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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Beatles - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - LP Vinyl Album

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  • Vinyl (December 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UAT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,855 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paulo Leite on September 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums by The Beatles. And now that it was remastered, it is a great pleasure to rediscover this old friend. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND is not just an album: it is a legendary fragment of the 60's... and The Beatles in peak form.

I got this remastered version from the THE BEATLES STEREO BOX SET and it was with lots of care and attention that I listened to it from start to end. And I must say EMI made an amazing job. The music sounds brighter, sharper, clearer and much more exciting. Now, it is also clear to me that it all will depend on your stereo. Most people who claim there is no difference perhaps are listening to it in small underpowered stereo equipment that really does not do justice to these remasters. Personally, I doubt anyone won't see any positive difference here... but that's me. With my stereo, these new remasters are shining every second of it.

I'm playing it as I write this... and I cannot get tired of it.

SGT. PEPPER is an album full of subtleties and many hidden treasures. BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE is one of those songs so rich and multi-layered that it is amazing to be able to listen to everything that is there. And now it is all there brighter and clearer. A DAY IN THE LIFE is absolutely astonishing because the voices of Paul and John were treated so differently that now we can appreciate even more the job done. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMOND has a spatial depth I couldn't find on the previous CD. SHE'S LEAVING HOME, for me, is the star of this remaster: call me crazy, but I think the whole song got a dimension I never felt before. WHEN I'M SIXTY FOUR has Ringo's drums with an delicate extra oomp.

I loved it. This is one of my favorite Beatles albums.
Thanks EMI for such a great job.
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Format: Audio CD
One of three LP/CDs by the Beatles among my all-time top ten, along with "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver". Though not my personal favorite, this recording is essential in any collection of pop/rock recordings. It has been, since its release, a standard by which others are measured. It also marks the high-water mark of the Beatles creativity as a band. After "Sgt. Pepper..." came a directionless time during which the "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine" records were released, followed by the period the band's breakdown, as chronicled in the "White Album", "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road". Though these latter efforts contained plenty of great music, it was clear that the Beatles were increasingly unable to function together as a unit. Individual tracks almost always spotlighted one of the band members while the others worked essentially as a backing group.
During a recent TV special, it wa said that, during the time the Beatles were in the studio making "Sgt. Pepper...", there was a lot of doubt about what they would come out with and many fans were giving up on them. As someone who was around at the time, I certainly don't remember much of that. Of course, the Beatles always had a few doubters and detractors, but most of us were looking forward to their next record. Stories of how much time and effort were going into it only fueled our anticipation. It was like the release of the fourth Harry Potter book when "Sgt. Pepper..." finally came out. Some stores opened early and huge numbers were sold the first day of it's release. I bought a copy that day like many others. Nor was I disappointed. Since then, I have spent many hours listening to "Sgt. Pepper...
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This was the 1st Beatles album I bought, 1977, age 12. This uncanny masterpiece got it's title from Paul who was looking for long names like the San Francisco bands had. Once he told John, "We're just getting fan mail from lonely people. We're nothing but a lonely hearts club band"...and the rest, as they say, is history. John had the idea of a circus-like atmosphere, and the song Strawberry Fields was to originally be in the album.

This psychedelic trip into '60s consciousness begins with an orchestra warming up, and they launch into the title song with Paul's full throated vocals. He then introduces "Billy Shears" and Ringo sings.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds follows this, and John says it was Julian's drawing that gave him the title...you decide. Getting Better is a great anti-school song and a throwback to the skiffle days, using a bunch of random objects for the rhythm. (Paul performed this song for the 1st time on his recent US tour) Fixing a Hole is a trippy foray into Paul's dreamworld of higher consciousness. She's Leaving Home is a great classical stab at the '60s generation gap (Paul performed this on the recent fall tour) Mr. Kite is the circus song, featuring a pipe organ and lyrics taken directly from an antique circus poster...typical Lennon humor.

Side 2 starts with George's Eastern mysticism with "Within You Without You" using Ravi Shankar's sitar-based Indian Raga which caused a musical and spiritual revolution. When I'm 64 Paul said he wrote as a teen, but added the "64" in honor of his father then 64 (Now Paul is 60). Lovely Rita was written from the perspective of a shy guy who wants to ask out a meter maid.

Good Morning is a rock masterpiece, but John didn't agree. Then Reprise, and finally A Day in the Life, a great psychedelic song by John with Paul's interlude and a 40 piece orchestra recreating a drug rush. On the original British LP there was single groove of gibberish at the end, now a collectors item.
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