WIN a special edition Sergeant Pepper themed Pro-Ject Essential III

The kind folks at Pro-Ject (supplied by Henley Designs) have provided us with a special edition deck (RRP: £429) to give away to one lucky reader. To WIN please answer the below question

To win the Sergeant Pepper Special Edition Pro-Ject Essential III please email the answer to the below question to Please use “Sgt Pepper Pro-Ject Deck Comp Answer” as the subject line.

All entries need to be received by August 1st. The comp will run online and in print.

The Question:

Which contemporary psychedelic act recently recorded Sgt Pepper’s in its entirety?


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Essential III: Sgt. Pepper‘s Drum

On June 1st, 2017, the iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turned 50 years old. To mark the occasion, The Beatles announced three Anniversary Editions of the album in association with Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol and USM. Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in both stereo and 5.1 surround audio, amongst the anniversary releases is a Double LP Deluxe Vinyl edition that deserves to only be played on the best turntables available. So to support the release, Pro-Ject Audio Systems released a special edition version of the Essential III turntable, decorated with commemorative Sgt. Pepper imagery.

The Essential III has been an international hit since its release in late-2016. Following on from the multi-award winning MK II model, the Essential III combines style and substance into an enviably affordable package. After being re-worked earlier in 2017 as the George Harrison Record Player, the Essential III is now getting the Sgt. Pepper treatment.

The Essential III: Sgt. Pepper’s Drum is a non-limited, special edition release, designed to give more Beatles fans access to high-quality audio equipment emblazoned with the iconic group’s imagery. The striking blue MDF plinth boasts a vintage print to the top-panel, allowing the turntable to stand out from the crowd. Then, in glorious multi-colour, the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s drum kit logo is printed in the middle of the plinth. Adding an understated subtlety to the overall appearance, the frosted matte acrylic platter helps reveal the drum skin print underneath.

Aside from the cosmetic differences and the inclusion of an acrylic platter, all other characteristics of the turntable match the Essential III design. From the sleek MDF plinth, through the high-grade motor with aluminium pulley and precision-engineered main bearing, and onto the 8.6” aluminium tonearm with Ortofon OM 10 cartridge. The Essential III is a remarkable piece of affordable audiophilia.

Key Features:
• Custom-designed MDF plinth with Sgt. Pepper inspired artwork
• Included Acrylic-IT E platter reveals drum skin print underneath
• High-quality aluminium tonearm
• Factory-fitted Ortofon OM 10 moving magnet cartridge
• Low-noise 9V motor with built-in AC generator
• Supplied with sturdy dust cover
• Hi-fi quality performance from a world-leading analogue audio company
Technical Data:
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance:
±0.70% (33rpm) / ±0.60% (45rpm)
Wow & Flutter:
±0.21% (33rpm) / ±0.19% (45rpm)
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6″ (218.5mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass:
Pre-Fitted Cartridge:
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus:
Ortofon 10 Stylus
Power Consumption:
Dimensions (W x H x D):
420 x 112 x 330mm
6.0 kg


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Shindig! Broadcast #37

Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills, Thomas Patterson and Paul Osborne, recorded at the Shindig! bunker in Ruislip. Jon and Paul had to interview Paul Weller on the day the show was to be recorded at Soho Radio. They’ll return to the station in June. This show has something of a “black rock” feel about it


‘Elephants On Parade’  Disney Chorus

‘Ride With Captain Max’ Blonde On Blonde

‘Pinch The Dream’ Charles Mootehart

‘Love Stepped Out’ Ronnie D’Addario

‘In The Morning’ Robbie Bond

‘Tree Song’ Bert Jansch

‘Jack O Diamonds’ Ben Carruthers & The Deep

‘Who’ll Be The One You Love’ The Easybeats

‘Sleep Song’ Unicorn

‘Bolic’ Ike & Tina Turner

‘Ain’t No Telling’ Jimi Hendrix

‘Come Out In The Rain’ Parliament

‘I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody’s Got A Thing’ Funkadelic

‘Function Underground’ We The People

‘The Siesta Is Over’ The Revolution

‘Politicians In My Eyes’ Death

‘Follow The Sun’ Dave Douglas

‘Long Way Home’ John Wonderling

‘Mystical Mountain’ Magic Bus

‘Please Believe Me’ Nirvana

‘The Walking Song’ The Turtles

‘Goodby Surprise’  The Turtles

‘King Of The Dawn’ The Sundowners

‘Hey Joe Where You Gonna Go?’ The Leaves

‘Big Bummer’ The Peanut Butter Conspiracy


Jimi Hendrix in… Norfolk

Monterey, The Isle Of Wight… and Dereham!

STEWART TURNER recalls that time Jimi Hendrix played in a tiny Norfolk market town


Supergroup Cream playing a pokey village hall usually reserved for jumble sales and scout groups, fuzzy garage-rockers The Electric Prunes headlining in a ramshackle seaside pavilion: one of the most defining aspects of the ’60s was the ability of nondescript, provincial towns to attract big names to their venues.

Dereham, a small market town in the middle of Norfolk, is the perfect example. Bands like The Small Faces, The Move and The Action all played The Tavern Club at the height of their fame. Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd even passed through with their acid-propelled freak-outs and psychedelic light show, passing way over most people’s heads in a county that proved stubbornly resistant to the dubious charms of eastern mysticism and flower-power. But Jimi Hendrix is the one that sticks in the minds of mid-Norfolk baby boomers. Dereham-born Nick Sands witnessed Hendrix’s crunching guitar pyrotechnics back in October 1967 as a 17-year-old, and recalls that promoter Brian Cross pulled off the coup of the decade by booking the Experience to play at a time when they were pretty much the hottest band on the planet.

The gig was originally pencilled in for January, but when Jimi’s brooding, slowed-down version of US garage band staple ‘Hey Joe’ shot up the charts, he was bundled into the studio to quickly record a follow-up. He agreed to play later for the same fee, and by the time the band returned to this tiny town with a population of fewer than 10,000 in October, they’d already played The Monterey Pop Festival and toured America.

From the picture Nick paints of Dereham in the ’60s, it’s amazing anyone ever played there at all. He remembers Melody Maker running a feature on the 10 worst places to gig in the country, polling the biggest bands of the day for their thoughts. Dereham came fifth – one place higher than The Gorbals, a bleak, post-industrial area of Glasgow, which was widely regarded as the worst place to live in the country.

This was a place where bottles once rained down on Rod Stewart and battered Jeff Beck’s guitar to the point of no return. Geno Washington once played part of a frenzied set to an empty venue because of the townsfolk’s peculiar tradition of leaving the venue for a late-night conga around the market place. By all accounts, it was a weird place to perform.

But Jimi was different, and The Tavern, by now rechristened The Wellington Club, was so crammed with bodies that impromptu al fresco congas were a physical impossibility. Undeterred by the promoter’s canny price hike, hundreds of wide-eyed and sweaty teenagers witnessed a set that ran through most of the Are You Experienced? album, with ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Hey Joe’ soundtracking the bizarre spectacle of a couple of bouncers chucking pints of water onto the crowd in a bid to cool things down.

The defining moment that cemented the gig in Dereham folklore was a typically theatrical pelvic thrust that planted the head of Hendrix’s Stratocaster through the false ceiling, taking out a few spotlights in the process. The 24-year-old star was firmly cut down to size when he had the costs of repairs deducted from his wages later that night.

This wasn’t Hendrix’s first visit to Norfolk – he’d earlier pocketed £39 for playing Norwich’s notorious Orford Cellar, a place where the emphasis was on more on raucous, sweaty R&B rather than personal space and fire escapes. But The Wellington Club was the one that stuck, and with plans afoot to commemorate the gig later in the year; the story looks set to live on for a long time yet.


Read Kris Needs’ Hendrix epic in the next few issues of the magazine