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Sgt. Pepper's

Big DaddyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008DFV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing A Hole
6. She's Leaving Home
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
8. Within You Without You
9. When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day In The Life

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4.0 out of 5 stars A real neat time is guaranteed for all February 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Big Daddy made of name for themselves playing contemporary songs in the style of pre-Beatles rock and roll. Well, in this case they don't reinterpret recent songs. Instead, they reach all the way back to 1967 and remake the Beatles entire Sgt. Pepper's album. This is amusing stuff, with the songs being performed in the styles of different stars of yesteryear. For instance, the title song(s) is played in the style of the Coasters, "With a Little Help From My Friends" is played in the manner of Johnny Mathis, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is performed like Jerry Lee Lewis and so on. My personal favorites are "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" in the style of Freddie Cannon and "A Day in the Life" a la Buddy Holly. I would recommend this CD to any Beatles fan with a good sense of humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper as originally envisioned in 1959 January 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Big Daddy is a retro doo-wop group that first appeared in 1983 with their debut What Really Happened to the Band of '59. The band's fictional backstory involved an aborted USO tour of Vietnam that resulted in their being held captive through the `60s and `70s. Given only sheet music to work from, they spent the years applying their `50s stylings to contemporary songs. Their debut featured `70s and `80s hits cleverly reworked in the style of well-known 1950s acts. Barry Manilow's "I Wrote the Songs" was taken up-tempo in tribute to Danny and the Juniors' "At the Hop," Rick James' "Super Freak" was given an Everly Brothers harmony treatment, The Cars' "Just What I Needed" is mellowed with the sound of the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me," and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" is sung as a cappella street corner doo-wop. The new arrangements were impressive in their own right, but the group's musical talents made the results both terrific novelties and surprisingly listenable music.

Additional albums in 1985 (Meanwhile... Back in the States) and 1991 (Cutting Their Own Groove) extended the joke by mashing up Bruce Springsteen with Pat Boone, the Talking Heads with Harry Belafonte, Dire Straits with Tennessee Ernie Ford, and A Taste of Honey (or Kyu Sakamoto, originally) with the Beach Boys. As on their debut, the depth of the group's imagination and the quality of their musicianship merited listening past the novelty. In 1992 the band waxed their final album, a tour de force recreation of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as if it had been waxed in the late `50s.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Discs Find January 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one hard disc to track down (I own the cassette). If you are lucky enough to stumble across it in your travels, and you like the Beatles, oldies, parody CDs or comedy on disc, this is a must have. In my mind Big Daddy did some of the most spot-on spoofs of contemporary hits done in an early rock 'n roll style.

The idea here is to match up Johnny Mathis' voice with Beatles classics off Sgt. Pepper album. In this case, "A Little Help From My Friends" to the tune of "Chances Are". It works. Or "The Dominoes chestnut "60 Minute Man" done to the beat of "When I'm 64" is a perfect knock off. The CD ends, pitting the famous 'Day the Music Died' (Buddy Holly, Big Bopper) plane crash, over "A Day in the Life", and it is also very well concieved. There are a coupel of mis-steps here; the beat poet "Within WIthout" (not a Beatle classic to begin with) falls flat. Points for trying though. More successful is when Daddy goes uptempo with a Dion &d the Belmonts styled "Fixing a Hole", a-la "The Wonderer". All in all a splendid time is guarented by all. Go Big Daddy, Go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a true pop music aficionado October 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Released in time for the 25th anniversary of the Beatles' seminal Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper's by Big Daddy is not only one of the best Beatles cover albums, I consider it one of the best cover works, period. What makes this album work is that by nature of marrying the original Beatles works with musical styles (and in some cases specific pop songs) of the 50's and early 60's, Big Daddy succeeds in truly putting their own unique spin on the songs. And, the band succeeds admirably; most artists who cover Beatle songs usually just end up paling in comparison.

As fun as the covers are, half the fun of this album is figuring out which artists were emulated in performing the tracklist. Where else could you hear "With A Little Help From My Friends" as performed by Johnny Mathis; "Within You Without You" as a piece of beat poetry with jazz accompaniment; "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" set to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park"; or "A Day In The Life" in the style of (McCartney idol) Buddy Holly? This album is for Beatle fans who also have a great love and appreciation for 50's-60's pop music, and can have a sense of humor about the whole thing. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome February 4, 2013
By smegen
Format:Audio CD
everything was awesome everything was in good shape I would highly recommend this item for other people it's totally awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know I'm prejudiced, but... September 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
OK, it must be said: I love Cheap Trick. They are - with the exception of the now reunited Big Daddy - the best band in America. And their rendition of Sgt. Pepper was note-for-note 100% perfect (well...the music, anyway: Geoff Emerick producing? Unbeatable! I didn't much care for those little "boy guests" yammering, although I loved Joan Osbourne's "Lovely Rita.") But now, well into the second decade of the new millenium, America's all-time #1 greatest band, Booker T & The MGs has been decimated by half, and the Allman Brothers are an embarrassing parody of themselves: I honestly HAVE to say that, currently, Big Daddy is the BEST BAND IN AMERICA. All their albums (yes, now available on a MP3's - Thank you, Amazon!) brilliantly state the truth that "currently popular sucks, because Elvis (say it with me now) took rock and roll with him when he died." However, when Big Daddy re-do Sgt. Pepper, the sarcasm is completely gone. And the music, which sounds like it was recorded in the late fifties by artists, popular then, like Buddy Holly, The Coasters, Elvis...but definitely NOT..."artists" like Bobby Vinton or Frankie Avaslon - Big Daddy's Spt.Pepper is a most loving tribute. Indeed, Big Daddy pays more respect to those very artists than even (uh-oh) the Beatles themselves. Three songs especially are of note: when bass singer, Tom "Bubba" Lee recites the lyris to "Within You, etc," he's backed by bassist John Hatton playing an upright bass, drummer Damon DeGrigon playing bongos, and reed player, Bob Sandman, playing a flute - like "beatnick poetry." When you stop laughing, you'll think, "How 'bout THAT, Ravi Shankar?" Another treasure is "When I'm 64" sounding, Bubba again, like "Sixty Minute Man. Read more ›
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