tour highlights significant moments and places in the group’s career, from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to Central Park’s Strawberry Fields memorial.Liverpool’s famed Cavern Club (via Google Maps)Grab a scotch and coke, a pair of round glasses, and your favorite Beatles record, then sit back and relax on a trip around the world. See the sights at the real Penny Lane, enter the Hamburg club where the band performed almost nonstop for 48 nights, and stop by the Ed Sullivan Theater where The Beatles made their first live TV appearance in America (current home to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert).On the West Coast you’ll see two-time Beatles venue the Hollywood Bowl concert hall, before heading to the Maharishi’s ashram in India, credited for the group’s spiritual awakening (as witnessed in’ “Within You, Without You”).The excursion continues at Abbey Road Studios and the Hilton Amsterdam hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their “Bed-In for Peace,” before ending with New York City’s tribute to the late, great Lennon.Forty minutes of pure joy, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” features classics like “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “A Day in the Life,” and, of course, the title track.A recently reissued “super deluxe” edition (produced by Giles Martin, son of “fifth Beatle” Sir George Martin) celebrates the 50th anniversary with dozens of outtakes and alternate song versions, a making-of documentary, and 114-page full-color book, among other goodies.last_img

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